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Past Members of the Free Flow Dance Company


 

Arijana Bacalo

Arijana has been sewing for almost as long as she can remember. Beginning with odd fashion experiments in high school and moving through university, her skills were developed and challenged while working on many theatrical projects. Costuming has become somewhat of a passion for her and she says it has never been as much fun as when working with Free Flow Dance.

She has created costumes for Free Flow for several works including the Adventures of Izzy Scorpio, Lotus, Mythological Requiem and “3” among others. She has also showcased her original creations at various Fundraisers, New years events and a fashion show hosted in Toronto by Free Flow Dance.

The Hamilton Player's Guild is also a common venue for her material expressions - she has costumed everything from epic-cast musicals to minimally cast dramas. She has also created original costumes for an unusual version of A mid summer nights dream. About three years ago, she decided that it would be fun to pay tribute to the King of Rock n' Roll and has been dabbling with rhinestones ever since...

Kathleen Oudit

Kathleen

Artistic consultant, marketing and publicity.

Kathleen could be described as Free Flow's most reluctant performer. Although trained in classical ballet and modern dance, as well having studied vocal music and participated in her high school drama productions, her desire to star in the TV show “FAME” ended with the 80's.

She instead left her hometown of Ottawa to study at the Ontario College of Art, and has worked as a designer, artist and project manager – often at the same time – ever since.

She met Jackie shortly after Free Flow moved into the Noble Street studio next to hers and she thought signing up for some dance classes might be a nice way to get back into shape. The next thing she knew – she was rolling around on stage with Moses Moore wearing nothing but a skin toned “nude suit”. Although honored at this unexpected invitation to perform with a gifted choreographer and talented dancers - she is most proud of her opportunity to contribute her professional talents to Free Flow.

Kathleen has directed photo shoots, fabricated props, dressed hair and makeup, created numerous posters and flyers, designed the new logo and website, and even nagged dance students about their posture. She is currently an art director, producing cover art at Canada's largest entertainment fiction publisher.


Kelly Van Damme

Kelly

Dance has been a big part of Kelly's life for over three decades, and she has been a member of Free Flow Dance Theatre since 2004. Before moving to Saskatoon, she trained with the University of Calgary Dance Program, and at Northern Dance Theatre in Fort St. John, BC, where she grew up. She really enjoys dancing with Free Flow, especially the variety of projects, subjects, and dance styles that Jackie Latendresse explores with the company. In addition to attending lots of classes at the Free Flow Dance Centre, Kelly holds an MFA in visual art and works at the Mendel Art Gallery.


Erica Jacks

Erica

Erica Jacks is originally from Nelson, BC. As a young girl, Erica's parents discovered her love for movement and quickly enrolled her at the local dance studio where she danced all through her childhood and into her adolescence. At the age of 19, Erica decided she wanted to study dance as a post secondary discipline and went on to earn a diploma in Contemporary Dance from Grant McEwan College in Edmonton, AB. Erica then went on to complete a B.A in Contemporary Dance from the University of Calgary.

Erica has just recently moved to Saskatoon to study the movement based bodywork, the Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method. Along with her studies here, she is thrilled to be a creative member of Saskatoon's Free Flow Dance Company.


Jennifer Neudorf

Jennifer

Jennifer Neudorf is a scientist by day, working with Latin, identifications and invasive species. By night, she can be found in a drum circle dancing the waves of energy. An avowed dance enthusiast, a teacher and performer of American Tribal Style Belly dance in Saskatoon since 2002. She has also been a student of Fire Dancing, Egyptian style Belly dance, Flamenco and Bharata Natyam (Indian Classical Dance) and feels all of these styles contribute to her body’s expression and her spirit’s yearning. Jennifer is currently interested in ritual dance theatre, and dealing with themes of transgression and non-duality.

