Biography: Born in New Brunswick, Kaitlyn started taking dance class at the age of three. She completed dance examinations in both tap and jazz (B.A.T.D.) and has attended a variety of workshops to expand her knowledge in dance. Kaitlyn performed in her local community theatre companies, KV Players and Saint John Theatre Company, where she had the opportunity to work as head choreographer and a principal dancer as part of the cast. She studied ballet and became a competitive dancer for nearly a decade competing in tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip hop; winning top awards in competitions across North America as well as placing in both Regionals and Nationals in the United States.
Kaitlyn graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, completing a major in Contemporary Dance. Her focus included creative process studies and choreography, dance technique, anatomy, music, visual and performing arts in Canada, aspects of production and dance history.
With over a decade of teaching experience, Kaitlyn has led instruction in Ballet, Broadway/Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap and Hip Hop technique.
Upcoming Projects: This season Kaitlyn is teaching at Jill Dreaddy Danceco, Steffen Dance Studio and as a Director at Ignite Dance Company, she is excited for the upcoming competition season!
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Natalie Hobbs was born and raised in Celista, BC. She moved to Edmonton, AB where she studied dance at Grant McEwan and obtained a dance diploma. In 2002, Natalie moved to Vancouver, BC to continue studying dance at Simon Fraser University. By 2004, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance.
Since graduation she has choreographed for professional venues in Vancouver as well as the interior of BC. Since moving to Newfoundland she has taught for a year at Danceworx, Catherine’s Dance Studio and Lindy Hop on The Rock.
Natalie will be offering an NL Moves Workshop in African Gumboot Dancing in May 2016, so stay tuned for details!
A native of St. John's, Newfoundland, dancer, choreographer and dance educator, Jill Dreaddy discovered her passion for dance at the age of 5. She has been actively performing, choreography and teaching since 1990. Jill is owner/artistic director of Jill Dreaddy Danceco, established since 1997, with 2 locations in the Province (CBS & St. John’s). Jill teaches Flamenco, Ballroom & Latin American, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballet/Pointe and dance for young children. Jill joined El Viento Flamenco, a flamenco dance Company, in 1999 and performed and toured with them until they relocated to Halifax in 2001. Since then she has performed several solo flamenco performances in the City.
• Oliver! for Holy Heart High School (1998)
• Princess and the Pea for Holy Spirit High School (2000)
• Evita for Beothuck Players (2001)
• Gypsy for TaDa! Events (2007)
• Rocky Horror Picture Show for TaDa! Events (2009)
• Little Shop of Horrors for Holy Heart High School (2009)
• Alice In Wonderland for TaDa! Events (2010)
St. John’s, NL native Sarah Joy Stoker began her dance training as a child and graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program in 1996. She went on to work as an independent dance artist for David Pressault Danse, Pigeons International and Lynda Gaudreau’s compagnie de Brune, among others, performing throughout Canada, Europe, and in Brazil. Her own work has been presented throughout Canada, in New York and Italy. In 2001 Sarah returned to St. John’s, founding Gutsink Productions Inc. and Collective Gutsink.
Sarah has worked extensively with Neighbourhood Dance Works and the Festival of New Dance in St. John’s since 2003, acting as Festival Coordinator, Selection Committee member, General Manager, Board member and Chair of the Board. She has been an advisor to the Canada Council for the Arts, a board member of The Association of Cultural Industries of Newfoundland and Labrador and Eastern Edge, an artist run contemporary gallery in St. John’s. Sarah continues to create dance and cross - disciplinary work and owns and operates Pony Locale, a Pilates, Kinesiology Massage Therapy studio in St. John’s.
Photo Credit: Heather Nolan Photography
Artistic Director of NewFoundDance, Robyn Breen graduated from the BFA (Honours) Dance Program at York University in 2010. Upon completion, she entered the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she is entering her third year.
During her studies, she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Debra Brown (Cirque du Soleil), Danny Grossman, Heidi Strauss and the late Rachel Browne. Robyn recently received funding from the NLAC to commission a new solo work choreographed by dance theatre artist Jo Leslie. Robyn performed this solo during NewFoundDance's August 2012 performance at the LSPU Hall.