MEET CHILLIWACK GYMNASTICS AND DANCE CORPORATION
We believe that learning to dance and do gynmastics should be a balance of serious technique and just-for-fun exploration.
You may know us as our individual trade names "Chilliwack Gymnastics Club" and "Chilliwack Dance School". These two separate businesses were incorporated under one name in late 2020.
A Gymnastics Center and Dance Studio, all in one building
Our recently renovated facility has a dance studio and birthday party room, and a gymnastics center with a sprung floor, bars, beams, tumble tracks, vault, slide, swinging rings, trampoline, foam pit, Tarzan rope, climbing wall and a maze.
Big, bright and open floor space lets kids and adults alike feel free and creative and ready to explore.
We offer a variety of programs for all ages and abilities, instructed by our experienced and dedicated dance, gymnastics and physical education professionals.
"Our goal is to make dance and gymnastics fun and accessible for everyone, no matter their age or experience level!"
Donna Jordan, Owner Chilliwack Gymnastics and Dance
Founded in 1996 by Grant and Lily Ocean, two elite gymnasts, the gymnastics club became a community staple for families in the Chilliwack area and eventually added an upstairs dance studio and a birthday party room.
Then in 2017, Donna Jordan, a longtime patron of the club, acquired Chilliwack Gymnastics Club and Chilliwack Dance School and took over management. The two businesses were incorporated under one name in late 2020.
MEET THE CHILLIWACK GYMNASTICS AND DANCE TEAM
Owner of Chilliwack Gymnastics and Dance
Donna is a seasoned gymnast with over a decade of gymnastics training and competing experience including varsity-level gymnastics at UBC. She is a long-time patron of the arts including dance! As the owner of Chilliwack Gymnastics and Dance, Donna is passionate about making gymnastics both fun and educational, and making dance accessible and fun to everyone regardless of previous experience or skill level!
Head Coach and Chilliwack Gymnastics Club Founder
As the founder of Chilliwack Gymnastics Club, Grant is a long-time community staple and expert gymnastics coach with decades of experience. Grant is passionate about seeing kids succeed in gymnastics, have fun and explore fitness in a no-pressure, supportive environment.
Grant has a Ph.D in Physical Education from the University of Alberta.
Office Manager and Gymnastics Coach
Kennedy has been a part of Chilliwack Gymnastics Club since she was a young girl, attending classes and summer camps all her life, and becoming a coach in her teens. She is now also our primary office administrator.
Bailey attended classes at Chilliwack Gymnastics Club and has been a coach since her teens. She has become a favorite coach of advanced and elite gymnasts as well as beginners.
Brooklyn joined our team in 2021 and has been an integral part of our program since. Brooklyn has received training in Early Childhood Education in addition to her coaching training.
We have a number of other gymnastics coaches on staff. Come on in and meet them!
Principal Dance Instructor
Karry was owner of Images Dance Studio in Chilliwack for 22 years, until 2013. She has had studio dancers voted “student of the year” at national and international competitions, where she herself was named “teacher of the year”. Her success continues at Chilliwack Dance School, winning choreography awards and bringing home top scores from local competitions.
Karry has a strong background in Kinesiology, Dance History and Dance Psychology. Her training has been both national, with the Royal Academy of Dance at the University of Waterloo and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and International with Dupree Dance in Vancouver and Arizona and the Cecchetti Ballet Society of Valencia, California.
Bobbi was an avid competitive dancer since her youth, and helped her sister out when she opened Images Dance Studio in Chilliwack. By attending various dance trainer workshops, she learned the fundamentals of teaching dance. Bobbi enjoyed teaching Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Kinderdance at Images for over 15 years. Bobbi also taught salsa and other styles at other studios, and joined Chilliwack Dance School in 2020.
Bobbi’s teaching experience began in the pool teaching swimming lessons 30 years ago. She also coached the Agassiz Aquanauts swim team for years.
Mikayla trained from age 3 – 17 at Fraser Valley Academy of Dance in Mission, BC, learning various dance styles such as tap and modern, while focusing on ballet and contemporary dance. She performed in the Nutrcracker many times, in addition to her recital dances. As an adult, she has danced for several years at Chilliwack Dance School. She has wowed our audiences with her pointe routines, and has earned Ballet Dancer of the Year several times.
Mikayla started her teaching career at Chilliwack Dance School as a substitute ballet teacher and has taken on classes of her own starting in 2023. Mikayla says, “I have always loved dancing as long as I can remember and feel most comfortable when I'm dancing.”
Glory started teaching break dancing in 2012 at Life Church in Uganda, and has continued teaching at dance studios here in Canada. He volunteered for the Elementz Dance Crew for the BC Summer Games in 2016.
Glory studied kinesiology at Langara College in 2015, and finished a diploma in Social Work in 2019. In addition to teaching break dancing, he works as a DJ and a housing support worker. His other interests include soccer, where he earned MVP in the Provincial A division in 2013, and was a Chilliwack FC Scholarship winner. He coached goalkeepers for CFC, and has volunteered as a coach for the U11 boys soccer team. He also speaks 6 languages.
Kianna has been dancing since she was 2 and has never stopped! She has done many styles of dance but Hip Hop is where her heart is. She started competing when she was 13 at Street Kings studio and went on to compete in International Hip Hop championships in Orlando, Florida when she was 16. She has earned many awards and trophies over the years working really hard and doing what she loves.
Kianna has had the privilege to be taught by some of the most famous hip hop dancers/choreographers from around the world and taken their workshops:
Jaja Vankova (famous animator/Krump, was also on Step Up and So You Think You Can Dance)
Zac Vran (was Hunter from The Next Step. He taught Kianna at Street Kings)
Victor Lau (choreographed her international hip hop championships preformance and took many classes from him)
and Scott Forsyth (of the Brotherhood Crew)
Kianna also loves a good dance battle and goes to battles whenever she can. She started teaching dance at her high school when she was 15 and has been teaching at the Loft Studio in Abbotsford since she was 17. She is new to Chilliwack Dance School in 2023.
Her other interests include music (She loves going to concerts!) and dirt biking.
If you’d like to join our team, contact us today.
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