The Faculty

Seymour Dance prides itself on offering some of the best classes in the city with highly-trained faculty. From being an alumni of the the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to working on hit TV shows and productions like Riverdale and the Descendents, our staff are both working professionals in the arts industries and experienced in childhood education. We welcome you to explore our team with our interactive page and get to know our teachers and their passions! 

Marissa Heaven

Owner, Studio Director & Faculty: Samba, Latin

Marissa has always loved to dance and  grew up dancing with the Seymour Dance family since she was 3 years old. She trained in Ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary and lyrical. Marissa began dancing salsa when she turned 19 and her passion was ignited. Since then Marissa has trained, performed and competed across Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

Lauren Overholt

Owner, Artistic Director 

Faculty: Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Stage, Ballet

Born and raised in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, Lauren is a Seymour Dance Alumni and has been performing since the age of 2 in various styles of dance. She has performed all over Canada, Spain, and a 22 city touring show in China, with the Dragonfly Orchestra. Lauren has recently enhanced her dance career with a passion for TV & Film as well, starring in shows such as Supernatural and Bates Motel. Her dedication and love for the arts, keeps her constantly creating and learning. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Enfuse Entertainment, which provides a variety of events tailor-made performances, known for mixing and mashing up different dance styles. 

Katie Gillett
Owner, Operations Director & Faculty: Lyrical, Jazz

Katie began her dancing career at the age of 5 at Seymour Dance. She completed the RAD Ballet exams Pre Primary through Intermediate. She trained and competed in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Singing as well as going through a pre-professional dancer program. 

Katie performed, competed, danced, sang and played the trumpet at numerous festivals across the lower mainland and throughout the province including Canadian Idol in 2002. She also danced professionally with the BC Lions Felions Dance Team from 2006-2009 and performed at numerours Grey Cup's and events across Canada!

Jessica Heaven

Communications Director & NVSD Academy Coordinator

Faculty: Broadway Bound, Ballet, Stars

Jessica is a jack-of-all-trades vocalist, who has performed in a variety of genres, including oratorio, jazz, folk, rock, musical theatre, and much more. Studying under Kelly Nobles, Jennifer Scott, and Kate Hammett-Vaughan, she was honored to perform a world premiere work, "Museum Pieces" by Juno award-winning composer Jordan Nobles  for Canada Music Week 2012 and has had the pleasure to play with artists Chad Makela, Dave Sikula, Bernie Arai, Mike Rud, John Stowell, Vince Mai, and Len Aruliah, to name a few. 

Samantha Ball

R.A.D Coordinator, R.A.D Registered Teacher & Faculty: Ballet

Sam studied full time at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama in Edinburgh where she obtained her RAD Teaching Certificate and ISTD Associate Teachers. After graduation her professional dancing career took her all over the world when she worked for Princess Cruises. Her teaching career began while she was at Edinburgh University studying for her B.Ed (Hons) degree in Elementary Education. Working for a number of teachers throughout Scotland she also set up her own dance school in East Lothian, Scotland. Four years ago she relocated with her husband and three children to Canada. She loves living in this part of the world and cannot wait to start teaching at Seymour Dance.

Nicola Earl

 R.B.S. (T.T.C.), A.R.A.D, Faculty: Ballet 

Nicola is fully accredited in the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti ballet syllabus, and is also fully certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique method. As a graduate of the teaching program at the Royal Ballet School in London, England, She covered all aspects of classical dance training including: classical ballet technique, pointe work, repertoire, and Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti syllabi, character, Spanish dance, music, dance history, and Benish Notation. Nicola graduated top of her class and was awarded the 1998 Dame Ninette de Valois Award for excellence in teaching.

 

Nicola has worked at many schools throughout the Lower Mainland. She has been on the staff at Harbour Dance for the last sixteen years and has been a regular guest teacher for Ballet BC. Nicola has also enjoyed adjudicating for the Prince Albert Festival of Dance

Paige Vassos

R.A.D Registered Teacher Faculty: Ballet, Lyrical, Tap

From North Vancouver, Paige started training competitively at age 7. She has taught across the lower mainland, as well as internationally through virtual masterclasses. She completed all of her RAD examinations including Solo Seal, receiving excellent results throughout. Following graduation, Paige has trained with the Source Dance Company for two seasons, as well as the West Coast Choreo Lab. She can be seen in Lululemon promotional images, various tv and film productions, and her choreography was highlighted in the 2018 Fringe Festival. Paige has completed her Master of Management, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS), holds Registered Teacher Status (RAD RTS) through the Royal Academy of Dance, and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Paige has been teaching on the North Shore for over 6 years, and has recently worked with dancers internationally. Paige takes pride in her versatility, and hopes to inspire and share her love for dance through performance, choreography, and instruction.

Tyler Carver

R.A.D, Faculty: Ballet

 

Tyler Carver began training at the age of 12 at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, BC, where he completed his RAD Advanced 2 exam with distinction. He completed a year of training at San Francisco Ballet School and then joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Apprentice in 2014, was then promoted into the Corps de Ballet for the 2015-16 season.

Since joining the Company, Carver has had the opportunity to perform in such works as Giselle, Nutcracker(as the Nutcracker Prince), Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, Swan Lake(as Spanish and Pas de Trois), Sleeping Beauty(as Blue Bird),Dracula(as Jonathan Harker) and many others. He also made a special appearance in the leading role of Solor in the RWB School Professional Division’s performance of La Bayadère excerpts.

Belinda Sobie

Faculty: Jazz (Technique)

Belinda is known throughout Vancouver for her wonderful and innovative choreography. She has choreographed for television, cabaret acts and touring shows from Seattle to Spain. Belinda is also much sought after as an instructor and choreographer. Her positive attitude makes her classes an ideal learning environment.

Arianna Elsworth

Faculty: Stage, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet

Born and raised in North Vancouver BC, Arianna found her passion in dance at the age of 4. She is a recent Seymour Dance Alumni, trained in the ballet program (RAD Advanced 2) as well as competitive dance (ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, acro, samba, musical theatre, tap). She has earned numerous awards & scholarships, including awards for her recent work in self-choreography. Highlights of Arianna’s dance career include lead roles of Alice, in “Alice in Wonderland”, as well as Arabian, Sugar Plum, Snow Queen, and Clara leads in Seymour Dance’s annual production of The Nutcracker. She is pursuing a professional career in dance and is pleased to be a part of the upcoming Lamondance Seasons 12 and 13. Arianna also enjoys teaching dance and is looking forward to sharing her joy of dance with students at Seymour Dance this coming year.

Nicole Narwal

Faculty: Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz

 

Nicole has been dancing since the age of three. She originally focused on ballet and later added jazz, lyrical, stage (musical theatre), tap, hip hop and modern. In 2007 Nicole achieved the mark of distinction on her intermediate RAD exam. She has attended both Dupree Dance Expo, in Seattle and Triple Threat Dance Convention, in Vancouver, on scholarship. Nicole has performed in the BC Country Music Awards in 2005, in the Vancouver Olympic Closing Ceremonies in 2010, and in Disneyland in both 2005 and 2011.

Nicole trained as part of the Scholarship Dance Vancouver 2012-13 company where she challenged herself to take her technique and artistry to the next level. Nicole continues to learn through experiences at the DanceLife Teacher Convention 2013, DanceLife Retreat: The Future edition (focusing on the 8 and under crowd) in November 2013, and getting certified by Acrobatic Arts. Nicole loves performing and tries to inspire that same passion in her students. She believes that dance should be a fun, positive environment to learn not only dance but important life skills about hard-work, personality, sportsmanship and self-confidence.