Instructors

Michelle McMillan
Ballet, Jazz, Pilates, Explore Dance

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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.

 

Glen Curtis
Ballet

Glen Curtis was born in Saskatoon Red leaf and took his first Ballet Classes at the University School of Ballet under the direction of Sonja Barton. After attending the National Ballet School in Toronto, Mr. Curtis had a long and successful in career in Germany first as a dancer and then as a teacher.

In 2014, Glen became a Royal Academy of Dance Certified Instructor. Mr. Curtis was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work with many different choreographers and in a wide spectrum of various styles of dance. This has led him to a great appreciation of dance in all its forms and a firm belief in the importance of a strong Classical Ballet foundation.

 

Caitlin Coflin
Modern, Ballet, Conditioning

Caitlin Coflin has been involved with dance Red leaf in Regina for many years, and began teaching at Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan in 2010. Caitlin completed her Post-Secondary training in Winnipeg, Manitoba and received her BA Honours in Dance from the University of Winnipeg in affiliation with the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. Since returning to Regina, Caitlin has worked as a professional dancer with Robin Poitras’ company Rouge-Gorge and has been giving the opportunity to present her own work through New Dance Horizon’s Blueprint Series. Most recently, Caitlin has started to collaborate with fellow dancers Michelle Korpan, Roxanne Korpan, Katrina Currie and Connie Moker Wernikowski. Caitlin has studied the Bartenieff Fundamentals with Bill Evans to develop her teaching skills, dance technique and choreographic style.

 

Armando Bottaro
Modern
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Armando started his dance studies in his home city, Siracusa, Italy studying under Neva Dimova, former first dancer for The Opera Theatre in Sofia, Bulgary. After winning a scholarship to the prestigious A.I.D (Italian Dance Association) he moved to Rome to continue his studies in the disciplines of Vaganova Ballet, Pas De Deux, Louis Falco Modern, Alvin Ailey Modern and Horton Modern. He proceeded to work with the OFF JAZZ Company in Nice, France studying Matt Maddox Jazz, Limon Modern, Tap and choreography training. Following France, Armando worked and completed his studies in classical ballet, pas de deux, repertoire and character work, receiving his ballet diploma with The Company Classical Ballet Association of Reggio Emilia under the direction of Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu. Armando has worked for many companies and theatres in Italy including: National Ballet Company, New Euroballet Company, Renato Greco Dance Company, Mvula Sungani Italian Dance Theatre, Ballet of Naples, Rome Opera Theatre, Greek Theatre of Siracusa, In Scena Opera Company, and Spazio Dance Company; as well as teaching and choreographing around Sicily and Italy. For five years he performed for Royal Caribbean International, having the opportunity to travel the world learning other cultures and styles of dance. This is where he met his wife, Chrissy, a dancer from Regina. And their greatest accomplishments – their daughters Lola and Stella.

 

Paula Skotnitsky
Adult Modern

Paula has trained in Yorkton, Red leaf in British Columbia with Victoria Arts Collaborative, in Regina with Youth Ballet, and numerous workshops over the years. She has a degree in Arts Education and has completed a certificate in Special Education from the University of Regina. Paula has presented her own solo work at both the Stream of Dance Festival and the W.I.P Series (Saskatoon). As well as teaching dance for Youth Ballet, she has also choreographed for the Youth Ballet company. Paula teaches full time for Regina Catholic Schools.

 

 

Claire Castle
Jazz, Hip Hop

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Claire was born and raised in Regina and began training in music and dance at the age of eight. She studied piano and voice as well as trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, and hip hop at Applause Dance Academy and Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre Studio. After performing with Saskatchewan Express for four seasons, she started teaching and has never looked back. Claire’s teaching experiences include choreographing for local theatre, choreographing four musicals for Luther College High School as well as coaching their dance team for seven years, directing the Mini Express and the Expressions, instructing Le Campagnole Italian Dancers, and teaching hip hop, musical theatre, and jazz at both Saskatchewan Express and Youth Ballet. Claire currently holds her coaching and judging certification from the Saskatchewan Cheerleading Association, Zumba Certification, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Regina. Claire is a teacher with Regina Public Schools.

