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!
Having been a dance mom of 2 kids who are still dancing and competing for UDC Studio for 10 years now, Meilei understands the hard work, time and commitment it takes to manage a successful studio.
After taking over ownership of the studio in 2017, Meilei is committed to providing the students with a safe and fun environment to dance and be creative. Through her immense support to her staff, she manages to foster a community within the dance studio, that allows students and teachers to thrive. Meilei continuously dedicates her time and expertise help maintain the studio as one of the most reputable dance studios 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
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.
Musical Theatre and Voice
Scarlett hails from Vancouver, BC, where she has taught acting for over 15 years. She is the owner of Leo Management talent agency and is excited to join the teaching staff at UDC Studios for the 2020 / 2021 season. Scarlett has over 75 professional Theatre credits, and countless film and television credits to her name. Her recent directorial and choreography credits include touring productions of Grease (Hudson House Theatre Company, QC), Annie (Société de Théâtre Paul-Émile-Meloche, QC), Aladdin (Elgin Theatre Company, BC), The Wizard of Oz (Little Carousel Productions, BC), Into The Woods (McIninch Productions, ON), Mary Poppins (Aslan Theatre Co., BC), Matilda (Cypress Park, BC).
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.
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.
Thomas began dancing in 2007 at the Burnaby Mountain Secondary school's breakdance club. He started competing in 2009 locally and in 2012 began travelling nationally and internationally to places such as Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, New York, Yukon, Toronto, Quebec, Alberta, Kyoto, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore, to build his competitive breakin' portfolio.
His teaching experience began in 2011 with S-vibe now called 1-Vibe productions. Since then Thomas have subbed for studios all over the lower mainland and now has classes at Dance Endless, PraiseTEAM, and UnityOne Dance.
His teaching style is very structured and excels at breaking complex moves into small pieces for students to understand better. He brings a similar philosophy to his own approach to this dance."
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.
Sasha began dancing at UDC Studios in 2013 and immediately fell in love with Urban and Hip Hop dance. Since then she has continued her training at the studio, and at dance conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop in Vancouver, Washington. Now as an alumni, Sasha is incredibly excited to pass down her love and skills learned to the new generation of dancers at UDC!
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.