Meet the Team
KRISTIE SIDWALL – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Kristie has always had a passion for movement and expression.She began exploring dance with Musical Theatre at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She eventually realized that her favourite part of the class was dancing and sharing emotions through stories. She set her mind to becoming a dancer. She trained in all the disciplines she could at age 16. (Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and was placed in the Performance Group.) Once she was old enough she took the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Teacher Course for two summers and caught up in the areas she hadn’t been taught yet. From there she was accepted into Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program and completed her BA in Dance through the University of Winnipeg. Kristie knew dance was an integral part in her life, but she longed for more. The emptiness she experienced lead her to finding Christ. Her love for God took over everything! She went to South Africa for a year on a Discipleship Training Program, in 2001.When she returned she joined Masterworks to worship God in the way she knew best. Soon she became a teacher. Then Kristie had the privilege to be the administrator under Victoria James, years later she would do the same under Alessandra Pauls. From there she continued in her leadership and creativity growth by becoming the Creative Arts Coordinator at The Meeting Place. Kristie has been with Masterworks for over 10 years and has moved into the exciting roll of Director. God is good.
For the 2017-18 dance year, Kristie will be stepping away from the role of Director to focus on her new family of two boys. She will continue to coach the Performance Team.
KIM HILDEBRAND – INTERIM DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR For the 2017-18 dance year, Kim will be stepping into the role of Interim Director. Kim is a Masterworks veteran! She has been a student herself since she was 8 years old and has now been teaching at Masterworks for 11 years. She instructs teens in all levels of Modern and coaches our Linking Team. When she isn't teaching, she is in the office working hard to keep the studio running! Kim is married to her wonderful husband Randall, who is an avid drummer, apprentice electrician, and can make a mean cup of coffee. Together they attend The Table Church as their church community. Kim graduated from The School of Contemporary Dancers in June 2014 and has received a BA Honours in Dance from the U of W. She is currently dancing with NAfro Dance Productions and loving it! Past dance experience includes work with Stephanie Ballard’s Landscape Dancing, Odette Heyn Projects with Winnipeg’s Symphony Orchestra, Constance Cooke Company, and a mentorship with WCD’s Brent Lott through ACI Manitoba. She was also honoured with the chance to be at The Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa (2014). Other programs Kim has completed include Capernwray Austria in 2007 and the RWB teacher summer seminar in 2008. Kim is so thankful for her Masterworks family and loves being part of a beautiful team.
JEN SIWIK – INTERIM ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR For the 2017-18 dance year, Jen is happy to be stepping into the role of Interim Assistant Director. Jen has training in Modern Dance, Artistic Gymnastics and Competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics. Her involvement in Rhythmic Gymnastics afforded many opportunities to travel representing Manitoba, including a bronze medal at Canadian Nationals with the Manitoba Provincial Group and a World Gymnaestrada show in Berlin, Germany. As well, Jen was a dancer and instructor in the opening and closing ceremonies for Pan Am Games Winnipeg 1999. With more than three decades of coaching experience, including nearly two decades of involvement with Masterworks Dance Studio, Jen loves to help dancers of all ages and abilities master new skills and express what is in their hearts through the language of movement. Her coaching qualifications include NCCP Level 3 coaching certification and M1 certification through Acrobatic Arts. Jen is also a Professional Interior Designer who is happily married to Winnipeg musician Rob Siwik and they have two delightfully exuberant daughters.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” John 3:17 NKJV
MORGAN MARSHALL – DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION, INSTRUCTOR Morgan is trained in the Cecchetti Method of ballet, and holds her Grades 3-6, Intermediate and Advanced I examinations with the society. She has also studied Advanced II and the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma work. As a young dancer, she trained at the Wellness Institute and LA Dance Academy. She moved to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Intensive Training Program where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Character, Modern, and Pilates. She also spent two years studying with the RWB's Professional Division in their Teacher Training Program where she further studied the Cecchetti Method, Pilates, Creative Movement and Early Childhood Education, the A.D.A.P.T Jazz syllabus, Character, Modern, Repertoire and the Vaganova Training System of ballet. Along with her dance training, Morgan has also studied the sciences at the University of Manitoba. Morgan has been a part of the Masterworks Faculty since 2011. Morgan hopes that her students can find joy through dance and can learn to express themselves through movement. She loves being a part of the Masterworks Team and is excited to see what the year brings!
