Kelowna Dance Studio Instructors

Tarina Paquin | Ballet Director

Tarina Paquin | Ballet Director

Specializing in Ballet and Technique

Tarina Paquin is originally from Winnipeg, and now lives in beautiful Kelowna. Her journey started at age eleven when she entered the Professional Dance Division at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Along with school performances she also danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company in Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake and took part in the film, Moulin Rouge~The ballet, shown in Cineplex Theatres throughout the world. While completing both academic studies and intensive dance training at the RWB, Tarina also attended prestigious summer intensives like Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Springboard Danse Montreal.

Upon graduation Tarina moved to sunny Vancouver to further her training in contemporary dance with Arts Umbrella. She toured with the Arts Umbrella Dance Company to Holland and performed jointly with Noord Nederlandse Dans Company in Groningen and Rotterdam. At Arts Umbrella, Tarina has had the privilege to work with many world-renowned choreographers like James Kudelka, (National Ballet of Canada), Emily Molnar, (Artistic Director, Ballet BC) and Giocondo Barbuto (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Nederlands Dans Theatre).

Once completing the Arts Umbrella Graduate Program, Tarina was invited to join Ballet Kelowna. Amongst the eclectic repertoire, she performed the White Swan Pas De Deux, Pas de Quatre, and Double Variations, a new creation by Simone Orlando and Joe Laughlin. She also performed as the Snow Queen and Spanish Pas De Deux in the Canadian School of Ballet’s Nutcracker.

Tarina has been seen dancing across North America as Arabian Pas de Deux and Snow Fairy with Koba Entertainment’s production of Max & Ruby’s Nutcracker. Tarina has choreographed and assisted with Koba Entertainment’s productions, honing her creative craft. Along with her love for dance, Tarina loves to teach and create on students. She is determined to give any knowledge and inspirations that she has garnered on her journey of being a professional dancer. Tarina is very excited to be teaching at Reflections Dance Studio.

Melissa McCracken

Melissa McCracken

Specializing in Ballet, Tap and Contemporary

Melissa was born in Prince George, B.C. training, competing, and teaching under the direction of Judy Russell at Enchainement Dance Centre. After graduating, she spent two years studying dance abroad in New York City, at the prestigious Ailey School and Peridance Capezio Center. She studied extensively in Ballet, Horton, Graham, Contemporary, and Improvisation with renowned teachers Milton Myers, Ana Marie Forsythe, Marianne Bachmann, Igal Perry, and Peter Brandenhoff. Melissa remains dedicated in the world of dance and continues to further her studies while teaching, inspiring and choreographing for dancers of all ages and levels. We are thrilled to have Melissa a part of the Reflections faculty family.

Manuel Sorge

Manuel Sorge

Specializing in Contemporary, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical

Manuel started his professional career as a dancer/tumbler for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Wanting to broaden his dance repertoire, Manuel moved to Vancouver where he found his way into the Source Dance Company and Modus Operandi where he refined his skills and found a passion for contemporary dance. His unique style of movement earned him a place with respected dance companies and artists including 605 Collective, Marta Marta Productions, the response, Shay Kuebler, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro and Ballet Kelowna. Some of his commercial credits include Kyle XY, Rainmaker Studios and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He has had the privilege of performing throughout North America and Europe.

Manuel has been teaching dance and educating dancers for more then 10 years and has experience with recreational dancers to professional working artists and everything in between. He has a unique way of guiding lessons where students can learn and grow at their own pace and always be working toward a personal goal. He has a versatile background which enables him to relate to many different dancers no matter what their past dance experience is. Manuel’s classes have a contemporary foundation and a special focus on body mechanics and how to utilize the body to its maximum potential.

Melissa Sorge

Melissa Sorge

Specializing in Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary

Melissa is a choreographer, teacher and educator of dance who started performing at a young age. At the age of 18 she received the Marie Manson Memorial Award and the Kiwanis Most Promising Dancer Award. These scholarships pushed her to pursue contemporary dance at York University’s Dance Program in Toronto, and with Modus Operandi in Vancouver. Upon completing Modus Operandi, she
co-founded the contemporary collective actualPLAY, creating and performing with them in shows throughout Vancouver. Melissa has had the opportunity to work with contemporary dance companies Kinesis Dance Somatheatro and Zebra Eyes Contemporary Dance. She was involved in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games in which she performed alongside Michael Buble. Since 2010 she has been training students in Kelowna, receiving numerous choreography awards throughout BC and Alberta, including the Shine Dance Festival’s Top Choreography Award 2015 for her piece, “In This Shirt”.

Melissa is also a graduate of The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, holding a diploma in Holistic Nutrition. She specializes in nutrition education for dancers and other high performance athletes as well as nutritional guidance for women pre-conception through to post-pregnancy and children’s health. She runs a recipe blog called Body Fuel Nutrition (www.bodyfuelnutrition.net), aimed to educate and inspire people to eat more whole foods and less junk to achieve whole body health and vibrancy.

