Ballet, Jazz, Explore Dance
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.
Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance Program
Glen Curtis was born in Saskatoon 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 has been involved with Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan since 1994 and became an instructor in 2010 after receiving a BA Honours in Dance from the University of Winnipeg in affiliation with School of Contemporary Dancers. Since returning to Regina, Caitlin has worked as a professional dancer with Robin Poitras’ company Rouge-Gorge and with Connie Moker Wernikowski, and has been giving many opportunities to present her own work through New Dance Horizons. Most recently, she has become a Certified Movement Analysist and Somatic Practitioner (CMA-SP). Caitlin blends modern dance technique and somatic practices to help dancers find the duality between function and expression in their dance training.
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 has trained in Yorkton, 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 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.
Ballet and Adult Ballet
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.
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.
Pre-School Dance, Explore Dance
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.
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.
I began dancing at Youth Ballet when I was three years old, training in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and voice work. During my time as a student, I completed my RAD exams up to Advanced 2. I was a member of the Youth Ballet Company for 5 years, where I had opportunities to perform around Saskatchewan at many events such as Telemiracle and the daCi Canada Conference. At 16 years old I became an assistant dance teacher and discovered my love for teaching.
I have been able to participate in several dance workshops across Canada, including summer programs at the School of Alberta Ballet and Ballet Jörgen. In 2017, I studied dance at Ryerson University in Toronto. Returning home to Regina, I also returned to Youth Ballet to continue my dance career as a teacher.
I am currently a Kinesiology student at the University of Regina, majoring in human kinetics.
Pre-School Dance, Pre-Ballet
Kelsi Kerestesh studied dance from the age of three at the Melville Dance association. There she trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, and jazz. She completed a week long teaching seminar at the Royal Winnipeg ballet school, and an assistant teacher in Melville. After graduation teaching for two years at Kids Can Dance in Regina. She continued to include her love of dance and performing while at school at Into His Harvest Bible school, dancing and singing for church events and school programs in England and Ireland.
Kelsi also has a passion for painting and music and has enjoyed being a member of the Halcyon chamber choir in Regina.
After having two beautiful children and enjoying life as a stay at home mom, Kelsi is excited to begin teaching again with Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan.
Dancing almost his whole life, Eddy is a self-taught hip-hop/street dancer with a huge love for all forms of dance. Eddy is a big believer in meshing all styles in dance to gain the best growth. In his high-school career, Eddy, along with some friends, started a bboy/breakdance crew and has travelled and performed at cheerleading competitions, basketball half-time shows, grand openings, and other special events. As he got older, Eddy became a dance instructor at a few studios in and around Regina for a handful of years. Eddy continues to raise his profile in the dance community in Saskatchewan with the VibesYQR Dance Workshops and is always looking for opportunities to help grow this community even more.
Bio to come.