About Our Team

At First Dance Vancouver, we are more than lucky to have a very special team of artists that helps us support our work. We wish acknowledge their incredible talent and share their stories with you.

Kyle Toy – Main instructor and Consultation assistant

Kyle Toy’s dance career began at Canada’s prestigious National Ballet School, and soon spread to several other styles and mediums.  His dance company credits include Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Victoria and the Canadian Opera Company. In addition to his strengths as a classical and contemporary dancer, Toy headlines a Michael Jackson tribute show as the King of Pop himself, touring nationally with high-profile corporations such as Rogers Telecom and performing private events for celebrities like Sarah MacLachlan and Hollywood Foreign Press Association Chairman, Ruben Nepales.  Toy’s choreographic work has been produced throughout Vancouver, and he has acted as a co-choreographer in the Sony Pictures feature film “Center Stage: Turn it Up” (Ethan Stiefel, Kenny Wormald). Toy has also appeared in Hollywood films, on hit TV shows, in commercials, and danced as a Featured Professional Performer in the XXI Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony dancing with Alberta Ballet alongside recording artist Sarah McLachlan.

Kyle is an incredible artist and kind and supportive teacher – you will love every moment of your studio time with him!


Bailey Madill – Instructor and Administrative Assistant

Originally from Kamloops, BC, at age 16 Bailey moved to Vancouver to study at Goh Ballet Academy. She finished her professional training with Coastal City Ballet and in The Richmond Academy of Dance’s professional ballet division, working with many revered teachers and ballet pedagogues during her time in these institutions. In 2013, Bailey was an apprentice for Joshua Beamish’s full length work “Pierced”, and the following year worked as a mentor for his Telus Youth Mentor Project. She began her professional career dancing with Ballet Kelowna, under the direction of Simone Orlando, as well as with Citie Ballet (now Ballet Edmonton) under the direction of Jorden Morris. She has loved performing in many classical ballets, as well as in new works by Shawn Hounsell, Heather Myers, Simone Orlando, Heather Dotto, Jorden Morris, and Heather Laura Gray, among others. Bailey was a dancer in Vancouver Opera’s Turandot choreographed by Renaud Doucet, and danced as a soloist in Ballet Ouest de Montreal’s Nutcracker, touring throughout Quebec. Most recently, she had the pleasure of dancing in Joshua Beamish’s World Premiere of a contemporary ballet titled Giselle; alongside artists of American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Canada, and in an episode of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on NBC, choreographed by Mandy Moore. Bailey loves teaching dance to people of all ages and ability levels alongside her career as a performer. She is always excited to work with each couple to create a magically memorable first dance, and a comfortable and fulfilling experience in the studio!


Photo by Michael Slobodian

 

Racheal Prince – Instructor

Racheal Prince was raised in Wasaga Beach, Ontario and received her early training at the Quinte Ballet School under the direction of Brian Scott. She attended the School of Alberta Ballet’s Pre Professional Program with Murray and Nancy Kilgour and received the prestigious Ali Pourfarrokh scholarship. Racheal began her professional career with the Alberta Ballet Company where she danced for four years. Now in her 10th season with Ballet BC, she has performed works by Cayetano Soto, Crystal Pite, Itzik Galili, and Sharon Eyal among many others. Her performance highlights include Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Emily Molnar’s In Between Disappearing and Becoming, William Forsythe’s Herman Shmerman and Work Within Work. Racheal has choreographed five works for the Arts Umbrella Senior Company as well as one for the apprentice company. She has created works for the dancers of Ballet BC for the Shadbolt Centre for the arts. Racheal was the 2016 Ceccichete Awards Adjudicator, Choreographer and Workshop Teacher. She has also been a guest teacher for the Alberta Ballet Schools Professional Summer Intensive.


Caitlin Griffin – Instructor and Special Events Choreographer

Caitlin Griffin is best known for her work as a ballet and contemporary dancer and has spent the last fourteen years dancing independently and for companies including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Gradimir Pankov), MOVE: the company (Joshua Beamish) and Margie Gillis’ (Member of the Order of Canada) Legacy Project Company.

In 2010 she danced in The Olympic Opening Ceremonies with members of Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet (Jean Grand-Maitre). In 2012 the BC Arts Council awarded Caitlin with a Professional Development grant enabling her dance in Israel for 5 months with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company Dance Journey Program (Rami Be’er, Mika Webber). In 2019 Caitlin was selected by the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency as one of just 10 artists to participate in the creative residency while paddling the Yukon River and meeting local artists.

Also an award winning choreographer of ballet and contemporary dance for stage and screen, Caitlin’s work with Team Canada West (Danielle Gardner) received 4 gold medals at international competition in Poland. Caitlin’s choreography has been presented by The City of Vancouver: Open Air Biennale, 12 Minutes Max, The Dance Centre Open House, Dances for a Small Stage, The City of Coquitlam, The North Vancouver Community Arts Council, The BC Children’s Hospital ‘A Night of Miracles’ and The ROMP! Festival among others.

Caitlin is a guest instructor, often invited to teach across central and western Canada for companies, professional training programs and at conventions for students of all ages. She currently teaches at Harbour Dance Centre where her unique classes use imagery to understand the physics of ballet technique.

Caitlin’s work in the community includes her ongoing mentorship by Margie Gillis in Conflict Transformation strategies for personal, societal and global change, hosted annually by Stella Adler Studios in New York City. Caitlin is also the founder of #hdisfordancing, an initiative to raise awareness for the Huntington Disease Community in Canada through dance. Caitlin is grateful to live and work on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  www.caitlingriffin.com


Photo by DANAEA LI www.danaealiphotography.com

Kirsten Wicklund – Instructor

Kirsten Wicklund is a dancer and choreographer from Vancouver, BC, completed her classical training at the prestigious GOH Ballet Academy. Kirsten performed as a soloist in YAGP’s Gala “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” at New York City Centre, the International Ballet Gala in Florida, Space Coast Ballet Gala, and shortly after joined The Washington Ballet Company in Washington, DC. Kirsten was then invited by Alonzo King of LINES Ballet to join his professional choreographic workshop followed by an internship at Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company in New York City.  She is currently a member of Billy Bells’ LUNGE DANCE COLLECTIVE, and has toured with New York City Dance Alliance since winning their National Title. She has performed across Europe and beyond to Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, India, and the US. She teaches master classes and workshops all over Canada and the US. Kirsten is the Artistic Director of project based workshop and choreographic series PROVOKE Movement (www.provokemovement.com), as well as a 200HR RYT Yoga Instructor. She has now been a full-time member of Ballet British-Columbia since 2015.