Rebecca Goritsas’ whole mission as a dance teacher is to impart the beauty and love of dance to her students. Teaching for over 25 years, with students ranging from toddlers to adult, Rebecca has discovered that teaching is not just imparting your knowledge to another, but imparting joy to each one you teach.
Starting dance at the age of 4, Rebecca studied various dance types such as Tap, Jazz, Stage, Spanish, Ballet and Pointe. She graduated as a drama major from Langley Fine Arts School. Rebecca completed her comprehensive education in the performing arts with studies in singing, piano and music theory under the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM).
In her early teens she discovered the world of Spanish Dance. She fully immersed herself into the Spanish world, learning and then eventually teaching Flamenco, Castanets, Folkloric and Classical Spanish dance. Studying under flamenco greats in Vancouver and Bellingham, she continued her education in Washington, D.C. and eventually Granada, Spain. Rebecca went on to create a Dance troupe, Rebecca Reyes Dance Company, which performed all over Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
During this time, Rebecca also delved deeper into intensive study of ballet. In 2002 Rebecca became a registered dance teacher under Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), where she completed her diploma in Ballet Teaching under the mentorship of Deborah Cameron. Rebecca continues to learn her craft to the fullest and has also received her certificate in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), Acrobatic Arts Module 1 and Alixa Flexibility Modules 1 & 2. Rebecca has put many children through exams in the Lower Mainland and Southern Ontario regions, and continues to see great results from their work. Rebecca is married and has three beautiful children, who have in turn taught her a deeper meaning of what a teacher should be.
In 2017, Rebecca had an idea to create a fun, creative dance program for little ones that met her criteria as both a dance teacher and mother. She wanted a program that would encourage movement, expression and musicality skills in young students, and be a solid foundation of dance skills for years to come. Rebecca established Little Gems Dance Academy with two partners, a program dedicated to bringing the joy of dance to young children. Rebecca is excited to implement what she has learned from the Intellidance® Babies Certificate and bring dance to all!
Little Gems Dance Academy is a comprehensive dance program designed to promote the art of dance to young children through creative movement and play. Our mission is to inspire children and develop a lifelong love of dance.
Our programs include:
- Pearl Program: a 9 week - 45 minute weekly program for babies of 4 - 14 months with their caregiver
- Coral Program: a 9 week - 45 minute weekly program for children ages 1 - 3 with their caregiver
- Opal Program: a full year - 2 hour weekly program for children of preschool age, ages 2.5 - 4
- Onyx Program: a full year - 2 hour weekly program for children of early grade school age, ages 5 - 6
- Various Dance Camps & Samplers for children ages 2.5 - 6
- Dance Workshops for Adults