Summer Intensives

The Landing Dance - Summer Dance Intensive Classes
Ages 7-13 11+
Dates Aug 19th-23th Aug 19th-23th
Times 9:00am-3:30pm 9:00am-3:30pm
Minimum dance experience required 2+ year* 4+ years



It’s back and it’s intense! The Landing Dance Centre will play host to a diverse collection of extremely talented teachers, choreographers, performers and producers whose work spans the globe. The intensive faculty will introduce a variety of unique dance styles and skills training. Stay tuned for more information.

VGDP Summer Intensive – Instructors Bios

Channing Cooke || CONTEMPORARY

Channing Cooke, known for her outgoing personality and knowledge beyond her years, is a very hard working and successful entertainer. Having grown up as a studio kid she has a very strong background of technique and training in all styles of dance that range from Ballet and Modern to Jazz, Hip-Hop, and even Acrobatics. Born and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Channing not only met the high demands of the competitive dance world but was also a nationally ranked Cheerleader as well as an extreme athlete. She had her first big break on Fox’s hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance, as she was chosen into the top twenty out of thousands who auditioned. In January of 2010 she made the move to Los Angeles where she is now working as a professional dancer represented by one of the top agencies in the business, Clear Talent Group. From there she booked her first big role where she danced alongside Neil Patrick Harris in the opening number of The 82nd Annual Academy Awards. You will have also seen her on such shows as Dancing With The Stars, in a Macy’s Stars of Dance number, choreographed by Travis Wall, as well as on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Channing has also worked with such artists as Jennifer Lopez, JoJo, and just recently with Florence + The Machine at the 2010 Video Music Awards. Her strengths as a performer have helped develop her passion for teaching and working with younger dancers all over the country.


Jared is a multidisciplinary performing artist and athlete, born and raised in Vancouver. At four years old, he began training in Capoeira, which inspired him to pursue Gymnastics, as well as Singing and Musical Theatre. As a Trampoline and Tumbling Gymnast, Jared has trained across Canada, the United States, England and France. He has represented Canada at three World Age Group Championships, earning two World Cup Silver medals, twelve National Championship medals and three Canadian titles. Along with his athletic career, Jared studied as both a classical and pop/jazz vocalist. Some of his theatre credits include working with The Arts Club, Royal City Musical Theatre, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. After graduating high school, Jared began training in Montreal with Cirque Du Soleil, where he became a member of the original recreation of “OVO” the North American tour. As a dancer, he has trained in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and with Vancouver based companies such as KI&Co, Illustrative Society’s Mentorship Program, and at Harbour Dance Centre. In addition to his experience as a hip-hop and contemporary dancer, Jared is known for his unique acrobatic-fusion style, and has had the opportunity to teach throughout Vancouver and Toronto. Jared has continued to explore other crafts and disciplines, expanding his repertoire to include aerial acrobatics, handbalancing and contortion. When not in the studio, on stage or camera, Jared is a psychology student at the University of British Columbia, a dance and tumbling instructor, and a certified personal Trainer.

Aimee Payne || JAZZ

Aimee Payne is a professional dancer born just outside of Toronto and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She has trained and made her mark in many genres of dance. Her talent has taken her across Canada, the United States and Europe as a professional dancer and choreographer. Aimee has carved out a dynamic career that has her in demand in the entertainment industry performing in various professional shows and teaching workshops. She has assisted many of the industry’s best such as Brian Friedman, NAPPYTABS, Blake McGrath, Dave Scott, Gil Duldulao, Cris Judd, Jillian Meyers, Dana Wilson, Kelly Konno, Megan Lawson and Tessandra Chavez. Aimee performed “Rhythm Nation” with the iconic Janet Jackson for the kick-off off her “Unbreakable World Tour”. She has performed with artists such as Nickelback, One More Girl, Johnny Reid, Sharaya J, Bif Naked, FeFe Dobson, Destineak, Big Time Rush, Dallas Smith, and Madeline Merlo. Some of her film and TV credits include XFactor UK, Canada’s Got Talent, Winter Olympics Opening Gala, Paralympics Opening Ceremonies,”Bravetown” featuring Josh Duhamel and Laura Dern, Canada’s National Football League’s Grey Cup championship game half time show performances, and most recently worked with choreographers Mandy Moore and Jillian Meyers on an upcoming TV series. Her versatility and strong talent was recognized when she was awarded Canadian National Tap Champion, as well as the Provincial Champion for the Performing Arts of British Columbia. She has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships throughout Canada and the United States including The Pulse On Tour Protege, NYC Broadway Dance Centre International Student Scholarship, Monsters of Hip Hop, JUMP V.I.P, Dance Educators of America Final Grand Champion, and Triple Threat “Definite Threat”. Aimee’s passion and positive energy has always been a driving force in her career and contributed to her success. She is a true artist. She remains focused on her dream and continues to push towards new heights in a dynamic career within the industry.


