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Kate Harpootlian is a sometimes working

dancer, professional auditioner, budding

choreographer and improvisational

comedienne extraordinaire.  She was a

raised a Southerner training at the

Columbia City Jazz Dance Company

under the direction of Dale Lam. Having

traveled the world with CCJC, Kate

graduated early from high school and took her dancing dreams to the great city of New York. She now sort of resides in Los Angeles. Her sometimes work credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water,” Dancing with the Stars, Merce Cunningham’s Inlets II, Boardwalk Empire, Ellen, SYTYCD Season 12, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective, works by Jason Parsons, works by Heather Lang, Oui Danse, and Shaping Sound Dance Company. 

She currently enjoys working and choreographing with young students across the country, hoping to the inspire them with her nerdy love of body alignment, theatrical contemporary movement, and self deprecating stories of advice such as “what you shouldn’t do in auditions that I have done.”  A constant student at heart she has been exploring the journey from dancer to creator for some time and is most certainly excited to show what has come of it. 


Chantel trained with The San Francisco

Ballet and The Dance Company of San

Francisco until moving to New York City

to study at NYU's Tisch School of the

Arts. She has performed in numerous

works with San Francisco Ballet, directed

by Helgi Tomasson, with Cedar Lake,

Lunge Dance Collective, Soul Escape,

Tayeh Dance and Stacey Tookey's "Still Motion". Chantel currently resides in Los Angeles where she has worked commercially with many artists including, Beyonce, Adele, Florence and the Machine, Taylor Swift, The Goo Goo Dolls, Ceelo Green, Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Chris Brown and Carrie Underwood. She has been seen numerous times on "Dancing with the Stars", "So You Think You Can Dance", The Academy Awards with LXD, the MTV Video Music Awards, AMA's, MACY's Passport, The Billboard Awards, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the BET Awards, GLEE, XFactor, Good Christian Belles, Two and a Half Men and Mad Men, to name a few. She was a part of Travis Wall's skeleton crew and helped construct scenes for "Step Up 4" and was assistant choreographer to Sonya Tayeh for Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite" World Tour. She has been featured on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine focusing on her "Rise to Stardom" and continues to travel teaching with NUVO Dance Convention, teaching masterclasses and setting choreography on various studios and artists around the country.

September 15 Workshop with Chantel Aguirre and Kate Harpootlian

Location: Tri City Dance Centre 98 Brigantine Dr, Coquitlam, BC V3K 6Z6

Levels: Intermediate Dancers - Ages 11+ and Advanced - Ages 13+, 

Dancers must be training a minimum of 8 hours a week at the Intermediate level and 12+ hours a week at the advanced level with strong ballet backgrounds.


                         Intermediates                      Advanced

5:15 - 5:30        Registration                         Registration

5:30 - 6:30        Kate Harpootlian                 Chantel Aguirre

6:30 - 7:30        Chantel Aguirre                   Kate Harpootlian

Cost: $45 for both classes

To Register: Please fill out our registration form here and then make payment via Paypal.  Payment MUST be made immediately via Paypal in order to guarantee your spot.  Your registration will be cancelled if payment has not been received.


The Backstage Youth Performers Society aims to provide many opportunities for young performers to expand their knowledge in the fields of music, theatre and dance. We understand the financial burden that the cost of attending conventions and master classes can bring, so we aim  to host workshops and master classes that are affordable to all.  We regularly bring in Master Teachers from around the world to give workshops to young performers across British Columbia, thereby passing on their knowledge to these young, eager artists.

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