MICHAL GOERTZEN – OUTREACH COORDINATOR, INSTRUCTOR Michal started dancing at a young age and has been a part of the Masterworks family for eight years, going from student, to assistant teacher and is now in her third year teaching at the studio and is loving every minute of it! She has trained in modern, jazz, ballet, and hip hop, and danced on the performance team at Masterworks for two years. Her main focus is hip hop which she teaches at Masterworks to students ages 9 and up. She also continues her training by taking classes from Un1te Dance Company and B.O.S.S. Dance Team, an urban hip hop dance crew. Alongside dancing Michal is in her third year of a biochemistry degree at the University of Winnipeg. She also enjoys reading, biking, and singing on her church worship band. Michal loves being able to combine her passions for God and for dance, and is looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year has in store!
TERI-LYNN FRIESEN – DIRECTOR OF MUSIC & THEATRE, INSTRUCTOR Teri-Lynn is pleased to run the musical theatre department here at Masterworks. She has directed two musicals with Masterworks: Ultimate Superstar! and Annie Jr. Teri-Lynn was fortunate to apprentice at both Rainbow Stage and Manitoba Theatre Centre in the area of directing. She is also a local actor and has trained and performed across Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) from the University of Winnipeg, majoring in Theatre Performance. She also has spent time studying at Rosebud School of the Arts, and Capernwray Bible School. Teri-Lynn hopes that her students will discover a healthy way to express themselves through theatre, music and dance. And also, she just loves having loads of fun!
KRISTIE ENNS – RECEPTION, INSTRUCTOR Kristie started dancing when she was five years old in London, Ontario. A few years later, her family moved to Dayton, Ohio where she continued to pursue her studies in ballet under Barbara Pontecorvo. She has had many different dance experiences including a pre-professional program in Dublin, Ireland during her teenage years. Upon graduating from high school, Kristie attended Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia where she studied dance ministry and pastoral leadership. She then completed her undergraduate degree at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana with a BA in Christian Ministries and Dance Complimentary. She is currently pursuing an MA in Christian Ministries at Canadian Mennonite University and is excited to begin her new adventure at Masterworks!
ALEXANDER GRANT – INSTRUCTOR Alexander has been in the theatre world for 8 years. Within that time he has been in 8 different productions (including 2 Fringe Festival shows, & 1 at U of W). Alexander has also directed and wrote shows for his local church and has been majoring in Theatre at U of W in the faculty of Education. Alexander trained in Steinbach with Xcompany in Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Alexander will be going into his 4th year of teaching dance (Musical Theatre, Jazz and Hip Hop) and is very excited to be coming on at Masterworks. Alexander believes in the power of creativity. We serve a creative God, therefore we can connect to Him through our creative expression (art, singing, dance, etc), you could call it worship. :P
AMY WEBB – INSTRUCTOR This is Amy’s fourth year teaching at Masterworks. Although she specializes in teaching ballet, tap and early years classes Amy has an Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance from the University of Winnipeg and the School of Contemporary Dancers. Amy has completed all of her grade levels in Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus as well as her Intermediate and Advanced one major level exams. She hopes to complete her Advanced two and final ballet exam within the next few years. Amy also has completed numerous jazz and tap exams in the ADAPT syllabus as well as numerous tap exams in the Al Gilbert Syllabus. Amy also holds up to a grade 4 level in her RAD ballet examinations as well as two modern exams in the ISTD syllabus, and her bronze level in Highland Dance. Amy is a registered AMAF (Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals) adjudicator and travels to many rural communities each spring to adjudicate all forms of dance. Amy is currently working to finish her two year Bachelors of Education for early years at the University of Winnipeg majoring in dance in order to be able to teach dance in schools throughout Winnipeg and Manitoba.