Our Summer Intensive was created to challenge and inspire dancers in their pursuit for excellence. The setting is fast-paced and the information is detailed to simulate the environment of the professional dance world.

This is an excellent opportunity for dancers to continue their training in the summer and dance with new people. Throughout the week, our talented faculty will mentor each dancer in the search of what is necessary for them to push forward to reach their next level.

Days will be split into two sessions, separated by a break for lunch. The morning sessions will consist of technique classes in varying styles, where the afternoon sessions will rotate between choreography classes, body conditioning, and artistic training. Styles covered will include Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Tap and Jazz, among many others.

Groups will be organized based on age, experience, and registration. *A minimum of 2+ year dance experience is recommended to participate in The Landing Dance Summer Intensive; however, age and minimum training year exceptions can apply, please contact us. As the name suggests, this intensive is both physically and mentally challenging as dancers will explore new movement forms and genres, teaching methodologies and learning environments.

The Landing Dance Centre’s Summer Intensive – Instructors Bios

Brenna McLaud-Bichara || ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Brenna has performed for Serge Bennenthan, Paul Andre-Fortier, Henry Daniel, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Dance, Move: the company, Dancers-Dancing, and Full Performing Bodies, among many others. Brenna spent time in New York at The Ailey School and worked with the head of the Horton department at The Ailey School, completing the Horton Pedagogy Program for teachers. Brenna’s profound love of the Horton technique has grown over the years and her ability to share this wonderful technique has been a true gift for the dancers at The Landing Dance Centre.

Amber Barton || Contemporary

Born and raised in Vancouver, Amber received her training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, The Banff Centre Dance Training and Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Program. Upon completion of her training, she established herself as a professional dance artist in Vancouver and has danced for various companies and choreographers, including: Joe Laughlin (Joe INK), Gail Lotenberg (LINK dance), Judith Marcuse (Judith Marcuse Projects), Lola MacLaughlin (Lola Dance), Martha Carter (Marta Marta Productions), Jennifer Mascall (Mascall Dance), Day Helesic (MovEnt), Lee su-feh (battery opera), Karen Jamieson (Karen Jamieson) Dance Company), Josh Beamish (MOVE: the company), Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Ruckus Company Productions, Adam Shankman, Mark Godden, Marla Eist, Jennifer Clarke, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Wang, Cori Caulfield, Lina Fitzner and Heather Laura Gray. She has also been featured as a guest artist with 605 Collective. Recent performances include Neworld’s Theatre of King Arthur’s Night.

As a choreographer Amber has had her work presented in various venues in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales and the NW New Works Festival in Seattle, WA. Amber has also begun choreographing and collaborating with theatre director Mindy Parfitt (This Stays in the Room) which also led to the creation and premiere of her first work in theatre entitled am a in March 2017.

Amber has been a guest teacher for Drive Dance Centre’s Scholarship Program, Harbour Dance, iNDUSTRY Dance Training Program, the Training Society of Vancouver (Working Class), Arts Umbrella, Victoria Academy of Dance, The Landing Dance Centre, Richmond Academy of Dance, Avant Dance Company and Caulfield School of Dance, where she currently teaches on staff. Amber has been invited to set works for the students of Dancestreams, Modus Operandi, Arts Umbrella, Pro Arte Dance, The Landing Dance Centre, Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts and Coastal City Ballet. In 2016, Amber launched #dancehappy an outreach initiative through her company that offers free dance class once a month to people of all abilities and ages.

In 2008, Amber established her own Vancouver based contemporary dance company, the response.

Amy Burns || Tap

Amy has trained and performed extensively in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern Contemporary & Lyrical Jazz from a very young age, and has been teaching and choreographing Tap full-time for 21 years throughout the Lower Mainland, Northern B.C. (Smithers) and annual Summer School programs on Vancouver Island. She has a long list of accomplishments and award-winning competitive performances in Canada and the U.S. In July of 2009, it was with great excitement that she and 22 of her students participated in the “New York City Tap Festival” where they trained with world-renowned Masters and by audition, were chosen to perform their award-winning routines “Off Broadway” to a sold-out theatre. That evening Amy was honored with being chosen as the recipient of the “2009 NYC Tap Festival Outstanding Teacher/Choreographer Award” for her “Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to the Art of Tap Dancing”. Amy is one of the original members of Vancouver’s “URBAN TAP SQUAD”.

It is Amy’s desire to share with her students, her diversified training, technique, musicality and rhythm, and most of all, her genuine love and passion for Tap Dance. With her love of teaching children of all ages and adults, she foremost encourages fun and embracing the love and joy of “Tap”, with patience and positivity. She teaches and encourages her students to “un-tap” the joy of this wonderful instrument and music within them and to truly hear and articulate their own “joyful noise”.

Dancers interested in auditioning for the Landing Dance Centre’s Advanced Division or placement in an ISTD examination program as highly encouraged to join the intensive.

Beginner dancers are encouraged to check out our Summer Dance Camps & Summer Dance Sessions.