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!
Louise Moyes has been creating “Docudances” – one-woman multi-disciplinary dance shows tackling themes from the fisheries’ collapse to quitting smoking – for over 20 years, and performed at Festivals and Conferences around the world. Louise has taught and performed throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and at the National Theatre School of Canada. She is the recipient of the 2014 Manning Heritage Award. Louise has degrees in French literature and Medicine from Memorial. She studied dance in Montreal.
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.
Tammy has immersed herself in the dance scene in St. John's for the past six years. With the support of Neighbourhood Dance Works and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council she has created and performed dance works throughout the city. The latest dance project is a commission by Eryn Trudell titled 'Idealicious', a dance trio based on the alphabet. She is grateful to be part of such a supportive arts community.
Andrew Draskóy has been active as a choreographer, dancer, and historical dance researcher and teacher since 1988. His choreographic works include Brigamania 135 (1996), The Pull (1997), Transformation Motif (2004), Every Day (2006), Impetus (2009) and numerous collaborative works.
In the choreographers' collective Louder than Words (1994-2000) he discovered a love of collaborative choreography and structured improvisation. He continues to work in this form with other independent choreographers and contemporary dancers in St. John's.
Andrew's work in Renaissance dance research and reconstruction has been presented around the world, including at the International Early Dance Conference in Belgium (2000) and the Boston Early Music Festival (2003). His paper "`Se il Cavallo Gagliardo': Connections between Horsemanship and Dance in 16th Century Italy" has been cited in major works in the field. He taught Renaissance dance in St. John's from 1989 to 1997, and continues to teach occasional workshops locally and abroad, including annually at the NL Folk Festival. In 1997 he and Alison Carter produced a large Renaissance Dance show for Year of the Arts.
He has choreographed in period style for six theatrical productions in St. John's.
In 2009 Andrew formed a new company to work specifically on Renaissance dance. This group of eight performers presented work and conducted several workshops in 2010 as part of the Quidi Vidi dance series, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, Culture Days, and the Cupids 400' Muses and Minstrels Festival. The company is currently working on reviving a Spanish dance form that was a precursor to Flamenco, and preparing for the 2011 touring season.
Andrew is also involved in preserving and sharing traditional Newfoundland dance.