Little Gems Dance Academy is a comprehensive dance program designed to promote the art of dance to young children through creative movement and play. Our mission is to inspire children and develop a lifelong love of dance.
Little Gems was created and developed in 2017 by three certified dance teachers from Abbotsford, BC.
Rebecca Goritsas, a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) certified Ballet Teacher with experience of over 20 years of teaching, had an idea to create a fun, creative dance program for little ones that met her criteria as both a dance teacher and mother. She wanted a program that would encourage movement, expression and musicality skills in young students, and be a solid foundation of dance skills for years to come.
Soon, Rebecca brought her idea to two passionate and dedicated dance teachers, who themselves had a vision to create not just technically, beautiful dancers, but respectful, loving human beings through dance. Krista Tingley, a certified RAD and Acrobatic Arts teacher, and Danielle Bremner, a mother and a highly sought-after choreographer in the lower mainland loved the idea and soon Little Gems Dance Academy was born.
Meet the Faculty
Royal Academy of Dance:Teaching Diploma
Rebecca Goritsas’ whole mission as a dance teacher is to impart the beauty and love of dance to her students. Teaching for over 20 years, with students ranging from toddlers to adult, Rebecca has discovered that teaching is not just imparting your knowledge to another, but imparting joy to each one you teach.
Starting dance at the age of 4, Rebecca studied various dance types such as Tap, Jazz, Stage, Spanish, Ballet and Pointe. She graduated as a drama major from Langley Fine Arts School. Rebecca completed her comprehensive education in the performing arts with studies in singing, piano and music theory under the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM).
In her early teens she discovered the world of Spanish Dance. She fully immersed herself into the Spanish world, learning and then eventually teaching Flamenco, Castanets, Folkloric and Classical Spanish dance. Studying under flamenco greats in Vancouver and Bellingham, she continued her education in Washington, D.C. and eventually Granada, Spain. Rebecca went on to create a Dance troupe, Rebecca Reyes Dance Company, which performed all over Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
During this time, Rebecca also delved deeper into intensive study of ballet. In 2002 Rebecca became a registered dance teacher under Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), where she completed her diploma in Ballet Teaching under the mentorship of Deborah Cameron. Rebecca has put many children through exams in the Lower Mainland and Southern Ontario regions, and continues to see great results from their work. She has received her certificate in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility.
Rebecca is now married and has three beautiful children, who have in turn taught her a deeper meaning of what a teacher should be.
Born and raised in Abbotsford and Vancouver’s Dance community. She is a graduate from Yale Secondary and has been an instructor for Dance in Motion for the past several years.
Danielle’s training began at a young age in Abbotsford, B.C with ballet, modern and jazz. She then moved to train with Dance in Motion where she gained knowledge in every style of dance; Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Acro, Musical theatre & Salsa. She has completed grade 1-8 of the R.A.D ballet exams with distinction. Danielle is also experienced with years of cheerleading. She continues to intensify her training in Vancouver, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
Combining her technical training, versatility and unique style, Danielle has gone on to dance professionally. Her credits include, Principal Dancer in Big Time Rushes’ Music Video, ‘Music sounds better with you,’ Gina Starbucks Music Video, ‘Meets the I’ and Emily Harder’s Music Video, ‘The party is over.’ Danielle has attended various auditions, master classes and conventions; all being taught by well-known choreographers throughout Canada and the United States. She has won many scholarships / awards and has trained with Famous Choreographers and adjudicators. Those credits include, So you think you can dance Canada Finals in Toronto, The Hollywood Summer tour, Monsters dance Convention, Triple threat dance convention, The pulse dance convention, Harbour dance centre, Debbie Reynolds, Coastal dance rage/Fashion show, Co Dance Convention, Millennium dance complex and Elevate dance crew. Danielle has recently started up her own crew, ‘Money Made me do it’ where they perform as often as they can for their community. Danielle also took place in the movie, ‘The five people you meet in heaven.’ She also has several years of training under modeling and acting. Each chance she has had to perform and learn with amazing choreographers and dancers, her love and appreciation for this art form intensifies.
Danielle is grateful for all the amazing experiences she has had thus far and all the incredible artists she has worked with along the way and hopes to teach and train her students to be able to get these experiences. She is excited to continue growing as a professional dancer and creator and hopes this inspires her students to do the same.
Royal Academy of Dance:Teaching Certificate
Krista was born and raised in Abbotsford B.C and has grown up dancing in the lower mainland area. She began her dance training at the age of 8 in ballet and went on to learn many different styles of dance including modern, jazz, lyrical hip hop, tap and contemporary. During her early years she participated and performed in many different community events. Krista has attended various auditions, master classes and conventions, all taught by well-known choreographers through out Canada and the United States. She was a part of the dance team and captain of the cheerleading team at Yale Secondary School from 2004-2006. She has also been examined in R.A.D ballet and I.S.T.D ballet. Krista started teaching dance when she graduated from high school and taught at various dance studios between Chilliwack and Vancouver B.C. She relocated to Edmonton in 2012 where she taught at various Dance studios for three years and expanded her training. Now that Krista is back at home here in beautiful British Columbia, she is ready to share her experience with her students.
After graduating from high school, Krista studied Psychology and Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley. She has become a successful choreographer and dance instructor over her years of teaching. Krista has completed her CBTS (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) with the Royal Academy of Dance and is a certified RAD Registered Ballet Teacher. As well, she is a certified Progressive Ballet Technique instructor after taking the course in Spring 2017. Krista has completed the Acrobatics Arts Teacher’s Certification Program for both Module 1 and Module 2 and is a certified Acrobatics Arts teacher. She can put students through their Acrobatic Arts Exams from level Primary-Pre-Proffesional 3. She continues to train and take workshops all over Canada and the United States to further her education for her students.
Krista has had over 10 years of teaching experience in many different styles, ages and levels of dance. She has a passion for teaching and hopes she will inspire her students to have a love for dance.