Faculty

At tempo our teachers are sensitive to the needs of each dance student, regardless of ability or innate talent, we work to find the best way to encourage each pupil.
Not every dancer will turn their love of the art form into a career, but every one of them will take the lessons they have learned in their training, choreography and their performances to improve the quality of their life.
A great dance teacher believes in you, encourages you, cheers your successes, and helps you understand and correct your mistakes.

Irene Booth

Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher, Mentor

Irene Booth, Owner and Director of Tempo Dance Academy. Irene has spent over 30 years studying and performing dance. Born and raised on Vancouver Island BC, where she initially received her dance training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, modern/ contemporary, modern stage and character dance.  In 1991, Irene attained a post secondary education, in Edmonton, Alberta from Grant MacEwan College. Receiving a degree in Dance Teacher Training, a Diploma in Dance, an honorarium scholarship,graduating at the top of her class with Distinction.

Irene holds a certificate and Diploma in Dance as a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and is an acting certified mentor in which she continues to train dancers to become certified instructors. Other credentials include full membership in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern with the Performing Arts Educators of Canada and the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association. Irene is currently training to become a certified Ballet examiner with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association BC Branch, and is serving on the Executive Board of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, BC Branch as the BC CDTA Modern Chairperson.

Irene is the Owner/Founder and Artistic Director of Tempo Dance Academy located in Nanaimo BC, since 1993. She incorporated a second studio in 2010 known as Rhythm Dance Academy in Ladysmith BC, Canada which was recently sold to one of her teachers' that she mentored with the RAD.

A member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, Irene is a sought after adjudicator for many local, provincial and private festivals across Canada. She enjoys sharing her love of dance through her unique and dynamic approach to the teaching of dance, through dance education, mentoring and creating productions. Several of her former students are now enjoying professional careers in dance, or have become certified instructors and studio owners.

Geneviève Caron

Geneviève moved to Nanaimo in December 2005 from Montreal, Québec. She started dancing at 4 years old and never stopped. She graduated from the Université du Québec à Montreal in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in modern dance, creation and interpretation. Since then, she has danced for different corporate shows, sports events, video clips, show bands and more. She has travelled to the Middle East as part of the Canadian Armed Forces Show tour and danced at the Montreal and Hull Casinos. Geneviève was also a proud cheerleader for the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes for 7 seasons. She has trained in many dance styles: modern, contemporary, Simonson Jazz, jazz and hip-hop; attending classes inMontreal as well as dance conferences inToronto,Vancouver andLas Vegas. During the summer of 2012, she also attended a Dance Teacher Conference and trained with many inspiring dance teachers and choreographers from all over the world.

Geneviève started teaching jazz ballet at 15 years old; she now teaches students from 5 years old to adults… from jazz to contemporary, modern to cheerleading, creative dance to hip-hop! Back in Montreal, Geneviève was the choreographer and trainer for a College dance troupe while leading dance workshops in different dance schools and high schools throughout Québec. She also worked as an events and entertainment coordinator, as well as choreographer for different corporate dance teams and companies.

Since moving to Nanaimo, Geneviève has worked as choreographer for the Nanaimo Ambassador Program, the VI Raiders’ dance team and DecaDance Entertainment. She also teaches 1st dances for Brides & Grooms as well as Wedding Parties’ choreography. She has been at Tempo since September 2006 and truly enjoys teaching the students and sharing her passion of dance. Genevieve is married to Darren Moss and has a young daughter, Lily.

Nicola Jackson

Born (to dance!), and raised in England, Nicola has over 30 years of Dance experience. She trained extensively in RAD Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Modern & Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. From a young age Nicola enjoyed performing & choreographing for local production shows. Her strong passion and dedication for the Arts led to 3 years full time vocational training at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts in London, UK - Nicola graduated with a Diploma in Dance & Musical Theatre, and a Diploma in Dance Teaching. Following graduation Nicola spent almost a decade performing professionally; she established herself as a successful Dancer & Dance Captain for contracts aboard Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruise Lines, as well as several land-based Production Companies across the U.K. & Europe. Nicola's proudest performance credits include Royal Caribbean's incredible Production shows "Oceanaria", and "Blue Planet", these exhilarating shows were inspired by Cirque Du Soleil, and saw her dancing through the air, & underwater water as an Aerialist/Dancer.

