Creative Roots Performing Arts is dedicated to fostering a life-long appreciation of the arts. We believe that we have a responsibility not only to educate, but to infuse our students with confidence, creativity, and physical fitness. We create a joyful, soulful place for all people to explore dance, regardless of their experience. We are proud to be legally licensed with a Certificate of Performing Rights (SOCAN) and a License for the use of Recorded Music (Re:Sound).



3830 Second Ave, Unit 1
Smithers, BC, Canada
V0J 2N0

Phone: (250) 847-3030

Email: office@creativeroots.ca


Instructor Profiles

Creative Roots takes great pride in our professional faculty. Our instructors are certified, experienced, and committed to providing a positive and high quality dance experience for each one of their students. Creative Roots delivers a premiere technical dance base for all our students, both young and young at heart!

Amanda Dorscht

Owner/Director, Instructor, Creative Movement, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-hop, Jazz, Pointe, and AcroDance

Amanda’s passion has always been dance! She trained in Waterloo, Ontario in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern dance. Her extensive Ballet training led her to obtain the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 1 Certificate. She has taught Beginner to Advanced level dance classes to students age 2 to adult, at studios in Waterloo and St. Catharines, Ontario. She is an active Member of the Royal Academy of Dance as well as a Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor. Amanda is the proud winner of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012-2013. In 2011, she graduated from Brock University in St. Catharines with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. Amanda is dedicated to fostering a positive, inclusive, and encouraging dance experience to everyone at Creative Roots.
Photo: Vanessa van der Meulen

Stephanie Huxtable

Instructor, Jazz

Born and raised in the Bulkley Valley, Stephanie trained in Ballet and Jazz with Susan Roberts at the age of 8 and continued dancing when Janet Harris took over Creative Roots. Stephanie continued studying Ballet at a local dance school while she attended College in Victoria. Moving to Quesnel, in the early 90’s, Stephanie took bellydancing in addition to resuming her Ballet and Jazz studies. She also taught Creative Movement at a dance studios in Quesnel. Stephanie moved back to the Valley in 2000 with her husband and family. She joined the Creative Roots dance faculty teaching Junior Jazz, where she started to learn the discipline of Tap as well. Stephanie is a Certified Yoga Instructor and loves to incorporate Yoga with Dance.

Sharon Carrington

Instructor, Musical Theatre Vocals and Ballroom

Sharon’s formal training is anchored with a B. Mus (U of S) and ARCT (voice/piano). Her musical career spanned stage, studios and concert halls across Canada and internationally. A double rainbow of vivacity, she offers you a rare vintage of positivity and provision. Sharon is dark chocolate with a nibble of chili…a soothing café au lait room with a strategic hit of animal print. Afire for symphony, score and song, Sharon has spent the richest years of her life in concert and music. And years remain resplendent in experience, gilded in melody. Empress of espresso…She believes in the goodness of self, and the badness of cheap coffee. Know her for her open-mouthed hilarity and sanguine spirit. Marvel at her moxie when she tailgated her musical notes ballroom dance. Sharon is loved and renowned as a music coach; teach festival adjudicator, director and performer. In Mat 2018, Sharon performed at Carnegie Hall, which was a highlight of her career.

Brooke Huxtable

Instructor/Office Administrative Assistant, Creative Movement, Lyrical, Jazz, AcroDance, Ballet, and Tap

Brooke is the smiling face you will be greeted with at the office as well as in the studio. In July 2018, Brooke graduated from her training under the ADAPT syllabus in Toronto. She is now an ADAPT Certified Dance Instructor. Brooke has danced at Creative Roots since the age of 5. She began dancing Ballet, and moved to Tap, and Jazz at age 8. She also trained in Musical Theatre, Modern, Lyrical and Pre-Pointe. Brooke became a Performing Company dancer at age 12 and competed across Northern B.C. At age 13, Brooke became a Teacher’s Assistant at Creative Roots. In 2014, she began working as a Dance Instructor, teaching Tap and Lyrical. She is also a Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor.
Photo: Vanessa van der Meulen

Janet Harris

Founder, Adult Tap Sessions

Janet Harris is the founder of Creative Roots Performing Arts. Janet is a self-directed learner and has been inspired and influenced by mentors Lydia Karpova, Brian Foley, and Anne Green Gilbert with whom she has studied. She takes pride in having received the S.M.A.R.T. award given by the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council for her contribution to dance education and Level 1 Orff Certification from the University of Alberta. Janet’s ongoing quest is to teach movement in a way that is engaging, brain-compatible and fun for students, young and old. Janet’s passion for teaching and love of dance continues to keep her as a part-time Tap Workshop Instructor for both young dancers and adults.


Instructor, Musical Theatre

Jenelle’s love for dance started when she was 4 years old and debut as a Penguin in the year end recital. Years later, she has trained in Ballet, Pointe, AcroDance, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Lyrical. She has danced on the Performing Company and been a Teacher’s Assistant since she was 11. Her passion for dance grows every day making it her favourite activity. Jenelle is honoured to be teaching at Creative Roots!


Instructor, Musical Theatre