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Free Flow Dance Theatre Company 2014


Jackie Latendresse

Jackie Latendresse Proprietor, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Instructor, Promotions and Marketing Manager.

Growing up in the small rural town Kincardine did not deter Jackie from discovering and cultivating her love of Dance and Art. From a young age she showed the promise of a career in Dance or at least on Stage. Her wonderfully supportive parents Jack and Dorothy were the first ones to send out a supporting hand to push her in the right direction and they have been looking on in wonder ever since.

Jackie Latendresse is an alumnus of the University of Waterloo where she obtained her H.B.A. in Dance with a minor in Fine Arts. She founded the Free Flow Dance Company and its adjoining studio in 1995, in Kitchener Ontario. The Company relocated to Toronto in the winter of 1996. Jackie has been choreographing and producing her own shows since 1993 when she presented her first full evening of dance works at Abstract Machines that Recognise Certain Languages.

Her work has since been presented all over Ontario at many types of venues ranging from the traditional professional theatres, to school auditoriums, parks, shopping malls, and night clubs. She believes in making modern dance accessible to everyone and enjoys putting dance into unconventional venues in the tradition of Post Modernist choreographers.

Jackie is an avid believer in arts literacy and is involved in Arts and Cultural Strategic Planning Committees. She wants to help deconstruct the belief that dance is elitist and for the cultural elite only. Jackie is a slightly anarchistic independent artist who strives to make her views known through dance and dramatic movement. She often discusses feminism and female issues in her choreography. She prefers to keep her statements abstract and open for interpretation so they remain on an equal level with the movement. She is known for her visceral and emotionally driven works which fit as well into the world of theatre as they do dance.

Jackie was the recipient of the 1996 Leading Edge Performing Artist Award at the Kitchener Annual Arts Awards Ceremonies this spring. Although she has relocated she maintains strong ties with her originating area. Jackie also received a production grant from the City of Kitchener with which she produced a two day Celebration of Modern Dance. The Celebration presented over twelve different choreographers from all over Ontario.

Jackie Latendresse spent the winter months of 2000/2001 based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan working as a guest artist with Dance Saskatchewan. She was dance co-ordinator and instructor for the EGADZ street youth drop in centre, where she ran modern dance and fitness classes for street involved young women of the downtown area. She is also co-founder of a new support based web site for artists called ineedapatron.org. This "meeting place" for artists and arts supporters will be up and running soon and is free for all artists seeking support or mentorship of any kind.

Jackie has great dreams and aspirations for the future of Free Flow. She looks high and thinks big. She strives to break boundaries and express her innermost feelings and ideals. But for now she keeps dancing across the galaxy.


Kyle Syverson

Kyle

Kyle began dance by studying ballet with Judy Rule in Prince Albert at age 5, and continued with Backstage Dance (Rene Skeoch), where she broadened into jazz as well. Early artistic and rhythmic gymnastics training has influenced her dance. She began her Modern dance training at Fort Qu'appelle dance camp and it has continued all over: with Henri Knoppe in Johannesburg, Decidedly Jazz in Calgary, Connie Cook in Victoria, Jackie Latendresse in Saskatoon, and at 'Naranjo' studio en Monterrey Mexico (graham technique.) She co founded KSAMB dance company and enjoys hanging out and 'jamming' with Saskatoon's Improv Dance Collective. She is happy to return to Free Flow for the 20 year celebration.


 

Karla Kloeble

 
Karla

Karla Kloeble has been a performance artist specializing in hoop dancing for the past 3 years. Her hoop dance training began in Ottawa, Ontario, under Jenny Anderson and Trisha Stole. She has since become a self trained hooper inspired by other local hoopers. In addition to hoop dancing, Karla has trained over a 20 year span in ballet, modern, improvisational dance, tap, jazz, and hip hop under the direction of Donna Charney Fehr, ADAPT, Sarah Nolan-Downs, RAD, Rachel Neville, RAD, Sylvie Desrosiers, modern, Jackie Latendresse, modern, and Kyle Syverson, improvisational dance.


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Free Flow Board Member Biographies

Janet French

Janet is a news and digital reporter at The StarPhoenix, where she gets paid to ask people a lot of uncomfortable questions. Originally from Edmonton, Saskatchewan is province No. 5 for Janet after earning a science degree from Dalhousie, working in a lab in Toronto, then heading to journalism school at UBC. Janet has been dancing since age 4, when she started ballet lessons and sported an unforgettable poodle costume. Writing dance reviews for a student paper (thankfully) derailed her science career and coerced her into journalism. Janet has also reported for the Edmonton Journal and now defunct Nelson Daily News in interior B.C. She is also a contributor to Allergic Living magazine. Janet also enjoys knitting, dark humour, camping, knitting, tea, knitting, yoga, knitting, her kid, and knitting.

Christa Watson

Christa Watson grew up in the eclectic city of North Battleford, Saskatchewan where she began her love affair with music. Her musical talents were honed through her involvement in the local high school choir, concert and jazz bands as well as private lessons. She was even able to travel throughout Europe, at the age of sweet 16, with the Canadian Youth on Tour Concert Band. Although majoring in Economics in university, Christa was still involved in music through the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra and even more private lessons. While her main instrument is the flute, Christa has also studied the piano and saxophone. After university, her career in Economic Development took her to Northwestern Ontario, Winnipeg, Lloydminster, North Battleford and now Saskatoon. Christa spends the 8am-5pm workday at her job as the Acting Director, Business Development for the Saskatchewan Government’s Ministry of the Economy. Her evening and weekend hours are typically spent enjoying time with friends, listening to music, watching movies, reading, dancing, taking dancing classes, dancing a bit more, enjoying other classes and yet more dancing.

Kim Bird

Kim Bird holds a Bachelor of Education from the U of S and is currently employed with the Saskatoon Public School Division. She has been active in the Arts & Cultural community of Saskatoon for 20 years. As a dancer, she studied various forms of dance including tap, jazz, ballet & modern. She is a former member of Free Flow Dance. She has also sat on the board of directors for two non-profit organizations in Saskatoon; Paved Art + New Media as well as Tribe Inc.

Joyce McBeth

Joyce has been a member of the Free Flow Modern Dance class since 2015 and also participated in Free Flow Dance Theatre's 20th anniversary celebrations as a member of the chorus for the piece System Override. Prior to studying modern with Jackie, Joyce took highland dance for three years in Vancouver in the late 90s (peaking with her silver medal test for sword dance!). Joyce is a geoscientist in her day job, and she also serves on the organizing committee for the Saskatoon Regional Science Fair. Aside from science and dance, Joyce's other passion in life is practicing and competing in doggie agility with her canine companion Kira.

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