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Danceforce.- Beginner to professional level training in all types of dance including Jazz, Acro, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Stage Dance, Lyrical and Musical Theatre
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Shannon Newman

Artistic Director

Marlene Hallam

Administrative Director


Shannon Newman

Jazz, Lyrical, Tap & Stage

Shannon has been teaching for over 15 years and has been a Co-Owner and Artistic Director of DanceForce. for the the past 5 years. Shannon began her dance training at age 3 and never stopped. She is trained in many disciplines, including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop and highland dancing. She has completed numerous teacher training courses across North America. Shannon has completed Cecchetti Ballet Exams, is a certified Zumba instructor and has a passion for teaching and choreography. Shannon has extensive experience as a performer and has appeared in many shows and musicals, including productions of Joseph, Grease, West Side Story, Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz, Leader of the Pack and Cabaret. She has won numerous awards and scholarships at competitions,conventions and festivals in the Lower Mainland and in the USA.

James Iing


James Iing’s first exposure to dance was in his home town in East Malaysia where, starting from the age of 12, he was first a student and then an instructor with the local YMCA in a wide range of dance forms including traditional folk dances from Malaysia’s diverse ethnic communities, as well as Western ballroom, jazz and modern dance. In 1992 he joined the state sponsored professional modern dance and ballet company in Singapore as a soloist, touring various countries in East and Southeast Asia with the company in the following years and performing as a guest dancer with the Singapore dance theatre. Then, he moved to London,UK as a freelance dancer also learned from varies master teachers in Europe. And later he moved to Canada to train, this time as an instructor, at the School of Dance in Ottawa under the leadership of Merilee Hodgins and Glen Gilmour, and the painstaking instruction of 2007, in that most challenging of all dance forms Cecchettic classical ballet. At the same year, He has been invited to Dance for Ballet West Company in Montreal and finished his Cecchettic advance 2 with Ms Susanne Plante. In 2008 years of study in the Cecchetti style and a few years teaching in Ottawa and Vancouver, dance remains for James a life-long learning pursuit. He has continued formal training in Montreal and Vancouver for Diploma has expanding and deepening his knowledge and understanding of form, technique and physiology. He plans to never stop learning.

Brittany Gorman

Acro, Tumbling & Jazz

Brittany began dancing at Darcelle’s Dancers at age 3 and is extensively trained in jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, pointe, contemporary, African dance, lyrical, polynesian, and acrobatics. She specializes in teaching tumbling, acrobatics, contemporary, jazz and lyrical. She graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in dance, where she completed a dance intensive pre professional program. She has preformed in many professional shows during her time as a student at SFU with some of Vancouver’s top contemporary choreographers. Throughout her university degree Brittany cheered for the Simon Fraser University Red competitive cheerleading team from 2008-2012, where she trained with national level gymnastic instructors. She has completed her Cecchetti exams from Grade 1 to Advanced 1, and as won numerous awards including Darcelle’s Dancers “Overall Student” She has a passion for performing and looks forward to passing down her love of the stage to her students. Brittany uses her love of the arts, performance, fitness and nutrition to create well rounded healthy dancers.

Ariel Fuoco

Contemporary, Jazz, Tap & Lyrical

Ariel has been apart of the Calgary dance community for over 17 years. Starting at the age of three, she began taking ballet and jazz classes and competitively dancing shortly after. Having a great passion for dance and a dedication to the fine arts, Ariel continued competing until she graduated from high school.

Ariel was fortunate enough to train Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She had amazing experiences while training in other genres such as Swing, Latin, Acro and Partnering with some of the most amazing choreographers and trainers from around the world. Also from the renowned show, Cirque Du Soleil.

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At a young age, Ariel knew that dance would be her passion forever. She was a member of some of the most prestiges shows in Calgary like The Young Canadians and performed in front of over 20, 000 people. Ariel also got to travel all over Canada and the United States for dance in some places like Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Disneyland winning scholarships to further her career.

