I have been part of the Reflections family since 2005 and have loved my time there. My teachers were always supportive of my own personal goals and would push me out of my comfort zone to broaden my range of abilities. Throughout the years I took jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary classes. In 2009 Jodie and her faculty invited four groups of dancers who showed express interest in competing more frequently to train at a higher level. I was part of this Elite Company Program until 2015, re-auditioning each year, training up to 8 hours a week and travelling internationally to participate in conventions and competitions.
In my last year of high school I decided to give my attention to graduating and did not dance in the Company at Reflections, but I still had goals of pursuing a dance career after graduation. I had heard of a contemporary school in Vancouver called Modus Operandi through Manuel and Melissa Sorge, who both completed this program. That year I took private lessons with Manuel to broaden my contemporary knowledge as well as classes with Marissa to better my ballet technique. I was accepted into Modus Operandi after auditioning at both the spring and the summer intensives. I am really enjoying the program and am looking forward to the rest of my time there.
The faculty at Reflections and the friends I made in class are now family to me and I am so grateful for the opportunities this studio lead me to and helped me to achieve. I learned more than dance skills there, I learned how to be a part of a supportive community and what healthy relationships look like, that is what makes Reflections Dance Studio and the people there so valuable to me. I am so grateful to Jodie, Sam, Manuel, Melissa, and Kaitlyn for all they’ve done to hold me up and lead me on my way.
Reflections Dance Studio has been my home away from home since 2009, I began by taking classes in ballet and lyrical. The following year I auditioned for the Elite Company Program and added contemporary, classical ballet, hip-hop, and technique classes to my after school schedule. I danced with the Company for 5 years, and made life-long friends along the way. My instructors, who I now consider family, valued a wide range of training in many styles bringing in guest choreographers to broaden our knowledge of the dance world.
In the months after I graduated in 2015 I taught hip-hop, jazz, and ballet at Reflections as well as for the City of Kelowna. I also continued to train with Reflections Elite Hip-Hop Company, Sockeye, which I was a part of for 3 years. Near the end of the year I was introduced to the Intensive Training Program, or ITP, based at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. I auditioned the following spring and began packing my bags in August after being accepted into the program. I love it. We take classes in a wide variety of styles and perform at community events, showcasing pieces by some of the most well known choreographers in Western Canada.
I am grateful to the amazing faculty at Reflections for playing such a huge part in helping me pursue my love for dance. When I chose to take the next step in my training they were very supportive and they continue to do so. My roots will always lead back to Reflections Dance Studio, that is where I gained the skills and the courage to expand my training beyond what I thought I could.