Tina is a highly sought after dance instructor who is going into her thirteenth year of teaching throughout the Lower Mainland. She discovered at a young age that she loved performing and being on stage.
Tina grew up in Ladner training with The Dance Connection. She loved performing all through her high school years in feature musicals at Delta Secondary School. Highlights include: Alice in Wonderland (dance ensemble), Scrooge (Ghost of Christmas Past) and Oliver (dance ensemble.) Tina was dancer in some of the famous PNE night shows as well as with the BC Felions dance team. She has performed in Grey Cup events and parades in Regina and Toronto. Tina has also taken master classes and teacher training programs from top instructors in LA, Seattle and locally, including Kelly Konno, Denise Wall and Napoleon & Tabitha to name a few.
Her past credentials include choreographing for the Rogers Santa Claus Parade for numerous years, contracted to direct several corporate events and seasonal functions, and personally choreographing for Miss Teen World Champions. Tina‘s choreography has been seen in Disneyland`s Magic Music Days. Tina has also adjudicated local dance competitions and cheer competitions including Outbreak, Sea to Sky and several lower mainland high school dance events. For the past two years, Tina has been working for Disney at their local casting auditions in Vancouver as well as working as a writer and MC for Peak Invitational Dance Competition for ten years.
Tina is well known for her love and passion in the classroom as well as winning numerous choreography awards for her innovative age appropriate choreography. Tina enjoys challenging her students to be their best while maintaining a fair balance of learning, fun and love in the classroom. Her past students have travelled all over the world performing for Disney, cruise ships and joining prestigious ballet and contemporary training companies in Alberta, New York and England. Several of her students have competed at the provincial level and she has trained students who have become accomplished certified teachers and choreographers. Tina has an incredible passion for sharing all of her knowledge and experience with her students. She is known to be extremely efficient in and out of the classroom and enjoys supporting her students and fellow teachers through the studio and at various competitions. Tina has spent the majority of her time in the past ten years teaching at local studios and dedicating her time to inspiring dancers age 3-19… Oh, and some moms and dads too!
Tina currently resides in Ladner with her husband and son. In her spare time, she enjoys taking classes and studying the world of dance. Tina is very excited to be joining the Studio West team and sharing her enthusiasm for learning and achieving in her home town! Please feel free to pop in and meet me anytime!
“Miss Tina hasn’t just been a teacher for me but a role model too. Tina provides her students with the opportunity to express their self on stage. There is no better feeling than competing one of her amazing routines and seeing her smiling face in the wings cheering you on. She is my biggest supporter and got me to where I am today. I don’t know where I would be without her and I am forever grateful!
-Danica McGaffney (Dancer)
“Tina has not only been a mentor and a teacher for me but she has also been one of my biggest supporters. I would not be the person or dancer I am today without her. She was the first person to believe in me and I am forever grateful for her.”
–Nasiv Sall (Dancer)