Brenda Bancescu – Executive Director
Brenda Bancescu joined Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan as Executive Director on January 3rd, 2012. She began her non-profit career with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council and also worked for the Canadian Cancer Society. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the non-profit sector – with 1 exception. In 2000, she decided to try the corporate sector and took on an Executive Assistant & Marketing Co-ordinator role with Harvard Developments. In 2003, she decided to leave Harvard and go back to her roots in the Events and Non-Profit Sector to take on a volunteer role on the Executive Committee as Project Manager, Festivals for the 2003 Grey Cup. In 2004, she was the Culture Manager for the 2005 Canada Summer Games. She then joined Kids Help Phone as Regional Director, where she remained for 5 years. She was always inspired by the Kids Help Phone Counsellors and the stories they would tell about Canadian Youth who reached out to Kids Help Phone.
Brenda brings a lot of passion for the non-profit sector, as well as a great deal of experience in leadership, event planning, volunteer and fund development.
Michelle McMillan – Artistic Director
Michelle has been a part of the Youth Ballet family since 2008, as an instructor and now as Artistic Director. She is happy to be able to share her knowledge with the students of Youth Ballet, for dance has always been her deep passion. Michelle trained in numerous dance forms with a primary focus on the Vaganova style of classical ballet. She studied near her hometown in Southern California, with several instructors including Tania Lichine, one of George Balanchine’s original “baby ballerinas”. At the age of 18, Michelle was awarded an apprenticeship at the prestigious Kirov Ballet Academy. After dancing in a few regional ballet companies in California, Michelle began a career in Musical Theatre, utilizing her studies in Jazz, Tap and Vocal Music.
Michelle spent the next 10 years dancing throughout the United States and Europe. Some of her favorite credits include: 5 years as one of the famous Radio City Rockettes; Equity productions of The Will Rogers’ Follies, Annie Get Your Gun; fire-eater with Penn & Teller in Las Vegas; and an adage specialty act that combined pas de deux and acrobatics. Michelle’s favorite role was her last, for it was where she met her husband. More recently, Michelle has become a certified Stott Pilates method instructor, for she whole-heartedly believes that the conditioning creates stronger dancers and helps prevent the reoccurrence of injuries. Michelle looks forward to broadening her knowledge, helping others find the joy in dance, and supporting our youth to follow their dreams.
Dallas Duffus – Office Assistant