FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jessica Kelly has been an arts educator for over 15 years and brings thousands of hours of teaching experience as well as her fun, energetic, and supportive personality to all her camps and classes.
From a young age Jessica trained in Musical Theatre, Jazz and R.A.D Ballet at the Douglas Ballet Academy (now Dance Collective). There she was blessed with many opportunities to travel the world sharing dance in her youth, and won many awards for her performances. Commitment, teamwork, dedication, inclusion, friendliness and a love of self were ingrained in Jessica during the countless hours she spent in the studio training each week; core principals which she stands by and brings to each one of her classes.
Jessica went on to study Musical Theatre at Capilano University and work as a professional performer in and around Vancouver.
At the age of 21, she suddenly and unexpectedly lost her father which resulted in depression and anxiety. It was those feelings that pushed her to try her first yoga class , which allowed her start to feel like herself again. Jessica became a yoga teacher in 2014 and carries a designation of ERYT-550 with the Canadian Yoga Alliance.
Learning to channel her emotions through voice and movement has been a huge asset to Jessica and she is passionate about sharing her love of the arts with young performers.
Louise Robinson is an Australian trained Drama and Arts teacher in which she has worked for 13 years.
As a BC certified teacher, and long-time performer Louise wears many hats. She has worked in public and private school settings, taught extra curricula arts programs, performed on stage, film and television, used Improv as a tool for team building, and managed events.
Upon arriving in the Sea to Sky 10 years ago, Louise has made a point of sharing her passion for the Arts with all age groups in the community. On top of running Step Out! She works as the Assistant Director for Act-Alive Academy, and instructs, and performs aerial silks with Treeline Aerial.
Louise uses her knowledge and experience in the Arts to bring holistic education for the purpose of social and communication development. Louise provides teachings that are inclusive of difference, creates environments that foster lifelong learning, and encourages stepping out of comfort zones to break free from fear.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, GROUP 3 AND 4 INSTRUCTOR
GROUP 1 AND 2 INSTRUCTOR
Carmen Mowatt is a Vancouver Island born teacher, actress, performer, singer, dancer, and natural materials artist.
Drawn to the arts at a young age Carmen trained in voice, dance, and theatre throughout her wonder years in the Comox Valley. She went on to complete the 2-year theatre program at Malaspina College and followed that up with special effects makeup diploma from Blanche Macdonald.
After some world travelling and settling in the Squamish, Carmen has been able to return to her love of the arts and education. She has recently completed courses in Child Growth and Development, Child Guiding & Caring and Child Health Safety & Nutrition.
Carmen is looking forward to lighting the love of performance and community with Act Alive!