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.


Miriam

Miriam Edghill

Miriam Edghill began her dance training at Dance Strides, Barbados under the tutelage of Sheron Trotman. During her time with Dance Strides her training pivoted on various modern dance techniques. Miriam later became a summer dance intern for Barbados’ National Cultural Foundation during the summers of 2013 to 2015. During these summer internships, her training diversified to include classical ballet, West African, Caribbean folk, dancehall, and jazz genres. Miriam later travelled to Cuba where she partook in an intensive with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and stayed for several additional weeks of dance training. She also studied at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica and York University in Toronto, Ontario. While in Toronto, Miriam met David Wilson and performed with his ensemble The Parahumans in autumn 2018. Miriam is looking forward to her maiden year with Free Flow Dance Theatre as an apprentice.


Alex

Alex Hartshorn

Understudy and Apprentice

Alex began her journey in dance at The Saskatoon School of Ballet, taking ballet and Ukrainian classes as a child. Throughout her earlier years she also trained in jazz and lyrical ballet. She danced semi-professionally with Ukrainian company Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble in Saskatoon, touring to Eastern Canada, the United States, the Caribbean with Stars at Sea cruise lines, and to parts of Europe and Ukraine. Alex holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan (2011), where she grew a love for physical performance. She continued her performance training at the Globe Theatre Actor Conservatory, working with movers, dancers and artistic directors Johanna Bundon (Regina), Helen Walkley (Vancouver), Rebecca Harper (Montreal), Allyson McMackon (Theatre Rusticle, Toronto) and Candace Cox (Ontario) on techniques based in Limon, Grotowski, Laban, Bartenieff, and Alexander. Since then, Alex has worked as an actor, creator, director and choreographer in Saskatoon. This is Alex's first foray into the world of modern dance, and she is delighted to be exploring it with Jackie and the girls at Free Flow.


Elise

Elise Pallagi

Elise Pallagi is a spoken word poet and multi-disciplinary performance artist with a passion for dance. In addition to being a sought after performer, Elise is the current administrative assistant for Free Flow Dance Theatre Company. She is also actively involved in organizing as both a member of Tonight it’s Poetry and The Saskatoon Indigenous Poets Society and is dedicated to helping make the arts accessible to all.


Sarah

Sarah Rutley

Understudy and apprentice

Sarah Rutley began dancing at the age of four in Saskatoon. She spent her childhood and teenage years at the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Dance, where she studied ballet and modern. Sarah's academic studies took her to British Columbia and Ontario, where she studied dance with Raino Dance in Victoria and at the University of Toronto along the way. After returning to Saskatoon Sarah joined Free Flow as a student in 2014. She performed in the company's 20-year anniversary performance in 2015 and joined the company as an understudy and apprentice in 2016. This is Sarah's fourth season with the company.


Rachel

Rachel Saufert

Rachel Saufert started dance at the age of 4 taking tap, jazz and ballet at Kristy's Dance Fusion in Saskatoon. There she continued her dance training taking ADAPT tap and jazz exams along with her RAD ballet exams. Rachel trained in other dance styles such as lyrical, modern, contemporary and hip hop as she progressed as a dancer. She became competitive in these styles of dance and was competing until she was 19 years old. She also trained in Ukrainian dancing. Rachel was able to take a dance academy class that they offered at her high school. There she had the opportunity to learn many different styles of dance from different teachers. She joined the Free Flow Dance Theatre company in 2017.


Kyle

Kyle Syverson

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.


View bios for Past Members of the Free Flow Dance Company.


Free Flow Board Member Biographies

Chair: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.

Secretary: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.

Finance Chair:Joan Goodman

Joan's love of dance and music came from her roots. Her aunt is an accomplished Opera singer, musician and teacher. Her parents loved dance and various forms of music. Her dad, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, was her first dance partner and taught her how to jive at the ripe age of…ahem…. Being in a military family growing up, made it difficult to consistently dance or to settle in to any one particular genre. Gymnastics with a sprinkling of ballet was an early opportunity to explore the art. By the time she left high school, the dream was almost all but forgotten.

Joan began studying Middle Eastern Dance with Dancegypt Dance Company in the winter of 1998 and was performing with the troupe by 2000. She plans to continue dancing for as long as her body lets her! She is also a signed model with a local talent agency and loves to act. To keep food on the table and a roof over her head, she works as an Office Coordinator for the Catholic school board in Saskatoon. She has a diploma in Office Administration through SAIT and is a Commissioner for Oaths for Saskatchewan. She is a firm believer in global citizenship and has volunteered extensively in Saskatoon's diverse communities for over twenty years.

Kimberly 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.

Donna C Bretell

Donna began her love of dance with ballet and tap lessons at the age of four, followed by classes in highland, jazz, belly and ballroom. In addition to dance she enjoyed a wide variety of activities including university studies. She earned a BA Honours in Psychology and a Master of Education in Educational Psychology. Prior to retirement Donna worked at the University of Saskatchewan in an administrative position which included working with students, program design, numerous other responsibilities, with a few evenings a week spent as a therapist providing personal and couples counselling with a community agency. Retirement, after thirty years of employment with the U of S has not diminished her love of dance and she remains active in the community both in learning new styles of dance and as a member of the Free Flow Board of Directors.

Gina DiPaolo

A strong foundation in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern dance and contact improvisation. Gina has studied, worked and performed with world renowned teachers such as Linda Rubin in modern dance and various middle eastern dancers including Ahmed Fekry, Jalilah, Yousry and Nourhan Sherif, Aziza, Mahmood Reda, Aida Nour and many more too numerous to mention. Gina has travelled to Egypt on two occasions to attend the Nile Group Festival, attending workshops and gala shows and even performing with the Egyptian star Lucy! That's an interesting story! Gina's passion for dance flows with love and joy in classes, performances, workshops and shows!

Jack Latendresse

As Jackie's father, Jack Latendresse has been involved with Free Flow Dance from Day One. This means that Jack has the unique position of being the only board member whose duties have ranged from financial (investing to fundraising) to hard labour (filming events, building props, to sanding floors). Though he admits to knowing nothing of dance itself, Jack loves what Jackie does, asserting “What makes her happy makes me happy.”

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