Dance

Thank you for your interest in KPAC Dance. Our full year Dance program starts in September and ends in April , with an exciting end of year recital in May. During that time, we offer a variety of short term dance classes for children, youth and adults. Our short term sessions are generally 6-12 weeks long, depending on the class. Please contact the office for more details on what is currently offered.


**Dance class fees vary.

Dance Faculty- Youth:

Whitney Mosher, Ballet

Whitney started dancing at Stages School of Dance (Cranbrook) at the age of 8. Her first class, Hip Hop Funk/Freestyle Jazz, hooked her on dance. By the age of 10, Whitney was well into her ADAPT training and competing (group, duo, and solo) when she decided to train in her true passion: ballet. After receiving Honours in her first solo R.A.D. exam, Whitney pursued ballet and continued training in jazz, modern, and hip hop. Whitney successfully completed her Grade 8 R.A.D. and Intermediate 2 ADAPT.

Whitney had a successful competition career. She became an assistant dance teacher for pre-primary/primary ballet combo classes and taught Parks and Recreation summer classes as well as assisting with choreography for the Mount Baker Secondary School musicals, Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.

Shortly after completing her B.Sc. degree in Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Whitney took on the role of substitute teacher at Stages School of Dance and completed her Intermediate R.A.D. A job in Archaeology brought Whitney to the Peace region in 2010 and eventually to KPAC.

Bailey Coutts, Ballet

Bailey’s journey into Ballet started at The Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre at the age of five. She had many different and wonderful dance instructors during her years there. Once under the instruction of Roxanne Rusin, she became a student teacher and her love of ballet and teaching grew.

Once Bailey had relocated to Edmonton, Alberta she auditioned for a competitive dance team. In 2014 they had the honour of competing at the NDA competition in Dallas Texas, where they had taken home a national title.

While training in Edmonton she had been working as a choreographer for several studios in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. She also trained dancers for auditions, competitions, and much more.

Now back home planting her roots in Dawson Creek, Bailey is so thankful for the chance to be teaching in her home studio. She is looking forward to many wonderful years ahead with the talented dancers at KPAC.

Chelsea Mackay,  Tap

Chelsea did her first shuffle step at the tender age of five, under the careful watch of Dawson Creek’s original tap teacher, Wendy Cox. As a teen, Chelsea competed in jazz, tap, and hip hop, and started teaching tap and hip hop at the age of 16. After graduation, Chelsea moved to Vancouver, originally to pursue a degree in Theatre Production, but diverged from that path and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and First Nations Studies from Simon Fraser University.

Chelsea moved back to the Peace Region and dived straight back into tap dancing and worked with Emily Parsons to develop an advanced adult tap class. Chelsea choreographed and performed in KPAC’s 2012 production of The Nutcracker Remixed, and started a temporary position as the Dance and Drama teacher at Dawson Creek Secondary School.

In 2013, Chelsea moved to Norway to begin a master’s degree in Indigenous Studies. While in Norway, she co-taught a belly dance class with her partner, Ellen Dobrowolski, and also took classes in ballet. Performing at every opportunity Chelsea let the world know that Dawson Creek has some good tapping!

Chelsea is back in the North and very excited to be working with KPAC again providing new beginner adult tap classes. Chelsea prides herself on creating classes that are low pressure and high fun. Students are encouraged to try new things and gently push themselves, being mindful of personal wellbeing. Students with injuries and disabilities are welcome.

Ellen Dobrowolski,  Tap, Hip Hop, Baby Ballet

Ellen Dobrowolski is thrilled to be back in Dawson Creek and teaching at KPAC, the very dance school she graduated from over ten years ago. Ellen began dancing as a child and has received training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, belly dancing, and Brazilian dance.

Since leaving Dawson Creek to pursue post-secondary education, Ellen taught belly dance at Simon Fraser University and the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. She also found time to take classes in a variety of dance styles, including belly dance, ballet, Argentine Tango, house, hip hop, Afro-Brazilian, burlesque, and tap. She is excited to contribute to the growth of dance in Dawson Creek.

Jeannie Norman, Hip Hop, Jazz

Jeannie’s had 6 years of competitive and recreational teaching experience throughout the Alberta and Peace Region. She teaches a broad range of styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Burlesque, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop.

As well as teaching, she’s choreographed and performed several Nuvo-Burlesque shows for local organizations such as Big brothers Big Sisters and The Canadian Cancer Society.

Jeannie participated in the ITP program in Vancouver where she had opportunities performing for the Vancouver Spring show, Team Canada Gala for Gold fundraiser, and danced onstage with Michael Bernard Fitzgerald for his Way to Big Way to Loud tour.

There’s nothing that brings Jeannie more joy than being in the classroom inspiring and supporting students as her past instructors have done for her. Jeannie feels very fortunate and happy to be able to have turned her love and passion for dance into a rewarding career. Growing up and around the Dawson Creek area, it’s a pleasure for Jeannie to return and she’s excited to be apart of the KPAC family.

Elena Pearson, Jazz, Hip Hop and Junior Hip Hop

Elena has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She started in combo classes  with KPAC and eventually moved into jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and lyrical.
When Elena was 16, she became a junior teacher, then at 17 she had her own classes. She taught for 2 years before she graduated. After high school, she went to Quebec to train in different types of swing dancing with world champions Benjamin Ricard and Yuval Hodd.
Elena returned to Dawson Creek in 2013 and took a break from dance after 16 years. Elena began teaching again in 2016 and is very excited to be back at KPAC!

 

Melanie Moch, Jazz

Melanie started dance at KPAC at the age of nine. Immediately falling in love, she spent the rest of her grade school years taking part in Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, Lyrical, and Baton. After graduation, she went on to a Professional Dance Training program in Vancouver where she furthered her studies and gained experience in Ballet, Contemporary and Modern dance.

Morgen Schilds, Jazz, Tap, Junior Hip Hop

Morgen has lived in Dawson Creek her entire life and started dance class at the age of 7. She has years of experience with many genres of dance including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Morgen enjoys every part of teaching her students about her passion of dance and is thrilled to be part of the learning experiences of all her students.