Jennifer is immensely grateful for the opportunities that Jackie Latendresse has given her over the past year with her various dance projects. She is looking forward to dancing with, and learning from the members of Free Flow Dance Company. Jennifer wonders if there might be a place for her corn snake dance partner Lady in the company too…


Jenna Rempel

Jenna

Born in Prince Albert, Jenna began dancing at the Backstage Dance Company and the Performing Arts Warehouse. She has since competed and danced across Canada and has completed various dance syllabus in R.A.D, C.D.T.A and Cechetti. Jenna focussed on furthering her training at the Quinte Ballet School as part of the professional division and also attended the State Street Ballet Professional summer programs. Jenna has worked as a dance instructor throughout the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

 

Megan Daniels

 

Megan Daniels was born and raised in Saskatoon. She has been dancing for most of her life and began her training with Yvonne Jaspar at the age of four. Since then she developed her passion for dance, (ballet in particular) that which enabled her to move to Winnipeg to study with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and company there. A small but persistent injury five years ago forced Megan’s return to Saskatoon and since then she has been involved with Dare 2 Dance on two occasions. It was a twist of fate that brought her back to the city and it gave her the unique opportunity of working with wonderful choreographers and teachers that have shaped and molded her into the dancer that she is today. Megan is currently working on completing a bachelors degree in economics at the University of Saskatchewan and recently joined Jackie Latendresse’s dance troupe, Free Flow Dance. She is thrilled with the opportunity to work with such talented dancers and hopes that Saskatoon will continue to flourish and nurture the abundance of talent that exists here. We are lucky to have such talented artists in Saskatoon! Enjoy watching all these awesome dancers shine!


 

Katie McGuigan Scott

 

Katie spends the rest of her time sharing the joy of dance and the fun of movement exploration with her students at Georges Vanier Fine Arts elementary school. She is also, at the University of Saskatchewan working towards an education degree. Katie has worked with Free Flow Dance in the past. Katie has had the opportunity to work with Sarah Nolan Downs of Saskatchewan Contemporary Ballet Company on the Saskatoon Centennial Celebration, and production with Amati Quartet. Katie has had many opportunities dancing with different choreographers from across Canada, including: Danny Austin, Linda Garneau, Josh Beamish, Shawn Hounsel, Sandy Croft, Scott Kufske and D. A. Hoskins through Dance Saskatchewan Inc. Dance Saskatchewan also provided her the opportunity to work in Europe with a multi cultural dance troupe. Katie took her training in Saskatoon, and Toronto at The Toronto Dance Theater.


 

Elissa Houk

 
Elissa

Elissa is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and improviser in the Saskatoon community. Her early training included ballet, jazz, tap and modern in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. In university she continued to study contemporary dance and is a graduate of the University of Calgary’s dance program where she became very interested in choreography and the mechanics of the moving body, both of which she continues to study. Elissa has trained and worked with some very inspiring people including Davida Monk, Melissa Monteros, Darcy McGehee, Wojciech Mochniej, Anne Flynn and Maya Lewandowsky. Her love of dance has taken her across western Canada as well as all the way to Poland where she studied physical theatre, choreography, contemporary technique and also had several opportunities to perform.
She is very excited to be working with Jackie in Saskatoon and to be dancing with Free Flow Dance Theatre.


 

Ashleigh Clark

 
Ashleigh

Ashleigh has a great passion for dance in all of its forms. She has been dancing since the age of 4 starting off at Juliette's Dance Centre in Saskatoon. She has worked with a variety of Canadian dance artists and celebrated international choreographers including Sherrie Sherger, Sean Cheesman, Lynn Wallace, Lynette Kelly and Ilara Lopez. Ashleigh has advanced classical training in RAD ballet as well as jazz, modern, tap, hip hop and african. She is also a trained singer/actor and a recent graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (Victoria, BC) under the instruction of Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning. She has had the pleasure to study with Dr. Iris McGregor Bannerman and Christopher Weddell at the college, studying everything from speech to physical theatre. Ashleigh has been cast in many different principal dance roles including We Will Not Forget (2005), On Broadway (2006) and Blue Skies with the Victoria Symphony (2006).


 

Sabrina Schoenfeld

 
Sabrina

Sabrina took a variety of gymnastics, dancing and skating classes as a child. It was at the age of 11 that she started to truly focus on dancing. She joined the Barveenok Ukrainian dance group in Prince Albert Saskatchewan while also taking ballet, jazz, and choreography classes at Dance Gallery. Sabrina continued her ballet classes in France while she lived there and later returned to Prince Albert to continue with her training. She has taken various forms of dance at the Performing Arts Warehouse including jazz, tap, ballet, modern and hip hop and also enjoyed working on the musical production of Scrooge as a dancer, singer and actress.

