Jyla Davis, grew up dancing in Ladner, BC – and her talent, love and passion for dance and theatre afforded her many opportunities to perform and travel throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
As a young performer, Jyla's provincial and national winnings awarded her scholarships to train in L.A, New York, and at the Randolph Academy in Toronto. Jyla was also awarded the Senior Canadian Winner of the Triple Threat Dance Convention in 2001. She was also accepted into Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York to study musical theatre.
Jyla’s professional career started as a singer/dancer for Norwegian Cruise Lines, which lead to her becoming an associate director for the company. She then toured throughout Canada and danced on Much Music Television, for singer/songwriter Janajana, and for Avril Lavigne in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Jyla then spent many years dancing and assisting for PRP Productions – a large scale, live event entertainment production company based out of Vancouver, BC. With PRP Productions, Jyla was a part of the character creation process of “Miga, the Sea Bear", one of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic mascots and then traveled throughout Canada on the mascot launch tour. Jyla was also a performance director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver and Whistler, BC.
Jyla's theatre credits include Peter Pan, South Pacific, “Cha Cha” in Grease, “Demeter” in Cats, “Joanne” in Godspell, “Lorraine Fleming” in 42nd Street, “Dorothy Parker” in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and “Mrs. Claus” in The Magic of Santa. She also played “Cranium, the mad scientist" on tour in Vancouver’s original Halloween musical The Great Big Boo! Jyla was an original member of the Vancouver based tap performing group Taptastic, which was seen on televised performances and live shows around Vancouver's Lower Mainland. TV and film credits include The Goodbye Girl, Life As We Know It with Kelly Osborne, and Nickelodeon’s TV movie Spectacular with Victoria Justice.
Jyla's enthusiasm and love for theatre has recently encouraged her to broaden her creative horizons into directing! Her directing credits include Disney’s Aristocats KIDS, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, Disney's Cinderella KIDS, and Disney's The Lion King KIDS. One of her most favourite projects to date was writing, directing, and choreographing the original Christmas musical Shrumped for the Holidays: A Christmas Satire, with music written by her husband, Chris Davis.
As a recognized professional in her industry, Jyla has also been an adjudicator at various dance festivals and competitions, including The Brandon Festival of Dance (Manitoba) and Peak Invitational Dance Competition.
And now, Jyla is the proud studio owner and director of Studio West Dance. Her commitment to her craft is evident in the passionate and inspired faces of her students. She is dedicated to providing her students with the knowledge and training to become exceptional dancers and people.