About the Avant Dance Company


At Avant Dance Co. we aspire

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.


A curriculum unlike any other

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.


We believe in diverse training

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.

“Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.”

Our Artists make us different

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Jocelyn Wozencroft

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.

Carrie Coulter

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.

Ramona Boariu

Ramona began her training in Vancouver at age 9, learning the discipline of Ballet from leading teachers and choreographers. She has been invited to work with the RWB Company in such works as the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and other contemporary pieces. Ramona received her Certificate of Ballet Teaching through the Royal Academy of Dance and is a Royal Academy Associate.

Amber Funk Barton

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.

Keiko Hrabinsky

Keiko is originally from Tokyo, Japan where she studied Theatrical Arts, training in classical ballet, modern ballet, traditional Japanese dance, jazz dance, hip-hop, and tap. After settling in Canada, her focus shifted to providing fitness training for dancers. Keiko is a BCRPA Certified Fitness Instructor, RIPPED Certified, and passionate about fitness training that helps take dancers to the next level.

Darcy Claybo

Darcy Claybo was born and raised in Port Coquitlam. Darcy’s love of tap grew over the years as she completed all of her A.I.D.T. tap exams, receiving Honours with Distinction. In 2012, she was awarded a bursary for her Gold Higher level examination. Darcy is thrilled to join Avant Dance Company and is excited to be able to share her passion of dance to the current and future generations of dance.


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Our Programs are designed to inspire

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A professionally crafted program

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.


Varied levels of guided progress

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.


Convenient hours & location

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.


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.


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.


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. Along side 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.


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.

“Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.”

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The Avant Dance Company

5262 Rumble Street, Burnaby, BC, V5J 2B6
ph. 778.875.0708 | email. avant@avantdance.ca

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‎”To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.”