ABOUT OUR FACULTY
You are in the hands of well trained instructors. Each of our faculty members has a unique story, training and background. They are creative, artistic and enthusiastic with team building.
Becky Martselos - Studio OwnerBecky was born and raised in the United Kingdom. She graduated from the 3 year intensive training program at the prestigious Laine Theater Arts in Epsom, Surrey, England. She is a member of the ISTD (Imperial Teachers Society of Dancing) - She has been teaching for 30 years this year.
She moved to Canada in 2004 where soon after she married her husband and settled in Vernon. She has worked for many local Okanagan studios and on Vancouver Island. She also had the privilage of Adjudicating Surrey
Sarah Smith-PodollanAfter completing a year scholarship at the world-remowned dance studio EDGE Performing Arts in L.A. Sarah kicked off her dance career in a small but memorable role in Austin Powers : International Man Of Mystery. From there she worked on ther movies such as the next two Austin Powers, She's All That, Scream 2, Not Another Teen Movie, Orange County, Like Mike, Down With Love, Click, and more recently Year One, Spring Break Down and the animated movie Rango. She worked on TV shows "The O.C.", "The
Chris LarsenChris Larsen started his dancing in Prince George, British Columbia with Judy Russell’s Enchainement Dance Centre. He went on to study at the National Ballet School at the age of 13 and after graduating he had the opportunity to train with the Royal Danish Ballet’s apprentice program. After finishing his training he went on to dance as a professional and has over 15 years of performance experience in international ballet companies.
Throughout his career, Chris has had the privilege to be on man
Sammi AndersonSammi's dedication and passion for dancing began over 20 years ago in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Since then her love of dance has led her to train in R.A.D. ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre.
In these disciplines she has won multiple awards and scholarships for dance, choreography
and taken extensive workshops one of which included training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer intensive program.
She has over 10 years of teaching experience. Most recently she has completed h
Kennedy KnopfKennedy Knopf was born and raised in small town Vernon BC. Introduced to the art of dance at the age of six, she began with tap and ballet and continued her dancing throughout adolescence at Accentz Dance Studio.
With her natural ability and hardworking principles, Kennedy quickly became one of the top dancers inher community. Miss Knopf is a graduate of the The Dance Initiative, Harbour Dance Centre’s Source
Dance Company and Aviary Dance Company, all based out of Vancouver BC. Knopf's strong
Mika LiretteDominika Lirette has been dancing since before she could walk. Growing up in Edmonton, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary and Ukrainian Dance. Dominika, known by most as Mika, spent her high school years training under Shelley Tookey at Shelley’s Dance Company. During this time, she had the opportunity to take classes in Las Vegas, workshops from numerous artists and be in choreography by Stacey Tookey.
Following graduation, Mika auditioned and became a member of
Amie RousselI am a mother of two amazing little boys and a wife to an incredible man who has made it possible for me to pursue my dreams. I grew up dancing in Northern Alberta, focusing primarily on ballet and Ukrainian dance until high school when I added EVERYTHING else. I continued my dance training after high school when I moved to Vancouver for the summer, and shortly after that I moved to Paris, France to train with the International School of Ballet for just over a year. I returned home to run a smal
Sally BensonSally is very excited to join the Accentz team in September 2018!
She has been into fitness and sports since she was a child. She embraced track and field, swimming and the high school weight room. At age 22, she started to play rugby and trained and competed for 9 years.
Sally found her passion for teaching youth while coaching high school rugby. After graduating from Mount Royal in Calgary with a Child and Youth Care diploma in 1995, she pursued a Personal Trainer Fitness Certificate in
Melissa KlassenMelissa Klassen is an Acrobatic Dance specialist, and has been perfecting her craft for over 20 years. Melissa has built her career as an expert in AcroDance, safe spotting practices, injury prevention, gymnastics, adjudication, and positive mentorship. Melissa takes her role in molding and developing children very seriously, and it is the backbone to all of her work.
Melissa has extensive experience helping students, dance teachers and dance studio owners put in place Acro Systems at their stud