Melinda began her dance training at Generation Dance Studio. At the age of fifteen Melinda was one of two Canadians chosen out of hundreds of dancers from the United States to take part in a six week US National Tour with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan. At seventeen Melinda moved to Vancouver where she became a member of The Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. Performing in such shows as: "Zig or Zag…" "The Choice is Yours", "Scratch That", "Grease", "Fashion Music Arts Awards" and "For the Love of it". She has won and received numerous awards and scholarships for her dance and chorography abilities. Winning the 2009 Young Choreographer award at Edmonton’s American Dance Awards for her contemporary group number called “Walk the Line.” Recently receiving an outburst of accolades for her piece "Come Home" a tribute to Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Woman, Melinda is a fabulous choreographer. Melinda is also an up and coming young playwright who’s play "Rez In The City" has been showcased two years in a row at Native Earths Performing Arts Wessageechak Theatre festival in Toronto; Along with Cross Currents at Factory Theatre in Toronto. A Graduate of Toronto Media and Film College she has previously worked on the first season of "BLACKSTONE", on Showcase and APTN in early 2011. Many people say this young woman has a very bright and promising career ahead of her.
Jenna began her dance training right here in Fort McMurray and is so proud to be sharing her passion with the young artists of our community. Jenna has had extensive training in many genres of dance over the past 17 years including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary. Her most recent love is choreographing. She has been choreographing competitively and non-competitively for four years. Being a choreographer allows her tell stories and to watch the hard work of her and her dancers really come to life. It truly is such a special way to express yourself. Over the years Jenna has won many awards at competitions across Canada for her dancing. At seventeen, Jenna moved to Vancouver, BC and danced with The Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne and Alex Pesusich for two seasons. During this time she had the opportunity to work with some of North America’s top choreographers and perform in many shows including, “Stories From The West Side”, “Finding Wonderland”, “ IYI Dance Inspired”, “Under One Roof”, “ Van City Project” and “The Breakthrough Movement, NYC”. Most recently, Jenna had the pleasure of choreographing for Keyano Theatre’s Drama Force, in their production of “Peter Pan Jr.”
Generation Dance Studio
401-8600 Franklin Ave
Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
780-791-3868 - fax
We are located in the lower level of the River City Center