Owner, Artistic Director
A mulit-talented performer/teacher, Monique is incredibly passionate about the potential for the human spirit to speak through the body in motion. A teacher of Flamenco, Efunk, floor barre, Pilates & Vinyasa Yoga, Monique moves & instructs from the inside out. Awarded multiple grants from The Canada & BC Arts Councils she travels to Spain refreshing her studies with the flamenco greats. Artistic director of Raino Dance, Flamenco Rebelde & The Dream Cab Monique performs extensively: The Butchart Gardens, Symphony Splash, & Ballet Victoria’s Queen of Hearts to name a few.
Lynda Raino began her school of dance shortly after arriving in Victoria in l979. Since then, she has choreographed, taught, performed and run her beloved school, including the famous BIG DANCE, her work with dance for the large body. She loves being called “dance mama” by former students, now with their own careers. The school she created is a one of a kind dance experience for the adult dancer. At age 65, she passed her school on and is now engaged in her own creations of movement for the older performer. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet.
Kathy Lang, a freelance dance artist in Victoria, has an extensive performing and teaching career. Kathy trained since childhood, continued at University of Calgary and Grant MacEwan College. She founded/directed her own school in Vancouver as well as Purple Feet Youth Dance and Elev8 Youth Dance Project here in Victoria. Kathy choreographed/performed with Mile Zero Dance Co., coMOTION Collective, Tantrum, Romp!, Victoria Fringe Festival, and has danced for Joe Laughlin, Brian Webb, Constance Cooke, Lola McLaughlin, Ali Denham, Donna Krasnow, Debra Shantz, Sheila Lawrence, David Adams and many more.
A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and a former first soloist with the National Ballet of Canada, for over 25 years Amalia has taught ballet to every age and stage of dance student, passing on the legacy of the many great teachers under whom she trained. She finds teaching at Raino Dance to be uniquely gratifying as the adults learn and improve so quickly and there is a distinct aura of mutual respect and appreciation.
Mr. Roland has danced, choreographed, and taught classical ballet internationally for nearly three decades. Formerly Soloist with the Berlin Ballet and Principal of Oakland Ballet, Mr. Roland has danced principal roles in all the major classics. His choreographic experience is diverse including original Alice in Wonderland & Peter Pan, Ballet Victoria & as a character dancer for Canadian Pacific Ballet, ZarYevka Ballet, BOUNCE Company, Vancouver’s Royal City Youth Ballet and the ROMP! Festival. Training includes San Francisco Ballet School, Cal Arts, and University of Maryland BA.
Lia has extensive training in ballet, jazz and hip-hop locally and across North America and continues to train, travelling to master class conventions and intensives with the world’s most recognized talents. With her teaching Degree from UVIC she runs the dance program at Spectrum Secondary School. Her talents have made her one of the most popular, sought-after and busiest teacher/choreographers in Victoria. Notably in 2000 she choreographed for Butchart Gardens’ Showtime; performed with Craig Hempsted in Dancers For Life; and was a part of Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning’s Experience Canada, which toured from coast to coast.
Dyana is a sought-after teacher, choreographer, and guest lecturer at UVic speaking on dance and creativity. As creative director of Broken Rhythms, Victoria, her choreography has been performed at the You Show and the 2012-2013 Fringe Festival (winning Pick of the Fringe). She has toured with OIP dance, Carnival Cruise lines, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and most recently, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Calgary, in their show Live and Insync. Dyana is a passionate, high-energy instructor dedicated to challenging the mind-body connection through dance.
This is Lia’s first year teaching at Raino Dance but she is no stranger to the studio, having been a consistent student for the last 13 yearst. Having grown up dancing from child to teen to adult, dance is deeply rooted in her heart and body. Shifting from a ballet/modern focus Lia has fallen hard for Flamenco, the love affair staring about 8 years ago including intensive work in Spain. Lia studies and performs flamenco but is thrilled to be teaching this year and share the art form that has given her so much joy.
Jessica has been teaching dance for over 10 years and absolutley loves working with dancers of all abilities and ages. She loves that there is a language of dance that exceeds the spoken word and hopes to continue her encouragement of this dance dialogue amongst all her students. Jessica recently returned to Victoria from the great white north where she is currently the Artistic Producer of a not-for-profit, Whitehorse based physical theatre company called Open Pit. She has choreographed for companies such as The Belfry Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, VOS, TheatreSKAM and currently teaches contemporary/jazz at The Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Mohammed has been training in jazz, contemporary and hip-hop sine his first year of high school in 2009, continues to train locally in hip-hop traveling around the country to perform and compete with one of the top crews in Victoria. Rewarded the Senior Dance Cup twice in a row back in high school, placing dances in the Greater Victoria Festival of Performing Arts and that successfully received rewards such as ‘Senior Choreography Award.’ Mohammed continues to pursue his passion and share all the knowledge of dance that he has learned from his teachers with his students.
Cindy Winsor - Guest Teacher
Cindy Winsor was a first soloist with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Her career expanded over sixteen seasons with the company. During that time, she danced many lead roles while travelling the globe and performing in some of the world’s most famous theatres. A few of those roles include “Clara” in the Nutcracker, Balanchine’s “Tarantella” pas de deux, and the classic “Bluebird” pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty. Cindy also had the opportunity to enter the world of film with her appearance as a dancer in the blockbuster hit, “Shall we Dance” staring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere.
In 2005 Cindy started a new chapter in her life when she retired from the stage and took on a new role as a Mother. Shortly after her daughter’s birth, the family of three moved to Victoria where it wasn’t long before Cindy began teaching ballet classes. Entering the studio after a long career provided Cindy with the chance to share her passion, knowledge and experience of this art form. Cindy is excited about getting back to the basics of ballet for this “Get Your Feet Wet” series of classes. Sharing her love of dance and seeing others develop their interest in the art form is an experience like no other.