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, Pilates Fusion & 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.
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.
Dyana is a sought-after teacher, choreographer, and guest lecturer at UVic speaking on dance and creativity. As creative director of Broken Rhythms, 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.
Lia is no stranger to the Raino Dance studio, having been a consistent student for over 15 years before she joined the faculty. 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. Lia studies and performs flamenco and is thrilled to be teaching and sharing the art form that has given her so much joy.