Suzy Kaitman: Former ballerina leaps to entrepreneurial success

Suzy Kaitman: Former ballerina leaps to entrepreneurial success

Suzy Kaitman has taken extraordinary leaps in 2017. The former ballerina, who transitioned into becoming a fitness coach, opened her own studio, Ballet Lounge, in 2016 - but she faced tough roads ahead. Determined to succeed, she took serious action in 2017 and her drive and dedication has paid off. Read about her inspirational journey. 

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Dance Review: Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker is a stunning visual treat with solid dancing

Dance Review: Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker is a stunning visual treat with solid dancing

Ballet BC has graciously invited Alberta Ballet to perform its renowned production of The Nutcracker in Vancouver. This visually stunning production features all the opulence, majesty and grace that this classic story is known for. Complete with some stand-out dance performances, and accompanied by the magnificent Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker is a special holiday treat. 

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Theatre Review: Little Women shines bright with talent and heart

Theatre Review: Little Women shines bright with talent and heart

There’s a hidden gem shining brightly at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. The show is Little Women: The Musical. But the shining gem is the magnificently talented cast and the wonderful care that has been taken by director Lalainia Lindbjerg and her creative team in bringing this show to life. And the star of the show, young Michelle Creber, delivers an exceptionally brilliant performance that should not be missed.

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Shannon Chan-Kent is the new Belle of Vancouver

Shannon Chan-Kent is the new Belle of Vancouver

Like millions of young girls, Shannon Chan-Kent grew up watching Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and dreamed of one day playing Belle. Guess what? Her dream has come true and she's now starring as Belle in Arts Club Theatre Company's production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I recently interviewed her to get an inside look at how she got to where she is today. 

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Michela Fiorido: All-star team player in law, sports and life

Michela Fiorido: All-star team player in law, sports and life

Whether protecting client privacy rights or helping her team on the basketball court, you can count on Michela Fiorido. Once intent on working in law enforcement, this young Vancouverite realized you can apply law to anything you're passionate about - and she has. 

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The best holiday shows to check out in Vancouver this Christmas

The best holiday shows to check out in Vancouver this Christmas

The holiday season has arrived and some familiar faces have returned to Vancouver’s theatre and arts scene. Whether you’re looking for some great entertainment to enjoy with your family, friends or significant other, here’s a rundown of some of the top theatre, dance and musical performances in and around Vancouver this holiday season. Cheers!

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Theatre Review: Solo Collective Theatre’s Satellite(s) is lost in space

Theatre Review: Solo Collective Theatre’s Satellite(s) is lost in space

There’s a lot of confusing elements about Solo Collective Theatre’s latest work, the two-act play Satellite(s) by Aaron Bushkowsky. The script is arguably the worst I’ve ever seen performed in professional theatre; there’s no focus to the storyline, the characters literally ramble, and on top of all everything, there’s a lot of very weird elements. Additionally, the play decides it’s a musical at the end, when the actors abruptly start singing. This hot mess of a show genuinely made me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed for everyone involved.

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Theatre Review: Jersey Boys is a riveting biography

Theatre Review: Jersey Boys is a riveting biography

Broadway Across Canada's presentation of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys is a riveting and spectacular biographical telling of the rise and aftermath of 1960s’ music icons, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Told from the perspectives of all four members throughout the years, Jersey Boys is a heartfelt account of the exciting, yet emotionally turbulent ride of each of the members, set to sensational performances of the group’s timeless songs.

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Dance Review: Program 1 defines Ballet BC’s stature as a world-class artistic treasure

Dance Review: Program 1 defines Ballet BC’s stature as a world-class artistic treasure

There’s a common theme underlying Ballet BC’s season-opening work, Program 1. This exquisite offering of two pieces, Eight Years of Silence and B.R.I.S.A., is defined by the personal journey of overcoming personal demons. Whether by confronting one’s own fears or finding the courage to break away from your comfort zone, Program 1 is a remarkable display of artistry, embodied by the incredibly talented Ballet BC dancers, who combine superb technique and versatility into world-class contemporary dance.

