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

Linda Kearns

Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Comtemporary/Lyrical

Linda began dance at the age of 7 under the direction of Amelia Jackson. It was Amelia who instilled in her not only the love of dance but the discipline and work ethic needed not only in the world of dance but in life in general. Amelia encouraged her love of teaching, performing and choreographing and it was through Amelia and Don McKinnon that she began a lifetime friendship with Al Gilbert “the Pied Piper of Dance”.

As a young woman, Linda became skilled and certified in a wide variety of dance forms: Jazz under Luigi, Frank Hatchet, Ron Forello and Gus Giordano of the World Dance Congress: Tap under Al Gilbert, Paul Draper. Certification and training for Tap and Jazz is in CDTA, ADAPT and Al Gilbert: Modern under Rachel Browne of the Contemporary Dancers. Linda studied both the Horton and Martha Graham Technique of Modern Dance. It was Rachel Browne who encouraged Linda to develop her Choreographic skills; Ballet – Linda did her training and certifications in the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus; Flamenco and Classical Spanish Ballet under Paula Moreno; Baton – Linda became certified in both the CBTA and NBTA Syllabii. As well she was selected as one of the Outstanding Twirlers in North America: Belly Dancing in the Traditional Dance Form with Elektra; Ballroom Dancing through DEA and Dance Sport: Modeling through the Canadian Modeling Association. In addition to those mentioned above Linda studied under the wonderful Arnold Spohr of RWB and many NBS notables.She has also been a member of the DEA and the PDTA and is a present member of Dance Manitoba

Theatre Dance, one of her great loves was developed both as a performer and as a choreographer. Linda is well known throughout the community as a chorographer for many High School Productions including Vincent Massey’s Pirates of Penzance, Anne of Green Gables, the upcoming Willy Wonka and Crocus Plains productions of Beauty and the Beast, as well as many others. In addition she shares her great love of theatre with George Buri of 7 Ages Productions and has choreographed many wonderful shows for them including Chorus Line, Rent, West Side Story and the upcoming White Christmas. She has also had the great honour of directing and choreographing the Junior Dancers at the Canada Games held in Brandon.

Linda spends part of her summer as an instructor of Jazz and Theatre Dance at the Wade Dance Camp under the direction of Belva Wade.

Many of Linda’s students have been accepted into Professional Dance and Theatre programs and have gone on to Professional careers, auditioning and performing in shows such as Saturday Night Live, Sopranos, Hellcats.

Maritel Centurion, Ballet, Pointe and Flamenco 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

Charlene Hiscock

Tap, Jazz

At the age of 5 Charlene’s parents signed her up for her first dance class and she hasn’t stopped dancing since! Since that time she has taken classes in a wide range of disciplines and competed in countless Festivals. In 1996 Charlene was fortunate enough to be among the first dancers in the country to complete her Grade 9 Tap exam with Al Gilbert, the highest level possible. She has also completed the highest level for Al Gilbert’s Jazz and is the only one in the area to have completed exams in the Gilbert/Vose ballet and Pointe syllabus. In addition, Charlene has trained in Cehecetti and RAD ballet and is proud to have received her ADAPT teacher’s certification. She continues to take courses and attend workshops to continue to bring new and exciting ideas to her classes.

Charlene has nearly 20 years of experience teaching and choreographing for dancers of all ages and levels of ability. She has taught in many rural communities across Manitoba and has also done classes in a school setting as an “Artist in the School”.

She has been with Dance Images since before it was created and has participated both on stage and behind the scenes in all of the dance productions put on by the studio. She is a very loyal person who is dedication to the studio and the students. Charlene has only missed one year end recital in her whole dance career, the year she had her second son just days before the show. She is very pleased that her boys, Darby and Nicholas, have inherited her love of dance and performing!

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

Courtney Baxter

Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical Choreographer

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 at many Manitoba Festivals and competitions. 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

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