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Ballet, Modern, Dance History
Christina Buckle has 10 years’ experience working with pre-professional, professional dancers and choreographers across Canada and Europe. Accepted by The School of Alberta Ballet Professional Division she trained with teachers Murray and Nancy Kilgour, enjoying pas de deux, company repertoire and classical ballet performances. Following high school graduation, Christina joined The School of Toronto Dance Theatre Professional Training Program obtaining her Pedagogy, studying contemporary dance techniques bouffon, contact improvisation, contemporary barre, Graham, Horton and improvisation. Christina auditioned and successfully completed her BDa within 2 years in The Netherlands at Codarts, University for the Arts, furthering her education in anatomy, ballet, Cunningham, Dance History, drama, gyrokinesis, improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis, modern, modern jazz and music. In 2010, she was accepted into the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK, completing her MSc in Dance Science, expanding her knowledge in Performance Enhancement, Physiology, Nutrition, Biomechanics, Performance Psychology, Embodied and Perceptual Learning before completing her research thesis. Along with her studies she has assisted and volunteered with staged theater productions as well as taught dance classes and choreographed new works.
Rebecca is the Principal and ballet master at the Northern Lights School of Dance. She began her Cecchetti Ballet training at the age of 3 at the Red Deer School of Ballet under the instruction of Irene Weatherilt. She began teaching at age 14 and went on to obtain her Dance Diploma from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. Rebecca joined the cast of the Frantic Follies in Whitehorse in 2000-2006 where she worked her way up to dance captain and later became the show’s choreographer. She collaborates annually in numerous choreographic endeavours within the local arts community, and has danced professionally in various productions in the Yukon including The Nutcracker, Varietease, Guild Hall productions, Link Dance, SYIDA, and the Rendezvous Cancan Dancers.
Meredith Kenzie watched her first ballet class when she was three and a half, begged her mom to let her take lessons, and never looked back. Meredith began her R.A.D. ballet training at the age of four at the Halton Hills School of Dancing, in Georgetown, Ontario, under the instruction of Principal and Ballet Master, Yvonne Oldaker, an R.A.D. examiner. She completed Grade One through Grade Eight in R.A.D., earning one of the highest scores in Canada on her Grade Eight exam. She attended the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada’s summer school program with 150 other students from across Canada, competing for one of 30 spots at the NBS.
Meredith’s dance studio had a primary focus on ballet, and every other year performed a full-length ballet choregraphed by Yvonne Oldaker. Meredith was fortunate to play the roles of Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and Cinderella in Cinderella, among others. She also studied in contemporary, jazz, tap and national dance. Meredith taught a number of classes at her studio, and ran the front office as well.
Following high school, Meredith focused her academic studies in the theatre world, earning a B.A. in Drama and an M.A. in Dramatic Theory and Criticism. She continued her ballet training in various capacities, including a trip to the Netherlands to perform with a dance company there, classes at the university level with other advanced ballet students, and finally training at the National Ballet School’s adult drop-in program.
After taking several years away from the dance world to move to the Yukon, begin work at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, and have her first child, Meredith is very excited to be joining the NLSD team for the 2015/2016 season!
First Steps, Acro, Beginner Ballet, Ballet/Jazz
In the world of dance, Roxanne started later than most – stepping into her first ballet class at the age of 12 – but dance and movement has been a passion of hers ever since. Ballet remained her principal focus - she earned her certification under the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) curriculum - but she also studied other dance styles including jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, musical theatre and modern. Beginning dance at an older age gave Roxanne a unique perspective of the art form and helped her to develop an understanding of how dancers must work with their bodies even when some of the movement may not come naturally. This insight began proving itself especially when Roxanne began teaching. At the Clarington Gymnastics Studio in her hometown of Bowmanville, Ontario, Roxanne ran the studio’s dance programming, offering ballet, jazz and stretch classes. She was also called on to assist with lyrical training and choreography for advanced gymnasts and gained certification as a primary-level gymnastics coach. Roxanne continued to study ballet, recreationally, while attending university in Ottawa, Ontario and moved to Whitehorse upon graduating in 2009. Roxanne preformed in the 2015 Varietease production and began substitute teaching for NLSD in the same year. Roxanne believes in the power of dance as a form of expression, leisure, and fun for all ages and is especially passionate in helping our youngest, and oldest, dancers find their rhythm and confidence through movement. Roxanne will be teaching Acro, First Steps and both beginner and adult ballet classes in our 2015/16 year.
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