Though she was extremely competitive in all types of dance, her passion for choreography took her in a different direction. She realized that her dream was not to be under the stage lights anymore, but to be the creator behind it all. 5 years now Ariel has been a choreographer and had multiple high achievements in just a few short years. In just the 2016 dance season, she was awarded 6 choreography awards. Some of her greater accomplishments have been Winning Choreographer of The Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and also holding the title of Danceworks Grand Champions in the finals two years in a row. Ariel also received a People’s Choice Award 2016 for her work and walked away with the First Place Overall for her routines in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Not only is Ariel a choreographer for the competitive world, but she has done a lot for charity and professional music videos. Creating with Canadian Idol Jenn Beaupre and famous country music star Bobby Wills in their music videos back 2011 and 2013. Ariel also choreographed a flash mob for the Guinness World Record of building the longest lemonade stand in the world and helping raise awareness against bullying. Working along side many organizations like The Children’s Wish Foundation is what Ariel likes to do most when she is not in the studio. Her goal is to be able to teach her students and help be a stepping stone in finding their own passion in life.

Ashley Sweett

Lyrical & Contemporary

Ashley is a versatile dance artist from Vancouver, BC. Her ventures have steered her towards training and working professionally throughout Canada and abroad. Ashley was raised in Langley BC with a passion for the performing arts. She received countless awards and scholarships at a provincial level performer during and beyond her adolescent years. After graduating as a dance major from The Langley Fine Arts school, she trained in commercial dance with Source Dance Co. She then studied contemporary dance with Modus Operandi under direction of David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen. She received training in acting at School Creative, Second City Hollywood and ACT2. Ashley founded Sweett Moves which has since led her to produce events such as “Bated Breath” and “Sweett Moves Summer Jam”. She primarily enjoys working with dancers of all ages as a teacher, mentor, adjudicator and recognized choreographer both at home in Vancouver and internationally.

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Selected TV/FILM and live performance credits include Small Stages 35 (Heather Dotto), Disney (Paul Becker), Nickelodeon (Kelly Konno), Times of India Film Awards (Liz Tookey), Alliance Films, MUCH MUSIC, Michael Buble, PRP Productions and Goldwell Hair.

Selected (co-)choreography and credits include Cirque du Soliel, FOXTV’s Lucifer (Kelly Konno), 2010 Olympic Winter Games, The Lovers Cabaret (Vanessa Young) and recording artists Little India and Hey Ocean.

Ryan Morrissette

Hip Hop

Ryan has trained in Hip Hop dance for a decade. Performing along side Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Desman, K-OS, Classified, and many others.

Competing on stages such as Rogers Arena, Hip Hop International, Vibe, Body Rock and on TV shows such as Canada’s Got Talent and Once Upon A Time. Currently a member of the 2016 Canadian National champion and one of the top ranking groups worldwide “TwoFourSeven”. He’s the recipient of multiple choreography awards and puts all of himself into everything he does.

Sue Howse

Hip Hop

Sue is the owner and director of 1-Vibe entertainment, a popular school wide dance program run in many schools around the lower mainland for over 20 years. She works with elementary aged kids sharing her passion for dance and inspiring the new students she meets daily. Sue has been dancing since the age of 4 training in hip hop, jazz, tap, stage, ballet and Polynesian as a both an alumni dancer and former full time teacher at Darcelle’s Dancers till 2010 just after her first daughter was born.

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Sue’s performance experiences include the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team, Vancouver Voodoo Roller Hockey Dance Team, PRP Productions PNE and Playland shows, Expo 86 and Variety Club Telethons. She has choreographed for the Port Coquitlam May Day Festival, Variety Club Telethon, International pop stars, Camp Zajac for special needs, Down Syndrome Conference, Fairmont Hotel special events and School Districts: Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and VCSB.

Sue excited to be back teaching at the studio.

Nicole Bennett

Ballet, Licentiate CUSA-CIBC & Associate ISTD Tap

Nicole grew up in the lower mainland and is a graduate of KS Dance LTD in the UK. She has toured England with AllegroDance company performing Cinderella (2010) and Scheherazade (2009) with original choreography by Marius Petipa. Whilst training, she received the Artistry award 2009, the Bryan Hodgson Scholarship 2009, and Most Promising Teacher 2010. Nicole’s career as both dancer and teacher has taken her all over the UK, Canada, and most recently to Los Angeles.

