Show Choreographers and Program Instructors

Check out our 2020 line up!

Michelle Koricina

KELOWNA, BC

Show and Program Director

Acrobatics Choreographer

Student Flexibility Training

Michelle is proud to be the director of Level Up Entertainment. Michelle studied Acrobatics, along with Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop in South Western Ontario for most of her life. While performing at a competitive level, Michelle was trained in acro, flexibility, and partnering by Cirque Du Soleil Ariel Artist Meaghan Wegg. In order to broaden her training, she moved to Toronto, where she was accepted into the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown College, which focused on jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and musical theatre.

In 2014 she moved to Kelowna to complete her Bachelor's degree in Accounting at Okanagan College. She fell in love with the city and has been here ever since!

Michelle has a passion for choreographing acrobatics, as well as passing on safe acro techniques to her students.

Michelle is a certified instructor with Acrobatique, ADAPT, TADA Hand Balancing, and Alixa Flexibility, and has over 13 years of teaching experience and award winning choreography to offer!

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Allison Widdis

KELOWNA, BC

Co-Artistic Director

Choreographer

Graham Modern Technique Workshop

​Allison was born and raised in Exeter, Ontario and began her life in dance at the mere age of five training in acrobatics, jazz, and tap at a competitive level. At the age of 10, Allison began to develop into more ballet, and lyrical styles, all while continuing her studies in acrobatics, jazz, and tap. During this time Allison qualified to be a part of Team Canada representing our country in Reisa, Germany with her acrobatic skills. At the age of 14, Allison really began to indulge in learning the style of contemporary. At the age of 15, Allison began choreographing competitively and inspiring younger dancers to pursue dance as a career.

In 2014, Allison graduated from York University's BFA honours in Dance program in Toronto, Ontario. While in university she trained extensively in the genres of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, Improvisation, Choreography, and Performance. Allison has performed in a number of showcases throughout her career at York University as well as charity performances throughout Toronto including Arts For Healing. Allison has been teaching and choreographing at the recreational and competitive level for 11 years now and has won several overall titles and been recognized throughout Ontario and BC for her outstanding choreography.

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Kurt Werner

KELOWNA, BC

Ballet Choreographer and Workshop Instructor

Originally from Brampton, Ontario, Kurt has been a professional dancer with Ballet Kelowna since the summer of 2012. Prior to his move, he studied with several of Canada's top professional ballet schools including the Canada’s National Ballet School, The School of Alberta Ballet and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, where he graduated from their Ballet Academic Program in 2011. Kurt has also travelled abroad to Austria, England, Italy, New Zealand and the US in order to further his development and knowledge of classical, contemporary and modern dance.

During his time with Ballet Kelowna, Kurt has performed in numerous mixed repertoire programs locally in the Okanagan Region, throughout British Columbia and Alberta as well as making company debuts in Toronto and Beijing, China. Most recently he danced in Ballet Kelowna’s mixed repertoire program, Dawn in early November. In 2015, Kurt was the first recipient of the Brian MacDonald Dance Award (established upon his passing), where he participated in The Banff Centre’s prestigious Summer Dance Program.

To spur on his choreographic projects, Kurt founded the Evolve Arts Collective striving to work with freelance artists across the Okanagan to promote works that pushes the boundaries between art disciplines. At the same time, creating authentic and raw content in hopes that we can offer audience members a new perspective on matters and ideas.


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Zac Vran

VANCOUVER, BC

Hip Hop Choreographer and Workshop Instructor

Choreographer / Actor / Dancer

Zac Vran is a Canadian actor and dancer born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He began performing at the age of 4 when he was inspired by the dynamics of dance. He has since trained and competed in all styles of dance including hip hop, contemporary, jazz, tap, modern, and ballet. With an affinity for urban movement and lifestyle, his focus naturally turned to the broad range of styles of hip hop.

In 2013, Zac auditioned for Family Channel Television's Hit TV series The Next Step and was cast as, Actor / Dancer series lead "Hunter", Where he would Continue thrive on seasons 2 & 3. This Propelled him to tour across Canada with "Big Ticket Summer Concert", "Pure Dance Convention", "Idance", "Liberum Dance Projects" and "Raw Motion Workshops".