A mom to a beautiful boy, Bert (3), Susan has observed how dance enhances self-esteem, self-discipline, artistry, strength, coordination and cooperation in children. With her experience in teaching preschool and yoga for kids, she is excited to teach Rhythm and Movement to young children who are brimming over with joy and wonder.

Susan is very enthusiastic to share her love of Yoga movement and creativity with all ages this year at Youth Ballet

 

Jessica Hickie
Rhythm and Movement, Pre-Ballet

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Jessica Hickie is from Melville, Saskatchewan. While she was growing up she trained in ballet, tap and modern jazz. While dancing she participated in Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams. Dance is her passion and she finds joy within movement. At the age of 12 she became an assistant dance teacher. Her passion for dance and teaching led her to further her interests in the Art Education Program at University of Regina. She has successfully received her education degree with a major in dance and a minor in elementary literature. Currently she is a teacher at Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan and Regina Public School Division. Dance is a great passion of hers, and she wishes to be able to share the joy of dance with others!

 

Barb Cameron
Ballet and Adult Ballet

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Barb Cameron has a long history with Youth Ballet. She has been teaching ballet classes for more than 20 years at the school, and has had the pleasure of seeing many of her former students follow careers in dance and become community leaders in other fields.  In 2010 Barb took on the role of Executive Director of the school, a position she held for two years.  Now retired from the administrative side of the studio, Barb continues to teach adult and children’s ballet classes.   A graduate of the Royal Ballet School in London, England, Barb immigrated to Canada when she was 20 and took her teacher training at the Ottawa Dance Centre. Moving to Regina in 1980 she took further training at summer courses at the National Ballet School and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Before joining the Youth Ballet, Barb had been Artistic Director of Regina Modern Dance Works School for six years, as well as being ballet instructor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Regina.  She was a repetiteur for the Alberta Ballet Company’s annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet for several years, as well as for the Moscow Ballet’s production of Swan Lake.  Barb has a long list of positions held on artistic boards of directors, including Saskatchewan Arts Board, Dance Saskatchewan, Sask. Culture, Theatre Regina, Regina Children’s Festival and the Regina Arts Commission among others.

 

Brittany Garrett
Ballet, Jazz – On Maternity leave until January 2019.

Brittany was bornRed leaf and raised in Regina. She started dancing at the Youth Ballet  of Saskatchewan at the age of three. She is trained in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary and jazz. She was also part of the Performing Company. Brittany has completed up to her Advanced 1 Ballet exam in the Royal Academy of Dance. She started teaching at the Youth Ballet as a class assistant and then continued onto a teaching role. Brittany moved to Trail, BC in 2013 and enjoyed teaching at Steps Dance Centre until 2015. She is pleased to be back to teach at  Youth Ballet and is looking forward to seeing her past student, families and to meet many more!

 

Carleigh Macdonald
Pre-Ballet, Primary Ballet,  Ballet, Modern, Jazz

Carleigh beganRed leaf dancing at Youth Ballet at the age of 5, and continues to dance. Carleigh was a member of the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan for over 7 years, where she toured rural Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and performed with Cite Ballet in Edmonton. In 2013, Carleigh had the pleasure of attending the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, with 12 other Youth Ballet Company dancers. Carleigh has studied ballet, modern, jazz, voice work, and flamenco, while having the opportunity to work with world-renowned teachers and choreographers. After graduating from the school, she has worked professionally with local artists including Connie Moker Wernikowski, in her show entitled Sixty-Forty. In 2014 she was able to perform in the Globe Theatre’s Sandbox Series show, Rael’s Journey, with fellow Youth Ballet Alum. After being an assistant ballet teacher with the Youth Ballet, Carleigh is thrilled to become a member of the faculty. Carleigh is currently an Arts Student at the University of Regina, and continues to work as an independent dance artist.

