Our Team

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 and as members of Canada’s professional performance community.

Tamara Thompson Levi – Shine Dance Festival Creator & Director

Tamara is a dance educator with over 20 years of professional dance and theatre experience in Canada, the US and abroad.  Tamara brings a unique and holistic perspective to the world of dance events having worn many hats including competitive dancer, performer, choreographer, instructor and adjudicator.  She created Shine Dance Festival in 2005 to recreate the sense of community and inspiration she experienced growing up as a competitive dancer in Edmonton Alberta to the next generation of dancers in BC.

Emily BordignonEvent 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! 

Orin McRey – Media & Community Manager

Orin, born and raised in Vancouver, is an interdisciplinary performer who is passionate about connecting with people through the arts. Her love of travel and dance took her to Cuba and Brazil where she trained in Salsa, Afro Cuban, Afro Brazilian Dance and Capoeira. Here in Vancouver she graduated from The Dance Initiative immersing herself in contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop, Kickboxing and Circus Arts. Her Musical Theatre training includes Arts Umbrella and the Arts Club Musical Theatre Intensive. Most recently she has been adding TV and film credits to her resume and is signed with Trisko Talent Agency. Orin has performed across BC and internationally with companies including Axe Capoeira, Lovers Cabaret, GSG Productions, Army of Sass, Ketch Di Vybz and Latin Fusion with Soul. She looks forward to connecting with you at Shine and online!


Are you a team player with a positive vibe who thrives in a fast-paced work environment and is dedicated to top-level customer service?

If you answered YES to all of the above, send us your resume with cover message telling us why you’d like to join the Shine Crew (no need to write a book!).  Be sure to check our dates and include your availability. * Certain positions require you to be available for all 4 festivals.

Email applications to: [email protected] by December 15th.

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