Our Team

Dance FX offers top-tier instructors who have a passion for teaching people of all ages. The Maple Ridge studio offers several dancing genres, giving children, adolescent and adults the opportunity to discover dance in multiple forms. Dance FX operates with the goal of getting to know each dancer so they feel like they’re a part of something. Clients can expect personalized support and compassionate teachers who see potential in every single person they teach. Empower yourself with our creative classes that cultivate each person as the best dancer they can be.


Ella
Ella
2017-2018 Student Teacher
Aurora
Aurora
2017-2018 Student Teacher
Hayley
Hayley
2017-2018 Student Teacher
Nevaeh
Nevaeh
2017-2018 Student Teachers
Teresa Morrissette
Teresa Morrissette
Owner/ Instructor

Teresa is the owner of Dance FX. She loves working with clients from all over the Lower Mainland, utilizing her entrepreneurial spirit and positive attitude. Working with all ages, Teresa brings a remarkable energy to all her classes. She is passionate about encouraging personal development through jazz and tap genres using creative, engaging classes

Ryan Morrissette
Ryan Morrissette
Owner/Instructor

Ryan Morrissette, is not only one of the most sought after choreographers in Canada but he is still one of the top Hip hop dancers around, a member of the hip hop crew Twofourseven,  he is a talented, charismatic dancer whose energy is well, … contagious, to say the least.

His hard hits, quick and clean moves, and overall enthusiasm on stage definitely draw the attention of his audiences. But even off stage, Ryan seems to often be found smiling and sharing a positivity with friends and strangers alike that is truly refreshing.  So when I heard that this young dancer has been dealing with a serious health condition since birth, I couldn’t believe it. You’d just never know that Ryan has Cystic Fibrosis if you saw him out there – the way he always seems to be giving it his all- whether on stage dancing, competing or emceeing and event, or just hanging out with his friends.

But that’s what Ryan does- he gives his utmost to this passion he has for dance, and to life in many ways, it seems.  In fact, rather than letting CF stop him from pursuing his love of dance, Ryan uses dance as a way to heal his condition and to reach others out there to remind them to live life to the fullest. “I wasn’t supposed to be able to do a lot of cardiovascular exercise,” says Ryan. But if you saw him out there, training, leaping, doing flips and tricks- well, Ryan has pushed through many physical obstacles that might otherwise cause another person in his shoes to not even attempt any of it.  And that kind of perseverance is extraordinary .

Ryan recently said in a video that he never wanted to be treated differently for having CF.  And I just want to make it clear that Ryan, I am not singling you out here in this special feature because you have CF.  But I do admit to singling you out for having the courage, tenacity, faith and an excitement about life that some people may never find.  And here you are, finding it at age 16 or even earlier.  Ryan, you are such an inspiration to so many people out there… reminding them to follow their dreams, to HAVE dreams, and to let nothing come in the way of those dreams. And THAT deserves recognition, absolutely.

 

Ryan recently Won the BodyRock HipHop Competition in San Diego  June 3rd 2017 with his Crew Twofourseven!!

Cierra Morrissette
Cierra Morrissette
Owner/ Instructor

Cierra’s jazz tech, Hip Hop in Heels and adult burlesque classes teach confidence, poise and self expression. She loves teaching her classes with the goal of getting lots of exercise but having fun too. Having danced all genres for 18 years , she’s incredibly inspired by the power of dance and hopes to make others feel the same way.

Cierra also teaches Tiny tutu and Tiny jazz

Erik Bruendl
Erik Bruendl
Ballet Instructor

Erik first started dancing when he was five years old, and quickly fell in love with it. Since then, he has trained at numerous schools across the Lower Mainland in ballet, contemporary, modern dance, and pas de deux; most recently at Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver under Li Yaming.

Erik first started dancing when he was five years old, and quickly fell in love with it. Since then, he has trained at numerous schools across the Lower Mainland in ballet, contemporary, modern dance, and pas de deux; most recently at Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver under Li Yaming. Erik successfully completed his Advanced 2 Royal Academy of Dance Examination in classical ballet during his high school years. He has also attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Summer Session on a scholarship, and was invited to become a full-time student of the school’s prestigious Professional Division. Erik has extensive performance experience in productions of full-length classical ballets, as well as in shorter works at local performances and community events. He has performed in ballets such as “Cinderella,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “The Nutcracker;” performed major roles in shorter classical pieces such as the “Paquita Grand Pas” and the “Swan Lake Pas de Trois;” and also performed in multiple contemporary works. He has appeared as a guest performer dancing in Calvin Dycke’s “Songs, Strings, and Steps,” and has also performed numerous classical variations from ballets such as “Swan Lake,” “Giselle,” “La Bayadère,” and “Le Corsaire.” Over the years, Erik has spent a long time working with children of all ages in dance classes, children’s camps, and organizing summer children’s programs. He will be training and performing with Vancouver based Coastal City Ballet in the fall of 2015 and looks forward to sharing his love of ballet with the Dance FX students.

Ariel Fuoco
Ariel Fuoco
Instructor

My name is Ariel Fuoco and I am a contemporary choreographer from Calgary. I now reside in Maple Ridge!

I have been a choreographer for 6 years now with a lot of background in the dance world. Being a dancer myself for 17 years now, I have decided to expand myself out of the city I grew up in and take my vision for the contemporary world with me. This year was an amazing eye opener for me. After winning the Top High Scores and Top Choreographer at every competition 3 years in a row, I received a tremendous amount of jobs throughout the country and US.

I am a firm believer in being a student forever, I love to learn! Whether that be different forms of dance, or following my outside passion of child psychology and practitioner training, I truly believe that is why I am unique in this field. Not only do I train that into myself, but I train that into my students as well.

 

TINA UGZMAILI
TINA UGZMAILI
Instructor

Tina’s tiny hip hop classes embody her positive personality, instilling children with confidence and creativity from a young age. She encourages children to be themselves in engaging classes that are different every single time, offering children the challenge they’re craving.

JHAYMEE HIZON
JHAYMEE HIZON
B-Boy Instructor

Jhaymee “Eloquence” Hizon  is known and respected throughout the Lower Mainland as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and as one of the members of the infamous Now or Never Crew. Jhaymee and his crew are one of the top bboy crews in Canada and becoming highly regarded worldwide. His style is a fusion of the traditional way of bboying and his own original movements.

With the, “it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it mentality”, he ads style into every movement. Jhaymee has been teaching dance for over  fifteen years. His recent accomplishments include:

– Massive Monkee Day (Champions)

– Battle of the year International (Germany)

– IBE (2011 Europe World Battle)

– Closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place

His goal is to promote the positive side of hip-hop, while preserving this powerful art form and its strong cultural presence.

KARRY KOVAC FEDORUK
KARRY KOVAC FEDORUK
Instructor

Karry’s classes are anything but conventional. Using contemporary influences, her classes offer a new take on ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Karry uses her expertise in multiple genres to engage dancers while instilling them with strong technical abilities and their own individuality.

Kiana Rigg
Kiana Rigg
Instructor

Kiana Rigg first started dancing at the age of 3 and has had a passion for it ever since. She is trained in various styles like Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Ballet but Acro has always been her favourite. She has recently received her Acrobatic Arts Module One Teaching Certificate and is trained in

Ariels, Tumbling, Handstands And Balancing, as well as training In Contortion. Kiana is looking forward to sharing her love for acrobatic dance with her students

Tara Watson
Tara Watson
Instructor

Bio coming soon!!