Faculty

Leslie Kuny

Leslie Kuny

Owner / Director

Growing up in small town Saskatchewan, Leslie found her passion for dance while studying at Juliette’s Dance Center in Saskatoon. After successful years of studio training in almost every genre, Leslie continued her dance education at Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan College.

Upon completing her diploma in Edmonton, Leslie further studied at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, graduating as a Dance Major with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During her post-secondary education Leslie had the privilege to work alongside some of Canada’s dance leaders including Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance Vancouver), Barbara Bourget (kokoro dance Vancouver), David LeHay (Ballet Kelowna), Gerry Morita (Mile Zero Edmonton), Brian Webb (Brian Webb Dance Company Edmonton), Judith Garay (Dancer’s Dancing Vancouver), and Day Helesic (MovEnt Vancouver). Working with these industry leaders has shaped her both as a dancer and a teacher, and she uses this unique perspective with her students.

After university Leslie devoted herself to teaching full time, working throughout the Lower Mainland. In her 15+ years of teaching Leslie has worked in studios, schools, and pre-professional training programs, and choreographed numerous pieces for performance and competition. Outside of the studio she has worked for several Vancouver-based dance non-profits organizations, which gave her the opportunity to work side by side with industry professionals on a day-to-day basis.

In addition to her dance training, Leslie is a talented singer and uses her voice to help dancers find theirs. She was formerly the National Anthem Singer for the Saskatoon Blades Western Junior Hockey Team, as well as the Saskatoon International Air Show. Leslie has played the lead in several musicals including Radio Gals, Sarah Plain and Tall, and The Sound of Music.

Leslie’s passion for dance and love for performing shines through in her teaching style. She believes every student deserves quality training in a professional environment while motivating students to work to their full potential. Her outgoing attitude and fun-loving nature makes her a natural with students of all ages.

Rosanna Punzo

Rosanna Punzo

Owner / Director

Rosie found her passion for dance at the age of 5.  She trained under the supportive guidance of Dawn Govier and Valerie Eastwood and competed in numerous dance styles for over 10 years.

Rosie has been teaching for 11 years including 10 at the White Rock School of Music and Dance.  Her teaching repertoire includes Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Stage with her forte being Tap.  Throughout her teaching career she has won choreography awards and her competitive students have attained many awards at a variety of competitions.

She has an amazing ability to connect with students and parents as she understands the challenges and triumphs that they have, having been a student and now a dance mom herself of 14 and 11 year old girls.

In addition to her passion for dancing, Rosie has a good understanding of business as a child of an entrepreneur and her experience as a Realtor over the past 7 years.

It is a true gift in life to be able to “do what you love” and Rosie is very exited to be able to share her love for dance with families in the Fraser Valley

Jade Wallace

Jade Wallace

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Instructor

Keeli Duncan

Keeli Duncan

Ballet, Lyrical Instructor

Natasha Mow-Busch

Natasha Mow-Busch

Hip Hop Instructor

Jade was born in Surrey, BC and started dancing when she was 3 years old and has been in love with it ever since. Jade studied at several Lower Mainland studios taking Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Improvisation, Ballet and Musical Theatre, but it is contemporary dance that Jade is most passionate about. She loves the emotional and physical outlet dance provides through movement, musicality and story telling. To continue her training Jade takes class whenever and wherever she can, attends workshops, and pops into classes at Harbour Centre. Jade recently performed in “Coming Home”, a fundraiser performance with proceeds being donated to the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada. As an emerging teacher, Jade values her continued growth and learning, not only as a teacher, but also as a dancer and person.  Through work with students in the studio, Jade’s desire is to be a role model for young dancers, to encourage them to be themselves, and help them gain confidence in their individual abilities. 

 

 

 Miss Keeli has been dancing since she was three years old and has trained at Flora Pigeau Dance Academy, Dance Xpressions, and The Edge Performing Arts Center.  Miss Keeli trained in a variety of styles including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, stage and ballet, but ballet is the style she is most paassionate about.  As a teacher Miss Keeli’s goal is to instill discipline, technique, and stregnth in all her dancers while keeping an upbeat and positive space for them to learn and grow; not only as dancers but as people as well.  Miss Keeli is very excited to be a part of the Ignite Family and is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with everyone who comes through the studio door!

 

 

Natasha’s love for dance started at age three. She has been competitively dancing for over thirty years, naturally moving to teaching; hip-hop, tap, lyrical, stage, contemporary, and musical theater. Having spent most of her life at the theater, preforming in numerous musicals, pantomimes, and competitions; she has a strong connection with the Arts community.

