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

    Though she is now retired, Reija is always a part of Carlson's!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...

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  • Bonnie Nicholas

    Bonnie Nicholas

    I.S.T.D. | R.A.D

    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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  • Carlow Rush

    Carlow Rush

    Returning to the Carlson's Faculty after taking a break to compete, we are so excited to have Carlow back!  Students of all ages love his upbeat, positive energy as he shares his knowlege.  Carlow may look familiar as one of the faces on NBC's World of Dance with the duo Funkanometry...

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  • Jessica Scott

    Jessica Scott

    Miss Jessica Scott grew up dancing at Carlson's and we are so excited to have her teaching adult classes.  During the day you will find her teaching for School District 79 and after school hours you can find her in the studio teaching and taking classes.  Her passion for dance shines...

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  • Hanna Wheeler

    Hanna Wheeler

    Miss Hanna's love of dance and dedication to her students shine through with her attention to detail and exciting choreography.  Having grown up dancing in the Cowichan Valley, Miss Hanna trained in a wide variety of dance styles and is now teaching everything from baby ballerinas to adult...

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