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.
Jenelle was introduced to the world of dance at the age of 5 and has been hooked ever since. She completed her Advanced Jazz and Tap CDTA examinations as well as her Grade 8 RAD Ballet examination while in highschool. She has attended several dance workshops throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta as well as competed in several competitions. She has studied many different forms of dance over the years such as musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and pointe. Jenelle has a degree in Psychology and Linguistics and has experience and training working with individuals with special needs, especially Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been teaching a variety of classes over the last few years and taught as well as assisted with Fada last year. Jenelle is excited to get the chance to share her enthusiasm and energy with the kids of Fada again!
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 second year of university at the University of Regina in the Faculty of Education (secondary program). Her major area of focus is in mathematics with a minor in dance education. Teaching is certainly where her heart is. Emily is thrilled to be a part of the FadaDance community and is excited to work with and inspire young dancers.
Meredith studied Modern and Contemporary dance for eight years at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at the University of Regina. Using her expertise, Meredith was selected as an Artist in Residence for three years teaching in five different schools in Melville, Saskatchewan. She has been involved in several Arts Smarts School projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan and taught in the Young Children’s Program at the Conservatory of Performing Arts for five years. Meredith currently works predominantly with Early Childhood and teaches at the Early Learning Centre- a unique preschool using a strong creative process foundation from the Reggio Emilia Approach.
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.
Garrett started dancing at the age of 5 taking traditional Chinese dance classes at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. Garrett became more involved in dance when he started to working with the Regina Lions Band in 1999. After the many years he spent there as a musician and dancer he performed with Allegiance Elite Drum Corps in Calgary, Alberta. In 2009 he found his true expression through Contemorary Modern Dance, which he continues to study and practice at the University of Regina. Through the Dance Education program Garrett had the privilege of being part in the 2012 daCi (Dance and the Child International) conference in Taipei Taiwan. In the upcoming year Garrett will be completing his Bachelor of Education as a Dance major and will be the second student from the University of Regina to graduate from the Bachelor of Dance program. Garrett hopes to be teaching in the upcoming conference in Copenhaguen 2015 to expand his knowledge as a dancer.