Summer Guest Instructors

Children have different learning styles. Some learn through hands on experience through moving, come learn best through seeing and hearing. At SPAD, we want to tap into these learning styles. We strongly believe that each teacher can influence a learning style. Therefore, throughout the year, guest teachers are utilized and the summer intensive is designed to give the children instruction from the well-know teachers and choreographers. Here is a sample of teachers who have shared their teaching experiences with SPAD dancers. See the Summer Intensive Program for this years line-up, click here

Victoria Burnwell : Guest Instructor

Victoria Burnwell

Guest Instructor

Victoria Burwell began dancing at the age of three in Detroit, Michigan and then furthered her training as Center Stage Dance and Performing Arts Center in Fairfax, Virginia. At age 11, Victoria was accepted into the professional tap company,Tapper With Attitude Youth Ensemble based out of Knock on Wood Tap Studio in Washington, DC. It was there that she found her calling, studying under rhythm tap greats like Savion Glover, Baakari Wilder, Vincent Bingham, Yvonne Edwards, Diane Walker, and Barbara Duffy. In college, Victoria was a member of the Spelman College Legacy Dance Team as well as the Clark Atlanta University Essence Dance Line. Victoria has performed at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millenium Stage, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, The Cochran Gallery of Art, and The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, to name a few. Most recently, she made the final round audition for the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders at the Pageant Theater. Victoria is more than excited to share her experiences with the young dancers at SPAD.

Rachel Hopkins : Guest Instructor

Rachel Hopkins

Guest Instructor

Rachel Hopkins Hopkins is a central Florida native, recently moved to California to pursue a more serious dance and choreographic career. With training and experience in all styles of dance, she now lives in North Hollywood teaching contemporary, musical theatre, jazz and ballet at Cutting Edge Dance Center in Pomona, California. She also travels the country teaching at the ever-inspiring, The Dance Sessions founded by Chris Jacobsen & Sonya Tayeh. After living in California for a short 4 months, she landed a prized position as a dancer in the contemporary company Royal Flux, directed and choreographed by Jaci Royal. Hopkins also choreographs for several studios and dance teams nation wide. Her expertise has landed her a seat on several judging panels for dance competitions, in addition to traveling on weekends working for Kids Artistic Revue. Professional stage and choreographic credits include: three off-Broadway shows at the Radio City Music Hall, several performances at the Choreographer's Carnival in Los Angeles, and countless Paul Mitchell fashion shows and fundraisers. She's trained with, worked alongside and for choreographers such as: Justin Giles, Jaci Royal, Chris Jacobsen, Sonya Tayeh, Brooke Pierotti, Jenn Freeman, Monique Smith, Craig Hollamon, Ray Leeper, Mandy Moore, Dee Caspry, and Caroline Lewis Jones to name a few. Saying that she’s blessed is an understatement. She’s humbled and honored to have the opportunity to meet and work consistently with artists and dancers who are more than inspiring, and looks forward to continuing her amazing journey through dance and movement.

Lauren Langille : Guest Instructor

Lauren Langille

Guest Instructor

Lauren Langille has taught at various studios including Step With Style Dance Productions, Chantal’s Dance Academy and Cynthia’s Creative Dance Arts. She teaches at both the competitive and recreational levels from ages 2 – adult. Her routines have won various awards with her Junior Jazz Group winning 1st overall. Her enthusiasm and passion motives her students to max out their potential!

Lauren’s passion is dance. She has been a competitive dancer since she was 6 years old training in jazz, tap, ballet/pointe, lyrical, acro and hip-hop. She trained and danced competitively with Amanda Coatham and Sasha Chifman at Step With Style Dance Productions and at Cynthia’s Creative Dance Arts. She has competed both in Canada and the United States performing in groups and solos. Her dance groups and solos have won numerous overall awards for performance, choreography, and highest mark awards at various competitions. Lauren won overall soloist at Dance Odyssey in 2005 and 2006.

Lauren has completed Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams up to the Intermediate level. She has her level 1 Gymnastic Technical Artistic teaching certificate. She has choreographed high school dance routines, acrobatic routines for The Lion King elementary school productio
n and has taught dance classes at CCDA and community programs.
She has performed at various venues such as the World Aids Day music concert, Starlight Wish Foundation and Canada Day Celebrations to name a few. Lauren performed with the Toronto Blue Jays Dance Team for 2 years, representing the team at the Skydome home games and at Queen’s Park Canada Day celebrations. For the past season, Lauren was a dancer at Canada’s Wonderland in the show Dance To the Music performing four shows a day.

In August 2006, Lauren was the only Canadian among fifteen performers chosen from across North America to participate in Heifer International Llama Drama Project, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lauren choreographed and performed group and solo dance routines in the famed Robinson Centre.
Lauren has also enjoyed fashion print work through Ford Modelling Agency as well as doing numerous commercials and film work. Some of her works include: Degrassi, The Next Generation, “Prize Winner” with Laura Dern, “Music Man” with Matthew Broderick, Disney’s “Cowbells” with Aly and AJ and fashion shows with Hillary Duff.

Lauren is excited to share her enthusiasm and passion for dance with her students.