Mrs. Kathie Hunwick founded Lighthouse Academy of Dance in 2005 as an after-school program for children in the Westshore in answer to parents looking for a performing arts program with qualified teacher, and a supportive and positive environment. Since its opening in 2005, Lighthouse Academy of Dance has earned a reputation for excellence, opportunity and being family oriented.
Mrs. Hunwick left Lighthouse Academy of Dance in 2016 to lecture in teacher training at the Royal Academy of Ballet in London. Before leaving, Mrs. Hunwick wanted to ensure that the Academy carried on with the same values of respect and sense of community, and that students continued to learn with qualified teachers. After much thought and reviewing many exceptional candidates, Mrs. Hunwick chose Mr. Beales to replace her as the new Artistic Director. Mr. Beales’ personal values and standards as a caring individual and highly qualified teacher best fitted the vision that Mrs. Hunwick had when she first opened Lighthouse Academy back in 2005.
Lighthouse Academy of Dance began in response to parents' requests for good dance classes where they were assured of pure, clean moves, music and dress, and had quality teaching with experienced and qualified teachers. We also insist that our teachers are criminal record checked and hold First Aid qualifications.
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), ISTD, and free work. These are top worldwide syllabi for Graded and Vocational exams and training. Our students perform well in exams which they may take as appropriate and with the consent of the director. Classes are designed to be enjoyable and challenging, and contain set and free work.
All students usually perform in the year end recital. Other opportunities also exist throughout the year including at parades, in summer events, festivals...
Our Studios A & B are located at 934 Goldstream Avenue, Langford. Easily accessible, the new location has a parking lot plus further parking nearby, is next to Ruth King Elementary School, and is close to Langford Lake, local amenities, Highway #1 and Langford centres. There is a bus stop right outside the studio.