Studio Director and Owner
Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Hip Hop & Audition Prep Class
Chelsi Bentham is a multi-award-winning choreographer in Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop dance styles. She is a member of Actra/Equity Unions. She’s the Artistic Director and the creator of In House Performing Arts Studio in Summerland BC. Chelsi has been teaching and choreographing in studios over 15 years.
Born and raised in the Okanagan, Chelsi began her dance training at the early age of 5 with the Canadian School of Ballet.
She had the privilege of learning from many fantastic dance instructors in the Okanagan, including Loretta Beamish-Lachner, Lori Larson, Melville Brown and Robb Card. After graduating high school, she was accepted into the Canadian College of Performing Arts Program in Victoria instructed by co founders Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning. She graduated with extensive training in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, MT, Voice, Dramatic/ Contemporary Acting and Film. She has trained at many top studios including: Harbour Dance Centre Vancouver BC, Metro Movement Toronto Ont, Broadway Dance Centre NYC and Pineapple Studio London England.
Vocal Training: Kim Kleineberg (Okanagan BC) and David Dunbar (Toronto Ont.)
Hello Dolly, (5th Ave Theatre, Seattle WA). Time of Innocence, (Village Theatre Issaquah WA). “Production Team” Model/Company Dancer, contracts in (Spain, London UK, Germany, Italy.) CATS, (Neptune Theatre Halifax Nova Scotia). Annie, (Neptune Theatre Halifax, Nova Scotia). Twist and Shout (Drayton Ent. Original Cast, Ontario). Oklahoma (Drayton Ent. Ontario.)
Joseph the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, (Theatre Under the Stars Vancouver BC). Picasso at The Lapin Agile, (East Cultural Centre Vancouver BC). Tommy, The Who, (Centennial Theatre Vancouver BC). BC Lion's Dance Team (Vancouver BC). Disney Cruise lines, Hercules, Disney Dreams and Pirates of the Ghost Ship.
Chelsi was offered her dream contract, Dirty Dancing in London England's West End UK.
Tv and Film credits:
Hotel Babylon, Guest Star, TV Series (London UK). Game Show Host, TV (Helsinki, Finland). Scary Movie 3 (Vancouver BC). The Clark Brothers (Toronto Ont.) The Chameleons (Toronto Ont.) Shoot Out (Australia). The Naughty Bits (Vancouver BC).
Over 30 commercials including, Caramel Aero, Pepsi, Minolta, Nabob coffee.
Chelsi is grateful to be in Summerland with her husband and two kids. She loves mentoring and guiding the next generation of triple threats at In House Studio and equipping them with the tools they need to succeed in the industry! Chelsi is so grateful to her In House Dance families for their support in getting their kids to dance class. Big thank you to our amazing and inspiring team of instructors at In House Studio.
Ballet ARAD, RAD, RTS, BA Honours, PBT, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary.
Growing up in Kelowna, B.C., Hailey began her training at Creator’s Arts Centre under the instruction of Terry McGowan who inspired and fostered her love for ballet and teaching from a young age. Focusing primarily on ballet and modern/contemporary, she remained at CAC for 12 years under the instruction of Emma Donley and Joanna Lige. During her time at CAC Hailey performed in several shows, competitions and community events, completed several RAD exams, and was the first student at CAC to achieve her Advanced 2 award in 2013.
Hailey took a year off to work and travel. Returning to the studio in 2014, Hailey was reminded of her love for teaching when she began assisting Emma Donley’s Grade 4 RAD Ballet Class. Emma, along with the support of her parents, encouraged her to pursue dance as a career path. Hailey applied for the Royal Academy of Dance’s BA Ballet Education program, and spontaneously flew to London, UK for an audition. After her acceptance, Hailey returned to London where she lived and studied from 2015-18.
Hip Hop, Tap, Acro + Ballet
Canadian Born dancer/choreographer Amanda Klotz has relocated to Osoyoos after living in Cape Town South Africa where she had her own dance school “Gift of Dance” for the past 12 years.
