Show Choreographers and Program Instructors

Check out our 2019 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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Zac Vran

VANCOUVER, BC

Choreographer

Hip Hop Workshop

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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Tyler Ayres

VANCOUVER, BC

Choreographer

Acrobatics Workshop Host

Internationally acclaimed and recognized choreographer and entertainer from Australia, Tyler is an expert in aerial arts, acrobatics, hand balancing, tumbling and hand-to-hand. Tyler was the youngest person ever to be funded by the Australian government ARTS ACT fund and has been working professionally in the entertainment industry since t​he age of 9. Companies that have benefited from Tyler's performance and instruction include names from Cirque du Soleil and the Australia Institute of Sport to BLOCH and IADMS. In 2009, Ty​ler toured Central America with the International Ballet Theatre, raising much needed funds for a foundation for youth diagnosed with HIV.

Tyler furthered his profession and expertise, in the cruise industry, sailing the world as an entertainer and contributor in performance conception. In 2013, Tyler moved to Canada where he was instrumental in the beginning stages of Acrobatic Arts, one of the largest acrobatics curriculums in the world, by constructing a large portion of the hand balancing syllabus. He also drove the design and launch of a new center for high level and aspiring athletes while based in Calgary. Tyler now calls Vancouver home and is the Founding Director of TADA, Tyler Ayres Dance and Aerial, which develops and represents top-level performers and publishes a training curriculum for hand balancing, suitable for athletes, aerialists, dancers and acrobats.

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Joanna Lige

KELOWNA, BC

Choreographer

Joanna Lige is a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher, a Certified Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor, a member of the Council of Ontario Dance and Drama Educators, and a member of the International Association of Dance Science and M​edicine.

She is formally trained in ballet, completing her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced II examination. Additionally, she has trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and Peggy Baker Dance Projects. She completed a Post-Secondary Diploma in Contemporary Dance from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has performed work by Sharon Moore, Michael Trent, Danny Grossman, Julia Sasso, Peter Chin, and Sarah Chase. She recently concluded a residency at The Banff Centre with the SITI Theatre Company from New York City.

She currently teaches R.A.D. ballet, contemporary, and jazz at Creator's Arts Centre and at the Canadian School of Ballet. She is also a guest teacher for Ballet Kelowna and within SD23. Her students have competed in the Youth America Grand Prix and have gone on to be provincial representatives in ballet and modern. She has also won numerous choreographic awards including top choreography at the Great Canadian Dance Challenge in 2017.

She also loves rock climbing, the outdoors and spending time with her family.

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Kim O'Neill

TORONTO, ON

Choreographer

Theatre Jazz Workshop

Kim O'Neill is an established dancer, teacher, choreographer, and Graduate from the University of Western Ontario. She is trained extensively in all dance disciplines, having been trained under the direction of Matthew Clark.

Kim continues to peruse her dance career, represented by Da Costa Talent Agency in Toronto. With more than a decade of professional work under her belt, Kim has become a well- established dancer and performer. Kim began her professional career as a featured dancer for the Helix Dance Project, (Linda Garneau), and in Je Danse, dance company (Siona Jackson). Kim has performed at numerous industrial shows including the Bell Celebrity Gala, the Crystal Ball Charity Event, the C.I.M Awards, the Contessa Awards, the Steve Nash Charity Event, World Pride 2014, the 2016 / 2017 Hold Em’ for Life Gala, the Gilda Awards (dancing alongside Eric McCormack), the Mary Kay Event Gala (2016/ 2018),the Chandelier Ball” (Elgin Theatre’s 100th anniversary spectacular ), and the 2018 Goldwell Fashion show (Kevan Allen), to name a few. Kim completed a series of appearances on CBC's "Over The Rainbow,” "Warehouse 13’s” finale episode (42nd Street segment), The Strain, Beauty and The Beast, Bomb Girls (CTV), and “Canada’s Smartest Person.”Kim can be seen in the motion pictures "Save the Last Dance 2: Steppin Up,” and "Camp Rock", starring the Jonas Brothers. She also had the pleasure of working on the hit t.v series "Schitt's Creek" as a dancer / dance stand in, and Assistant to the choreographer. Kim was also a top 100 finalist for the Canadian Premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, Canada.

Kim’s theatre credits include: Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Song and Dance", Drayton Entertainment's, "Aladdin", "Cinderella", Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Dance Legends (2010 / 2011), Big Band Legends, Rock n’ Roll Legends, Assistant Choreographer / Dance Captain / Dancer in Dance Legends at The Grand Theatre, and in “Return to Grace” (RGA Productions) and the Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2014 and the Fallsview Casino (2015 and 2017). Kim was also thrilled to join the Canadian National Tour of Return to Grace in 2015 / 2016, as well as, continue the tour in Bangkok, Thailand (2015). She also had the honour of performing in the 2018 Goldwell's International Hair and Fashion show (Global Zoom), under the direction of Kevan Allen (choreographer / creative director). A highlight for Kim was having the pleasure of dancing as a soloist for Canadian Country Music Star / Singer, Chad Brownlee, at the 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards.

Kim has had the honour of assisting many re-known choreographers including Matthew Clark, Gino Berti, Jeff Dimitriou, Trudy Moffatt, and Sean Cheeseman. She continues to train, adjudicate, and teach master classes across North America. She was the choreographer of the Canadian National Jazz and Modern Team in 2010 / 2011 alongside Jacques Monfiston, and is also a choreographer for World Performers Canada, and the Five Star Dance Company. You can also find Kim teaching guest classes at Metro Movement Dance Studio (Toronto), and at the new Millennium Dance Centre (Toronto), in various disciplines of dance. Kim is a choreographer of the World Performer's Canada Dance Team (2017 and 2018). Her routines received a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal standing, as well as, receiving the award for "Most Outstanding Group in both Junior and Senior Divisions, in all dance disciplines" for her Senior Tap Large Formation.

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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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Tasha Coulter

OTTAWA, ON

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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Kayla Phillips

CHILLIWACK, BC

Aerial Hoop Choreographer

Kayla is an experienced dancer, choreographer and instructor who has trained extensively in all areas of dance since the age of 5. She was just 11 years old when she traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the World Hip Hop Dance Championships, where her group represented Canada by placing among the top 11 groups in the world. Her career furthered in high school when she began training in a half-day intensive program, which focused heavily on Jazz, Ballet and Acrobatic training through both the RAD Ballet and Acrobatic Arts syllabuses. She has earned multiple Bursaries and Awards at various competitions, conventions and workshops, as well as Distinction in each of her Ballet exams. She has worked closely with Blake McGrath, Lonni Olsen, and Krista and Autumn Miller, as well as many other world-renowned artists at various conventions and workshops. Kayla began teaching and assisting in the Lower Mainland before moving to Kelowna to pursue a career in Kinesiology and Dance at UBC. Having worked closely with kids her whole life, Kayla can’t wait to continue sharing her passion for dance with younger dancers, integrating experience from both her studies in dance, and in kinesiology.

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