Misty Wensel is a collaborator, dancer and choreographer with the innovative and whimsical FadaDance troupe. Dancing with this trio feeds her creative spirit and nurtures her life, while affording her the opportunity to create hilarious, surprising and breathtaking works of contemporary dance.
Misty, a University of Regina graduate with a B. Ed in Arts Education, majoring in Dance, has been sharing her craft with students and peers for over a decade. In 2004, Misty established FadaDance, a contemporary dance school, the first of its kind in Regina, SK. Since then, she has had the opportunity to train and inspire dancers of all ages, while creating a platform for her troupe and her students that is truly unique. Her work with the troupe and the youth company of FadaDance has taken her to stages, festivals and workshops across Canada, and as far as Jamaica and Brazil. Her art is her life’s work, and after ten years of working as a high school drama and arts educator, Misty now has the freedom to focus completely on the FadaDance revolution. Her love of boundary-pushing creative dance is infectious and exciting.
As a solo artist, Misty has become recognized for her ability to fuse Kathak into an original breed of contemporary work. Currently she is refining this body of Kathak-influenced work in collaboration with Joanna De Souza of M-Do/Toronto Tabla Ensemble.
Heather devotes her life to teaching, dancing and choreographing contemporary dance. In 2005 she completed, with distinction, a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montreal. Upon graduation she traveled to Germany to present her quirky and theatrical one-woman show, Boney Bones, at Arena, an international festival of dance and theatre.
A prairie gal at heart, Heather returned to the plains to join the revolution know as FadaDance. The last 6 years of her life have been focused on developing the creativity and technique of both male and female dancers from the ages of 4 to 40, and, of course, creating with the professional company, The FadaDance Troupe.
The few rare moments when Heather isn't involved in some sort of FadaDance mischief, you can find her teaching at the Globe Theatre School or working with students through the Regina Public Schools CREATE program. She also has a constant hankering to collaborate with other multidisciplinary artists. Her most recent cross-discipline collaboration, Honey on Wallpaper, was performed in 2011 at Regina's Globe Theatre in collaboration with Shaunna Dunn (Visual Artist) and Jeff Mortin (Sound Artist).
Heather thrives on living wholesome lifestyle where "living life" and "creating art" are inseparable and indistinguishable activities. She believes that her roll of as an artist is akin to that of an explorer: they exist to venture, play, illuminate, delight and inspire.
Fran has been an instructor/choreographer of both dance and yoga with FadaDance , since it's inception in 2004. She believes that incorporating yoga and meditation practices in the studio helps dancers focus their attention on their bodies and assists in quieting busy minds, thus enabling students to be fully present and authentic in the unfolding of their creative selves.
Fran teaches technique dance classes where strength and flexibility are the focus. The classes are built on a variety of body trainings, which gear the dancer towards developing a healthy, happy body. She also teaches creative dance to the older contingent of Y chromosomes at the studio and offers a Mindful Yoga class once a week to the public, where long held postures and keeping an "explorer's mind" is key!
Her yoga trainings include: Receiving her yoga teacher certification in 2003 in Val Morin, Quebec; Completed an 18 month course in Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre; Received her Level 1 certification from Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe N.M with Tias Little, and is currently enrolled in The Community Dharma Leader Program through Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in Woodacre, CA.
Kendra's journey into dance began when she ignited her love of expression and movement through childhood gymnastics. In adulthood, training in Wushu Kung Fu , rock climbing and Yoga, provided her with the love of fluidity, strength and beauty that called her to dance. Kendra immersed herself in the dance world when she moved to Regina in 2004, firstly with Bellydance, then full steam ahead with Fadadance in 2005. She is thrilled to be teaching children in the Fadadance community.
Emily’s passion for dance started at an early age when she was enrolled in ballet and modern at the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan. For sixteen years, Emily has trained and worked with various artists and choreographers. Her main areas of expertise are in ballet and modern, but she has also experienced many other styles of dance including jazz and flamenco. At eleven, Emily became a member of the YBCS pre-professional dance company, the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan at that time. She found that being a part of the Company extended her love, appreciation, and zeal for dance and also realized that she would love to share this passion with others.
Emily is currently in her fourth year of teaching at the high school level for Regina Catholic Schools. She primarily teaches math, but has dabbled in other subjects such as drama, science, and Christian Ethics. Teaching is certainly where her heart is. Emily has been with FadaDance for six years and she is thrilled to be a part of the community for another year. She is extremely excited to work with and inspire young dancers.
Kris Alvarez is a theatre artist and a Regina monologue. She enjoys a good laugh, a great story, finding magic and sharing creative freedom. Kris has the privilege of facilitating play and creation with all ages. She is humbly reminded by the young people at Globe Theatre School that art can be messy, brave, fresh and authentic. Kris is most excited about her current contributions to Curtain Razors' Board of Directors and to Red Hot Riot for the past year. Kris sings and writes music with her dad and her husband as the trio, The Relative. And with her other family, FadaDance school, she dances and performs in various events.