Natasha has been a Special Education Teacher with the Surrey School District for eleven years. She is driven to nurture inclusivity within the dance world and excited to give children of all exceptionalities the chance to shine through performance. She recently developed a tap program within her district for children with special needs and is thrilled to share her love of teaching and dance with the students of Ignite Dance Center.

She is devoted to bringing her high energy, creativity, and genuine love for all her students into every class she teaches!

 

 

 

Zoe Gilbert

Zoe Gilbert

Acro, Lyrical Instructor

Hannah Gilbert

Hannah Gilbert

Acro Instructor

Zoë has been dancing since the young age of 4, when she immediately discovered her passion and gift for it. During her first solo at the age of 5 she was recognized for her stunning technical skills that continued to develop through her training for the following 15 years in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, hip-hop, acrobatics, and theatre. During her younger years Zoë completed her Cecchetti ballet exams from grades one to four and grade six to intermediate in RAD, as well as her ADTA jazz exams from stepping stones to level five. She continued competing through her training and consistently placed high in competitions across BC, winning scholarships for Circus Lab, Push in Progress to train under Calen J. Kurka in New York City, and the BC provincial modern/contemporary representative position. After graduation Zoë continued her training under Moe Brody, Joanna Pesusich, Lisa Metz, and Tessa Tamera, among many other talented teachers, and danced and performed for The Source and ITP companies at Harbour Dance Centre. Throughout her training her talent for acrobatics has always shone through, and she’s currently training in the incredibly competitive Circus Lab APP post-graduate program while also sharing her talents with many students as a kind and motivational instructor at a number of studios.

Miss Hannah’s BIO coming soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

Kailley Roesler

Kailley Roesler

Substitute/Guest Instructor

Cailin Costa

Cailin Costa

Assistant/Junior Instructor

Sarah Drummond Carter

Sarah Drummond Carter

Ballet

Kailley is an accomplished performer who has worked with various theatre companies  including Theatre Under the Stars, the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Kailley started dancing at a very young age, focusing on ballet and completing her Advanced 1 RAD.  Kailley trained with Leslie Kuny and Kelsey O’Donnell, expanding her horizons beyond ballet to include jazz, lyrical and musical theatre.  Toward the end of her studio training, Kailley fell in love with muscial theatre, and decided to follow her passion for performing at Capilano University.

Kailley graduated from Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program in 2019 and is currently continuing to persue her Bachelor of Performing Arts. As a teacher Kailley aims to provide an inclusive and empowering education for young artists through dance, song, and story.  Kailley is an exceptionally kind instructor, who encourages her students to find their unique, personal approach to material in a supportive environment.  Students leave Miss Kailley’s classes energized and inspired. 

Cailin is a senior student at Ignite Dance Center as well as an Assistant Instructor and Teaching in Training.  Cailin previously trained with Rosie Punzo, Andrea Gibson, and Sandra Kirk before moving to Ignite Dance Center.  As a dancer, Cailin shines in Contemporary, Jazz, and Stage classes using her passion to drive her performance.  She is an outstanding performer having received multiple awards and accolades from numerous competitions. Miss Cailin has an outstanding committment and dedication to dance, with plans to teach full time after graduation.  

As a teacher, Miss Cailin is a natural in working with younger students, especially those under age 7.  Her compassion, patience, and natural love of children assists her in these pre-school dance classes.  She is able to instil gentle discipline balanced with a true love for dance in the youngest dancer. It takes a special teacher to keep these tiny dancers engaged and excited, and Miss Cailin is just that teacher.

 

Miss Sarah is on maternity leave starting March 2021. We wish her all the best with her growing family.

Miss Sarah is a passionate dance educator who works to instil positivity into each student and encourages a safe space for students of all ages to explore and develop their artistry.

A former competitive gymnast & dancer growing up, Miss Sarah entered the world of dance and never looked back. As a gymnast in her youth, ballet class was mandatory. Taking those classes ignited her passion for dance, and it was then that she began training extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre.  After her studio training, Sarah conteinued to study in wider, complimentary practices that help dancers perform at their very best.  Sarah is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique Teacher and Neuromuscular Flexibility Specialist. Miss Sarah also specializes in Cardio for Sports Performance along with Youth and Group Fitness.

Over the past five years she has worked with students of all ages and ability levels, as well as coaching several successful competitive groups.