Jodie Vandekerkhove, Outreach Coordinator
Jodie Vandekerkhove is a professional artist with extensive training and education in the field of dance, holding a holding BFA (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and MA (University of Alberta, Canada). Jodie’s MA research focused on Ethical Practices for Beginner Ballet Class. The results have been published in Vandekerkhove, J. (2018). At The Barre: Ethical Training for Beginner Ballet Class. In P. Markula & M. Clark (Eds.), The evolving feminine ballet body (pp. 127-150). Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press. She has danced professionally for various choreographers and has performed with Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, KO Dance project, Heidi Bunting, and Mile Zero Dance all over Canada. Jodie has been a presenter for the TEDx Garneau Women event. Jodie appreciates all diverse backgrounds and abilities in dance and appreciates everyone’s unique way of moving. Jodie has a passion for teaching dance and presently is a dance instructor at Concordia University of Edmonton, University of Alberta where she informs students of dance education. As well Jodie is the Outreach Coordinator for Mile Zero Dance in Edmonton, Canada.
Kathleen Hughes, Education Outreach Coordinator
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, she began with ballet training at a very early age, and was later introduced to Modern while attending the dance program at Grant McEwan College. Ms. Hughes then completed her studies at The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. Ms. Hughes co-founded a dance collective called The Aurora Dance Community under the mentorship of Patricia Beatty (Co-founder Toronto Dance Theatre, Member of the Order of Canada). During this time she had extensively produced, choreographed, and performed for this professional collective for five years. In 2005 Kathleen co-founded and became the co-artistic director of Niagara Dance Company, involving an eventful career teaching professional level classes, choreographing and co–producing bi-annual performances. Since 2010, Kathleen has been working out of her home town, hosting several series of graham-based dance classes and teaching modern technique at a variety of studios for dancers of all ages ranging from beginner to advance. Kathleen is very grateful to have the opportunity to work within the MZD Outreach Program along side such an inspiring group of artists.
Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Jeannie Vandekerkhove is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in the contemporary arts. Classically trained in her youth, she studied at Arts Umbrella and Ballet British Columbia’s, Mentor Program. Jeannie has danced professionally in Edmonton, Montreal, and Vancouver and has performed both nationally and internationally for a variety of renowned choreographers. Jeannie continues to develop her own choreographic voice, inspired by the somatic body and intimate/universal human experiences. She can often be found working in collaborative multi-disciplinary dance creations. Jeannie currently teaches with Mile Zero Dance’s Outreach Program in the education systems throughout Edmonton and abroad, as well as independently through all demographics.
Every since he was young Jordan has loved to talk loud, move his body and make his friends laugh. As a dance educator with Mile Zero, he gets to share those passions every day. He has danced professionally as an Edmonton-based performer, and finds teaching to be a highly rewarding experience. He believes in creating a safe space for all dancers to achieve personal growth and wellness. Jordan holds a BFA Drama – Acting from the University of Alberta.
Isabelle has many years of experience on and off stage as a performer, creator and producer of theatre and dance, both in French and English. She is passionate about movement, dance and child development. She has been teaching movement since 2005, and dance since 2013. She was Artistic Director at La Girandole Dance Association from 2015 to 2018, where she has also taught.
She loves working with children as a dance artist in residence at various schools around Edmonton, such as Campbelltown School, J.H. Picard and Michaëlle-Jean. She also works with Foolish Operations, a dance company based in Vancouver who works with families and children.
She is part of the Guild for Embodied Practice since 2005, studying with Judith Koltaï and peers.
She was Artist in residence at L’UniTheatre for two years and is a recipient of the Edmonton Artist Trust Fund.
She is certified in the DANCEPL3Y Kids program, an exciting program to engage children in physical literacy.
She is excited to be part of the Mile Zero Education Team and to teach dance to children and teens!
She is also thrilled to share the disciplines of Authentic Movement and her approach to Syntonics with adults.
Brennan is a theatre and dance artist from Edmonton. He is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts program and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre’s internship program (Brisbane, Australia). He has been involved in more than eighty productions on four different continents. Previous work includes writing and directing all of SmartyPantz Entertainment’s live Escape Room experiences (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary), assistant directing Pericles for Bard On The Beach (Vancouver), performing with Dairakudakan (Tokyo), touring his original plays to nearly every Fringe Festival in Canada, pretending to be a giant moth at Chester Zoo (UK), and playing the corpse of Toby in Lucifer Season 2, Episode 16.
Rebecca is a performing artist, choreographer, and dance instructor based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has choreographed for the Nextfest Festival, Mile Zero Dance, Feats Festival, the Common Ground Found Festival, and Edmonton Fringe Festival. She teaches dance with dancED Movement Projects, the City of Edmonton, and Mile Zero Dance Outreach. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University, and has performed with various theatre companies in Toronto including the Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival, Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, and Creativiva Incorporated. She is passionate about her Métis heritage and has taught Métis and historical dance styles at Fort Edmonton Park. Rebecca is excited to be dancing with Mile Zero Dance, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, and Punctuate! Theatre this upcoming season.
Originally from Finland, Janita came to Edmonton to pursue her MA in dance at the University of Alberta. During her time here, she has been involved in Orchesis as a choreographer and dancer working with Kate Stashko, Kathleen Hughes, and Kathleen Ochoa for several years now. She is the past recipient of Good Women Dance Collective’s contemporary dance scholarship. She has also performed at the University of Alberta in several events under Global Education and TEDxUalberta. Having trained in many different dance styles such as modern, jazz, and street dance in her youth, Janita’s passion lies in contemporary dance, and her most recent training is from a contemporary dance school and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Janita is also a fitness and Pilates instructor, and her master’s thesis research focused on creating less disciplinary training practices for contemporary dancers through Pilates to contribute to their awareness and well-being. Janita instructs fitness classes and teaches dance to children and adults. As a teacher, she values individual backgrounds and is interested to see how dancers explore different movements and find unique ways to relate to them. Janita is excited for the opportunity to work with Mile Zero!