In 2001 Sabrina moved to Saskatoon in order to study in the college of pharmacy and nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. She performed for 2 years with the Yevshan Folk Ballet Dance Ensemble which is a renowned semi-professional Ukrainian dance group and had the opportunity to tour San Diego California and Ukraine as one of the main characters of the “devil” in the folk ballet. She is now a member of the Free Flow dance company and enjoys it very much. It has renewed a love for dancing in her life due to the freedom of expression she finds in this form of dance.

 

Sylvia Gibson

 
Sylvia

Sylvia grew up in Calgary and studied a variety of styles of dance largely under the direction of Erin O'Connor and Youth Dance Unlimited. Later, Anne Flynn (at the University of Calgary) provided her with an introduction to Improvisation. Sylvia has taught Creative Movement and Hip Hop to Youth in both Calgary and Saskatoon. Last year Sylvia attended the first stage of The EARTH Symposium for artists and activists in Vancouver (Judith Marcuse Projects) as a Saskatchewan youth delegate. She is excited to have the opportunity to be training and performing in Saskatoon!

 

Deborah Jasmine Randall

 
Jasmine

Jasmine recently moved to Saskatoon from Ontario and after a long break from dancing connected with Free Flow Dance Theatre. She trained primarily in Ballet with Christina Para Classical Ballet School in Mississauga and Westside Ballet in Santa Monica. She danced with Dance Electric Contemporary Ballet Company for two years. She is enjoying developing a stronger understanding of Modern Technique and intends to explore other dance forms especially cultural folk dances. She has a strong passion for dance and is absolutely thrilled to be dancing again!

Holly Treddenick

Holly Treddenick Holly Treddenick is an independent dancer and choreographer originally from Winnipeg. She lived in Toronto until recently where she graduated form The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. There she also co-founded Tweenies Dance/Theatre Co. and an multi-arts studio, The LAUNCH PAD.

Holly has also worked in theatre, arts administration, draws, makes jewelry and is now experimenting in video. In her choreography, Holly explores and illuminates the beauty and ironies in otherwise pedestrian images. 2000 was her third Canadian tour with Free Flow Dance Company.


Karin Nicholas

Karin Nicholas

Karin has recently moved to Toronto from Vancouver B.C. She joined the Free Flow Dance Company in the fall of 1998 as a part time member. Karin has completed her RAD exams up to and including Intermediate level. She also has sucessfully completed her CDTA tap exams Bronze and Gold stars. Karin has performed in many ballets including "The Nutcracker" (for 6 years), Coppelia and Cinderella. She has also participated in quite a few musicals including; Brigadoon, 42nd Street, The Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma.

Karin studied at the Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts in Burnaby, was a member and soloist of the Royal City Youth Ballet Company of New Westminster, and the Royal City Musical Theatre Company. She also danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company of Seattle. She has taught for three years at various studios around Vancouver.

Karin has performed in a number of exotic locations including Disneyland, Disney World, Knotts Berry Farm, and on the Queen Mary with the Royal Carribean Lines "Soverieign of the Seas"in 1992 and "Monarch of the Seas" in 1994.


Monique Harris

Monique Harris

Monique will finish her last year at York University's Dance Department in 1999. She joined the Free Flow Dance Company in the fall of 1998 as a part time member. She originally hails from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

She has choreographed and performed for the York Dance Ensemble, taught dance at Centauri Summer Arts Camp, and stage manages at York and many other venues. Before coming to Toronto she studied at the Alberta Ballet School and performed in the Nutcracker as the Pirate Rat. She has aslo studied with Donna Krasnow, David Earle and at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Monique has performed in works by Jose Limon, Harold Rheaume, Ross Brierton, Trish Armstrong, and Barb Stekly.

She spends some of her spare time making jewelry and doing cross-stitch late into the night.


