Instructor Profiles

For four years (2010-2012, 2014), the Roundhouse has been voted Best Community Centre in the Georgia Straight’s annual Best of Vancouver, and a large part of that is due to the high calibre of instructors we have for our programs.

Tonia Allen
Orff Music

Tonia Allen has been teaching Orff and Kodaly methods since 1981. She has worked in many private schools and community centers in the lower mainland, and is currently teaching Orff at the Roundhouse, Dunbar Community Center, Vancouver

Academy of Music and the Sunflower Academy Montessori Preschool. Tonia also teaches private lessons to all ages on guitar, flute and recorder. She has a Level 3 Orff certification and holds a B.C. teaching certificate as an elementary music specialist.

Gloria Alonso

An experienced and qualified Spanish language instructor, Gloria has a background in Psychology and Learning Disabilities. For the past nine years, she has designed and coordinated programs to teach and reinforce Spanish directed to children, youths and adults in different settings such as home schooling, Montessori pre-schools, public elementary schools, and community centres. Students enjoy the challenge and the specific activities geared to developing their language skills.

Zaheed (Zee) Bakare

Zaheed is an instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience offering noon hour basketball for children attending Elsie Roy and Summer Basketball Camps for children in the Yaletown community. The idea behind his program is to encourage sportsmanship and team values through interactive play along with strengthening fundamental skills and positive behavior.

Susan Bernardino
Crazy Coyote Running Coordinator

I have been involved in running since 1997 when I volunteered as a Sun Run Leader for the Roundhouse Community Center Sun Run In Training program. I participate in the annual Vancouver Sun Run 10KM Run event, which takes place traditional during

the 3rd week of April. I have volunteered for 15 years as leader of the weekly Crazy Coyote running group (Sat’s 9:30-10:30 at the Roundhouse Sept-Dec and Apr-Aug). Please do join us — enjoy the safe and adventurous runs along the Sea wall, False Creek and Kits Beach while keeping your runs consistent and motivating.

Naomi Brand
Artist in Residence

Naomi Brand is the artist in residence who leads the Roundhouse Ageless Dancers and All Bodies Dance, two community engaged dance projects at the Roundhouse.  She holds a BA and an MFA from the University of Calgary. She has cultivated a diverse artistic practice

as a performer, choreographer, writer, and teacher in addition to work in community-engaged practice with diverse populations. She has performed in works by Tania Alvarado, Noam Gagnon, Helen Husak, Sharon Moore, Davida Monk and Jason Stroh, among others. Naomi is the recipient of the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.

James Chartier
Hit and Run Self Defense

A self-defense expert with over 20-year experience, James holds multiple black belts and is a gold medalist in Karate, Judo and Jujutsu. Also a certified Krav-Maga instructor, James has received many awards and certificates related to protecting the public. Featured on TV and in the news media, James loves empowering students with street proofing workshops, corporate training, team building, weekly classes, etc. for all ages. Learn more and see videos at:

Bonnie Davis
Developmental Play with Babies

Bonnie Davis is a craniosacral therapist, attachment specialist and perinatal educator. She has been serving families for the past 12 years. Her passion and focus is supporting families in the first 3 years to create a healthy, strong foundation. Bonnie offers private sessions, specialized classes for parent/baby and provides education for parents and professionals on the importance of early attachment.

Dragana Djurasic
Parent & Tot Gym Time Supervisor

Dragana has been an active member of the RHCC as a Parents & Tot drop-in program supervisor for 10 years and has coordinated the community outreach to strengthen and development services and programs for the Centre. She has also

been an Active Parntenship Coordinator and is now a Project Coordinator for TEDxKids@BC. Owner of Radiant Minds and a Mind Mapping® Instructor Dragana teaches individuals of all ages to “think, learn and create better.”

