DIRECTOR & LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Erin grew up in Kenora and has studied dance for over twenty years. She has trained at a number of studios, including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Winnipeg and Free House Dance in Calgary. Her training covers many styles including ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and tap.
After high school Erin attended Wilfrid Laurier University and graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration. She then moved to Calgary where she worked in sports administration and market research before deciding to move home to Kenora in 2014.
During her time at the RWB, she did ADAPT Jazz and Tap examinations and Cecchetti ballet exams. Erin was also a member of Ember Dance Company in Calgary in 2012/2013.
Her recent dance teacher education includes:
- RWB Teachers’ Summer Workshop (2014, 2016 to 2019)
- En Avant Dance Teacher Conference (2016)
- NDEO Online Professional Development Courses (2018, 2019)
- Progressing Ballet Technique (2019)
- ADAPT Teacher Training School (2020)
As the owner and lead instructor at DanceWorks Kenora, Erin looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others in Kenora while continuing to enrich her skills as a dance teacher through workshops and education events.
HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR
Lena started dancing in 2000 in Ukraine. She saw her future instructors performing and that was it, she signed up and never missed a class!
Lena loves seeing results when she teaches. She absolutely loves performing and wants her students to experience that as well.
Her dance group in Ukraine was called New Wave Dance Project, so when she first started teaching classes here in Kenora that was the name she chose for her group – New Wave Dance Project Canada. Over the years they performed at different events in Kenora, including Relay for Life, Home Show, Canada Day Celebrations, Olympic Torch Relay, Kenora Aerialettes Year-End Show and once at Kenora All Star Cheerleader Pre-Season shows.
Lena began teaching Hip Hop for DanceWorks Kenora in 2014.
CREATIVE MOVEMENT & DANCE FOUNDATIONS INSTRUCTOR
Kirsten began dancing, at age 12, with DanceWorks Kenora when it opened in 2014. She started with tap and ballet, but over the years broadened her styles to include jazz, pointe, modern, and contemporary. Kirsten participated in the DWK Performance Ensemble for two years, began assisting in 2015, and began teaching her own class in 2019. The base of Kirsten’s training has been at DanceWorks Kenora, but she has also participated in various workshops, festivals and competitions throughout the years.
Outside of dance, Kirsten is a first year Medical Sciences student at Western University and is an accomplished musician, vocalist, and actress in the community. She has performed in local productions with Trylight Theatre Company, TrypTych Concert & Opera, Kenora Opera Theatre, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She has also participated for many years in the Kenora District Festival of the Arts in a number of disciplines and has been selected regularly to perform at the Festival Hi-Lites.
Although she plans on pursuing a career in Science, she feels that promoting involvement in the Arts and sharing her passion for it with others will always be an important motivation for her. When asked about teaching Kirsten said, “My hope is that I may be able to help young dancers find the same love of dance, and of all Arts, that I have been able to experience.” Kirsten is thrilled to once again resume her role as a Dance Instructor this fall.
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- Ireland Roulston
- Jaycie Holmstrom
- Kayleen Desbiens