Tim Spronk

Tim Spronk

Tim began dancing when he was sixteen in Edmonton, Alberta. He studied at the Alberta Ballet School, The Banff Center for Fine Arts, York University and The Teacher's Collective in Toronto. After studying Dance at York University, where he was also a member of the York Dance Ensemble, Tim joined Newton Moraes Dance. He performed with Newton Moraes Dance not only in Canada but also in Germany and Brazil.

Tim is currently working on his own choreograohy, which has been shown at Residance and Dancenet. He will persenting a new work at fFIDA in August 1999. Tim's abilities in dance and movement span from Ballroom and Martial Arts to Ballet and Modern.


Eden Hinten
Eden Hinten


Kasia Kord
Kasia Kord


Kirsten Hinton
Kirsten Hinton


Lucy Rupert

Lucy Rupert


Lucy Rupert has been a dancer-choreographer and performer in Toronto since 1996. As well as in her own choreography, she has danced in works by Viv Moore, Danny Grossman, Caroline Niklas-Gordon, Bridget Cauthrey, Susan Cash, Lost Carnival, and Artsvision K-W. She spent five years dancing with Jackie Latendresse’s Free Flow Dance Company. She has danced from St. John’s NFLD to Victoria BC; her own work has been seen at fFIDA, Series 808, Small Potatoes, WAXworks (NYC), ResiDance, RED, and many other venues around Toronto.

In 2002 Lucy started a dance project Blue Ceiling as a moniker for her choreography focusing on pure dance informed by visual arts and literature, and has created four major works for it since 2002. including: Mechanical Nightingales, Pru, Smokefall, and Tropic of Cancer

Lucy works in many disciplines; she regularly performs fire stunts and dance for Circus Orange, (run by Tom Comet and Rebecca Carney) and works as an actor with Theatre Rusticle. Her dance training has included the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and Dancemakers. Before coming to Toronto Lucy obtained a Joint Honours B.A. in Dance and Music from the University of Waterloo, and spent a term studying music and culture in Vienna.

Lucy recently received her Masters Degree in History from the University of Toronto, specializing in Central Eastern European history in the early 20th century.

She spends her “free” time reading voraciously, at the piano writing and singing cabaret-torch songs with a distinct contemporary skew, and working as a administrator for two major arts organizations in Toronto: DanceWorks and Series 8:08.


Rebecca Carney

Rebecca Carney


Rebecca is now an international performer. Her explosive talents include dance, choreography, acting, clowning and pyromania. Rebecca is currently the Artistic Director (where she loves to take fire, dance, performance, to unique and unprecedented levels) and a main performer in Circus Orange. This outrageously fiery, “flame fatale” wows and heats up her audiences in her solo shows with fire in as many different ways she can think of! Rebecca has made pyromaniac appearances in such exotic locations as Turkey, Japan, Australia, U.S.A, and all of Canada’s major cities. She’s performed on Steve Harvey’s Big Time, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Live, Queer as Folk, Breakfast Television, Fashion Cares and most recently in The Daredevil Opera Company’s Rocket and Roxy’s Stunt Show featured at the Adelaide Theatre Festival and Sydney Opera House.

In the past she's toured with the Free Flow Dance Company and has studied acting at the Actor’s Working Academy, Humber College of Theatre Arts and Design, and the University of Waterloo.


Trina Spiller
Trina Spiller


Nadine Windjack, Chisa Seniuk and Anastasia Tatryn

Saskatoon Branch

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 Misty Wensel
Misty

For the past six years Misty Wensel has been following her own path as a Contemporary dancer. Blending influences, her dance weaves Indian classical dance forms with her own contemporary style. Misty is inspired by the environment, folklore, and technology.
Misty’s own choreographic work has been performed at New Dance Horizons Stream of Dance Festival, The Globe Theatre’s Lantern’s on the Lake, The Connect Electronic Music Festival, and The Beet Societies “Enter the Beet”. She graduated from the Arts Education Program at the U of Regina with a major in dance in the spring of 2000. Currently she teaches and directs contemporary dance at The Conservatory of Performing Arts. Misty also teaches arts education at Leboldus High School in Regina.

 Jessica Hung

I am currently a student at the University of Regina and training part time at the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan (YBCS). I trained professionally for four years in ballet at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. From there I moved to Saskatchewan with my family and have been training in ballet and modern at the YBCS for five years. In my five years of training at the YBCS, I have been privileged to work with Connie Cooke, Elaine Hansen, Joe Laughlin, Brent Lott, Robin Poitras, Floyd Favel Starr, Connie Moker Wernikowski and Darlene Williams.

