Sara Zacharias has been a professional vocalist for 18 years and a teacher for 12 years. Having achieved her BA of Music in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, Sara specializes in Contemporary, Popular, Jazz, and Musical Theatre styles. Sara blends her diverse performance and teaching experience with her education to take stage and vocal technique curriculum to a whole new level of excellence.
Using targeted listening techniques and vocal exercises, Sara helps both amateurs and professionals pinpoint specific challenges, empowering them to continue improving as singers and performers.
Sara has performed at Vancouver venues such as Rossini’s, the Ouisi Bistro, Opus Bar, Katz Lounge, the Purple Onion, and Monk McQueen’s. Her national credits include the Vancouver and Montreal International Jazz Festivals and Festival Vancouver. Provincially, Sara performed at the Okanagan Fringe Festival, the Kelowna People’s Choice Awards, the Kelowna Symphony Orchestra Annual Fundraiser, the Royal City Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Park, as well as the Orpheum’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations. In Vancouver’s Musical Theatre Community, some of Sara’s credits include Footloose (Ethel, TUTS), Aspects of Love (Jenny, Applause!), Lucky Stiff (Annabel Glick, Triptych), Nine (Carla, Applause!), and Anne of Green Gables (Blewett/Pye, VOS).
Her warm personality, effective communication skills and ability to establish strong rapport make Sara an outstanding instructor who inspires students toward excellence. Sara has been the vocal coach for Varieties Got Talent and she sat on the panel of judges for the PNT Idol National Singing Finals in 2014. Since starting Glee Camp Vancouver in 2010 Sara has become one of the most sought after contemporary choir and private voice instructors in Vancouver.
Born and raised in Surrey, B.C, Emily Nieken has been a part of the dance world for the past 10 years. Emily has trained at a number of studios, receiving instruction in RAD Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, ISTD Tap, Hip Hop and Breakdance, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary. Emily has also had the opportunity to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia and New York City to learn from incredible teachers and further her learning. As an aspiring young artist, Emily worked for The Public Dreams Society in the Illuminares festival. She also worked as a performer during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
As a teacher, Emily has been working for the past 4 years at Langley Dance Academy. She helps teach ballet to young children, as well as working as a substitute in any other form of dance. This year, Emily has accepted a new task- choreographing competitive dances for advanced students. Emily is always looking for new challenges to push her creatively. She hopes to share her love of dance with as many others as possible. Emily choreographs our teen summer camps.
Stephanie Appels has been dancing for over 20 years all over the Lower Mainland. Her talents include RAD Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. She was trained at Boswell Dance Academy in New Westminster, and was considered a leader by teachers. She has won various metals in Dance Power and Peak competitions, placing in first and second in Jazz, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre.
As a teacher, Stephanie has taken dance-oriented classes at Simon Fraser University and has been an assistant teacher in her Musical Theatre classes at Boswell Dance Academy. She has also been a substitute in RAD Ballet classes. She has taken various audition-entry Musical Theatre workshops, including Singing, Dancing, Acting (in Dunbar) and Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (at the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver).
As a choreographer, Stephanie has been creating for school and her studio for 10 years, including people of all ages and dance levels. She is exhilarated to be a member and the choreographer for Upstage and Centrestage as it has given her the opportunity to create for various music styles. Through being a part of Glee Camp Vancouver Stephanie hopes to inspire people with her love of dance and performance.
Stephanie choreographs for Centrestage and Adult Glee.