Jessica Kelly

Owner, Artistic Director, Instructor

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.

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Kayla Young

Kayla is an artist, dancer, writer and yoga teacher in the Sea to Sky Corridor. With an education and background of over 1o years in Early Childhood, she is passionate about following the lead and teachings of children to co-create magic together through any medium! While studying education, she took a deep interest in the amazing ways the Arts support children in exploring, expressing and embracing their ideas, their emotions and their voices. Children are the greatest teachers; they create from the heart and let their imaginations lead them. Providing opportunities for children to further their ideas, and unleash their own passions is what she believes teaching is all about.  

 

 Drawing inspiration from the textures and hues found in nature, Kayla is passionate about creativity; getting messy and exploring art with all of the senses. Her favorite mediums are paint, collage and dance but she really just loves creating.

 

Her classes encourage teamwork, idea sharing and of course fun, so that everyone feels supported and inspired to bring creativity and joy into everyday moments outside of class. 

Expressive Art, Creative Dance, Creative Writing

Dance, Acting & Singing Instructor

Claire is very excited to be joining Act Alive as a Dance, Acting and Singing Instructor!

 

She is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program, works as a professional actor, singer and dancer and loves bringing the magic of Theatre to her students.

She is the recipient of the Maurice Samuelson Award for her work with the Rossland Gold Fever Follies and recently toured with Story Theatre bringing Theatre for Young Audiences into elementary schools across BC and Alberta.

 

Recent Credits Include:

Alice in Wonderland (Metro Theatre), Newsies (Theatre Under the Stars), Blue Bead’s and Blueberries, The Library Club, The Very First Circus (Story Theatre), Skis and Skates (Rossland Gold Fever Follies), Anne of Green Gables, Peter and the Starcatcher, Thoroughly Modern Millie (CapU Theatre), The Secret Garden (Arbutus Studio).

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