Jessica
 Monica Dalidowicz
Monica

Monica Dalidowicz began dancing at a young age with the Polonia Polish Dance Ensemble of Regina. Her involvement with this group has meant numerous performances and workshops at a national and international level and has lead her into a life centered on dance. During the past five years Monica has studied two forms of classical Indian dance; Bharata Natyam and Kathak. She has also begun to study both contemporary and modern dance. Monica is pursuing graduate studies in the anthropology of dance.

 Fran Gilboy

Fran started dancing at the age of 4 and trained in the classical style of Vaganova (ballet) for 11 years. As a student of the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan, she had the opportunity to learn a variety of styles of dance, including, character, Chinese and modern dance. Influential teachers in those years were Vera and Gennady Adrianow, Alexandre Sellier and Sonia de Batres.
After a considerable amount of time away from the dance world, she gained a new found passion for free flow movement and her eyes were opened to new possibilities in the field of dance. She started taking class again, this time contemporary, with Misty Wensel at the Conservatory of Dance, and through her, has been granted the opportunity to experience contemporary dance fusion. East Indian classical dance, fire dancing, and gypsy character are all most prominent in the contemporary pieces being explored and performed at this time.
"Dance has become a spiritual practice. It’s taught me strength, patience and laughter. Most of all it has returned a sense of balance and purpose to my life."

Fran
 Jessica Nicolson
Jessica
 Lori Rebalkin

Lori has been performing since the age of 6. She has trained in tap, jazz, ballet & lyrical and swing with various studios throughout the years. She traveled with Saskatchewan Express for numerous seasons and then became rehearsal mistress. She received her diploma in Entertainment Administration from Durham College in Oshawa, ON and worked for the Canadian Children's Dance Theatre in Toronto. She then returned to work for Sask. Express and currently is the Director of the performing groups The Mini Express & Expressions. She has choreographed for live performances and music videos for such groups as Jade, Hoja, Stephanie Thomson & Brad Johner. She has adjudicated for many competitions, including the Sask. Youth Talent Search. The highlight of her career to date was performing in Bosnia for the Canadian Peacekeepers, along with such artists as Sue Medley, The Johner Brothers and Michael Kaeshammer. She is excited to be working with Jackie and Free Flow Dance as a new venture into the 'modern' world!

Lori
 Kimberly Bird
Kimberly

Kimberly Bird has trained in tap, jazz, ballet and modern. She has taken most of her formal training in Saskatoon with the Diane Will Dance Studio with the exception of ballet, which she studied with La Dance and Modern which she continues to study with Jackie Latendresse. Kim also studied at the University of Saskatchewan where she received a Bachelor of Education with a minor in drama. Voice work and theatre have contributed to a large part of her training. Currently she works as a performance artist and is interested in dance as ritual and ceremony. She has studied dance and performed for over 15 years and is extremely excited about turning the modern dance leaf.

 Tina Bertoncini

Tina is very pleased to be dancing with Jackie and to be returning to the Her-icane Festival. Tina trained in both Montreal and Saskatoon. Her own choreography finds its base in contemporary dance, butoh (a Japanese modern dance form) and yoga. She is currently working on remounting her show “The Belly’s Tongue” for this summer’s Saskatoon International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Tina
 Jillian Kerry
Jillian

Jillian Kerry has been dancing for over 14 years. She is thrilled to be part of Free Flow Dance Company. Her dance career started at Juliette's Dance School in Saskatoon and later she moved to La Dance, where she continues to take some of her dance training. She has participated in the Nut-Cracker with the Alberta Dance Company as a child extra and this past summer, she was part of a Dance Troupe from Saskatchewan that participated in the International Dance and the Child Conference in Salvador, Brazil. In addition, she was also a member of the 2003, Dare to Dance Company. Through her membership in Dance Saskatchewan, she has participated in several workshops and the Summer Steps Dance Camp. Jillian has been involved in many dance festivals and competitions, through out Saskatchewan, Alberta, New York and Orlando, Florida. She is looking forward to Dancing with the Free Flow Dance Company to further expand her dance horizons.

