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.
KIM HILDEBRAND – ASSISTANT 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 9 years. She instructs teens in all levels of Modern. When she isn't teaching, she is in the office working hard as Assistant Director. Overseeing our Work For Trade Program, organizing the students that get picked up from the neighbourhood to take class, as well as our Friday night drop-in programs are just a few examples of the work she does. Kim is married to her wonderful husband Randall, who is an avid drummer 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. Immersed in the dance community, Kim has worked with Stephanie Ballard’s Landscape Dancing, Odette Heyn Projects with Winnipeg’s Symphony Orchestra, Constance Cooke Company, and has had 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). She is currently in a two year apprenticeship with NAfro Dance Productions and loving it! 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.
TERI-LYNN FRIESEN – DIRECTOR OF MUSICAL THEATRE 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!
MORGAN MARSHALL – DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION, DANCE 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!
AMY WEBB – DANCE 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 – DANCE 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 ALLARD – DANCE 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.
JEN SIWIK – RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS INSTRUCTORJen is thrilled to be back teaching with Masterworks again! Jen started Artistic Gymnastics and Modern Dance at the age of 7, transitioning to Competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics when she was 13. Her involvement in Rhythmic Gymnastics afforded many opportunities to travel representing Manitoba and Canada, including a bronze medal at Canadian Nationals with the Manitoba Provincial Group and a World Gymnaestrada show in Berlin, Germany. Jen started coaching when she was 15 for her gymnastics club and for Mini University summer camps at U of M. Jen was also a dancer and instructor in the opening and closing ceremonies for Pan Am Games Winnipeg 1999. Jen taught five years of Rhythmic Gymnastics and one year Performance Team for Masterworks Studio, then took some time off to raise her lovely daughters. In recent years, Jen has been involved with Masterworks as a dancer, choreographer, “cheerleader” at Manitoba Dance Festival and substitute teacher. Jen has her NCCP Level 3 coaching certification for Rhythmic Gymnastics and works during the day as a Professional Interior Designer.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 NKJV
MICHAL GOERTZEN – DANCE 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!
SARAH PYRZ – DANCE 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.
ALEXANDER GRANT – DANCE 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
KRISTIE ENNS – RECEPTION AND DANCE 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!