I am 16 years old, from Qualicum Beach where I have danced at the Qualicum Beach School of Dance for the past 13 years. I dance 6 days a week and sometimes 7. It iS my favourite thing to do. I also enjoy photography as a hobby on the side of dance as my full time priority. I wish to pursue dance as a career and travel the world while doing so.
Along with my core dance training, I trained with Andrea Bertram vocal studio and performed in the musical theatre productions of Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Seussical and Nutcracker. I have also toured to California, New York and Florida with the Kirkwood Youth Dance Company.
I have been fortunate to train in the summers with various professional schools including the School of Alberta Ballet (2014), Joffrey West LA (2015), Joffrey NYC (2016) the Joffrey contemporary ballet intensive in San Francisco (2017) and this past summer I trained at Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago, IL.
I am so excited to see what dance opportunities lie ahead of me and am honoured to be a part of NCB once again.
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Kaelin’s favourite genres of dance are contemporary, modern and ballet. She also loves being exposed to a wide variety of styles of dance including African, Tap and Jazz.
Rachel has attended the Josh Beamish “Move” summer intensive in 2016 and the Arts Umbrella international summer intensive in 2017. Rachel also travelled to Disneyland to dance in 2014 and to New York to dance in 2017 with Dance the Magic summer programs.
Rachel can’t wait to return to NCB for her second year so she can pursue her passion for contemporary dance and further improve her artistry and technique.
In recent years, Sydney enjoyed 2 yrs as a Junior and Senior member of MEM Dance Co Youth Company, as well as spending many summer weeks over the past 3 years training with wonderful faculty and choreographers at Helix Dance Theatre, at NCB Intensives and at numerous large dance conventions on the BC West Coast and in SanDiego and Long Beach, California. Sydney was honored to represent in the Intermediate Stage category at the BC Provincials Festival in 2017.
Sydney will be starting her 2nd year of training at Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts and is also an Advanced member of the Kirkwood Academy Preprofessional Program under the artistic direction of Chantelle Norris. Sydney attributes Chantelle’s wonderful teaching to the strengthening of her ballet technique and to her newfound love of ballet.
Sydney plans to pursue dance professionally as a contemporary or jazz artist, and as a choreographer.
She is very excited to begin her first year with Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet and looks forward to training and learning new choreography with Chantelle and the many other amazing guest artists.
Abigail began her dance career at the age of 3 in highland dance lessons. She went on dance at the Championship level, winning multiple Championship and Premiership titles in Canada and internationally. From Port Hardy, Abigail now studies ballet in the pre-professional program with Kirkwood Academy, and has successfully completed her Grade 7 RAD ballet exams with Distinction. She also dances with Prism Dance Connections and is a member of their Performance Team.
A triple-threat performer, Abigail studies classical voice and musical theatre with the Andrea Bertram studio. In 2018 she attended the Broadway Artists Alliance summer intensive in New York and studied with numerous Tony-winning actors. She also was a participant in the 2018 Arts Club Musical Theatre Junior Intensive in Vancouver. Abigail was a 2018 Junior Stage dance representative to the BC Provincials as well as a 2018 Classical Voice merited participant.
This is Abigail’s first year with Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet and she looks forward to working with the amazing teachers and choreographers associated with the company this year.
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Robyn is a first year apprentice with Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet. She attends Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts and is a 4th year student in their Pre-Professional program. She studies Classical Ballet under the guidance of Chantelle Norris (Artistic Director KAPP Division) and Carole Martyn (KAPP Director). She is a dancer, martial artist (Kurt Nordli, Sensei Shima Karate) and actor. ‘Love Under The Stars’ (2015) “Mark and Russells Wild Ride” (2015).
Before persuing her dance career Robyn trained at Spotlight Academy 2014-2016 with Jacqui Kaese (Artistic director, Acting Coach & Founder). In 2015 Robyn performed in A Kirkwood Production of The Nutcracker and went on to join Kirkwood Youth Dance Company to perform in The Disneyland 60th Anniversary Dance the Magic Parade.
Robyn has earned many honours for stage, acting and dance including Kirkwood Academy’s 2016 Modern Stage award and 2017 Ballet Award, 2018 adjudicators Choice (Natali Reznik) Just Dance Challenge, Distinction in all graded Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Exams. Robyn has worked with many special guest artists Danielle Castle, Matthew Cluff (Les Grands Ballet Canadiens) and furthers her training by attending adjudicator workshops and master classes including Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet, Alberta Ballet, and summer intensives with Vibrant Dance Studio (2016) Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet (2017, 2018)), Prism Dance Connections (2018).
Robyn is continuously striving to expand her artistic capabilities and is very excited to be a part of NCB this year.
Stella’s love and passion for dance has grown over the past 10 years that she has been dancing at Kirkwood.