Erica Watson - Director
  • Bachelor of Recreation Education, specializing in children’s programming and the arts
  • 8 years with Parks & Recreation, Children’s Programs, Special Events & Public Relations
  • 9 years dance training, ballet, tap, jazz
  • 30 years experience & education in theatre and drama
  • 20 year member of Portal Players Dramatic Society & AV Musical Theatre, acting, dancing, singing, directing, producing, set design, executive board
Hayley Walker - Artistic Director, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop

Currently On Leave Until June 2004
  • Modern & Tap I.S.T.D. Associate Teaching Certificate—Advanced
  • Cecchetti Ballet Associate Teaching Certificate—Intermediate
  • Imperial Ballet—Elementary
  • “A” Levels Art & Dance
  • 4 years teaching ages 2 years to adult in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary
  • First Port Alberni Trophy Recipient in North Island Festival Competition for the “Most Entertaining” dance number
  • First Place Choreographic Award at the Arts Educational School
Lisa Gray - Student Teacher
  • Teaches Hippity Hoppity, Junior Recreational Jazz 1
  • Part-time office assistance
Wendy Karpuik - Drama & Musical Theatre
  • Community theatre involvement for 14 years
  • Workshops and courses in a variety of theatre related topics
  • Best Actress in a Supporting role for the character of Ann, in “Slow Dancing”, by Shelly Picard.
  • Appeared as Shelby in “Steel Magnolias” and as Wendy in “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”.
  • Production Director for Portal Players Dramatic Society
Robin Knudsen - Ballet
  • Robin has completed her Grade 8 Ballet R.A.D. and Elementary Ballet examinations.
  • Completed her Advanced I.S.T.D. Modern examination.
  • Robin is registered with the R.A.D. Teaching Certification program.
Rebecca Morrall - I.S.T.D Tap, Modern, Jazz, Artime
  • Teaches I.S.T.D. tap, modern, jazz, preschool ballet/tap, musical theatre and National.
    Qualifications include:
  • I.S.T.D. Associate level in Tap, Modern, National and Classical ballet
  • 3 year Performing Arts Diploma at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey
  • AISTD Classical Ballet / Modern Theatre / Tap / National Folk
  • ISTD Advanced Modern / Advanced Tap
  • ISTD Intermediate Classical Ballet / National Folk
  • BTDA Intermediate Acrobatics
  • BTDA Elementary Ballet / Tap / Modern
  • 8 years experience as Dance Captain - Carnival Cruise Lines
Lacey Nagel - Hip Hop & Jazz
  • Graduate of ADSS in June 2002
  • Grade 8 R.A.D. Ballet
  • Advanced Level 1 Tap, Intermediate Modern, Gold Jazz Levels
  • Taught Hip Hop & Beginner Ballet Moves for Parks & Recreation
  • Taught Hip Hop & Jazz for Stage West
  • Groove Street Productions Workshops
Lucy Nagel - Office Manager 
Lucy has worked many years as the office administrator at Nagaard Sawmill. She stepped into the role as Office Manager at Stage West quite naturally, having been involved as a "dance mom" and the Parent Auxiliary for many years. You'll find Lucy's smiling face in the office every weekday, where she can answer your questions about registration, fees, and programs. She also manages the concession and promises that the coffee is always on, and its always fresh!
Britney Netzer - Apprentice Tap Teacher
  • Advanced 1 Level in tap
  • Working towards her teaching qualifications
  • Worked alongside Hayley Walker to instruct primary tap.
Janet Primmett - Visual Arts
  • Studied at the Bath Academy of Art in England
  • Studied photography
  • Watercolorist
  • Her work is in private collections across Canada, the Western. U.S. and Japan
  • Former Editorial Assistant and Art Director for Pacific Yachting Magazine
Michelle Weckesser - Singing & Choral Direction
  • Bachelor of Education with a music major from University of Alberta
  • Elementary School Music Teacher and teacher-on-call
  • Private Singing Instructor
  • Course instructor for preschool music classes

4653 Margaret Street
Port Alberni BC V9Y 6H1
Phone: (250) 724-6254 Fax: (250) 723-0470 Email:
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm