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The A3 District Vision

Our vision is to establish a safe, positive and inspiring environment where artists from all walks of life can come together to share and motivate. We believe in providing a neutral space catered to dancers, musicians, singers, event planners and independent artists. By unifying the artistic community of Vancouver, our goal is to help gain global recognition by creating opportunities within our city.

Business History

A3 District was created by Jane Marlinga and Roberta Bierman in the summer of 2013. Spending their entire lives highly involved in numerous dance studios has always inspired a dream to create their own. The motivation behind pursuing this vision was drawn by the limitations they faced in other facilities. Weather, time restrictions, financial issues, studio size, amenities, location and even conflicts of interest all factor into their need to build an environment which eliminates these hurdles. Jane andRoberta were feeling stagnant in their lives. As artists they felt the need to satisfy their desire by challenging their creative boundaries. Pulling inspiration from recent collaborations, they wanted to explore the idea of unifying the artistic community of Vancouver. With a lack of resources for these interactions to form, they saw an opportunity to fill this void.

Meet The Founders

Roberta Bierman

Roberta Bierman is a passionate performer and instructor known for innovative choreography, great musicality and an energetic teaching style. Born in Victoria BC and dancing since the age of five, Roberta has studied many different styles of dance such as tap, jazz, modern and ballet but once introduced to Hip-Hop, it truly captured her heart and quickly became her main focus.

Roberta's Hip-Hop crews and choreography are continually recognized at competitions and festivals throughout Canada. Roberta is one of the most sought after choreographers and teachers in British Columbia.

Roberta has trained extensively throughout the US including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Texas and Seattle. While training in Los Angeles she has the opportunity to dance in the Silly Walks for Hunger Charity event choreographed by Rich and Tone Talauega. Roberta was invited to perform in Montreal at Danse Encore Festival with Tri-Tone Productions based out of Austin, Texas. Roberta's choreography was featuring in the music video 'Teacher's Pet' by Death to Sexy. Roberta can be seen in music videos such as SonReal's 'For The Town', Taliwhoah's 'Love Soldier' and Julz' 'Crosswords'.

Roberta's choreography is becoming recognized around the world which has given her the opportunity to travel and teach throughout Canada, Seattle, Texas, Hawaii, Colorado, Cincinnati, Belgium and Amsterdam. Roberta is a member and choreographer for the elite, all female dance crew, Diamonds in the Rough. She is also a Co-Director of the reputable Canadian mega crew, TwoFourSeven Company.

Jane Marlinga

Jane Marlinga is a dancer, choreographer, producer & event co-ordinator. Born & raised on the small island of Victoria, BC, she began her dance training at the young age of 3. From humble beginnings, she started with Filipino folk dancing and moved on to study Ballet (R.A.D.), Tap (I.S.T.D.), Jazz, Modern, Lyrical & Musical Theater. After high school, Jane moved to Vancouver where she found and fell in love with the Hip Hop culture and dance. She switched her focus in discipline and never looked back.

Jane is a versatile dancer, which has allowed her to dance professionally in the industry. Some of her credits include: K-OS, 2010 Closing Ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Coca-Cola, CFL: Grey Cup, City TV-Breakfast Television, XBOX: Just Dance & has appeared in music videos for Swollen Members & SonReal. For years, Jane was casted to perform in the Alberta Ballet & Royal Winnipeg Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. She was also fortunate enough to be a featured dancer with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. From 2005 - 2009, Jane landed various dancing roles at the Pacific National Exhibition under the direction of PRP Productions. In the fall of 2009, Jane along with her crew mates, were the 1st ever in Western Canada chosen to represent at an elite show called Carnival: Choreographers Ball in Los Angeles, California. In the summer of 2012, Jane danced for the Academy of Swag Company in West Covina, California who competed & won 1st place to become the United States Hip Hop International Champions.

In 2012, Jane was brought onto the World of Dance Tour, which travels throughout the year globally. Her role as tour producer allowed her to expand her creativity & learn the corporate side of the industry from a backstage perspective on such a large scale. Recently, Jane has been brought on as event manager to the first ever destination competition; Dancers Paradise in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

As a choreographer & teacher, Jane not only has the privilege to coach and mentor children, but has also been given the chance to work with international superstars on their music videos & concerts. Her award winning choreography has given her the opportunity to teach across Canada & the USA. Most recently, she had the honour of co-choreographing for the Cincinnati Bearcats Dance Team who went on to win both National & World titles. She also dances and choreographs for her dance crew Diamonds in the Rough, which enlists some of the top female dancers in Western Canada.

Our Faculty

Elwin Alpuerto

Coming from a family of entertainers, it comes as no surprise that Elwin Cervantes Alpuerto spent the majority of his life honing his craft as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Having started his 8 years of training at Dream Dance Studio, doors of opportunity were opened for Elwin to travel the world and experience working with world-renowned choreographers. Elwin has learned from industry professionals such as Gil Duldulao, Misha Gabriel, and Marc Marvelous, and has trained under international choreographers Brian Puspos, Shingo Okamoto, April Rodriguez, and Candace Brown.

His training has given him the opportunity to compete at Norway's Got Talent with The Vibe Team in 2011, as well as teach at local studios in Oslo, Norway, including The Vibe International Dance Studio. Elwin uses his international training and experience to develop his own style of teaching, having spent a total of 7.5 months living and training in Norway, as well as travelling back and forth between LA to develop his dance vocabulary.

Elwin currently teaches at Harbour Dance Centre, and is a member of the internationally competitive company, TwoFourSeven. Elwin takes pride in creating an open environment for his students to explore different concepts and approaches in their own personal development. His proudest moments as a teacher come from seeing the light bulb turn on in a student's mind, and from watching them mature as dancers, and as people. Bringing his energetic, loud, passionate, and positive vibes to every class, Elwin creates an atmosphere for his students to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable, and takes ultimate pride in cultivating the growth of the dancers around him.

JB Bongato

Jon "JB" Bongato is a passionate performer from Vancouver, B.C., known for his intricate musicality and textured style of movement. At the age of 12, he began taking drop-in classes at Fresh Groove Productions under the direction of Cezar Tantoco. There, he became a part of the energetic Xtreme Soul Style dance crew, who had the privilege of representing Canada at the World Hip Hop Championships (2007-2009) and performing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics closing ceremonies.

While on an internship for school in Toronto in 2011, he trained in their dance community allowing him to expand his movement vocabulary. As a result, his unique style has developed to fuse both the high energy and intricacy of the west with the flavour and groove of the east. JB currently co-directs TwoFourSeven dance company and was a member of The Faculty, two of Vancouver's top award winning crews. With these groups, he considers himself lucky to learn, teach, and inspire all day, err' day.