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!
Inspiring dancers for over 25 years, Sandra teaches classical ballet firmly rooted in the tradition of Enrico Cecchetti. Drawing from her studies in contemporary dance, anatomy and history, along with a variety of classical dance styles, Sandra teaches with a broad and dynamic perspective. Sandra holds Licentiate level qualification from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing , Cecchetti Society Faculty. She also holds the Cecchetti Advanced 2 exam along with the ISTD’s Certificate of applied Anatomy and Physiology. Sandra studied in Toronto for several years at the Lois Smith School of Dance/ George Brown College, Joan Kohal Studio of Ballet as well as summer seminars at the National Ballet School and York University.
I started Scottish Country Dancing at an early age and continued into the teens where it was part of the school curriculum. The programme for our school dances as a teenager was Scottish dances. When I moved to London in 1952, attending weekly Scottish dances was a way of making new friends.
In 1954, I moved to Toronto where again I sought out a Scottish Dance group. At this time many Scots were immigrating so more groups were established in Toronto and I became part of a demonstration group performing at many local events and appearing on TV. As the number of members increased, this called for more teachers. A teacher training group was established and in 1957, Miss Milligan, founder of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) came to Toronto to examine candidates for the Preliminary Teacher's Certificate. I was a successful candidate and prepared for the final certificate when again, in 1959, Miss Milligan was to return for the examinations. Again I was successful and was presented with the certificate.
While in Toronto I joined an international folk dance group and acquired a repertoire of folk dances from many different countries. We had access to teachers from many ethnic groups and often had workshops in dances of specific countries. From this time, I have a library of resources - books, course outlines, recordings etc. I can make available any of these if anyone wants information.
I moved to Newfoundland in 1964 and in 1966, at the request of Father Shea, was asked to to teach a teenage group on Shea Heights then known as the Brow. Soon after there was a request to form an adult group. With both dance groups, musicians and singers,we did performances in various communities on the Avalon the highlight being, in 1970, a concert in Holy Heart auditorium, with a full house and the Lieutenant-Governor in attendance.
In 1980, I joined the Scottish Dance Group, and soon after became the teacher. A performance group was formed and we participated in many events in the city. We were invited in 1985, to the Codroy Valley to take part in their summer Festival and in 1986 at the request of the French government, we travelled to St. Pierre to be part of the Bastille Day Celebrations. From the summer of 1987 on we organized week-end workshops every two years with visiting teachers from many parts of Canada and the United States.
In 1997, an English Dance group was formed after I had been to a week long session at Pinewoods Camp near Plymouth, Mass. where song, dance and music weeks are organized all through the summer. With Martin Mulligan, a Scottish dance teacher, we began a group to teach English Dances. This has been very successful, and we are now into our 16th year. We welcome newcomers in the fall, but in the winter session, previous dance experience is required. We meet on Tuesdays, 7.30 pm at St James Church on Elizabeth Avenue.
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.
Candice Pike is a dance practitioner, teacher, researcher, and advocate based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She is currently the Festival Manager for Gros Morne Summer Music.
Candice has taught ballet, jazz, modern dance, and dance fitness for nine years in Corner Brook, NL and Toronto, ON and is independently pursuing a community-based dance research project. Passionate about fostering an appreciation for dance in young people, she recently redesigned Grenfell Campus' children's dance camps to include performance training, somatic education, and movement exploration as well as formal technique training. Also, she is involved in Learning Through the Arts in the Western School District where she teaches math and social studies to grade three students through dance.
Candice has MA in Dance from York University. Her studies there focused on the intersections of recreational ballet, gender, and community building through feminist research and she is excited to explore these ideas in rural Newfoundland.