Owner and Studio Director
Lisa was born and raised in East Yorkshire, England. At the age of 19 she moved to Canada with her family and came straight to Beautiful Vernon, where she has made her home for the past 10 years.
Lisa started her dance career at the age of 3. Her extensive dance training started at Pamela Gray Dancing Academy, Hull, England, where she was trained and completed exams in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Imperial Society of Teacher of Dance (ISTD) and also trained in International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). After school Lisa was accepted in to the Hull College of Performing Arts where she received her degree in BTEC National Diploma of Dance and Musical Theatre.
Throughout her 27 years of dance, Lisa has been professionally trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Greek dance, National Dance, Ballroom, The Can Can, Broadway, Fosse, Burlesque and Street, she is also a qualified Zumba Instructor, PIYO Instructor and 1 of the first qualified BOKWA Fitness instructors in all of Canada.
In 2018 Lisa also became a certified Elevate Aerial instructor, and is excited to be adding these Aerial classes to the studio.
She has won many awards for her dancing and choreography, Most recently winning 'Star Choreography' award at competitions.
Over her years of dance, Lisa has had the honor to have been accepted in to some of the largest dance training schools in all of England, where she spent years of her dance career as a York Scholar at the Yorkshire Ballet Scholars, a Junior Associate with the Royal Ballet School and a ballet and contemporary dancer of the Northern Ballet School, where she has been trained by world renowned professional dancers and choreographers including Mark Silver, Yoko Ichino, Ronald Emblem and Jill Caplan. She has been one of the lead roles in many productions at Pamela Gray Dancing Academy including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and many more.
Over the past 10 years she has Choreographed main stage productions, including 'The Producers', 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Honk', 3 years running of the 'The Rocky Horror Show',' Fiddler on the Roof', 'Beauty and The Beast', 'Chicago' and 'The Sound of Music', which was accompanied by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and directed by Vancouver Director Matthew Bissett.
Lisa is also Trained and certified in Standard First Aid / AED Level C.
Jazz, Acro, Hip Hop, Break Dance, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre.
Danaka has been dancing for 20 years training at En avant as well as accentz . Danaka's trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern dance, Break Dance, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical and many more style's. She has won dance scholarships for GCDC and has also been a background dancer for Andrew Allen.
Recently Danaka filmed a music video for her song 'Disintegrate' and inter pirating her dancing in the music video .
She has been teaching for diversity Dance since it first opened back in 2013.
Assistant Teacher, Baby Ballet
Ballet and Lyrical