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THE KORE DANCE PROJECT

1774 Baron Road, Kelowna BC  |  250-712-2202

Meet our Faculty - At The Kore Dance Project we take pride in our qualified dance instructors!

Michelle Koricina, BBA Hons.

Owner / Artistic Director
Acro, Aerial Hoop, Stunting, Jazz, and Tap

Michelle is proud to be the owner/director of The Kore Dance Project. She studied Acrobatics, along with Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop at Andrea's Dance Studio in South Western Ontario for most of her life.  While performing at a competitive level, Michelle was trained in acro, flexibility, and partnering by Cirque Du Soleil Ariel Artist Meaghan Wegg.  In order to broaden her training, she moved to Toronto, where she was accepted into the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown College, which focused on jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and musical theatre. 

In 2014 she moved to Kelowna to complete her Bachelor's degree in Accounting at Okanagan College. She fell in love with the city and has been here ever since!

Michelle is also a dance instructor to the little ones of Creative Advantage Childcare, here in Kelowna. Michelle is a certified Acro-Dance instructor with Acrobatique, with over 10 years of teaching experience and award winning choreography to offer!


SILVER WINNER of the 2017 Best of Kelowna  - Young Entrepreneur Award!

Allison Widdis, BFA Hons. in Dance

Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Jazz

Allison was born and raised in Exeter, Ontario and began her life in dance at the mere age of five at Andrea's Dance Studio based out of Huron Park, Ontario. It was here that she began her training in acrobatics, jazz, and tap at a competitive level. At the age of 10, Allison relocated to Jo Read's School of Dance out of Centralia and London, Ontario. Here she began to develop into more ballet, and lyrical styles, all while continuing her studies in acrobatics, jazz, and tap. It is here that Allison qualified to be a part of Team Canada in representing our country in Reisa, Germany with her acrobatic skills. At the age of 14, Allison relocated to Dancepirations in Clinton, Ontario. With Danspirations she really began to indulge in learning the style of contemporary. At the age of 15, Allison began choreographing competitively and inspiring younger dancers to pursue dance as a career.
In 2014, Allison graduated from York University's BFA honours in Dance program in Toronto, Ontario. While in university she trained extensively in the genres of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, Improvisation, Choreography, and Performance. Allison has performed in a number of showcases throughout her career at York University as well as charity performances throughout Toronto including Arts For Healing. Allison has been teaching and choreographing at the recreational and competitive level for 9 years now and has won several overall titles and been recognized throughout Ontario for her choreography.

Samara Tocher, BKin(ATTH), CAT(c)

Ballet, Contemporary, and Tap

Samara began dancing at the age of three in Hinton, Alberta and grew up in the competitive dance world. At the age of 15 her family relocated to Edmonton, Alberta where she enrolled at Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts. Here she auditioned and was accepted into the Dance IB Program where she learned about world dance, choreography and composition, as well as being part of the contemporary program and the invitational Dance Team. In 2005, her family relocated once again to Golden, BC and along with her mother and sister opened up a dance studio, Impulse Dance which was a competitive school. The school ran successfully for seven years and Samara collected many group awards for her routines as well as multiple choreography awards. During this time she also began her post-secondary education at the University of Calgary. In 2011 she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a Major in Athletic Therapy. She now practices as a Certified Athletic Therapist [CAT(C)], specializing in Dancer's and other athletes of performing arts. Samara uses her degree and knowledge in her teaching as well, and has learned how to strengthen and condition dancers to decrease injuries and prevent long term strain on the body while teaching essential dance technique in all disciplines. Her love for dance has brought her back to the dance world and she now also works for Showtime Dance Promotions, one of the largest dance competition production companies in Canada.

Mitch Moison

Hip Hop

Mitch is born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia. His journey started when he started teaching himself dance routines from various stage performances at the age of 15. Mitch has since been a member of the hip-hop team Sockeye and has competed internationally both with a team and individually. He is proud to say he has been awarded with two international dance scholarships, both with invites to perform with Hailee Stienfeld on the Vegas stage. Mitch has trained with many world-renowned choreographers, in a variety of different cities. With experience in teaching advanced hip hop technique classes, he is now a member of the amazing faculty of The Kore Dance Project while he attends school for a degree in dietetics!

Rebecca Soil, BAH

Pre Dance, Jazz, and Hip Hop

Rebecca was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, where she started dancing at the age of three. Rebecca joined the competitive team at her dance studio, Danceology, at the age of six and has been competing ever since! In high school Rebecca attended Claude Watson School for the Arts where she studied ballet and modern. After high school Rebecca attended Queen’s University in Ontario, where she joined and competed on the Queen’s competitive Pom team for four years. Currently Rebecca is completing her Masters of Social Work at UBCO, focusing on work with children. Rebecca loves to work and dance with children and is very excited to be teaching at The Kore Dance Project this year!

Lindsay Alfaro, MSW

Jazz, Street Jazz, Lyrical

Lindsay started gymnastics at age three; She went on to become a competitive gymnast and then found her true passion… dance. Since the age of eleven she has been training and competing in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and acrobatics.  She trained with The Young Canadians for two years and thoroughly enjoyed performing in front of thousands of people in several shows including the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show. Lindsay has participated in numerous conventions and competitions in Canada and the United States.  She was recognized with many scholarships and awards. Lindsay was also a part of the O2 Dance company for two shows: ‘IM the Seasons of Love’ and ‘Grounds: moments shared within a coffee shop’. She has taught jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, tap, hip-hop, as well as choreographed multiple competition and recital numbers in Calgary and Kelowna. Lindsay also has a variety of experience working with children with disabilities and mental health concerns.

Recently, Lindsay completed her Masters of Social Work with a clinical focus at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, and is looking forward to starting her career with the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Lindsay has shared her love of dance with young students and is looking forward to continuing to do so at the Kore Dance Project!

Tasha Coulter

Guest Instructor - Acrobatics, Aerial Hoop & Silks

Tasha started dancing at the age of six in Southwestern Ontario. She initially trained and competed in acro, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Over the years Tasha broadened her horizons to include circus arts such as aerial hoop and aerial silks.


She holds an associate’s certificate from the British Association of Teachers of Dancing in the Acrobatic/Gymnastics categories and is currently teaching and training in Ottawa. Tasha specializes in Acro Dance, Aerial Silks, and Aerial Hoop and has worked with many well known aerial artists to expand and learn more in the aerial art forms.