Melissa brings passion, joy and a love for dance to the studio to inspire and excite her students. She has found that teaching with encouragement, love and support gives dancers the self-esteem and confidence they need to be the best dancers and individuals they can possibly be. Her background in contemporary, jazz, lyrical, ballet, yoga, C.I. training, barre, improvisation, musical theatre and boxing/kickboxing all fuse together to create dynamic classes in which Melissa focuses on proper body mechanics and safety for the dancer. She has over 10 years experience instructing recreational to professional dancers from the age of 3 to adult. Melissa looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with the students at Reflections!

Sam Crossley | Artistic Director

Sam Crossley | Artistic Director

Specializing in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Hip Hop

Sam Crossley is a well-rounded and versatile dancer and choreographer who began her training in the Okanagan Valley. In 2010 Sam moved to Los Angeles and pursued her dream of dancing with the world renowned hip hop team “GRV” placing 2nd at World Hip Hop Championships in 2012. Taking 1st place at World of Dance LA two years in a row, the international exposure became greater and they eventually traveled as a team to Sweden to perform at the Hip Drop in summer of 2013. Her experience in L.A. ranged from community hip hop competitions to industry work, performing for Nike NBA events and dancing as an extra in T.V. pilots and music videos. Sam is now currently teaching and choreographing in Kelowna, B.C. and travels around to share her passion and love for dance wherever she can. Her most recent successes include choreographing for Team Canada and leading her own internationally recognized hip hop team “Sockeye” to Las Vegas where they took 3rd place over all at Velocity Dance Conventions Nationals, as well as the top choreography award.

Bronwen Kettleson

Bronwen Kettleson

Specializing in Acro, Jazz and Technique

Bronwen Kettleson is a movement artist whose work is a reflection of her diverse movement background. Currently, she both performs and choreographs for various site-specific performances in the Kamloops area, including the summer season with the Kamloops Heritage Railway. Bronwen runs Conditioning, Yoga (Ashtanga) and Acro classes, as well as an adult dance performance program out of her yoga studio, Studio 253, in Kamloops. Bronwen was raised in the competitive dance world of BC, which included winner of the BC Festival of the Performing Arts in the Stage division. She went on to dance commercially in Vancouver, while having the benefit of classes with CADA, Kokoro Dance, Harbour Dance Centre and Vancouver Circus School. She spent some time in Montreal dancing both commercially and with Ballet Ouest. Bronwen took a few years to focus on the study of other movement forms throughout Europe and South America, while basing herself out of Buenos Aires and Oslo. Bronwen is now a 500 E-RYT Yoga instructor with over 3000 hours of teaching experience in a variety of populations. She has taken courses with STOTT Pilates, Franklin Method, Ido Portal, Gymnastic Bodies, Yuri Marmerstein and Acrobatic Arts. Bronwen moved to Kamloops three years ago from Whitehorse, where she performed work by Monique Romeiko, accompanied by Juno nominee Kim Barlow. While there, she choreographed for a season with the Rendezvous Can Can Dancers. Bronwen is delighted to be a part of the 2016-2017 season with the esteemed Reflections dancers.

Kaitlyn Johnston

Kaitlyn Johnston

Specializing in Ballet and Jazz

Kaitlyn began dancing at the age of six at the Edmonton School of Ballet where she developed her passion for dance. While dancing with the Edmonton School of Ballet she was part of the Pre-Professional Program, which led her to obtain a role in the Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker. As a part of their leadership program, Kaitlyn became a role model assisting with younger classes. This opportunity led to her desire to become a dance instructor. Through her training Kaitlyn achieved her Advanced 1 in the RAD Syllabus. While pursuing her Ballet career she was introduced to the genre of Lyrical at Reflections Dance Studio. Competing Ballet and Lyrical solos for multiple years, Kaitlyn achieved many placings and scholarships through various competitions in Western Canada. Dancing through her academic years she was a founding member of Reflections Elite Company Program and became involved with O.K.M’s Fame Academy where she was a head choreographer for the musical Hairspray. Kaitlyn also had the privilege to choreograph in O.K.M’s annual Fashion Show. Kaitlyn recently received her Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia and is excited to start her career as an Elementary School Teacher. Receiving instruction from some the best instructor’s in the country, Kaitlyn is excited to share her passion for dance and teaching with the students of Reflections Dance Studio.

Jodie Klingbeil | Owner/Director

Jodie Klingbeil | Owner/Director

Jodie is the Owner/Director of Reflections Dance Studio.  This dream was realized after many years of teaching throughout Alberta and BC where she discovered her love for Kelowna would bring her here permanently to make this community her home.  Over the years Jodie has trained under some of the finest professional instructors internationally, including Brian Webb, Laura Bain, Heidi Bunting, Brian Foley, Shawn Hughes, Bill Prudich, Charles McGowan and Roland Dupres.  In addition she also excelled in the BA dance program at Grant McEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta.  She has been recognized for her achievements and has received numerous choreography awards at Competitions and Festivals throughout Alberta and BC.  Jodie specializes in Jazz and Lyrical but has a love and passion for all forms of dance which is evident in the dedication she shows in pursuing her dream of continuing to build this elite studio.  Her vision of offering a healthy and fun atmosphere for all dancers to enjoy while maintaining the highest caliber of training for all dancers that wish to have the opportunity to share in her love for dance is evident the minute you walk through the doors of Reflections Dance Studio.