Faculty

Maritel Centurion

Ballet, Pointe and Flamenco Instructor – Artistic Director and Head Instructor

Ms Centurion has taught ballet, pointe, Spanish, pilates and body conditioning at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School since 2001. She has also served as a coaching assistant for the children participating in RWB’s Nutcracker production. Ms Centurion has worked in the RWB School Satellite program, Recreational Division, the Professional Division and the Aspirant program and continues to do so. Before coming to the RWB School, Ms Centurion had several years of professional dancing in Argentina and had taught in the Junior Recreational Division of the National Ballet School and the Quinte Ballet School in Ontario.  Ms Centurion has collaborated and performed in an extensive number of dance productions as a freelance performer in Ontario and in Winnipeg.  As a member of Tango Silhouette, she performed with Metatango in Quebec tours, at the Museum of Civilization and at the Argentinean Embassy.  She also performed at the 2004 Canada Dance Festival as part of a collaborative work with Claire Marchand and Theatre Flamenco.  Ms Centurion holds a Teaching Diploma from the National Ballet School of Canada, a Stott Pilates Certificate, an Associate Diploma in the Cecchetti method of ballet, and has completed studies in National Dances ISTD up to an Advanced level along with extensive studies in all aspects of Spanish dance. Always committed to endless learning, she continues to seek further studies in the teaching of classical ballet, Pilates and in Spanish and Flamenco dance.  Ms Centurion attended the 2010 Cecchetti National Conference as a professional development opportunity. In addition to that, she also travelled to the UK to work on her teaching skills of Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance with international figures of the art form. She is looking forward to bring inspiration and much enjoyment in the learning of Spanish dance.  Over the years she has choreographed for film, theatre productions and vocational schools and she is a member of the Dancers Transition Resource Centre , ACTRA and the Sociedad de Danza Española.

Maritel Centurion, Ballet, Pointe and Flamenco Instructor, Brandon School of Dance

Courtney Baxter

Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical Instructor

Courtney is a former student of The Brandon School of Dance and a 6 year member of the Brandon Dance Ensemble. After graduating high school Courtney moved to Winnipeg and continued her dance studies at The Shelley Shearer School of Dance. Over the years she has had the opportunity to study with world-renowned choreographers such as Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman and other So You Think You Can Dance choreographers at The Pulse Dance Convention in Los Angeles. She has also attended many summer dance intensives at The International Music Camp at the Peace Gardens, as well as Peridance and Steps on Broadway dance schools in New York City.  Courtney has been recognized for her excellence in her choreographic work several times and we are grateful to have her as an important part of our faculty. Courtney has a sincere passion for not only sharing her love of dance, but also mentoring students to become the best they can be in life and in dance.

Courtney Baxter, Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical Instructor, Brandon School of Dance

Kelsey Simpson

Tap Instructor

Since Kelsey Simpson started dancing as a child, she has developed a special interest in tap and musical theatre.  In Brandon she has been seen onstage tapping in the musicals 42nd Street, Annie, and White Christmas.  Her tap dance training is in the Al Gilbert syllabus, and she has had the opportunity to take part in many tap workshops and classes, including at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York.  Ms. Simpson is very pleased and excited to have the opportunity to lead the tap program at the Brandon School of Dance.

Kelsey Simpson, Tap Instructor, Brandon School of Dance

Claire Bell

Adult Exercise Instructor

Ms. Bell is an avid skater, skiier, hiker and swimmer. Ms. Bell is the senior instructor for the “Learn to Skate” program at the Brandon Sportsplex. Ms. Bell has severed on the Board of Directors for the Brandon Festival of the Arts for many years.

Claire Bell, Adult Exercise Instructor, Brandon School of Dance

Amanda Vidito

Belly Dance Instructor

Amanda has always had a love of dance! Having danced in one form or another for most of her life she found her true passion as a young adult. After stumbling on Middle Eastern Belly Dance as a means of exercise she was hooked! Amanda has been studying Middle Eastern dance for 5 years and has had many wonderful instructors, most notably Wendy Schabrel, Cassandra Shore, and Ildiko Gyarmati. Amanda has been teaching for three years and looks forward to the new and wonderful journey this year in dance will take us on!

Amanda Vidito, Belly Dance Instructor, Brandon School of Dance

Paul Nelham

Ballroom Dance Instructor

Biography coming soon.

James Morris

Ballroom Dance Instructor

James Morris started his dance career with the Fred Astaire Dance School in the 1970’s and has certification in all 3 levels of American Ballroom—bronze, silver and gold.  He has been the dance director for the Fred Astaire Dance School in Winnipeg and has competed all over North America in competitions. He has won Canadian Nationals and consistently placed in the top 3 in North American competitions. He has done advanced training with Susan Taves.  He loves to teach ballroom dancing and looks forward to meeting new students.

Guest Teachers for Workshops


 

Tara Birtwhistle

Former Principle Dancer,  present Ballet Mistress with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Tara Birtwhistle, Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Jorden Morris

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Choreographer

Jennifer Metelski

Choreographer and teacher at Westwood Collegiate and former Brandon Dance Ensemble member

Jennifer Metelski, Choreographer and teacher at Westwood Collegiate and former Brandon Dance Ensemble Member

Brian Toms

Choreographer and teacher at Westwood Collegiate and Director of Code Blue Dance Squad