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Her passion has always been on teaching over performing. Most recently, she passed the very prestigious Licentiate teachers exam in 2017. She is one of very few teachers in North America able to teach the advanced Cecchetti work. Nicole’s students have gone on to dance in Billy Elliot on the Westend, English National Ballet, National Ballet School of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer intensive, and Disneyland. She is very passionate about her craft and takes great pride in building rapports with all her students.

In addition to her dance training, Nicole is a certified Classical Pilates instructor (New York style). She is currently training for her Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma. In her spare time Nicole loves hiking with her dog Diego, doing pilates and spending time with her friends, family and husband Jay!

Andrea Marino

Vocal Coach

Andrea is an established entertainer and instructor. She stepped into her first pair of ballet slippers at the age of two, continued to train intensively in all styles of dance, then became an original member of The Source Dance Company in 2000. Her early love for musical theatre sparked an interest in singing. She started vocal lessons at age ten and booked her first role as Nancy in Bye Bye Birdie at Theatre Under the Stars shortly thereafter. Andrea also trained extensively in film and television acting with acclaimed coaches in Vancouver and New York. Select credits include stage productions Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, West Side Story and The Candy Girl Cabaret; music videos for Hedley and Shania Twain; television series Masters of Horror and Life As We Know It; commercials for Burger King and Verizon Wireless; MTV’s movie Monster Island starring Carmen Electra.

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Andrea’s bright career flew her around the world to places including Malaysia, China and numerous U.S. cities. Selected from hundreds of dancers, she performed alongside Canadian recording artist Avril Lavigne at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Andrea’s next adventure began in Los Angeles where she auditioned for the world-renowned theme park Universal Studios Japan. Being the only auditionee to book the gig, Andrea relocated to Osaka, Japan where she spent three years as a lead in the Universal Monsters Live Rock and Roll Show.

Andrea has worked behind the scenes as well. She was the assistant to one of Vancouver’s leading casting directors and worked as a talent agent to many local rising performers. Currently, Andrea is one of two female vocalists in the show titled ‘Sway – A Tribute to Michael Buble’. This show has been touring throughout the U.S. for the past 3 years, performing at some of the top American casinos. Andrea also teaches at Vancouver’s prestigious drop-in studio, Harbour Dance Centre. She runs the vocal program, which includes Broadway & Pop group classes and is the vocal coach for Harbour Dance Centre’s training company, ITP. Andrea loves sharing her passion for the arts with children and aspiring entertainers.

Jessica Sudiro

Preschool, Jazz & Tap

Jessica began dancing at Darcelles Dancers at the age of 3. She competivley trained in jazz , lyrical , tap, ballet, contemporary , hip hop, tumbling -acro , and Polynesian. She has spent numerous years training in each type of genre from many unique and inspiring choreographers and dancers. Jessica is currently studying at Douglas College in the Future Teachers Associate of Arts Degree Program, that will allow her to transfer to Simon Fraser University for the Professional Development Program and acheieve a degree in teaching. She has received numerous scholarships and awards such as ” Overall Student” , “Overall Intermediate Dancer”, “Overall Tap Dancer”, and the “Darcelle Chin award”. Jessica has a true passion for dance and is looking forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with her students!

Darcelle Chin

Adult Polynesian

Darcelle received her dance training in Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Song & Dance, Polynesian, Spanish and Acrobatics in the lower mainland, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Hawaii. She has won numerous awards and scholarships and is the Senior Tap, Stage and Jazz Provincial winner of the first BC Festival of the Arts.

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Darcelle has choreographed many fashion shows, productions and special events including the Opening Ceremonies for the BC Srs Games and has adjudicated several dance festivals throughout BC and Alberta. Performing credits include various musicals and stage shows, television specials, commercials and films. She co-hosted the national television series “Going Great” with Keanu Reeves and Chris Makepeace. Darcelle is a former Miss PNE, Miss Burnaby and Miss Vancouver Chinatown.

While maintaining her involvement in the arts, Darcelle finished high school at age 14 and then went on to earn her BSc from Simon Fraser University and her MBA from the Ivy School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Darcelle was the director/owner of “Darcelle’s Dancers” studio and performing troupe for over 30 years. She is excited to return to DanceForce to teach Polynesian and see everyone again.