Jodie Vandekerkhove, Education 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.
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.