The Team

Meet the people behind our program

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Co-Founders

Geneen GeorgievTechnique Trainer
Dance Technique | Fitness Coaching | Business Development

Current owner of Luminesque Dance, GSG Productions, CoreDance Productions, Nude Apparel ; and former owner of Drive Dance Centre – Vancouver… Geneen is clearly no stranger to running dance organizations. Her expertly designed programs always challenge students to develop technique, fitness and confidence – no matter their level. Her passion for community outreach and business development bring people together across ages, areas of expertise and levels of dance technique to execute sold-out shows and goal-smashing fundraisers. Geneen’s powerhouse personality is complemented with the grace of co-founder, Vanessa’s creative energy.

Vanessa YoungPerformance Coach
Show Production | Creative Direction | Script Writing

Vanessa’s skill and dedication to creative direction are the perfect complement to Geneen’s business acumen. Owner of The Lovers Cabaret – Vancouver, Vanessa has written, produced and directed dozens of spectacular shows that weave creative choreography into compelling storylines. Vanessa’s certifications in dance, performing arts and creative coaching help her students express themselves in powerful, authentic performances. She has performed all over the world and her and co-founder, Geneen’s choreography was recently featured in “LEGION” – a new Marvel show by Emmy award-winning writer and director Noah Hawley. Together they are an unstoppable team.

Teachers

Portia Favro
Portia FavroClassic Pinup
Traditional Burlesque | Pinup | Performance

“Pin- up Portia” is the perfect Level 1, total Beginner teacher for a classic pin-up and heels style. She is soft, nurturing, and really cares about how you feel through the entire process. Portia is always there to hold your hand and give you tips and tricks to make things as smooth as possible. Her talents take her all the way up to training our Level 5 professionals dancers as well. With this level, she brings in her training as a choreographer and dance professional to push you to the next level. Portia loves throwback jams and you can always count on her playing music that you can sing along to in the shower.

Bronwynn Joy
Bronwynn JoyTrap Queen
Trap Heels | Urban | Intricate

Are you more Missy Elliott than Beyonce? Bronwynn is a great fit for her more urban #trapheels style. Her intermediate level will be taught at an quick pace, with a diverse range of movement. If you want trap, gangsta rap, and R&B jams each week… you’ll love Bronwynn’s playlist. Bronwynn is a fresh energy, and you’ll often find her out dancing on her own, experimenting with new movement, watching music videos and pushing her students to get creative in class. All while wearing a dark lipstick…

Mike McInnes
Mike McInnesChoreography King
Athletic | Technical | Authentic | Precise

Mike’s professional and motivating classroom environment is guaranteed to whip your technique into shape. His background in jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop provides a well-rounded foundation for beginner and experienced dancers alike. He’s worked on countless commercial sets and has an eye for video production. His choreography balances clarity and precision with expression and emotion. If you’re looking to take your dance and performance to the next level, Mike’s class is for you!

Chelsea Hartwick
Chelsea HartwickCabaret Showgirl
Authentic | Sensual | Cheeky | Lines

If you’re looking to grow in your dance abilities, Chelsea’s clear teaching style and wealth of experience will help you progress your technique. If you want to explore the more sensual side of performance, she will draw you out of your comfort zone in a safe and nurturing space. If you’re hoping to develop confidence, her choreography will challenge you while always ensuring you know you’ll make it to the finish line feeling fabulous. Come dance with Chelsea, and see just how bright you can shine.

Jojo Zolina
Jojo ZolinaDance Alchemist
Waacking | Intricate | Vogue | Versatile

Jojo brings a world of experience and styles to the studio. After touring the globe and mastering everything from waacking to latin, he’s returning to his roots in Vancouver, BC. His big-picture vision combined with his intricate choreography results in stunning pieces of “dance alchemy”, that blend hip hop, funk, vogueing, waacking, house, reggaeton, dancehall, contemporary and more. Jojo believes dance can break barriers and inspire change – so join his class if you’d love to be challenged in ways that’ll change you as a dancer, performer and awesome human being!

Kathryn Schellenberg
Kathryn Schellenberg Rock Bombshell
Rock | Moody | Contrast | Detail

Between owning the Darlings Cabaret and training everywhere from LA to New York, Kathryn is one serious powerhouse of heels dance. Her choreography is expressive, sexy and impactful. Her teaching style is direct and clear, which helps you learn her engaging and intricate pieces with ease. If you want detailed, punchy and challenging dances to classic rock and blues, Kathryn’s the badass babe you’re after.

Colleen Cassidy
Colleen CassidyDancehall Diva
Energy | Groove | Sweat | Upbeat

We don’t think Colleen has ever stopped smiling. She trains every year in Jamaica to constantly hone and honour her dance hall contribution to Luminesque and the larger Vancouver dance community. Her classes are upbeat, high energy and infectiously positive. Her choreography is filled with joy and groove. If you want to laugh and sweat your butt off, Colleen’s class is for you.

Sandra Kirk
Sandra KirkHeels Headmistress
Individuality | Technique | Power | Acting

Sandy’s extensive background in ballet, contemporary, lyrical and jazz means her classes and choreography are filled with expert technique. She’s passionate about helping her students discover their individuality and confidence while honing their dance skills in a number of styles. Her pieces are strong, dark and sharp – designed to make her students feel powerful and invincible on stage. If you’re looking to learn or improve your technique and individual style, Sandy’s class is for you.

Chelsea Friedman
Chelsea FriedmanSquamish Boss Babe
Contemporary | Allure | Subtle | Social

Chelsea is the head honcho for our Squamish dance crew. She’s been dancing since she could walk, and has trained in everything from acrobatics to theatre. Her style is sexy and alluring, oozing intrigue while remaining subtle. Her classes are famously social, as she’s passionate about bringing women together in her community. If you’re looking to feel confident, make female friends and learn to dance with heart and expression – you’ll love Chelsea!

Cass Podor
Cass PodorPowerhouse Performer
Quirky | Intense | Expressive | Striking

If you’re looking to develop your own original style, Cass’s expressive classes will challenge you to find your artistic voice. A fearless, intense and quirky performer with 20+ years of dance experience, Cass brings a unique flavour to Luminesque and encourages you to do the same. Although her style’s based in urban dance, she’s trained extensively in everything from jazz to waacking, dance hall to house and everything in between. If you’re looking for a challenging and dynamic class, Cass is your champion!

Assistants

Each of our classes has a wonderful teaching assistant who is there to help you stay organized, remind you of what’s coming up, and handle any questions you may have. Each of our assistants is a vital part of the team. Make sure to introduce yourself to them in your first week of class!