OUR INSTRUCTORS

MISS GENEVIEVE

Miss Genevieve was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba where her passion for dance began! At the age of three she started her training in Ballet and Tap at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She further extended her training adding Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre to her repertoire at the Winnipeg School of Performing Arts. While training she performed in several musicals including, Anne of Green Gables, Annie, Wizard of Oz and Bye Bye Berdie. She also workshopped and competed extensively throughout Canada and the USA, taking home several top awards for both solo and group performances, including ranking 6th in Canada for a group tap number at the Canadian National Dance Championships in Toronto. Miss Genevieve has also had the privilege to workshop with such Tap Masters as Savion Glover, Regio the Hoofer and Brenda Bufalino. After graduating high school, Miss Genevieve began teaching at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and in Portage La Prairie, MB, as a part of their outreach programs. As her desire to open her own studio grew, she decided to further expand her training at the University of Calgary in the Dance and Drama programs. Through the department of Drama, Miss Genevieve studied everything from theatre design and history to make-up and costume design. However, her main focus was completing the advanced acting program, where she had the opportunity to perform in several plays including The True Life Fiction of the Mata Hari, Twelfth Night and was hired on as a children’s theatre performer through a company called Wagonstage. Double majoring in the department of Dance, Miss Genevieve was also busy training through their Contemporary Dance program, expanding her knowledge in everything from dance history and conditioning for dancers to music and choreography.  Upon graduating, the desire to be  closer to family brought her to Medicine Hat. In the fall of 2008, the Medicine Hat School of Performing Arts opened it’s doors! Miss Genevieve is blessed to say that her dream has come true. She is extremely proud of all her students and of the many successes they have had so far. She hopes to continue growing together through passion, dedications and an undeniable desire to dance!!!

MS ANNE-MARIE 

Ms Anne-Marie was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and has been dancing for over 20 years.  She is trained in both Cecchetti and Balanchine.  She has danced professionally throughout Quebec and South America with Ballet Ouest de Montreal, under the tutelage of Margaret Mehuys, former soloist of George Balanchine. Ms Anne-Marie has performed in numerous classics such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Copelia.  She began her teaching career in Montreal, where she had the responsibility of preparing over 150 children to perform in The Nutcracker.  Eight years ago, Ms Anne-Marie moved to Medicine Hat. Six of those years, she has had the privilege of teaching at MHSPA.  During this time, she has won Choreography and High Score awards for both her group and solo work at various dance competitions and festivals.  She is very proud of the success of all her students at MHSPA and is looking forward to many more years enjoying the art of dance together!


 

MS MAURA

Ms Maura began her dance career at the age of seven in Victoria, BC, at the Vivian Briggs and Wynne Shaw Dance Studios. Here she completed her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Examination. She also studied on scholarships for three summers at the Banff School of Fine Arts. While in Victoria, Ms Maura was continually performing with such names as the famous ‘Gerry Gosley Smile Show,’ the Victoria Operatic Society and the Butchart Gardens. She also won the ‘Best Actress” Award as part of the British Columbia Drama Festival.  To further her dance experience/training, she attended York University where she obtained her Fine Arts Honours Degree in Dance. Some notable teachers that coached her included Erik Brun, Anthony Dolin, Arnold Spohr, Lynette Frey-Abra, Norbert Vesak, Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally (co founders of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet). Ms Maura also went on to dance with Ballet British Columbia and Ballet Yves, Toronto, while also studying Opera with Henrietta Ashe.

Ms Maura continued her pursuit of dance as a teacher at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1983-1991. She also performed in several productions with Rainbow Stage, Shakespeare in the Park, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and landed various roles in different film productions.  She studied Historical Dance in Baltimore Maryland, with a specialization in Baroque Dance, which she went on to use in choreographing for the University of Manitoba’s Baroque productions. Alongside her passion for dance, Ms Maura’s love of singing brought her to continue vocal training under Mel Braun and become a part of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. This led to performing with The Gilbert and Sullivan Company of Winnipeg, who further pursued her to be their choreographer, where she worked for many years before moving to Medicine Hat in 2000.

Ms Maura has been involved in several community theatre productions in addition to choreographing Top Score numbers at the Rotary Music Festival. In 2008 she was thrilled to be a part of the opening of the Medicine Hat School of Performing Arts, alongside her daughter Genevieve! Currently, she continues to teach Ballet & Lyrical with many group and soloist works going on to win high score, choreography and scholarship awards. Ms Maura is a proud and supportive member of the MHSPA family and will continue to be so in the coming years with joy!

MS COLLEEN

Ms Colleen fell in love with the art of dance at the age of 15! She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. She went on to further her education and received her ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) certification to teach professionally.  She has been teaching dance for the last 10+ years, with a special interest in Hip Hop. Ms Colleen has been fortunate enough throughout the years to be able to take classes from Broadway Dance Center NYC, Harbour Dance Center (Vancouver, BC), and many conventions all over Alberta.  She has also taken classes from various artists such as Mia Michael, Luther Brown, Twitch, Sonya, Hok, Bradley Rapier, B-Boy Wicket, Tyce Diorio etc. Ms Colleen is very excited to be a part of the MHSPA team and can’t wait to share her passion for dance with all of the students!!!

 

MISS LAURA

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MISS WHITNEY

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Miss Whitney began dancing at the age of 4 in her hometown of Shaunavon, SK, where she began her training in Tap, Jazz and Ballet.  When her family moved to Lumsden, SK, she continued to dance with Dance Plus Lumsden, where she added Hip Hop and Pointe to her dance repertoire.  She further extended her training at Dance Plus Regina, SK and has successfully completed her RAD and C.D.T.A. exams.  While dancing with Dance Plus, Miss Whitney participated in several dance competitions and attended several Triple Threat conventions and workshops. She also began teaching and choreographing for both Recreational and Competitive classes, while preparing students for examinations.  Throughout her career she has also had the opportunity to attend Decidedly Jazz Dancework’s Intensive workshop, Calgary, AB. and take Ballet and Salsa lessons at the Nicole Davoust Escuela de Danza in Barcelona, Spain.

Along with teaching at MHSPA, Miss Whitney brings her post-secondary education, majoring in Management, with further complimenting roles she has excelled at in the financial and oil & gas industries. Miss Whitney’s skills and experience will be utilized greatly in the operations and every day excitement of the studio as the Office Manager. She looks forward to the upcoming season and hopes everyone has a fantastic year!!!

MS SHER AVINOU 

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Instructor Sher Avinou has studied International Ballroom and Latin Dance in the U.K. She was fortunate to be trained by former champions, Freddy Clark and Barbara Dean.  Ms Sher has been teaching Ballroom and Latin Dance classes, as well as private lessons since she moved to Medicine Hat in 2005. Ms Sher focuses on correct footwork, frame and lead during lessons. It is her goal to provide professional dance instruction in a very fun and friendly atmosphere!

Ms Sher’s background includes a variety of athletic training; Figure Skating, Belly Dancing, Gymnastics & Ballet. She is committed to a life long pursuit of dance and continues to currently train in Ballet and Pointe.  Ms Sher is excited to combine her experience as a school teacher of 18yrs and her love of dance to teach some of the Tiny & Mini Bopper classes at MHSPA this year!

OUR TEACHER ASSISTANTS

MISS COURTNEE