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Vanessa Young 

Owner: Creative Director & Producer

Vanessa has been a performer for her entire life and holds a Diploma in Dance and a Certificate in Performing Arts. In the past decade, this 30-year-old powerhouse has become a “Global Dance Citizen”, training and performing in Mexico, Europe, USA, and Australia. She has choreographed for such artists as Xavier Rudd, DJ Havana Brown, Chris Willis, T-Nile, The Midway State, and Addictiv, and has appeared in numerous music videos.


In the film/TV world Vanessa has appeared on Motive, Witches of East End, and Choreographed for the recent short film HOWL, appearing in film festivals for 2016. Recently she has signed on as Choreographer for "LEGION" a new Marvel show by Emmy award-winning writer and director Noah Hawley, airing January 2017 on F/X. 

Vanessa is also an owner of Army of Sass - Vancouver, an empowering dance program across Canada that teaches women of all levels and ages to love their bodies and themselves. She is an acclaimed "Heels" teacher and continues to train, perform, and help create shows in Vancouver and across Canada. 

As a Producer, Vanessa has worked on multiple stage shows in the past few years and continues to build her own projects. She is the owner of The Lovers Cabaret, which has been hailed "powerful works of art" from Vancouver Weekly. Vanessa is also a Certified Creativity Coach and works with clients and companies, offering performance and artistic career coaching. She is one of the only coaches offering these services on Canada's west coast. 

 

Ashley Sweett

Artistic Director & Head Choreographer

Ashley’s relationship with the arts and entertainment industry has been a life-long love affair. She has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator for over ten years. She is experienced and trained professionally in a wide range of all dance styles and dramatic arts. 

Credits include Cirque du Soleil, Disney, Nickelodeon, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games, MAZDA, Goldwell Hair, Vancouver FMA Awards, Pacific National Exhibition, Dancer Transition Resource Center, The Great Big Boo Tour, CEBC, Vancouver Board of Trade, CFL’s 93rd Annual Grey Cup Parade, BC Lions, Hollywood’s Second City, Source Dance Company, Modus Operandi, Triple Threat Dance Convention, Fusion Dance Company, Goh Ballet Academy, The Phoenix Benefit Concert and Esprit de Corps Dance Company. She has performed with such artists as Michael Buble, Nick Canon, Pamela Anderson, Sarah Mclachlan, Hey Ocean, Ashley Allen Lee, and Addictiv. 

Ashley’s choreographic and co-direction credits include working with world-renowned choreographer and performer Kelly Konno, as the contemporary choreographer for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, co-choreographer for Ashley Allen Lee’s “Double A Batteries” video, as well as, Hey Ocean’s Top 10 Much Music’s video “A Song About California.”  

Currently, Ashley is the Artistic Director and Head Choreographer for The Lovers Cabaret. In the past year of work with us, she has honed her skills and has created more artistic vision than ever before. Her role expanded out of the box, as she became a Co-Director for "Lovers of Hendrix", and now a Director and Co-Writer for "Lovers of Marley". Her position as an honorable dance educator, choreographer and adjudicator continues to be in high demand throughout North America having taught at recognized studios such as Liv’Art Dance Studios, OIP, Harbour Dance Center, Drive Dance Center, iDance and more. Ashley is continuously exposed to new professional experiences that intensify her career as a versatile, passionate performer and creator.

"The birth of any creation comes from its composition or "choreography," and, for me, music is what inspires my soul to create movement. Rock and roll is a genre that especially resonates within not only me, bu, the whole world. Although music and humanity has evolved so much, history remains the same. The Lovers Cabaret will reconnect it's audience with their soul, just as rock music has always done."
 
Portia Favro

Marketing Director
Producer/Director of "From Bond With Love"

 
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Portia Favro is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and teacher with extensive experience performing and working across Canada and the West Coast.

Since joining The Lovers Cabaret in 2013, Portia has had the distinct pleasure of working with the team and performing as both a Principal Dancer (Mistresses, SYN, From Bond with Love, Lovers of Queen) and Ensemble artist (Lovers of Marley, Lovers of Zeppelin).

