to be at the forefront of professional dance training and offer a unique learning experience. Our program provides competition-level ballet training that produces dancers with an authentic artistic style and the highest calibre of technique, balanced with an unparalleled degree of complete dance education. We are growing, we are passionate, and we are committed to the enjoyment and success of every student.
in the Lower Mainland; we offer specialized training programs whilst creating a safe, nurturing and inspiring environment. We understand how much a Petit Danseuse/Danseur loves to dance, and how dedicated the Maturité Danseuse/Danseur is. Our students are introduced to new and exciting stages in dance, from the start of their first competition, up to and beyond Vocational RAD Exam work.
programs and offer classes in the Vaganova and RAD methods, Pointe / Allegro work, Conditioning, Ballet / Contemporary Repertoire, and Private Coaching for exam or competition preparation. Our programs produce artistic, educated, and exceptional dancers of the highest international standard. We instill a love of dance, inspire the soul, and strive to create balanced, creative personalities in our students.
Jocelyn Wozencroft
Jocelyn Wozencroft

ARAD, BA(hons), RAD RTS: Artistic Director

Jocelyn had the honour of dancing professionally on the international stage before turning her sights on teaching/mentoring in her hometown area of the lower mainland. Jocelyn holds the highest accreditation awarded to teachers with her RAD RTS. She feels privileged to be able to pass on her expertise and devotion of ballet to the students of today.

    Amber Funk Barton
    Amber Funk Barton

    Head of Contemporary

    Born and raised in Vancouver, Amber received her training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, The Banff Centre Dance Training and Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Programme. Amber has an astounding and growing list of awards and achievements, built on a reputation for athletic hybrid movement showcased in various venues, and also has her own contemporary dance company.

      Heather Laura Gray
      Heather Laura Gray

      Head of Pilates, Guest Contemporary Faculty

      Heather has performed on stage and screen as an actor, dancer and singer. Her journey has lead her to the commercial and company sectors of dance. Her initial training in ballet began at Arts Umbrella, she then moved to Montreal to attend L'Ecole Superieur de Danse Du Quebec and then toured to France and China with the Goh Ballet. Heather choreographs for film and tv as well as her own live dance theatre works.

        Carrie Coulter
        Carrie Coulter

        RAD RTS: Head of Junior Elite Ballet

        Starting at the age of 6 in Vernon, Carrie has over 25 years of dance training, all through the Royal Academy of Dance. Carrie’s local and international experience saw her obtain her Royal Academy Registered Teacher status in 2001 while instructing in Hong Kong for 4 years. After this, Carrie operated her own school in Lagos, Nigeria, before returning to Canada to continue her teaching career.

          Emily Nicholson
          Emily Nicholson

          Intermediate/ Senior Ballet

          Emily trained at the National Ballet School and the Goh Ballet Academy before moving to Calgary in 2006 to pursue her full time career. Emily recently retired after dancing with the Alberta Ballet for 10 years, and is enjoying her time as a mother immensely. Some of her favourite roles with the company include Arabian (The Nutcracker), a demon (Love Lies Bleeding), pas de deux #4 (Songs of a Wayfarer choreographed by Emily Molnar). Through her teaching, Emily hopes to encourage and inspire young dancers to pursue their dreams.

            Lyra Kastner
            Lyra Kastner

            Petite Elite Ballet

            Lyra Kastner was born in South Africa and moved to Vancouver in 2012. She has completed her training through to Advanced 2 with the Royal Academy of Dance , as well as having completed up to Advanced 1 ISTD . Lyra was selected as BC provincial representative for ballet in 2014 . Upon graduating from Avant Dance Co Lyra spent time with Victoria Academy of Ballet in their Bridge Professional Training Program. Lyra has discovered a passion for teaching and is currently completing her Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Ballet under the mentorship of Jocelyn Wozencroft. As a graduate of Avant Dance Co. Lyra is excited and looking forward to passing on the passion and mentorship that she experienced as a student in the school.

              Sydney Dumore
              Sydney Dumore

              Petite Elite Ballet

              Based out of Vancouver, Sydney has been dancing since the age of 3. Her passion lead her to try various dance styles and complete all her RAD exams to Advanced 2, as well as her AIDT tap exams to Gold Higher. Sydney has trained with studios throughout the lower mainland, and graduated from Avant Dance Co in 2014. She has studied and competed in Canada, the USA and Germany. Currently she is expanding her dance knowledge at Simon Fraser University, enrolled in the dance program. She hopes to empower her students with the same love she has for the arts.

                OUR PROGRAMS

                Click here to learn more about Avant’s Summer 2016 Dance Intensives!


                to create dancers who inspire and aspire at every level. With Avant’s flair, every dancer gets to experience training in their chosen style and taste, while developing and encouraging their very own expression.



                ensures that the beginners and experienced dancer alike can grow and mature in their dance career in a way that suits their individual abilities, all while being professionally mentored and guided toward success.



                makes it easy for you to fit you love of dance into your busy lifestyle. We are conveniently situated in Burnaby, serving the entire tri-cities area and greater Vancouver regional district. We have a schedule that works for every student.


                OUR CLASSES

                PETITE / PETIT ELITE
                This program is for the youngest of dancers, aged 3-5, incorporating diverse classical ballet training together with a love of the arts. In addition to classical ballet, students are also introduced to creative movement, the art of imagery and music theory.
                If you are interested in this Avant Dance program, or want to view our schedule, please contact us.
                JUNIOR ELITE
                The Junior Elite program is for dancers aged 5-12 years old. This program is for the young dancer who shows an absolute love of ballet. A comprehensive dance program is offered at this level; once the student reaches the grade 4 level they are invited to attend further class work in the Vaganova method, Jr Pointe/ Pre Pointe and a Conditioning class.
                Dancers at the Grade 2 level and higher are encouraged to participate in the local Dance Competitions. Dancers is this program are also encouraged to further their love of dance by participating in the offered Jazz and Tap classes.
                If you are interested in this Avant Dance program, or want to view our schedule, please contact us.
                SENIOR ELITE
                For the most serious of dancers, who have chosen ballet/modern as their craft. This program is offered to dancers aged 13+ and runs from mid day onwards- 6 days a week. Students are offered daily ballet classes trained in the Vaganova method, Pointe Technique, Modern and Modern Rep, Ballet and Contemporary Repertoire, as well as Conditioning.
                Alongside the open classes, Vocational RAD ballet classes are introduced from Intermediate Foundation up to and including the Solo Seal.  We encourage our dancers at this level, who are eligible, to participate in local and international ballet/modern competitions. The Senior Elite program is by audition only.
                If you are interested in this Avant Dance program, or want to view our schedule, please contact us.
                MONTHLY MASTER CLASS
                Each month, we aspire to offer a Saturday Master Class Series with teachers at the forefront of their respected craft. One month it may be Ballet and Modern and the next Jazz.
                We would like to invite dancers from around the Lower Mainland to attend this master class series.
                If you are interested in this Avant Dance program, or want to view our schedule, please contact us.
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