About Us

At Shine Dance Festival we promote the development of artistic and life skills for youth in a supportive community atmosphere at our annual dance festivals. Now in our 12th season, we continue to offer new and exciting opportunities for growth and recognition to young performers through workshops and showcase performances as extensions of our competitive events.  Shine Dance Festival is known for its inclusive and positive atmosphere that brings dancers, teachers and families together to celebrate their love of dance and learning.

Tamara Thompson Levi, Shine Dance Festival creator & director, is a dance educator with over 20 years of professional experience as a performer, choreographer, instructor and adjudicator in Canada, the US and abroad.  She created Shine Dance Festival in 2005 to recreate the sense of community she experienced as a young competitive dancer growing up in Edmonton Alberta for young dancers in BC.

Emily Bordignon – Event Coordinator

Emily started dancing at the age of three and all of her best memories from childhood have dance as a background: including dancing in the first Shine Dance Festival 12 years ago!  Emily went on to obtain her BFA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre at AMDA LA.  During her time in LA, Emily worked as an actor and performer in various productions from the stage to film. Emily is thrilled to be a part of the Shine Dance Festival team! 

Tamara Vishniakoff – Digital Media & Communications Manager

Tamara started singing and dancing at the age of 8 and went on to complete the Capilano Musical Theatre Program in 2008! You may recognize Tamara from working backstage in 2008 and 2009 AND last year as our IT & Media Manager. She is a Marketing Coordinator by day and our Social Media guru the rest of the time. She is so excited to be back with Shine in 2017 in this new role!

The Shine Crew is a hard working and energetic bunch dedicated to creating a fun and healthy atmosphere behind the scenes. You may recognize many members of our crew from their time on the Shine stage too.

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