Meet our Team!
Our amazing teachers have decades of experience under their belt, and our competitive classes have consistently great results under the direction of our instructors. Meet your new dance teachers and learn from some of the best in Richmond!
Senior Program Director
Melissa Medalla started dancing at the age of 13 and has competed and performed throughout North America and Europe including, The International Edegem Folk Festival in Belgium and for the launch of A.D.I.D.A.S. Porche Line in Vancouver, BC. She has won numerous awards at competitions and dance conventions including winning silver at the Hip Hop International Dance Championships in August 2013. During the 2010 Winter Olympics she performed with the Surrey Celebration Dance Team in front of thousands at many events including the Olympic Torch Relay. Melissa has traveled and studied throughout North America in which she broadened her knowledge in contemporary, ballroom, ballet, and jazz. She teaches in the lower mainland and currently performs with The Surrey Dance Company and Project Soul Productions.
Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical
Junior Program Director
Sonia Chan has been a part of the UDC Studio community since her youth, and joined the faculty 6 years ago due to her strong technical and leadership skills, as well as her passion for the studio. Having been trained in many disciplines like Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Ballet, Sonia found an interest and love in Hip Hop, and furthered her training at Harbour Dance Centre's Kill The Lights (KTL) Dance Company for two years. Under the direction of Shauna Smith and Ken Yung, Sonia participated in numerous performances and travelled to LA to learn from the best dancers and choreographers. Sonia has competed and performed in several events across the lower mainland, and some of her performance credits include the Vancouver 2010 Ozone, Brilliant, Urban Alchemy, the Main Event, and local artist David Morin's video"Come Home."
Sonia's passion for dance extends to her love for choreography. She has choreographed solos, duos and groups and has received recognition and awards for her work. Sonia is excited to bring another year of creativity to her students at UDC Studio!
Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet
Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary
Kaitlin Cheung is an actress and dancer from Burnaby, BC. Kaitlin began her dance training at 4 years old and has competed at local and international competitions. Kaitlin is an emerging choreographer with works showcased in The Vancity Project and West Coast Choreography Lab’s Young Choreographer’s Showcase. She has trained at workshops and intensives with many well-known names in the dance industry, such as Francisco Gella, Joshua Beamish of MOVETHECOMPANY, Alonzo King of Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson from Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company. Kaitlin has also completed her ISTD Intermediate Modern Dance and Cecchetti Intermediate Ballet exams. Kaitlin is excited to continue her dance training with post-secondary Contemporary Dance training program, Modus Operandi, as well as earn her Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University.
Ballet, Contemporary, Modern
Annabelle was born and raised in Richmond, BC. She began her
training for professional dance at the age of 5, including ballet, modern, neo-classical, and Chinese dance. Annabelle trained extensively in the Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova, reaching Advanced level 2 at the Richmond Academy of Dance. She then proceeded to study modern and contemporary dance. She is pursuing her passion for dance professionally at Simon Fraser University, where she will complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in modern, contemporary and ballet in the coming year.
During the summer of 2017, she attended the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Intensive in San Francisco as well as the local Arts Umbrella Summer Intensive in Vancouver. As a dancer, Annabelle has had the opportunity to work with Henry Daniel, Heather Dotto, Josh Beamish, Heather Myers, Sarah Chase, and Judith Garay. Annabelle is passionate about performing dance and hopes to share this love of dance with her students. She believes in hard work, commitment, and most of all, having fun.
Oriana Rodriguez is a professional dancer and actor, born and raised Venezuela currently living in Vancouver. She was accepted into the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre where she expanded her knowledge in several dance genres like Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop. Following ITP, she decided to pursue Hip Hop as her main focus and started training with SOULdiers Dance Company under the direction of Kim Sato where she studied Hip Hop, Popping, Locking, House, Waacking and Breaking.
Oriana joined renowned dance companies such as PraiseTEAM’s Sr. Showcase nd TwoFourSeven Company and has won numerous awards at prestigious national and international competitions like Artist Emerge, Hip Hop International, Bridge Dance Competition, BodyRock, VIBE, Dancer’s Paradise, and many more.
Currently teaching in the lower mainland, she hopes to continue inspiring others around her to grow as dancers and performers and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her.
HIP HOP, TAP, CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ, JAZZ FUNK, WAACKING.
Terris was born and raised in Richmond, BC. He began dancing at UDC Studios at the age of 11 and has been assisting and choreographing the Jr classes in Hip Hop for the past 2 years
He has had the opportunity to train with some of the industry’s top choreographers at UDC Studios, Studio North, and Monsters of Hip Hop in Vancouver Washington, including Candace Brown, Tatiana Parker, J-Blaze, Ysabelle Capitule, Carmen Forsyth, Kate De Grano, Angela Mendoza, Prince Nee, Fran Parma, and Melanie Hidalgo Cruz.
He will continue his performance training at Simon Fraser University Theatre Performance Program and as a UDC Alumni, Terris is extremely excited to pass down his love and knowledge of dance to the next generations of enthusiastic dancers.
Jazz, Acro, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop
Crimson Haslehurst grew up in Vermilion, Alberta and started dancing at the age of four. There she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acro. She has completed her ADAPT Intermediate 3 Jazz and Tap exams, also her Cecchetti Intermediate exam in Ballet. Crimson moved to Vancouver to further her dance training at Harbour Dance Centre in the Intensive Training Program under the direction of Moe Brody and the Source Dance Company with Joanne Pesusich.
Crimson is enthusiastic about experiencing new opportunities and is always excited to learn. She loves to share her new knowledge and ideas with others she works with. With a strong technical background, Crimson emphasizes the importance of proper body alignment and positioning. She encourages her students by providing personalized feedback and making the studio a fun place to be.
Jazz, Hip Hop, K-Pop
Dancing has been a part of Nancy’s life since she was young. The realization of her love for performing and being in the spotlight started when she was 11 with traditional Chinese dance. Soon after that, she moved onto ballet, sexy street, grooving, hip hop and kpop. Being on stage is no stranger to Nancy; it's been a huge part of her dance life since day one. Her most memorable project was working with well-known singer, Mr. Andy Hui from Hong Kong, on his concert here in Vancouver, B.C. When she is not on stage she can be found teaching and passing her knowledge of dance to others. This passion has led her to establish herself as a core dancer/choreographer for numerous local and Canada-wide productions over the past 10+ years.
Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap
Tanner started dancing at the age of 6 at UDC Studios, where he immersed himself in a variety of different dance styles. Over the past 5 years, he’s worked as a class assistant, helping to mentor youth and choreograph routines for showcases and competitions. He has performed at many local and international events, such as the Fair at the PNE, Richmond Night Market, Vancity Project, and Monsters of Hip Hop. He was also chosen to represent Team Canada at the IDO World Hip Hop Championships in Bochum, Germany.
In addition to his performance credits, Tanner has had the opportunity to train extensively with some of the best dancers in the industry, including Jillian Meyers, Megan Lawson, Will Johnston, Tatiana Parker, and Kelly Konno. He continuously strives to challenge himself, both as a dancer and artist, and is always eager to experiment with different types of movement. Tanner is excited to join the UDC faculty and hopes to create a supportive, engaging environment where students can openly express themselves and share their love of dance.