#100-2340 Hwy 97N Kelowna, BC  V1X 4H8  |  250-712-2202


Michelle Koricina, BBA Hons.

Owner / Artistic Director

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!  She is also a dance instructor to the little ones of Creative Advantage Childcare, here in Kelowna.

Michelle is a certified instructor with Acrobatique, ADAPT, TADA Hand Balancing, and Alixa Flexibility, and has over 13 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, Tap, and Jazz

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.

Kimberly Harrison

Hip Hop, Jazz & Tap

Kimberly is a well-rounded professional dancer, choreographer and instructor from The Okanagan, who is fully trained in a vast variety of dance styles. Once completing her local training, Kimberly moved to the city of Vancouver, in order to broaden her dance education and career opportunities. Throughout her years in Vancouver, Kimberly auditioned for and was accepted into Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program (ITP), The Source Dance Company, La Chaleur female dance ensemble and the Exult Dance Company. As a multi-company member, Kimberly had the privilege of training in all styles of dance, working with world-renowned choreographers, performing on countless stages and touring British Columbia with a full-length show. Along with her diverse and extensive company work, Kimberly is also a self-represented professional dancer, acquiring an abundance of film, television, and industrial experience. Some of her more recent credits include: Jazzy B’s “Nakhro” music video, the CFL’s BC Lions opening ceremony and halftime shows, RELATE: The Documentary and Environment Canada’s Birthday Celebration. In addition to performing, Kimberly has a strong passion for teaching and choreographing. Throughout her many years of instructing dance, Kimberly has found that not only does she love to dance herself, but that she also thrives off of sharing her knowledge and helping other dancers grow to their fullest potential. Currently Kimberly instructs dance, acro, gymnastics, fitness and children’s yoga classes at multiple studios; providing award-winning choreography, impeccable technique instruction and a fun, positive classroom environment.

Kayla Phillips

Acro & Aerial Hoop

Kayla is an experienced dancer, choreographer and instructor who has trained extensively in all areas of dance since the age of 5. She was just 11 years old when she traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the World Hip Hop Dance Championships, where her group represented Canada by placing among the top 11 groups in the world. Her career furthered in high school when she began training in a half-day intensive program, which focused heavily on Jazz, Ballet and Acrobatic training through both the RAD Ballet and Acrobatic Arts syllabuses. She has earned multiple Bursaries and Awards at various competitions, conventions and workshops, as well as Distinction in each of her Ballet exams. She has worked closely with Blake McGrath, Lonni Olsen, and Krista and Autumn Miller, as well as many other world-renowned artists at various conventions and workshops. Kayla began teaching and assisting in the Lower Mainland before moving to Kelowna to pursue a career in Kinesiology and Dance at UBC. Having worked closely with kids her whole life, Kayla can’t wait to continue sharing her passion for dance with younger dancers, integrating experience from both her studies in dance, and in kinesiology.

Alex Vo

Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical & Ballet

Alex is a well rounded dancer, and performer. She has trained in all styles of dance from a variety of different instructors in Kelowna. She was introduced to dance when she was nine years old through a musical theatre exam program. After completing all of her exams with distinction, she fell in love with the art of dance and joined a studio to expand her dance knowledge when she was 13, and began dancing competitively at age 14. Alex came to The Kore in its first year in its first year of business and has been here ever since! Alex loves to challenge herself and her students with creative choreography and technique. Alex hopes to help her students improve as dancers and wants to see them grow and find a passion for dance!

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.