Hayley Newcombe has been training for over 20 years in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and contemporary with various dance educators across Vancouver Island and BC’s Lower Mainland. Receiving exemplary marks in both her R.A.D and I.S.T.D Graded and Vocational examinations, a future in teaching was on the horizon.
To continue training, in 2016 Hayley enrolled at Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts in Victoria BC, taking classes in jazz and modern with Angela Mousseau, while studying for her ISTD Associate in Modern Theatre. She continued her professional development through the I.S.T.D with the Associate Diploma exam in the fall of 2019.
Hayley has attended a multitude of courses hosted by the ISTD to further her knowledge of the ISTD Vocational syllabi. These include, Advanced 1 Modern, presented by Penelope Boyse (Arts Umbrella), and Pamela Eddleston (Examiner and Fellow of the ISTD), and Advanced 2 Modern, presented by Wendy O’Dowd. In the pursuit of even more training and education on the Modern Theatre teaching standards, Hayley was invited to attend “Teaching Modern Theatre Technique” a course held in Vancouver BC, and hosted by Chair of Modern Theatre Dance at the ISTD, Tereza Theodoulou.
In 2019, Hayley attended the Acrobatic Arts Module One teacher training program in Vancouver presented by Sarah Reis and Loren Dermody, completing the course and becoming a certified Acro Dance instructor. She hopes to continue her professional career with the program, carrying on to complete their full teaching program.
Hayley’s fresh, innovative choreography has been seen on stages across Vancouver Island, BC’s Lower Mainland, and California. Her teaching style has earned her recognition and appreciation from fellow teachers, examiners, and students. It is clear that her passion for the art has a very positive influence on the next generation. She believes there is potential for greatness in every dancer and strives to help each student reach their goals.