Meiko Perkins RAD RTS - Studio Director & Classical Ballet Teacher , PBT
Meiko Perkins is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and founder of her own dance studio in 2006, Ms Meiko’s Ballet, later to become Raincity Dance.
Meiko studied and prepared for RAD ballet vocational examinations under teachers Avril Johns and Sharon Boswell, attaining the award of distinction. She has also studied under and worked closely with Lynette Kelley (RAD examiner), Clare Guss-West - The Energy Source, and continues to study in supportive practices for dance: PBT, The Ballet Blog, Feldenkrais Method, and others.
She completed the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and has studied the RAD syllabus at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London England. Holds a certificate with the Progressive Ballet technique and continues to update her knowledge in ballet training methodology through ongoing courses, including workshops at the Prix De Lausanne in Switzerland.
For the youngest of dancers, Meiko focuses on the building of coordination, musicality and a love of movement through imaginative adventures, having created a junior school syllabus while at the Pacific Dance Arts, Vancouver. She continues to build on this for the adolescent ballet dancer providing students with a solid base of classical ballet vocabulary, posture, and technique. To this strong base, personal expression is encouraged in the more advanced dancer with an emphasis on clean technique, performance and communication.
She is dedicated to providing students with education that will not only help them in their dance but in every aspect of their life.
Daylan Braude BFA - Tap
Daylan has been involved in the dance world since the tender age of 5. Tap dance was the first style of dance she was exposed to and after that she never looked back. In her youth she also studied Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet and Contemporary. Daylan performed and competed with various local studios and, upon graduation from high school, continued her studies at SFU in the Contemporary Arts Program. After receiving her BFA in Modern dance, Daylan continued her dance journey through choreographing and performing in various dance shows in BC and Alberta. After taking a break from performing, Daylan discovered that her true passion is teaching dance. For over 20 years she has been sharing her love of dance in various schools throughout the lower mainland. Daylan’s love of music and passion for rhythm are what motivate her to teach and choreograph.
Samantha Green BFA - Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary
Samantha Green began her formative years of dancing at the age of three at Boswell Dance Academy, completing her RAD examinations with distinction. She then moved on to pursue a bachelor of arts degree in Dance at Simon Fraser University where she learned an anatomical approach to movement dancing with renowned choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang, and Robert Kitsos. With almost a decade of teaching experience Samantha brings a professional dance education and is skilled in teaching Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet and Lyrical. She cares about teaching children and teens how to dance in a way that promotes proper technique, stage presence and longevity, all while fostering a love for dance and the arts.
Oyku Mensan Merzeci RAD RTS - Classical Ballet Teacher
Oyku Mensan Merzeci was born in Istanbul and has had a passion for dance since she was very young. She has been teaching for 10 years and has been working with Raincity Dance since 2019.
Oyku began her ballet training at the age of 3 and graduated from the reputable Yıldız Alpar Ballet Academy.
She worked with Yildiz Alpar, the founder of the first private ballet school in Istanbul in 1953, who was awarded a lifelong achievement for her contribution to Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance, and is considered the predecessor and a pupil of Lydia Arzumanova, who revolutionized the world of dance. During Oyku’s education, she worked with Oya Barbara Karanis, Aylin Kalem, Seda Altuğ, Deniz Kılınç, Emre Sökmen, Aysun Aslan, Oktay Keresteci and Theresa Jane Brown.
Oyku trained at the Performing Arts Department of Istanbul University Conservatory from 1997-2002, and after her graduation, she dove into her career as a teacher for the institute. During those years, she attended Royal Academy of Dance Major Examinations and in 2017 Oyku received her Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate (CBTS).
In addition to Ballet, Oyku, has studied Flamenco with Arzu Karamani, she has attended workshops and courses for various dance styles in the UK and has also attended A Holistic Approach to Ballet Teaching course with Clare Guss in Vancouver, 2017.
Lucila Munaretto - Classical Ballet - Vaganova
Born and raised in South America, Argentina/Brazil, respectively, Lucila received in 2012 her diploma as a professional in Classical Dance from Bolshoi Theatre School in Brazil. For 8 years she has trained professionally in ballet, as well as a wide range of dance and art, successfully performing in Argentina, widely in Brazil, USA, and Canada.
Besides, she performed principal roles of premiers such as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Stepsisters in Cinderella choreographed by the renewed German choreographer Irene Schneider. Lucila also had the privilege to perform alongside with Natalia Osipova and Andrei Bolotin. Additionally, she has won awards at YAGP and other competitions.
Upon her graduation, Lucila received a full scholarship and was invited to perform as a member of Coastal City Ballet in Canada, where she successfully performed until 2015, when an automobile accident, unfortunately, forced Lucila to face a pause on her artistic career, however, not stubborn, she made her way back to the stage by the following year, nonetheless, the severe accident made it impossible to pursue her career as a professional dancer.
After a few years of self-reflection and, Lucila understood that dance is a huge part of her that can ́t be just left behind so she began to pursue a career as an instructor, performing then as a dance instructor for Rhythmic Gymnastics athletes at Adagio International Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy, ballet instructor of 3 and 4 years old girls at Pacific Dance Arts and personal dance/stretch instructor for the past 7 years.
Above all, Lucila believes that dance is nothing else but a mere form of expression that communicates what your soul is trying to say. It should be fun, and accessible to all and each individual.
With hard work, passion, and dedication, limitations can be transformed and used as your strongest asset.