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!
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.
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.