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Brittanny Hann-Bowness 
MMus, BEd, BFA.
YPC's Owner and Artistic Director

Brittanny is a local performing artist who resides in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia with her husband, Brett. She has been running performing arts programs since 2007. She has directed dozens of young company musicals such as Grease, Wizard of Oz, Shrek: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Into The Woods, The Lion King, Jack and the Beanstalk, Frozen, Footloose and Les Miserables. Her acting credits include 'Velma Kelly' in Chicago (Toronto), 'Maureen' in Rent (Toronto), 'Wicked Witch' in Wizard of Oz (PEI), 'Rizzo' in Grease (PEI), and 'Dragon' in Shrek (Halifax), to name a few. She has also performed with Feast Dinner Theatre (PEI) and Second City (ON). She is a member of Carl Orff Canada, Performing Arts Educators of Canada (Jazz), Royal Academy of Dance and NSMEA / CMEA. She studied Performing Arts at York University (Toronto, ON) and graduated in 2011 with a double major in Dance and Music (Jazz Vocal Performance). She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Education from Crandall University (Moncton, NB) and her Masters in Music Education from Western University (London, ON).  She has presented at numerous education conferences for dance, drama and music, and she is currently conducting doctoral research in the field of vocal pedagogy with a focus on contemporary vocal belting, which has recently been published. She has taught grades P-12 in public schools through HRSB/HRCE, and currently teaches music and band with HRCE. In addition to teaching public school, she has taught Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Break Dance, Musical Theatre, Voice, Piano, Ukulele and Guitar through Maritime Dance and Maritime Theatre School, Fall River School of Performing Arts, and Halifax Rec (Lake and Shore, Porter's Lake) where she founded and designed the successful "Broadway Bound" program. She is passionate about performing arts education and has been recognized by the Nova Scotia government for her efforts. She would like to thank all supporters of YPC for helping make it such a success!

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Marissa Emberley: Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz and Creative Movement

Marissa is a dance teacher and an assistant with the junior musical theatre class here at YPC. She does the choreography for many of the pieces in the musicals and teaches Ballet, Creative Movement and Jazz on Saturdays! She loves getting to work with these amazing kids. Marissa has been dancing since she was 7. Her main styles of dance are ballet, jazz and modern. She also enjoys acting. She started acting when she was 10. Some of her past roles have been Matilda in Matilda the Musical, Fiona in Shrek the musical, Sandy in Grease and Regina George in Mean Girls. She was a member of the the All city girls choir elementary and senior for a total of six years. This past year, she was YPC's "Instructor of the Year". 

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Madison Hare-Burke: Musical Theatre, Hip Hop.

Maddie is one of YPC's young, vibrant instructors. She also is one of our pre professional students! She has been involved with the performing arts for a few years and has enjoyed every minute of it. She was with Dartmouth Dance Academy for many years where she was learning hip-hop. A role she has played in the past is Vince Fontaine in the musical “ Grease”, at Ellenvale Junior High School, as well as Rusty in YPC's Footloose and "Janis" in MEAN GIRLS. She also studies voice under the tutelage of Brittanny Hann-Bowness and assists with our Junior musical theatre group. She is so excited to be a part of such a great program like YPC!

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Maegwin Halsey - Hip Hop & Tap:

Maegwin is another one of our young, vibrant teachers here at YPC. She has been training in dance since she was a baby, studying ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre dance. She is also a pre professional cast member at YPC. Past roles of hers include "Genie" in "Aladdin", "Lumiere" in "Beauty and the Beast", and "Damien" in "Mean Girls: The Musical". She is also an active and proud member of the Mi'kmaq community! Maegwin has achieved many things in her young life but preforming arts are her passion. She loves to teach as much as she loves to perform. Welcome, Ms Maegwin! 

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Maya Serbu - Acting / Musical Theatre:

Maya is an experienced performer and instructor who currently studies acting at Dalhousie University. She has performed on stage and screen her entire life, and is an accomplished singer and actress. She has played many roles, including her most recent performance as "Janis" in Cast A of "Mean Girls: The Musical" at YPC. Maya's love of performing, aids her (along with her professional experience) in her teaching style. She is passionate, energetic, fun and very knowledgeable. Welcome, Ms. Maya!