Carlson's Teachers

  • Ricki-Lee Allison

    Ricki-Lee Allison

    Co-Owner & Director

    Ricki-Lee started dance at the age of 5 with Margaret Carlson's Pre-Primary Ballet class. She has trained in ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, tap and musical theatre. Miss Ricki has over 15 years of experience teaching in various communities on Vancouver Island, creating dance classes for all...

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  • Reija Best

    Reija Best

    Co-Owner & Director

    Trained in Germany and Finland, Reija has coached figure skating, rhythmic gymnastics, creative dance, formation jazz dance and choreography at the national level. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and is a five-time winner of the ladies Figure Skating Championship in Middle...

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  • Pam Hicks

    Pam Hicks

    A true islander, Pam’s inspiration to dance began at four years of age. Her rigorous training in classical ballet was under the tutelage of Wynne Shaw in Victoria, and later with Norbert Vesak in Vancouver. Pam has her Advanced Certificate and is also a Registered member with the RAD. She...

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  • Bonnie Nicholas

    Bonnie Nicholas


    A Carlson’s alumna, Bonnie achieved her Intermediate Vocational Certificate in RAD and her Advanced 1 level in ISTD Modern Jazz while a student at Carlson’s, as well as being a regular in Reija’s Free Jazz Classes. Summer Schools, Festival competitions, Musical Society Shows...

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  • Lindsay Randall

    Lindsay Randall

    Beginning her dance training with ballet at the age of 4, Lindsay’s background includes Ballet and Jazz at Carlson’s (culminating in her RAD Intermediate Vocational Certificate in Ballet) and Highland Dance with Kathy White School. She participated for many years at the Cowichan...

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  • Kim Robb

    Kim Robb


    Kim, a registered teacher with the RAD and an associate teacher for Tap with the AITD, trained at the Carousel School of Dance in Jersey C.I. and at the Doreen Bird College of Theatre Dance in London. She graduated as an Associate in ballet, modern and national dance with the ISTD. Kim came from...

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  • Hannah Ashton

    Hannah Ashton

    Hannah began dance at the age of 3. She enjoys all styles and has earned up to her grade 8 RAD ballet award. She first discovered her love for hip hop at the age of 16 when taking a class taught by renowned hip hop dancer and choreographer Lil’C. Hannah has experienced many different...

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  • Christine Shaw

    Christine Shaw

    Christine trained with Kirkwood Academy of the Performing Ars in Nanaimo and at Parksville Ballet School; achieving Honours on her Advanced Cecchetti Ballet and Advanced in ISTD Tap exams. She was also noted for receiving runner-up at the Provincial Festival, which she attended consecutively for...

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  • Amber Tuttle

    Amber Tuttle

    Born and raised on Salt Spring Island, Amber was a little bit cut off from the dance world. But that didn’t stop her from trying. She started dancing in a small studio on Salt Spring at the age of 4, and hasn’t stopped since. She dances many styles including, jazz, ballet, swing,...

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  • Carlow Rush

    Carlow Rush

    Returning to the Carlson's Faculty after taking a break to compete, we are so excited to have Carlow back!

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  • Amberlee Allen

    Amberlee Allen

    Amberlee Allen grew up all over the world, with her later youth residing in the Cowichan Valley. She attended Carlson's School of Dance and Steps Ahead Dance to complete her early training in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical,...

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  • Ryan Seipp

    Ryan Seipp

    Ryan Seipp started dancing in Regina, SK at the age of 6.  He trained in all discliplines of dance including acro, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater and hip hop. Ryan's claim to fame on the prairies was being a triple threat...

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  • Anastasia Glerup

    Anastasia Glerup

    Anastasia has been dancing Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Lyrical since the age of five. She has accomplished Primary through Advanced 2 of the Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams and is now taking the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies 2 year program...

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