 Karen Polowick
Karen

Karen Polowick has been dancing since she was five years old. She has taken ballet, tap, and jazz lessons in Saskatoon, and participated in several modern dance work shops while in Amsterdam. However, as a result of traveling, knee surgery, and other hobbies she has been unable to dance for the last few years, but she is ready to get back on the horse! Karen is currently completing her final year of an international studies honours degree at the University of Saskatchewan, and is looking forward to continued involvement in dance in one form or another.

 Anastasia Tataryn
Anastasia

Anastasia has been dancing and performing since she learned to walk and talk. Her formal ballet training began in Ontario and continued upon her move to Saskatoon, where she also became involved in Ukrainian dancing, the Saskatoon Improv Dance Collective and modern dance. Anastasia has also performed with various Saskatoon theatre companies, both amateur and professional – and hopes to do more in the future! Currently, Anastasia on the last stretch of her History/ Political studies degree, teaching children’s creative dance classes, dancing lots, and enjoying a life filled with movement, creativity and good people.

 

Chisa Seniuk

 
Chisa

Chisa began dancing in 1996 when she started training in Modern Dance with Barb Jones at the Dance Gallery in Prince Albert Saskatchewan. She has continued her training by adding Ballet classes, taking workshops and also currently studies Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop at Juliette’s Dance Centre in Saskatoon. She first became involved with Free Flow in 2000 when she joined on to perform “Puppets”. After a successful show at the Women’s Festival she remained with the company for the Saskatoon Fringe Festival 2001. Chisa rejoined the company in 2004 after returning from the West Coast. She is constantly expanding her dance knowledge and hopes to further her training in many forms.

 

Allison Rae Knight

 
Allison

As the youngest member of Free Flow Dance Theatre, Allison has logged in eleven years of ballet and six years of jazz training with with Juliette Perry-Perez and Meagan McGratten at Juliette’s Dance Centre. She also studied Jazz Dance at University of Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan Dance Camp for three years. Recently she completed a Mentorship program with Free Flow Dance Theatre training in modern dance with Jackie Latendresse. She has also been studying contemporary dance with Frank Engel.

 

Frank Engel

 
Frank

Born and raised in West Germany Frank recently moved to Saskatoon in April 2003. He first trained in Ballet and Modern dance at the National Theatre in Wiesbaden before he came into contact with the art of modern Mime Theatre. Frank has taken lessons in mime, pantomime, acting, dance, directing and choreography in Paris, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Wroclaw Poland. In 1989 he received his diploma in Mime, Acting and Dance at Die Estage School for the arts in Germany. Since his graduation he has worked as a Mime, an actor, director choreographer and teacher in Germany, France, Poland, Turkey, Holland, Bosnia, Denmark and Canada.

“I am very excited about my work with Jackie since this is the first time I am staging as a dancer in about 10 years and it is my first Canadian production that I am in. And of course Jackie’s not just a very dear person but also a wonderful artist to work with.”

Ntara Curry

Ntara

Ntara is thrilled beyond words to be given this opportunity to dance with the Free Flow Dance Theatre Company. She has worked and performed in professional theatres across the country, and is a proud member of Canadian Actors' Equity Association since 2002, and an apprentice to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees since 2012. Ntara holds a BFA (Drama, Acting Major) from the University of Alberta. Some of her most influential teachers include: Linda Rubin, Gerard Theoret, Julie Funk, and Peter Bingham, Coming home to Saskatoon represents an important step in Ntara's life as an artist. She looks forward to discovering how it all plays out.

Ntara Curry appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

Maria Zimmerman

Maria Zimmerman was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has always had a love of dance and a passion for creating her own pieces and choreography from a young age. Her first exposure to studio dance was through the Centennial Dance Academy program. From there she moved on to Bedford Road's dance program participating in a variety of classes and forms of dance in addition to competing on Bedford's competitive dance team (called a Pom Squad), where her love for the sport led her to become a captain in her senior year. She has been coaching the team since her graduation. Maria has also danced with the local hip-hop company Def SOL, and fell into the hands of Jackie through an intro level burlesque class about a year ago. Maria is very grateful and excited for the opportunity to be dancing with such a creative and boundary-pushing company!