BRIANNA FERGUSON – INSTRUCTOR As a recent graduate of Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program, Brianna is exploring, experiencing and discovering new possibilities as a professional. She is currently in her first year as an apprentice with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers Professional Company. Brianna has been blessed with many opportunities to perform with such companies as; Odette Heyn, projects with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Verge (WCD’s emerging artist’s company), and Victoria, British Columbia’s company, Constance Cooke, to name a few. This past June Brianna also travelled to Ottawa to perform in the “60 Dancer Project” choreographed by Tedd Robinson as part of the Canada Dance Festival, with the recent graduates of 4 other professional dance schools in Canada. Brianna believes dance is a journey filled with force, flight, vigour, and surrendering. Combined with passion and curiosity, it is constantly magnifying her knowledge of every moment.
ELISE PAGE – INSTRUCTOR Elise has been teaching Jazz at Masterworks for 3 years. She has recently graduated from the School of Contemporary Dancer with a B.A Honours in Dance. September preoccupied Elise with Lise McMillan’s production series for Young Lungs Dance Exchange. Previous projects include Constance Cooke’s remounted piece; Argon 2, “The 60 Dancer Project” with Tedd Robinson as well as a Mentorship with Natasha Torres-Garner through YLDE. Elise is looking forward to upcoming projects with Jolene Baile and Odette Heyn as well as another excellent year with Masterworks Dance Studio.
GENIE BAFFOE – INSTRUCTOR Eugene Baffoe, known in the hip hop community as “GeNie” is a freestyle Hip Hop Dancer Originally from Montreal, Quebec. He has been dancing for the past 11 years, 5 years professionally with teaching, choreographing and directing. GeNie is currently the Director/Head Choreographer of urban Hip Hop dance drew “B.O.S.S Dance Team” (Built on Self Success). The group began in the summer of 2011 and made its debut at the Bomber game halftime show in September of 2011. He is also the co-creator and director of a non-profit Charity Dance Showcase “Dance 4 MS” which he began in 2009. The event raises money to cure Multiple Sclerosis by donating all proceeds to the Manitoba MS Society. With its first ever sold out show In May of 2012, the annual showcase has raised over $5,000 over the span of 4 years. His choreography have been showcased in Manitoba Dance festival, 5678 Showtime Productions, 5678 Nationals, local Musical theatre productions of “RENT”, flashmobs, schools, debout, and hip hop dance teams over the past 3 years. He has worked with renown choreographers such as “Lil C”, Tucker Barkley and Brian Friedman. GeNie is a featured dancer in the upcoming U.S feature dance film “Strings”. He currently teaches weekly classes with Winnipeg Dance Force, Masterworks Dance Studio and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In classes GeNie focuses on the art of “Freestyling” alongside “Choreography”. Honoured by the city of Winnipeg with the “Youth Role Model Award”, Eugene is a committed teacher/choreographer never forgetting that he remains a student of dance.
HANNAH ARRAS (CSC-CICB) - INSTRUCTOR Ms. Hannah began her dance studies in Texas studying ballet with a former Bolshoi dancer under the Vaganova method and tap dance. In 2007, she was a trainee with Cor Ignis Dance Company, based out of Juarez, Mexico and toured with the company. She has trained with several professional programs such as the Texas Ballet Theatre, the Chicago Ballet, Ballet Magnificat!, and the Milwaukee Ballet. Ms. Hannah co-pioneered the Ailé Dance Theatre in West Kilbride, Scotland and danced as a member of the company for their first season. Ms. Hannah graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s professional division’s teacher training program in 2016 where she studied the Russian method of ballet, pointe, character dance, modern, jazz (A.D.A.P.T.), and the Cecchetti method of ballet, Advanced II and diploma work. She holds her Associate, CSC-CICB, with the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Ms. Hannah has taught students from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s recreational division and Altona satellite program, and dance studios in Calgary, Alberta. She has taught and performed in Scotland, Mexico, Turkey, and the States. Ms. Hannah studied for her Bachelor of Science in Child Studies (Education) and is a child advocate. Ms. Hannah was a part of YWAM Scotland where she completed a Discipleship Training School, the School of the Word and Spirit., and worked and performed with various dance ministries during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Throughout her travels she has seen how the performing arts break barriers and create community. A passion of Ms. Hannah's is seeing people find healing and freedom through the performing arts as they discover their God-given identity and purpose.