David Hatfield

David Hatfield is a consultant and facilitator specializing in transformative education. His focus areas include masculinity, conflict transformation, rites of passage, and improvisational a cappella. He has explored male identity with over 20,000 boys and

men in Canada, US, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, and he is the Canadian coordinator for International Men’s Day. His educational design and delivery have been contracted nationally and internationally since 1998. David holds an M.Ed. in social ecology.

Community Care First-Aid: Alon Hendel
First-Aid and CPR

As a proud Training Partner of the Canadian Red Cross, Community Care First-Aid is committed to increase the survival rate of anyone within our community that is experiencing a life threatening medical emergency.

We believe that the only way to achieve this goal is to go out there and teach as many people as we can the important skills of first-aid and CPR. And this is exactly what we do best!
Our courses are given by Canadian Red Cross instructors who hold extensive experience in training medical personal and the general public.

We offer our popular Basic CPR and First Aid for Babies and Children, Emergency First Aid and CPR level C and the Red Cross Babysitting courses at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Courses are given all throughout the year. Register to a course today and learn how to save lives.

VIDEO: (filmed at the Roundhouse!) Red Cross: First Aid & CPR Courses in Your Community

Nina Houghton
Dog Training

Nina Houghton is a professional dog trainer and canine behaviour specialist in Vancouver. Committed to using only friendly, positive reinforcement training techniques based on you and your dog’s needs without using food treats.

Nina graduated from the International College of Canine Behavioural Sciences with level I training in 2001 and went on to continue her education at the same college to include Intermediate/Advanced Obedience, Agility Training, Behaviour Modification and Rehabilitation and Recreational Tracking.

Chris James

A graduate of Camosun College’s Fine Furniture program, Chris has focussed on building and designing high-end custom furniture and cabinetry for the last 15 years. He is looking forward to teaching this fall and to meeting new people who share his enjoyment of woodworking in a safe, creative environment.

Radina Jevdevic

Radina Jevdevic is a Vancouver-based, award-winning garden designer and floral artist with a lifetime love and passion for plants, gardens and art. Professionally trained as a forester (University of

Sarajevo) and garden designer (University of Reading, England), she has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, England. Her work has been presented in GardenWise magazine and at the VanDusen Botanical Garden Show, and has been featured in the gardening section of the Vancouver Sun.  |  Vancouver Sun article  |  Vancouver Sun blog

Marcia Wakarchuk Jones
Infant Developmental Program

Marcia is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), Developmental Movement Educator, and founder of Inner Dancer – classes, private practice and professional seminars. She has been studying movement for over 16 years and holds a certificate in

Integrative Body Psychology. She specializes in enhancing early childhood development with Laban Movement Analysis, Body-Mind Centering® and Brain Compatible Dance Education.

Suzy Kaitman
Ballet Fit

Suzy combined her passion for dance and fitness to create Ballet Fit, a unique and engaging workout that vastly improves posture, grace, coordination, body awareness and strength. She has an extensive background in classical ballet and has studied at

the School of Alberta Ballet and the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Arts Dance (Ballet) Program. Suzy is also a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who has a deep love for movement, music and helping others live healthy and active lifestyles.

Julie Lebel
Artist in Residence

Julie Lebel is the artist in residence who leads the Findings/Trouvailles: Roundhouse Community Dancers, a community engaged dance project at the Roundhouse. Julie graduated from UQAM-Dance in 1998 & is Vancouver based since 2005.

Her choreography was shown in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. She involves musicians, visual artists, writers, videographers and amateur dancers in her projects. Julie studies the intersection of community engaged dance and professional practice under the mentorship of Karen Jamieson.

Sifu Laurens Kam To Lee
Tai Chi

Sifu Lee studied Tai Chi Chuan with the late Grandmaster Tchoung Ta Tchen of the Chinese Tai Chi Chuan Association of Canada and is the founder of Kam To Tai Chi Chuan Association. He is currently teaching at different locations in Greater Vancouver.