 

Hannah Castle
Ballet and Jazz

Hannah Castle started her training in Regina, SK at the age of seven. The majority of her dance training was done at Applause Dance Academy where she completed her CDTA examinations in Jazz and Tap and her ballet examinations with The Royal Academy of Dance. Hannah trained in Musical Theatre and Voice with The Mini Express and Expressions and Saskatchewan Express. Following her love of Musical Theatre, Hannah attended The Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC and graduated in 2010. She then proceeded to Vancouver to train at Harbour Dance Centre in the Intensive Training Program. Finishing her studies on the west coast, Hannah has been back teaching in Saskatchewan since May of 2013. Hannah love for teaching includes styles such as ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre. She has also worked as a choreographer with Regina Summer Stage, Regina Little Theatre, Saskatchewan Express and local studios from around the province. She has had the privilege to dance with The Great Russian Moscow Ballet, Johnny Reed, The Victoria Symphony Orchestra and was a member of Dance Team Saskatchewan and was awarded “Best Overall Dancer” at the CDTA Diamond Jubilee. Hannah also enjoys adjudicating dance competitions around the province and volunteering in her community and can’t wait to watch her students shine this year.

 

Alice Gabriel
Rhythm & Movement, Explore Dance

Red Leaf Alice began dance at the age of 3 in small town roots, starting in Ballet.  She attended numerous summer schools for dance and was in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer school at the age of 10 and the following year accepted into the Yorkshire Ballet School in England.

From there she was inspired by her instructor to go farther in other areas of dance. Modern/Contemporary became her biggest love. She attended the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan for her senior years and after graduating high school, attended Grant McEwan in Edmonton to take the Contemporary Dance program.

Alice became fascinated with the Human body so continued her studies in Massage Therapy to further educate herself on how the body moves, what it needs to stay healthy and how to prevent and help in the healing process with dance related injuries.

Alice also became heavily involved and completely in Love with Middle Eastern Dance and the local groups. Later she joined the professional  Tribal style dance group, “Beduins of the Red Tent”, to perform at numerous shows and events, and to teach others in this style so as to educate them the true meaning of “Belly Dance” and how the fluidity of the body can move and take shape in another form of Beautiful expression.

Dance has been one of the most pivotal and influential part of her life. It’s Alice’s dream to continue to expose others to the many dance forms and enjoyment of dance at all levels and ages.

 

Brittany Wilson
Hip Hop

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Brittany Wilson was 10 years old when she took her first hip hop class. That was when her love for dance was born; she has been dancing ever since. Brittany has been a part of a local hip-hop crew in Regina, Continual Surrender, for over a decade. She has had experience performing in an array of events, including sports half-time shows, fundraisers, youth conferences, street festivals, church events, and musical performances. She has choreographed for and performed in a Michael Jackson Tribute show, and has had the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally to perform and facilitate workshops. She has attended workshops and learned from professional choreographers, such as a few from the popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Brittany’s style is described as street, with groove-funk foundations, and with some waacking and locking influences.

 

Jacqui Dumont
Yoga

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Jacqui has joined the staff at Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan in the fall of 2018 and is teaching Yoga. Yoga practice has been a part of Jacqui’s life over most of her adult life and she began instructing in 2004. The Asana (poses) practice and body awareness led by the breath invite your mind to settle into your body. Yoga is a lifestyle that calms our mind, strengthens our body and brings stillness to our world.
Jacqui is a certified Yoga Instructor, A Certified Group Fitness Leader (SPRA), Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Wellness Specialist with Canadian Fitness Professionals. Fitness and Wellness are a passion for Jacqui, and her goal is to deliver safe and effective classes in a user friendly environment.