Meghan Lofgren

Meghan

Meghan has always loved to perform. She began studying ballet at four years old at La Danse Dance Studio in Saskatoon (HazelAnn Stark), and continued there for the next eleven years. In 2002 Meghan performed with the Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre Company’s touring revue and realized then that the stage was her home. She has pursued various styles of performance art since then, largely in the area of voice and more recently in drama. She has dabbled in hip hop and has been studying tap for the past 4 years, and is excited to be continuing her dance education with the modern and exploratory techniques exclusive to Free Flow. In addition to her time in the studio, Meghan is working on an Education degree at the U of S, teaches voice at Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre Studio, and works very very part time for a local software company, Objectified Software Inc.


Siarra Riehl

Siarra

Siarra began ballet classes at Sitter School of Dance when she was 3 years old. She continued to train in tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre throughout her elementary school years. She then switched her focus to music, which she studies now at the University of Saskatchewan, along with English. Siarra never lost her love of movement. She is now in her fourth year of teaching Musical Theatre at Rhythms Dance Studio and has been in multiple theatre productions over the past 10 years. Siarra is extremely humbled to be a part of Free Flow Dance Company and is excited to further hone her dancing skills.


Mitchell Larson

Mitchell

Mitchell has had a sometimes-troubled relationship with dance. He’s not entirely sure what the purpose is. He thinks that it might be the moment of exhaustion after, like having felt your soul exit through your body, or it might be the touch of a person you love. It could be beauty or ugliness, authenticity or nothingness. He’s not entirely sure, but he’s glad he’s found some people who are interested in finding out. Having trained at Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan University, having spent some time in Regina and having returned once again home to the Saskatoon he loves, Mitchell is happy to announce his addition to Free Flow Dance Company wherein he hopes to explore what dance means to you.


Past Board Members


Alan Page

Alan first encountered Free Flow in Toronto around the time of "The Adventures of Izzy Scorpio" (1999), and continues to attend Free Flow performances on a regular basis.

Alan currently performs the duties of webmaster for the Free Flow website, a position he took over a few years ago and has kept up to date ever since. These duties have recently evolved into establishing a home base for Jackie and videotaping services for the Toronto development of the Vaudeville project.

Alan is a self-employed software developer with a particular interest in photo imaging.

Sue Williams

Sue brings to Free Flow a passion for the arts, coupled with her long and varied experience in business. She served as the Supervisor Finance for the Ceremonies and Arts Festival of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, and in 1989 she was Director of Finance for the Calgary Winter Festival.

After she and her family moved to Saskatoon in 1989, Sue took on new challenges as a Board Member for the 25th Street Theatre (1990-1992), the YWCA (Member 1993-2002; President 1999-2000) and the Royal University Hospital Foundation (2004-present).

Sue worked for the Saskatoon Health Region for 10 years as Director of Materials Management before establishing her own management consulting business. As an independent business woman, Sue brings the strength of years of experience and insight unparalleled in value.

In her spare time, Sue gives relaxation a run for its money with her various activities including horticulture and a passion for golf.

Kieran Kobitz

Kieran joins the Free Flow board after volunteering with the Rosebud Burlesque Club since its inception in 2007. His most notable role is the Rosebud's butler where he ensures the stage is kept neat and ready for the next performer. Kieran has also been involved in various Free Flow events from video taping shows to working at Naughty Bingo.

Kieran completed a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing in 2008, where he spent a considerable portion of his studies working on non-profit and social marketing. He looks forward to contributing his marketing skills to Free Flow and helping the organization continue to be innovative and unique. Kieran also has 5 years of experience in personal and commercial banking giving him financial skills to supplement the marketing ideas.

Volunteering has always been a large part of Kieran's life. He has been an advisor for the Junior Achievement company program since 2004 after having completed the program himself in high school. Other organizations Kieran has volunteered for include the Saskatoon Health Region and the Easter Seals.