Dedicated to promoting health and wellness through practice of Tai Chi, Sifu Lee has been actively participating in various community events and conducting workshops in public library and college. He also presented an instructional Tai Chi program on Fairchild Television. For more information, please visit

Krista Leonard

Krista Leonard is a certified Hatha yoga instructor with specialized training in Kids’ yoga and Trauma Sensitive yoga. She’s studied meditation at the Shambhala Center and leads a monthly child care program there. She’s also extensively trained in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and modern dance, and has 20 years of experience teaching a love of dance to kids of all ages. She’s an enthusiastic child care provider, an alternative health practitioner, and a lover of things that bring balance, flow and creativity to life. Krista started Light Up to offer kids the joys of yoga, dance and meditation in a creative, fun and engaging class.

Lori Lucas

Lori Lucas is a former birth doula who holds certifications in classical Hatha, prenatal, yin, and kids’ yoga. Lori teaches all levels of Hatha yoga full-time, and specializes in prenatal and postnatal (Baby & Me) yoga. Her prenatal yoga classes are informative

and educational, designed for labour and delivery. Lori is friendly and approachable, and her classes provide a warm and supportive environment in which students can feel safe to connect with their body wisdom. For more information go to

Claudia MacDonald
Iyengar Yoga

Claudia is a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and has studied yoga for over 35 years. She has been teaching at the Roundhouse since it first opened, Claudia teaches with clarity, creativity, attention to detail and sensitivity to individual needs in an

atmosphere of respect, compassion and humour. Her approach is grounded and accessible. Her teaching not only promotes physical fitness through asanas and breath, but guides students to utilize yoga as a vehicle for self-awareness and mental focus.

Espirito Santo Mauricio
Children’s Dance

Espirito Santo Mauricio is a dance artist who has performed for most of her life. She is a singer, actress and dancer, and mother of 3. At age 10, she started ballet training then studied folk, improvisation, rhythmic gymnastics, modern dance, Laban/ Bartenieff, body mind centering, Butoh, contact improvisation, voice, and yoga. She has been an active dance artist and teacher for over 10 years, and is an artist facilitator working with children who are battling illnesses.

Karen Mitchell
Childbirth Educator, Doula, Author, Speaker and Breastfeeding Counsellor

Mother of four children, childbirth educator, doula, author, speaker and breastfeeding counsellor. 
”Birth can be a relaxed and happy event. My classes are fun and packed with practical advice you can’t find anywhere else. For over 20 years I have given new and expectant parents the real help and direction needed for pregnancy, birth and baby’s delicate first year.”

Serena Morphy

Serena Morphy has a strong passion for dancing and it will always be her true love. From an early age, Serena has trained in the RAD method of ballet as well as Jazz, lyrical and contemporary dancing. After years of performing in various shows and competitions, she transitioned her passion into teaching, in hopes to inspire other to fall in love with this incredible art. She currently teaches several classes in Port Coquitlam and at The Roundhouse.

Grace Ng

Grace Ng has a BA in music. She also holds her Licentiate of the Royal School of Music (LRSM), London, UK, and LTCL in Piano Performance from the Trinity College of Music, London, UK. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching piano, music theory, and advance harmony with students ranging from beginners to advanced levels. Grace teaches piano lessons at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver and at the Willingdon Fine Arts Academy in Burnaby.

Natalia Nimetz

Natalia Nimetz has practiced yoga for over 29 years and has taught at various community centres across the Lower Mainland for over 23 years. In addition to knowledge of many different styles of yoga, she has studied body alignment, dance, Pilates, martial arts and meditation. She received her training certificate after studying with Sandra Sammartino, and stays current with yoga trends.

Natasha Ogryzlo
Speech-Language Pathologist

Natasha Ogryzlo is a speech-language pathologist at Three Bridges Community Health Centre. She has a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Vermont. She has been working for 11 years, and with children under five for the last nine years. Running Language Fun Story Time, with a VPL librarian, is one of the highlights of her year.