Most recently, Portia has stepped into a Producer role - her first production, "From Bond with Love” (an ode to the women of the James Bond franchise) with The Lovers Cabaret opened to a sold-out run this past summer AND will be hitting the road on tour to Kelowna, B.C. in November 2016.

Her credits include The Orchid Club, ARMY of SASS Performance & Training Group, Canadian Olympic Committee, Motive, Go-Go Bungalow at the Shameful Tiki Room, Jarvis Church, Moonage Kingdom, Dr. Sketchy’s Vancouver, and much more.

You’ll also find Portia behind the scenes as our Marketing Director, putting her Bachelor of Journalism to good use! She thrives covering live events (notably leading the social media team for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and CTV's Canada AM) and connecting with local media to experience our productions.

“The highlight for me was Portia Favro’s ‘happy birthday’ dance...Favro, as well as all the performers, is undeniably seductive when on stage, but during her solo performance she was mesmerising.” - Christina Pontikis, Vancouver Weekly 
Find more about Portia by visiting www.portiafavro.com

 

Lineke Van Kleek

Assistant Director 

Lineke has been a part of The Lovers Cabaret since our birth in 2012. Often hailed by the cast as the "Mama Hen", her love of both dance and music shines in her role as a choreographer, dance captain, and Assistant Director.


Originally from Abbotsford, BC, she started out with a foundation in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap, Theatre and then went on to primarily Hip Hop. As a dance performer, choreographer and instructor of over ten years, Lineke has a well-developed teaching style and exudes an unmatched passion for sharing her joy of the art form.  Drawing from inspiration both outside of and within the dance community, she continues to give back by sharing her creativity and infectious positive energy with those around her.  As an adult, Lineke experienced a deep renewal of her love for dance in the form of Breaking. Being blessed with the exposure to the culture of Bboying, she discovered a brand new vehicle for true self-expression that literally turned her perspective on dance upside down!  This has led to an enthusiastic desire to continue to pursue her passion through performing, choreographing and teaching.

Hailing from Abbotsford, Lineke has recently given back to her community with her work as Choreography Director for the BC Summer Games. This year she received the 2016 Arty Award for Outstanding Performing Artist in Dance. 

Lineke began with The Lovers Cabaret in our Mentorship program, wanting to grow as a choreographer. However, her creative vision and strong leadership led to a more permanent role with the company. She even got to choreograph for the legendary Bif Naked when The Lovers performed with her in 2015! We are excited to have her continue her journey with our team now as an Assistant Director! 

Amanda Hemmaway

Stage and Production Manager 
 
As a young dancer, Amanda practiced at Andy and Tina’s Dance FX, where she studied Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus, RAD Ballet, and a number of different Jazz styles, along with Lyrical, Pointe, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Over the last decade, she has traveled to New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Kelowna, Phoenix,  Winnipeg, Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton in order to pursue her passion for dance.

In 2006, Amanda was selected into an Emerging Choreographer Mentorship Program, where she studied with Deanne Walsh from Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Additionally, she has performed in Disneyland, a number of fundraising events such as “Stars of Hope”, and was a Canadian National Finalist in 2007. More recently Amanda attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet school to further her learning in various ballet styles, as well as anatomy, nutrition, and child development.

Amanda has had the opportunity to teach and mentor at a number of amazing studios such as Edmonton Dance Factory, Dance Unlimited, Ken Peters Dance Express, and Got 2 Dance Productions. At Dance Code studio Amanda managed and ran a successful children’s program alongside teaching drop-in classes for adults.

Currently, Amanda owns and directs an adult drop-in dance studio called iDance Vancouver. Offering a wide variety of classes for beginners to intermediate dancers in the community! Some of the more popular classes include House, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Ballet! iDance Vancouver will be expanding rapidly over the next year, as a kids program will be introduced, along with more levels and styles in the adult drop-in program. Amanda is also the co-founder of Flecha Production, a dance production company that is a sector of iDance Vancouver that was formed in December 2015. Working with local artists and companies on any dance related project,  previous clients include the Chris Buck Band and KOKKO.

Using her extensive instruction experience Amanda is keen to expand and grow as an instructor and mentor. Amanda will be able to draw from previous experience in management and business as Amanda was growing up she has always been exposed to the successes and challenges of being an entrepreneur and is looking forward to what is coming next!