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Theatre Review: 13: The Musical brings fresh verve to familiar teen archetypes

Theatre Review: 13: The Musical brings fresh verve to familiar teen archetypes

Mean girls, jocks, freaks, and geeks—the struggles of adolescence always seem to come with these familiar characters. Bring on Tomorrow Co.’s production of 13: The Musicalintroduces us to a new generation of these archetypes in a story about the teenage fight for social acceptance and the true meaning of friendship. It’s also the perfect vehicle to showcase an impressive array of local teenage talents who individually and collectively deliver outstanding performances.

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Ryan Kubeska keeps his cool in a hot real estate market

Ryan Kubeska keeps his cool in a hot real estate market

Ryan Kubeska is undoubtedly one of the top real estate agents in Vancouver. In his seven years in the industry, the 27-year-old has continually turned heads with his impressive sales - while doing it all with his trademark swagger and charm. Read about his journey to success and what motivates him to slay. This is the second installment of my new series, "Slaying it: Vancouver's top young professionals".

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Jersey Boys presale: Book your tickets for the Broadway smash hit coming to Vancouver

Jersey Boys presale: Book your tickets for the Broadway smash hit coming to Vancouver

For this weekend only, buy your tickets to Jersey Boys before tickets go on sale to the public. Presented in a riveting documentary style and enhanced by the electrifying legendary songs of The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys is an exhilarating musical theatre experience. Winner of four Tony Awards, including the 2006 Tony for Best Musical, Jersey Boys is a story about learning life lessons, friendship and resilience. Catch this musical phenomenon in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from November 14-19, as part of Broadway Across Canada’s 2017/2018 season. 

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2GuyWithKnives are cooking up success

2GuyWithKnives are cooking up success

The first in my series, Slaying it: Vancouver's top young professionals. 2GuysWithKnives are more than what their name suggests. True, the two guys, Sergio Pereira and Patrick Carr, use their knives to create delicious yet nutritious meals delivered to their customers’ homes. But the entire effort takes more than just knives. Sergio and Patrick have used their hearts and passion in helping others to build a successful service enjoyed by hundreds of people in the Lower Vancouver mainland. 

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Theatre Review: A star is born: Shannon Hanbury shines in The Drowsy Chaperone

Theatre Review: A star is born: Shannon Hanbury shines in The Drowsy Chaperone

Summer is in full swing and so is Vancouver’s iconic Theatre Under The Stars. One of the two Broadway musicals gracing the stage of the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park this summer is the Tony Award-winning musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. And while there actually is a character in the show called the Drowsy Chaperone (played by renowned actress Catriona Murphy), make no mistake – this production belongs to a glorious triple threat sensation by the name of Shannon Hanbury. She is absolutely dynamite in this show and the price of admission is but a small price to pay to watch this new star slay.

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Theatre Review: The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless display of theatrical magic

Theatre Review: The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless display of theatrical magic

The phantom is back in Vancouver and he’s had a fabulous makeover. Broadway Across Canada’s new touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera keeps the essence and spirit of the original production alive, while making things fresh and exciting for audiences. The show is a stunning spectacle of brilliant performances, visuals, staging and of course, music.

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Enjoy some Disney magic in Stanley Park this summer

Enjoy some Disney magic in Stanley Park this summer

From the sweeping cityscape of London, to the jazzy glitz of the roaring ’20s, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is bringing Broadway sizzle to Vancouver this summer.Considered a favourite annual tradition by many, TUTS presents full-scale Broadway musicals every summer in the majestic setting of Stanley Park. This year, TUTS is presenting the Disney classic, Mary Poppins, as well as the five-time Tony Award-winning show The Drowsy Chaperone.

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Bard on the Beach adds sexy Italian style to Shakespeare

Bard on the Beach adds sexy Italian style to Shakespeare

Get out the sunscreen, sunglasses and your fave summer attire, because Bard on the Beach is starting to heat things up. Celebrating its 28th season, this beloved Shakespeare festival, known for its fresh takes on the Bard’s classics, will be transporting audiences to Italy all summer long. All four of its headliner shows have been set in the land renowned for wine, art and romance. Much Ado About NothingThe Winter’s TaleThe Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona will captivate audiences with passionate Italian flair.

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