Kathryn has been working for the past 40 years in the field of dance, theatre and visual arts.
Although dance focused, her training base has been interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her work has toured throughout South America, Egypt, Europe, Australia and Canada. Having worked as set, costume designer, dancer and choreographer, Kathryn then ran her own company (ricketts dance co) in Copenhagen Denmark for the 10 years. She has also run a three-year Accredited Dance Conservatory called The Bridging Program in Vancouver for 10 years.
With her PhD in Arts Education, Kathryn has been integrating her dance practice in both studio and University settings and continues to teach technique, composition, improvisation and dance curriculum in various studios across Canada and in her current position as chair of the dance area in Arts Education at the University of Regina. Her teaching ranges from young children to elderly and finding individual and empowered voice is always at the centre of everything she does.
Belle began dancing with FadaDance in 2007. As a member of the FadaDance Youth Company, Belle traveled to Taiwan (2012) and Denmark (2015) to take part in the Dance and the Child International Conference. She has since transitioned into the role of choreographer, with work featured in Instinctive (2013), Moon Age Daydream (2014), Get on the Bus! (2016), Lo-Fi, Hi-Fi (2017), and T-E-X-T (2018). In Spring of 2016, Belle had the opportunity to work under the direction of Johanna Bundon and Bee Pallomina in the Blanket Folding Project which was showcased in the Stream of Dance Festival: New Works Regina. Her goal as an emerging artist is to inspire and provoke young and old through collaboration, movement, improvisation, and theatre.
Under the mentorship of Meredith LaRocque, Belle began teaching the youngest FadaDancers in 2013. Since then she has gone on to teach a variety of ages and classes at Fada and around the city. Most notably, Belle teaches at the Globe Theatre School as a movement sessional and lead theatre instructor. She is grateful for the wealth of experience and mentorship she has gained thus far.
In 2016, Belle became FadaDance's Administrative Assistant: a role that allows her to support the growing Fada community and apply her knowledge gained from the Hill School of Business. Her favourite time of the week is definitely Business Time.
Starting in Ballet I began dancing at the age of 3 in small town roots. I attended numerous summer schools for dance, notably the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer School and The Yorkshire Ballet School in England. From there I began to explore modern dance, which became my biggest love. I attended the Youth Ballet for my senior years, and then enrolled in the Contemporary Dance Program at Grant MacEwan.
Becoming fascinated with the human body, I continued my studies in massage therapy to further educate myself on how the body moves, what it needs to stay healthy and have it's best performance, and how to prevent and help in the healing process with dance related injuries.
I feel in love with Middle Eastern Dance, joining the tribal style dance group Beduins of the Red Tent. I performed with this group at numerous shows and events. I began teaching others this style, sharing with them the true meaning of Belly Dance and how the fluidity of the body can move and take shape in another form of beautiful expression.
I also work as a Primary Paramedic here in Regina at Regina EMS.
My love of dance has followed me all over the world and the many places I have moved to due to my husbands work. Dance has been one of the most pivotal and influential parts of my life. It's my dream to continue to expose others to enjoyment of dance at any level and any age!
Andrea was introduced into the world of dance 16 years ago, being brought up and trained by many of the current FadaDance teachers. Her main focus has been in contemporary and Highland dance.
She has had the opportunity to travel to 3 of the Dance and the Child International dance conferences.
Recently she received her Associates teaching certificate in Highland Dance. She enjoys working with kids and the energy they have to offer! Her love for dance and children has brought many exciting opportunities over the years. Andrea is more than excited to be able to teach this year while sharing her love for dance!
Kelsea has been happily involved with FadaDance since she was 6 years old. Over the past years her dance training has been strongly influenced by Misty Wensel, Heather Cameron, and Fran Gilboy.
Kelsea was a part of the FadaDance Youth Company since 2008 where she had the amazing opportunity to perform as well as travel to three Dance and the Child International Conferences in Jamaica, Taiwan, and Denmark. Being part of daCi offered her the opportunity to experience different cultures and variant methods of dance expression expanding her knowledge of contemporary dance.
Kelsea enjoys working with young children and is very excited to begin her journey sharing her love of dance with them!
Renée has been dancing at FadaDance since she was twelve, and she is now starting her first year as a teacher. Renée loves working with children and is going into early years education next year so that she can spend her life surrounded by the wee ones. Her dance education has been shaped by Misty Wensel, Heather Cameron, and Fran Gilboy, who have all contributed to her love of dance. Renée has been a part of FadaDance Youth Company since 2012 and had her work featured in the 2018 show. She loves dancing and hopes to share this love of dance and creativity with all of the little ones!