Trevor Osborn

Trevor has been immersed in fine woodworking since 2005 proceeding his BA in sculpture from the University of Guelph. Pursuing his love for wood and design, Trevor attended Selkirk College for fine woodworking and received his Red Seal in Cabinetmaking from BCIT. Trevor is both a custom furniture maker and teacher, is an industrial design technician at Emily Carr University, and designs and builds furniture in his own right.

Melanie Osmack
Pre and Postnatal Fitness

Melanie Osmack is the founder of Fit 4 Two Pre and Postnatal Fitness. A local mom of two, she has been teaching classes at the Roundhouse since 2003. Melanie is a certified pre and postnatal fitness specialist, BCRPA registered fitness/yoga/aqua instructor and personal trainer. She is passionate about building community for the families of Yaletown.

Luglio Romero

Luglio began dancing Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia to the sounds of the “Big Latin Bands” of the 70’s in his native Costa Rica. He studied classical ballet, contemporary dance and composition at SFU, and has been dancing professionally with companies

such as Ballet Clàsico de Costa Rica, Ballet Victoria, Off-Dance Co and Canadian Pacific Ballet. His choreographic works have been seen in arts festivals and choreographic competitions throughout BC. Luglio continues to dance professionally and was recently seen the Dance Centre’s production of “10X10X10″. He is a member of the ZUMBA® Instructors Network and a CANFITPRO Certified Group Fitness Leader. He holds Specialty Certifications in ZUMBA® Gold, Aqua ZUMBA® and ZUMBA® Toning.

Kira Schaffer
Aerial Dance

Hana and Hamid Tarighatbin, Karate instructors.
Hana and Hamid Tarighatbin

Jordan Thomson
Dancing, Singing and Acting

Jordan Thomson is the Director and Founder of BrightStars Performing Arts specializing in Dancing, Singing and Acting for young passionate performers. Jordan has over 30 years as a professional performer and 20 years teaching and performing

here in Canada and abroad. In Vancouver, Jordan loves working with young children and watching them learn, grow and discover through the unique world of the arts. She is incredibly dedicated to each and every student and has the utmost belief in all of them.

Jeremy Tomlinson

Jeremy is a woodworker, wood turner and expert in teaching the use of hand tool methods and techniques in studio furniture making. He demonstrates hand tool woodworking extensively in Canada and the US through his association with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks.

Formally trained as a mechanical engineer, Jeremy finds delight in inspiring others to learn the fine art of hand-crafting furniture and other treasures of wood. His engaging demonstrations on the fundamentals of hand tool woodworking benefit professionals and amateurs alike.

Kathryn Turnbull

Influenced by the style of Vinyasa Flow, what I have to offer my students is a sincere interest in the well being of others and a desire to share the joy and benefits I have received from my experience with yoga. My teaching provides a well rounded practice that moves with focus, intention and grace guided by the breath, sprinkled with an encouragement to have fun.

Diana VanderVeen
BCRPA fitness, Pilates, Personal Training, Yoga

Diana started in the fitness industry when she was 16 and has carried on ever since. She is a BCRPA fitness instructor, Pilates instructor, personal trainer and Yoga instructor.

She trains people of all ages as well as sports teams and teaches about 10-15 classes per week around the city. Being very heartfelt towards affordable fitness for everyone, she has been involved in numerous grant writing projects that get people off the couch and into physical fitness. For 15 years she has donated her time and expertise to the Vancouver Sun Run and is a FitCity Representative for the City of Vancouver. Diana has developed an awesome method of exercise that works you from head to toe. Check out one of her energetic classes; Monday at 11 for Gentle fit, Wednesday at 2:30 for beginners Pilates, and Monday at 6pm for Pre Natal Pilates. You can also find her at

Louisa Weizmann
Hit and Run Self Defense

A female self-defense expert with over 20-year experience, Louisa holds multiple black belts (Karate & Combat Jujutsu) and is also a certified Krav-Maga instructor. One of the top-ranked female experts in Canada, she has received multiple awards and was featured on TV and other media. Louisa loves teaching unique and critical life skills to her public, educational, corporate, government and team sport clients of all ages. Learn more and see videos at: