Meet Our Instructors

Tara Britt, Youth Programs Director

Originally from Victoria, BC, Tara graduated from the Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. She has worked all over the world for various cruise lines as well as several regional companies.

For the past 10 years Tara has worked in Victoria as a director, choreographer, and performer. Past directorial and choreography credits include GYPSY, BRIGADOON, ANNIE, A CHRISTMAS STORY (Choreographer only), ANNE OF GREEN GABLES- VOS; ANNIE- Blackbox Productions, TITLE OF SHOW-,Urban Arts 2011 and 2016; ADAMS FAMILY, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Choreographer only-Kaleidoscope Theatre; GUYS AND DOLLS, LES MISERABLES School Edition, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, THE JUNGLE BOOK, ANNIE JR, FAME, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, 101 DALMATIANS, ALADDIN JR, WEST SIDE STORY, LEGALLY BLOND, and GODSPELL- VYMTC. Selected performing credits include EVITA (Eva Peron), GUYS AND DOLLS (Sarah Brown), SPAMALOT (Lady of the Lake), 9 To 5 (Judy)- VOS; NEVERMORE (Elmira), INTO THE WOODS (Bakers Wife), TITLE OF SHOW (Heidi)- Urban Arts; YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Alice) – Langham Court Theatre; SINGING IN THE RAIN (Kathy)- Kaleidoscope Theatre; MY FAIR LADY (Mrs. Hopkins/Lady Boxington), Christmas at the Roxy Radio Plays 2016 & 2017 -Blue Bridge Theatre.

Yanik Giroux, Music Director Teen Academy & Teen Intensive

Yanik is a graduate from the University of Montreal, the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the Chemainus Theatre Acting Internship Program.

Vocal coach, music director and accompanist, he previously taught musical theatre at Boston Dance Collective, Canadian College of Performing Arts, Dansko Studios and Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Studio to name a few.

Performing and directing credits include performances with VOS Musical Theatre (A Chorus Line), Four Seasons Musical Theatre (The Little Mermaid), Theatre North West (Dancock’s Dance, Portia White, All Shook Up), Chemainus Theatre (Hello, Dolly!, Sherlock Holmes, Little House On The Prairie), Ballet Victoria (Ballet Off Broadway), Langham Court Theatre (Jacques Brel, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Belfry Theatre (Urinetown), Pacific Opera Victoria (La Traviata), and Kaleidoscope Theatre (Little Shop Of Horrors, Hair, Singin’ In The Rain, Rocky Horror Show, Aladdin, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).

He also directed in Montreal (Broadway II) and Toronto (Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical), and has been artistic director for Pacifique en Chanson in Vancouver for the past six years.

He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Associate of Trinity College London-UK and holds certification in Somatic Voicework™-The LoVetri Method from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University, Virginia.

www.yanikgiroux.com

Mandy Wilshire, Music Director – Kids Camps

Mandy Wiltshire prides herself on being a well-rounded singer and educator. She holds a diploma in voice performance, a degree in music, and a degree in education from UVic. Along with teaching music in the Saanich School District, she is also the music director for Island show choir, a vocal coach in the community, and has been the music director for multiple theatre groups throughout greater Victoria. Mandy is also an avid performer. Along with singing lead vocals in a funk band and singing in local choirs, she has been a part of such musicals as Little Women (Black Box Productions), The Little Mermaid (Four Seasons), Shrek: The Musical (VOS), and Mamma Mia (VOS). In her spare time, Mandy loves to hang out with her cat, make art, travel, and spend time with amazing people!

Ursula Szkolak, Ballet

Ursula Szkolak was born and raised in Toronto (ON) where she trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and eventually went on to continue her training at the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. She embarked on her professional ballet career at the age of 17, and during the span of her decade-long career, she was lucky enough to perform as a soloist in companies in Canada, The United States, and Germany. In 2005 she moved to Victoria where she danced with both Ballet Victoria and subsequently Canadian Pacific Ballet as a principal dancer.

Ursula retired from the ballet stage in 2011, and although she could be found on occasion back on stage as a guest dancer in various ballet productions throughout North America, she started to focus on her other passions: teaching dance and theatre acting. Ursula has been seen in Victoria stages in shows with Victoria Operatic Society, Langham Court Theatre, Theatre Inconnu, and Attitude Theatre.

Since 2011, Ursula has been sharing her passion and knowledge for dance as a member of the faculty of both Allegro School of the Performing Arts and Victoria Academy of Ballet as well as being a substitute ballet teacher for CCPA. Ursula is the founder and owner of OnlineBalletTraining.com, an online dance training platform that offers live and interactive classes dedicated to making dance training accessible to all skill levels. We are devoted most of all to giving people the classes, support, and knowledge to become the dancers they want to be.

Niki Allard, Tap

Niki holds a deep respect and passion for the transformative power of dance and movement. Since growing up in a dance studio in Ontario, she has danced wherever and whenever she can. Niki has choreographed for synchronized swim teams, brought life to vocal groups through choreography, choreographed several musicals for community theatre, taught group fitness and owned her own dance studio, Move This! Dance Studio in Sooke for 8 years. She currently sits on the faculty of Vertical Performing Arts (Saanich). Niki has a fondness for tap and is eager to share her enthusiasm with our campers.