What does SHINE spell? Skill, Hard work, Integrity, Nobility, Excellence. The event, which took place on March 7th, showcased the Masterworks students as they prepare for recital, and there was a great turn-out to watch them. Judges were:
-Chelsea Kuik: Professional hip hop artist, tap and musical theatre performer
-Tracy Sterdan: Former rhythmic gymnast with the Manitoba Provincial Team, currently coaches competitive and performance teams and is an internationally certified judge
-Hunter Loewen: Professional Royal Winnipeg Ballet graduate with great training in modern.
They always had something positive to say and something to grow in. Ribbons were awarded to each class for excellence in effort, musicality, teamwork, and entertainment--whichever quality they seemed to stand out in.
Congratulations to everyone on your fine performances! Enjoy the photos (credit: Ken from YFC).
What other projects or artistic ventures are you part of outside of Masterworks?
I am currently an apprentice dancer with NAfro Dance Productions, an African Contemporary dance company in Winnipeg. I am in my first year of a two-year apprenticeship with them. I have been rehearsing with the company Mon-Fri from 9:30-2:30 for the month of February. Our next show is Feb. 28th and March 1st.
I will also be in Ottawa for two weeks at the end of March/early April. I have the opportunity to work under The School of Dance in an emerging artist project. I will be among other emerging dancers working on a small project with an emerging Choreographer.
These opportunities are so exciting to me because it helps me to continue to grow as a dancer which therefore equips me as a teacher.
I love being a part of the dance community, especially in Winnipeg, because it feeds my artistic passion to explore, create, and perform.
What other communities are you part of?
My husband and I attend The Table Church which meets above Independent Jewellers on Notre Dame. We have been going there for four years.
Would you like to introduce your spouse/kids to the Masterworks family?
My husband's name is Randall and we will be coming up on our fifth anniversary this year. We do not have any children nor do we have pets. We have 10 nieces and nephews that we love dearly! Randall works at Thom Bargen Coffee and Tea on Sherbrook. He is also a killer drummer and is always playing music whenever he can.
Anyone you’d like to particularly thank?
I have to, of course, thank Kristie and Teri-Lynn.
Kristie for keeping Masterworks floating over these years. She is the most amazing woman and has the biggest heart I know. Teri-Lynn for balancing us all out and being the superstar that she is. We are very privileged to have them as directors.
A little known fact? Hobby?
I love to knit and crochet in my spare time!
Another small tid-bit is that Randall and I are leaving for Australia in April. We are taking a much needed to trip and will be travelling for four months. I will miss my classes and the people of Masterworks greatly, but DO NOT FEAR because I will be back in September to start up with you all again.
What, would you say, is your overall view of the importance of the arts (in your life and/or in the life of a society in general).
Having the arts is so important to our society because it is what drives our passions and helps us explore what we cannot do on paper or in our heads. It gives a chance for creative expression and I can't help but think of all the beauty that comes from the arts, in any form.
What is your educational background?
I am a recent graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers (2014) and have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Winnipeg.
I completed RWB's teacher-training summer seminar in 2008.
What is your history with Masterworks Studio?
I started taking classes at Masterworks when I was eight years old and continued into my teen years.
What is your position with Masterworks currently?
I am currently an Instructor, the Supervisor of Tuesday nights and the Outreach Co-ordinator.
How long have you had this position? Do you have any other roles?
I have been a teacher at Masterworks for eight years. I started out teaching Hip Hop and then after a few years was teaching Jazz and Modern. As I went through the School of Contemporary Dancers, program I began focusing solely on Modern.
I have been supervising Tuesday Nights for three years and this is my first year in the Outreach Co-ordinating role.
What does your job entail?
If I am not teaching, my job includes making sure our Friday night drop-in programs for inner -city youth are running and doing well. I also set up after school dance programs for schools in the neighbourhood. We currently have teachers teaching at Machray Elementary School and Faraday Elementary School. I co-ordinate workshops for day-cares as well as some homeschooling programs. We are in our second year partnering with St. Aidan's Christian school, which is run out of Inner City Youth Alive and Calvary Temple, serving inner-city kids of about ten different nations presently. Every Friday this group comes to Masterworks to learn Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop from some of our amazing teachers.
What have been some of the highlights for you?
A highlight this year would be seeing a returning student that is in our sponsorship program excelling in his classes. He has been taking Hip Hop for three years and this year was invited to the higher level where he will go to The Manitoba Dance Festival and compete with his class. He also joined art and is involved in our Friday Drop-In program. At the beginning of the year he was so excited that he got to come to YFC three times per week. I love that this has become such a fun and safe place for him.
What is your vision/mission for what you oversee?
I would like to see us teaching in more schools around the neighbourhood and to grow in volunteers so we can offer more free rides and classes to youth in our community.