Amanda has been teaching for 27 years and she is trained in Hip Hop, ballet, Jazz, tap and is certified in Acrobatic Arts. Amanda’s first professional job as a dancer was on Cruise Lines. Thereafter she was a (South African) casting partner of Cirque du Soleil, and performed for 3 seasons on South African Idols with blossoming South African artists, as well as in music videos, TV commercials (Reebok) and movies (Universal Studios - Honey 3, Warner Bros - House Party 5) filmed in Cape Town as well as the musical Rockville, for which she also assisted with the choreography.
She has also taught in Mumbai India at the Artists In Action dance convention as well as performed for the Canadian Forces Military on 2 tours, to Afghanistan and Bosnia.
Before settling in Cape Town Amanda grew up in Osoyoos, and trained in Penticton alongside at Okanagan Dance Studios (director Cheryl Blumke, and later Traci Stevenson Bourne) as well as in Vancouver at Harbour Dance Centre. She was a member of the Source Dance Company in 2003/2004 (director Joanne Pesusich) and has trained in New York and Los Angeles on numerous occasions.
Most recently, she has enjoyed running an award winning dance studio in South Africa (Gift Of Dance). The studio won the Iconic dance award for Best Dance Studio in 2018!
Gift of Dance competed internationally and hosted international choreographers for Workshops and Master classes (Ian Eastwood, Parris Goebel and The Royal Family, Tony Tran (Kinjaz) Shaun Evaristo, Nick De Moura, Johnny Erasme, Jonathan Rabon, Gus Bembery, Whyley Yoshimura, Tony Czar, Kumari Suraj, Erik Hall, Khalid Freeman, Joshua Beamish, Justine Rico, Zoe Ann Aston).
Amanda was also on faculty at the Prestigious Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA – under the direction of Debbie Turner).
She co-choreographed and coordinated the new hip hop syllabus for teachers to use as a training tool for the South African dance association called DanceCor.
Amanda is excited to be back in Canada teaching Hip Hop and Tap at In House Performing Arts Studio as well as running her studio Gift Of Dance in Osoyoos BC!
Acting class, Vocal Training class, Junior Musical Theatre + Jazz A
Born and raised in the Okanagan, Jamie found a passion for musical theatre at a young age. She has performed across Canada on stage, commercials, and music videos, before settling down in Calgary. For six years she taught the Musical Theatre Program at the Calgary Actors' Studio, worked in the Learning and Engagement department at Theatre Calgary, all while continuing to perform on stage. Jamie is excited to be back in the Okanagan raising a family, and thrilled to call Summerland home. She recently started teaching with the Soundstage Youth Performance Arts Group in Penticton, and was last seen on stage in Soundstage Productions' Disney+ Broadway Musical Showcase at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.
Jamie is excited to be connecting and teaching the youth and dancers of Summerland at In House Studio!
Jazz, Jazz Technique, Ballet, Modern
Catherine began dancing at the young age of 4 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For the next 9 years of her life she trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, with a strong focus on Ballet. At 10 she became a teacher assistant to the younger classes and continued this throughout her dance training. At 13 she made the transition from Classical Ballet training to competition training. Once there she was exposed to more genres of dance including, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and more. By 16 she became the substitute teacher for dance classes running through her local community and continued this until graduation. After High School graduation Catherine pursued academics, completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Memorial University; during her time away Catherine actively followed the dance competition world both inside and outside of Canada.
Upon graduation Catherine knew she wanted to find a way back into dance and shortly after moving back to Nova Scotia was able to re-connect with previous studios and begin teaching again.
In 2017, Catherine made the move to Calgary and has had the opportunity to work at Alberta Ballet School. During this time, she has attended many teacher workshops, training sessions and curriculum building exercises with both the Professional and Recreational faculty of Alberta Ballet School. In 2018, Catherine worked with YYC Dance Project to help implement a more commercial style jazz training within the after-school dance program. In 2020, she completed her Progressive Ballet Techniques certificate. Currently, Catherine holds the title of Marketing Coordinator at Alberta Ballet School, although continues to teach part-time to continue to share her love of dance with others.
In House Studio's families communication's manager. Any admin questions? She's your lady!
Louisa is awesome! She has been an entrepreneur and dance mom for 20 years. She manages parent communications, tuition, event co ordinator and costume registration. She loves helping and answering any questions parents may have about our dance season or adult classes. She will be working in the studio office Wednesdays and Fridays 3:00pm -5:30pm for any in person questions. Email is our best form of communication!