22 years old, Zac has opened for Carley Rae Jepsen, Mariana's Trench, Hedley, and Victoria Duffield for We Day at Rogers Arena. Zac was also a lead dancer in the closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, performing alongside Canadian rapper K-OS. Since then has competed internationally with house hold names FRESHH ( Canadas Got Talent / Hip-Hop International) & PRAISE TEAM ( Vibe / Body Rock). He also is an industry dancer featured on shows such as "izombie" "The Flash" "11/22/63" with James Franco, 2017 revamp of "Freaky Friday" "Riverdale" and upcoming releases (2019) "Disney's Descendants 3" & Apple's "See".

When not on set, Zac choreographs internationally for music videos and studios, and performs at private and corporate events. A lower mainland native he has Coached Team Canada B.C. for the IDO Hip-Hop World Competition in 2015 & 2017 to podium finishes. His goal is to inspire people to dance and is looking forward to working with the talent at "Level Up Entertainment" this upcoming summer.

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Trishya Perera

VANCOUVER, BC

Jazz Choreographer and Workshop Instructor

Trishya is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and judge who found her passion at a very young age. She has been trained in a range of different forms from classical to urban styles. Trishya graduated from York University in Toronto with a BFA honors in Dance. She has choreographed for numerous plays, showcases and musicals with both her work and her self being represented in many industry showcases. Trishya’s musical theater experience continued as she played Consuela from West Side Story performed at The LOT in Toronto. She has had the opportunity to tour internationally with companies such as Creativiva & Echo Productions performing in “The Little Prince”, “Aladdin” & “Bonnie & Clyde”. Trishya is very grateful to have had the opportunity to produce and choreograph her own production, "All ApartTogether" in March of 2014. Her teaching experience took her to London, England where she taught Contemporary at Pineapple Dance Studio, which then opened doors to tour Western Canada teaching and performing contemporary dance. Trishya is honoured to have been on the judging panel for StarCatchers Dance Competition and Toronto International Youth Dance Festival. Her most recent move to Vancouver opened many doors to performing and teaching. She is a continuing dancer for The Darlings Cabaret, performed for Vancouver Opera in Vancouver and Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular on Vancouver Island. Trishya has newly entered the film world with credits on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on NBC and Julie and the Phantoms on Netflix. Her teaching goal will always be to create well rounded, confident dancers and will always encourage her students to follow their dreams! Trishya is very excited to be teaching for Level Up this season and cannot wait to see what the dancers can bring!


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Jared Khalifa

VANCOUVER, BC

Jazz Choreographer and Workshop Instructor

Jared is a multidisciplinary performing artist and athlete, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Prior to his career as a dancer, Jared trained in Capoeira martial arts, which inspired him to pursue Gymnastics as well as Classical Voice and Musical Theatre. As a Tumbling Gymnast, Jared has trained across Canada, the United States, England and France. He has represented Canada at three World Age Group Championships, earning two World Cup Silver medals, twelve National Championship medals and three Canadian titles. After retiring from the Canadian Gymnastics Team, Jared began training in Montreal with Cirque Du Soleil, where he became a member of the original recreation of OVO the North American Tour. Once he came back to Vancouver, Jared dove into the Film/TV industry as a dancer, and can be seen featured in multiple TV shows and films, such as Sabrina (Netflix), Motherland (Freeform), A Cinderella Christmas (Warner Bros), Descendants 3 (Disney), video games by EA Games and many more. He has also appeared live in concert with artists such as Foreigner, Barry Manilow and Eric Church, In addition to his passion for stage and screen performance, Jared’s teaching endeavours have led him across Canada and Europe, working with conventions, companies, and clients from SYTYCD, WOD, and Cirque Du Soleil. Jared believes in training both the mind and body in tandem in order to reach one’s full potential as a dancer. He is currently a BA Performance Psychology major at the University of British Columbia, completing Corrective Exercise and

Injury Prevention Certifications, and holds International Certifications in Personal Fitness Training and Hand Balancing. Jared is well versed as both a commercial and technical dancer, and is also known in the industry for his unique specialty skills as a tumbler and acrobat.



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Tasha Coulter

OTTAWA, ON

Aerial Hoop Choreographer and Aerial Acrobatics Workshop

Tasha started dancing at the age of six in Southwestern Ontario. She initially trained and competed in acro, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Over the years Tasha broadened her horizons to include circus arts such as aerial hoop and aerial silks.

She holds an associate’s certificate from the British Association of Teachers of Dancing in the Acrobatic/Gymnastics categories and is currently teaching and training in Ottawa, Ontario. Tasha specializes in Acro Dance, Aerial Silks, and Aerial Hoop and has worked with many well known aerial artists to expand and learn more in the aerial art forms.

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