Artistic Ministry Director
In her younger years, Kristie trained at the RWB in a variety of styles in the intensive program. She studied under great artists; Brenda Gorlick, Sofia Costantini, Patti Caplett, and Jacqui Ladwig to name a few.
As a young adult Kristie pursued her passion for dance with the Senior Professional Program with Contemporary Dancers. Working with Odette Graziella, Stephanie Ballard, Faye Thomson and Brent Lott. Kristie graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her Bachelor of Arts Degree Majoring in Dance, however, Kristie believed that there was even more to dance.
With her love for the Lord,she followed His leading and took a discipleship training program in South Africa. When she returned, she had a clear understanding that dance was a beautiful expression of worship and could be used powerfully to share the love and truth about Jesus. She joined Masterworks Studio as a modern and creative movement teacher in 2001 and has taught every year since.
In 2002 she founded Ruah dance company working with Alessandra Enns and Ruth Ruttan. Performances included "Everything but the Kitchen Sink", special feature piece with Musician Ben Reimer and more.
In 2004 she took on the role of Creative arts Director at The Meeting Place, working with amazing volunteers and staff at creating meaningful Sunday services.
Kristie's love for dancers grew and her understanding of God's purpose for dancers and worship became clearer.
In 2008 Kristie became the Director of Masterworks.
In 2013 she humbly and with thanksgiving received the Future Leader of Manitoba Award.
With the support of mentors and hard work of an amazing staff she has developed the local outreach program, the missional outreach programs, the mentoring programs, Assistant teacher training program, the implementing of Cecchetti Ballet syllabus, the resurrection of the dance Company Ruah and is currently working on the post-secondary program Surfacing.
Valuing the call to sharpen her skills, Kristie has joyously been a dancer in The Prairie Dancers Company for over three years.
"My heart is for everyone to see how amazing Jesus is, through the power of His love shown through dance, arts and in authentic community. My goal is to give everyone an opportunity to explore His calling, whether it be recreationally or professionally."
Hannah Arras CSC-CICB
Head of Ballet and Pedagogy
Ms. Hannah has extensively trained in tap and ballet. She began her ballet studies in Texas with a former Bolshoi dancer learning the Vaganova method. In 2007, she was a trainee with Cor Ignis Dance Company, based out of Juarez, Mexico and toured with the company. She has studied with several professional intensive programs such as the Texas Ballet Theatre, the Chicago Ballet, Ballet Magnificat!, and the Milwaukee Ballet. In 2010, 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 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. She has worked with students from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s recreational division and Altona satellite program, Masterworks Studio, and has taught and performed in Scotland, Mexico, and the States.
Ms. Hannah also studied with YWAM Scotland where she completed a Discipleship Training School and the School of the Word and Spirit. She studied for her Bachelor of Science in Child Studies (ECE) at Post University. She is a passionate child advocate and enjoys sharing her knowledge in early child education and child development with others.
Throughout her travels she has seen how the performing arts break barriers and bring healing to people from every walk of life. Ms. Hannah’s heart is to see people find healing and freedom through the performing arts as they discover their God-given identity and purpose.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15v13
Theology Department Coordinator
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. During the Pan Am Games Winnipeg 1999 Jen was a dancer and instructor in the opening and closing ceremonies. Her coaching qualifications include NCCP Level 3 coaching certification and M1 certification through Acrobatic Arts. 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. She believes dance can be used to powerfully communicate the truth from God's Word and to share testimonies of His faithfulness.
Jen is thrilled to be coordinating the theology component for Surfacing. She believes that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God, and its truth is incredibly good news for all people. She is excited to explore with the students through guest lecturers what it means to share the good news with our city, our country, and beyond. "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8 NKJV
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” John 3:17 NKJV