Denis McBain

Denis McBain has a range of valuable knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences. He was raised in small-town Saskatchewan, where he got his first taste of community involvement. He is currently employed as an accountant, and has pursued work ranging from carpentry to small business management. Denis is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, holding undergraduate degrees in accounting and political studies. His volunteer experiences range from individual coaching with the local Open Door Society to participating on the design team for Canadaville, Louisiana. He has served on the executive of non-profit organizations and university-based clubs. With personal experience in theatre and music, is rare to find any style of live performance that he does not enjoy. Denis is currently a student, performer, volunteer, and recruiter for the Rosebud Burlesque Club, and is usually enrolled in classes hosted at the Free Flow Dance Studio.

Ric Stephens

Ric Stephens has lived all over Saskatchewan landing in Saskatoon in his mid teens. Originally trained in computer programming his experience evolved to include all facet of computers operations. He currently works in IT as a Support Specialist & Consultant. Ric first got involved with the Rosebud Burlesque Club as a volunteer in 2007, when he created their website, which he still maintains. He is a frequent volunteer and lends a hand with Free Flow and Rosebud productions. Ric is also an active member of the local Burning Man community where he is a dedicated volunteer with the local, regional and at the burn itself (as a BM Gate & Perimeter volunteer). He believes in giving back to the community whenever possible.

Dorion Brady

Dorion Brady has a long involvement with dance and theatre, starting as a dancing pumpkin at the ripe old age of four. Since then she has volunteered and performed for numerous events and organization including the Saskatoon International Fringe Theatre Festival, in side show, the Saskatchewan Regional Circle of Effigies (S.C.O.R.E.), and co-founded the Rosebud Burlesque Club.

Dorion's background also includes a degree in Sociology/ Criminology, bartending, Corrections, graphic design, and as a non-profit law firm executive director. Currently she works as a freelance graphic designer/ illustrator/ whirling dervish.

Dorion currently lives in Saskatoon, adores her nephew Jarret, dislikes chocolate, and can bake a mean baguette.

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.”

A retired Ontario Hydro employee, Jack now does occasional contract work at Pickering Nuclear Station as a wiring specialist. Jack also enjoys outdoor activities, and his current project involves the rebuilding of a forty year old canvas cedar strip canoe.

Meagan Williams

After a long history of commitment to the arts scene in Saskatoon, Meagan is thrilled to take on a new role as Board Member for Free Flow Dance.

At the age of eleven Meagan started her volunteering career for the Saskatoon International Fringe Festival. Over the next fifteen years she worked her way up from usher to merchandise manager, and ultimately to front of house manager ending in 2007 - and is still one of the youngest volunteers in their history to have held such tenure.

In 2001, Meagan performed in a two-woman play that toured the prairie circuit of the Canadian Fringe, and included hands-on experience with every aspect of theatre production. As a result, Meagan brings with her a rich history of personal theatre experience combined with a dedicated volunteer background which benefits Free Flow as a whole.

Meagan is a first year law student at the University of Western Ontario where she plans to blend her fervour for politics, foreign policy and development with the practical skills of a legal education.

Marcel Petit

Marcel Petit is an independent producer, filmmaker and photographer from Saskatoon, SK where he runs his independent production company, m.pet productions. Marcel has several film/video works to his name including short dramatic pieces to feature documentaries including: hookers. a documentary (2008) and The PISIM Project (2010) the Jim Brady Story (2011) and Stories of the Canoe Lake Elders (2013). He is also a strong community activist and a strong believer in hope & change.

Laura McNaughton

Laura McNaughton is a writer, dancer, poet, mystic and historian forced to work at the University of Saskatchewan as a researcher and project manager to pay the bills, and she doesn’t really mind. She has nearly twenty years of experience serving in leadership roles, volunteer and paid, for non-profit organizations. Though she doesn’t look a day over thirty! She is one of those odd ducks who loves policies, protocols and org charts — this should be a good gig!

Christine Wood

Christine Wood was born in the prairies, and though she moved around quite a bit, she eventually found her way back to Saskatchewan via Germany in 2009. Some say that her bubbly personality makes her perfectly suited to own a company which produces soap. Her company, Wood’s Body Goods, has been in operation for under two years and already, there are over 20 stores in Western Canada which carry the Goods. Christine loves fresh Saskatchewan air, yoga, and enjoying the little things in life.

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