HUNTER LOEWEN - INSTRUCTOR Bio coming soon.
JENNA VOTH - INSTRUCTOR Bio coming soon.
MADI DUECK - INSTRUCTOR Madison Dueck took her first dance class ever with Masterworks back in 2005 and is excited to be back as a teacher years later! She joined Kickit Dance Studio’s competitive program in 2007 until graduating in 2014. During her time there she competed annually in Dance Manitoba, and Canadian National Dance Championships, where in 2013 her team received the 2nd over-all Maple Leaf Award and 1st over-all line group. She competed in Regina at the CanDance Competition and took home 1st place over-all in 2014. In 2016 she began and led a small hip-hop movement dance crew called “Supernatural” in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan through Joe’s Place Youth Centre which centred on creating community and supporting at-risk youth while learning to dance. Since then she has trained in urban hip hop movement and contemporary all over North America, including programs like Build-a-Beast, the summer intensive at Harbour Dance Centre, and The Dance Sessions. She has also dabbled a bit in learning salsa and bachata through Ted Motyka’s Dance Studio, and continues to attend drop-in classes at LIVE dance centre. She is currently a part of Project Dance Company in Winnipeg which is a urban movement dance crew, and will be competing again in various competitions across North America this upcoming year. Madison is also enrolled at University of Winnipeg and in her spare time loves to travel, and when she’s (rarely) in Winnipeg loves to bake cakes and sew.
MONTANA LEHMANN - INSTRUCTOR Bio coming soon.
SAM PENNER - INSTRUCTOR Bio coming soon.
SARAH PYRZ – INSTRUCTOR Sarah started dancing at Masterworks when she was seven years old, and has been teaching for eight years now. Starting in Creative Movement and Mix and Match, Sarah has now moved on to teaching Masterworks Kids Hip Hop and Funky Boyz classes. She has loved the transition, and find that these high-energy classes suit her personality perfectly. Sarah frequently takes her hip hop skills up north, where she puts on dance workshops for youth living on reserves. Sarah is also a leader in the Friday night drop-in program. This program focuses on reaching out to youth in the community, and providing them a fun environment to hang out and worship on Friday nights. Sarah has a passion for working with inner city youth, and is currently in school to get her Bachelors of Social Work.
VICTORIA JAMES - INSTRUCTOR Victoria James founded Masterworks Studio in 1998 after several years teaching at its predecessor, the Celebration Company under Director, Kalyn Falk. Victoria studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern as well as voice, drama and piano since early years in Chicago as well as Hartford Boston, New York. While ballet is a great love, she specialized in jazz and musical theatre, touring in several productions in the Chicago area as well as New England. Her physical health and spiritual search caused her to abruptly leave dance but. years later, having met Jesus and following him as a pastor’s wife, the Lord brought dance back into her life. This time, instead of being wracked with self doubt and eating disorders, Victoria had experienced the love of Christ and saw dance as a means to bring life to others and give glory to God. Victoria also has an extensive vocal training and experience , including singing with the Manitoba Opera Chorus since 1989, has been a soloist in Handel's “Messiah” and other sacred classical works and often sings with her husband and leads Israeli dance as part of their work with Bridges For Peace, where she is the Executive Assistant in the Canadian National office. This Fall she will be leading her second women’s prayer tour to Israel. Victoria is thrilled to see Kristie Sidwall (who was Victoria's Assistant Director) and other former students carrying on the vision and mandate of Masterworks.
JOANNE HWANG - MUSIC THERAPY See Joanne's Bio on the Music Lessons page