Dance is fun, expressive, creative, and evolving; through teaching and choreography, Nicola loves sharing her knowledge, experiences, and love of dance, whilst also, always, gratefully learning and improving herself! Nicola moved 'over the pond' to Canada's West Coast to be with her husband, and they now have two beautiful little boys. Nicola has taught at Tempo since 2013, and is delighted to have such a wonderful dance family!

Chiara Ackerman

Chiara Ackerman was raised in Port Alberni and trained at The Pat Cumming School of Dance for 14 years. Chiara's passion for Choreography and love of children motivated her to pursue Dance Education. She moved to Toronto at age 19 to attend the National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program. She graduated with a Teaching Diploma and obtained an Associate Diploma in Ballet (Cecchetti) and National Ethnic Dance (ISTD).

Chiara gained most of her experience overseas, living and teaching in Norway, Australia, and Bermuda. She was able to perform, teach, and choreograph for all ages and levels. She received a teaching certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Chiara missed the island and happily settled in Nanaimo in 2008. She's married with 2 daughters and is really enjoying being part of the Tempo Dance Academy Family!

Leah Knight

Leah Correia is an accomplished award winning choreographer with 28 years of direction and instruction experience.
With teachers certification in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Highland, Ukrainian, Modern and Acro.

Leah’s philosophy of the three D’s, dedication, determination and desire has developed students into impressive dancers, skaters and gymnasts and has given each student strong life skills that has served them well in all their endeavours.

Leah is excited to share her knowledge and infectious passion for dance with Tempo Dance Academy Students!

Candice Fraser

Candice Fraser born and raised in Nanaimo BC, and found the love of dance at the young age of 2. Candice started dancing at Tempo when it first opened beginning at the age of 5 continuing until graduation. Once graduating from high school with the love of dance in her heart she made the decision to complete her certification in ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance. At the age of 18 Candice began teaching at Tempo while completing her studies. With such a passion for teaching students from age 3- adults she decided a few years later to complete her certification with the Performing Arts Educators or Canada for Jazz. Upon certification with the RAD Candice also became a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. As a performer Candice attended many festivals on the island as well as traveling to competitions as far as Las Vegas. While teaching she loves watching her students grow and blossom and find their own unique sense of style. Candice loves the feeling of watching a student gain the confidence to embrace the stage.
In 2010 Candice married her high school sweet heart Adam Fraser and they now have two beautiful Children, Addison and Hudson. After taking a few years off to focus on her family Candice is excited to be returning back to Tempo Dance Academy. She has truly missed her classroom and students over the past three years. We are so happy to have Ms Candice back at Tempo - Welcome Candice!

Tim Allen

Timothy has grown up in the world of Tap and is constantly expanding his rhythmical vocabulary. Timothy grew up learning tap dance from his teacher Lynda Allen, who gave him the love for the dance. From this Timothy took his training off the Island, dancing throughout Vancouver, Calgary, and Seattle. Danny Neilson, Nicholas Young, Derrick Grant, Diane Walker, and Ted Levy are just some the names Timothy has had the pleasure of learning from and dancing with. Timothy has been extremely grateful to receive several scholarships from the West Coast Tap Collective and other festivals from around the Island. He was also honored to have the opportunity to dance in the International tap dance day show in Vancouver in 2015. Timothy is very excited for the coming year and the opportunity to share his knowledge with the students at Tempo. Welcome Tim!

Miranda Atkinson

Miranda Atkinson is a graduate of the Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance program where she studied theatre dance technique, jazz, tap and ballet, as well as vocal and acting performance. She was one of 40 applicants, chosen from over 400 to attend the program.
She has also studied Vocal with Margaret Smith, Marie Baron, Lousia Burgess, David Adams and Adele Clark, and has studied theatre with Dennis Simpson, Denise Norman, Greg Peterson, Robbie Gontier and Marcia Jonson. As a performer, Miranda has enjoyed numerous projects within Toronto and locally including Anne of Green Gables, Oklahoma, Colours in the Storm, Chicago, Merrily We Roll Along and La Cage Aux Folles....to name a few. Miranda can also be heard on the cast recording of Colours in the Storm.
Miranda is looking forward to teaching at Tempo Dance Academy and she hopes to impart some of her passion for theatre and dance on to her students. Welcome Miranda!