2018 Competition Specialists


 

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SARAH BREWER-CLOWES – Ballet

Sarah has been a teacher for over 35 years, regularly here in B.C., as well as guest teaching in Europe, America and across Canada. She held the position of Assistant Ballet Mistress to the Professional Program in Banff for three summers, a sessional faculty position at Simon Fraser University for four years, as well as a senior faculty position at Main Dance Place for a decade. She held a senior faculty position at Spotlight Dance Centre for eight years as well as being the Senior Ballet teacher with Spiral Dance Co. for 25 years and for the past eight seasons, she continues to be the Contemporary and Senior Ballet teacher at Tri-City Dance Center. Sarah also regularly guest teaches throughout the Lower Mainland, most notably for Joanne Pesusich’s The Source Dance Company. Sarah has also been choreographing professionally for over 25 years.

In the past two decades, Sarah has had the pleasure of adjudicating dance festivals throughout Canada, including two consecutive Provincial competitions, in Victoria and Nelson, B.C.
Sarah Brewer Clowes has danced professionally with the Munich Ballet in Germany, Northwest Florida Ballet in the U.S. as well as with the Banff Festival Ballet and The Vancouver Opera here in Canada. She has maintained an independent performing career since 1989 and has had the pleasure of working with such esteemed choreographers as Gioconda Barbuto, Cori Caulfield, David Earle, Naomi Lefebvre, Crystal Pite and Wen Wei Wang. Sarah also co-produced, choreographed and performed in the Funky Brewster Cauling PULSE presentation at the Dance Centre in 2007 to sold out audiences. Sarah loves the passionate expression that sharing dance as a teacher, choreographer and performer can offer.


 

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KRISTINA LINDEN – Tap

Born and raised in Vancouver, Kristina began performing at a young age and soon developed a passion for the stage. She was seen as a principle tap dancer in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics and has been an opening act for American recording artist, Mya. Her television credits include: The X-Files, Hellcats and Psych. Theatre credits include: Graziella in West Side Story (Vancouver Playhouse), Singin’ in the Rain (Tuts), Anything Goes (Metro), 42nd Street (RCMT), featured tap dancer in the Vancouver Spring Show (Queen Elizabeth Theatre). Kristina is currently the Artistic Director of TapCo, a company based out of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and has been a faculty member for the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival. She has performed in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Barcelona, and Germany. Kristina has been heavily influenced by many tap greats such as: Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Jeni LeGon, and Dr. Harold Cromer, to name a few. Having studied education in University, Kristina is a passionate dancer, choreographer, and teacher who shares her love for performing and creating every chance she gets!


 

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BRENNA McLAUD-BICHARA – Jazz & Contemporary

Brenna McLaud-Bichara was born in New York where she gained an extensive dance background from some of the best fine arts establishments in the country including The Ailey School, Broadway Dance Center, New York Institute of Dance and Education, Lou Conte Dance Center, and Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, IL where she trained on scholarship as the youngest recipient in the history of the company. McLaud-Bichara began her professional career with a two-year tour with RCL Productions where she performed and toured Broadway shows such as Tommy, Hair, Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity and the world-renowned, award-winning Grease.

McLaud-Bichara went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Dance from The School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Here she was chosen to perform works by great Canadian choreographers such as Serge Bennathan, Paul Andre-Fortier, and the newly appointed Artistic Director of Ballet BC, Emily Molnar. She has worked with companies such as Wen Wei Dance, Move:the company, dancersdancing, and Full Performing Bodies. She also had the privilege of being featured in recent works created by Chenguin Wei for the EDAM dance series and Henry Daniel for Dancing on the Edge.

In 2011 McLaud-Bichara spent time in New York at The Ailey School working alongside Anna-Marie Forsyth, co-founder of the Ailey Fordam BFA Program and head of the Horton department at The Ailey School, completing the Horton Pedagogy Program for teachers. McLaud-Bichara’s profound love of the Horton technique has grown over the years and her ability to share this wonderful technique has been a true gift for her dancers at The Landing Dance Centre.

Through recent years Brenna’s career in the dance world has turned a corner onto the educational route. She has dedicated herself toward providing the most valuable information and experience possible to aspiring dancers who are on a professional path. This has led her to adjudicate throughout Canada at various festivals and competitions, teach and organize master classes for all ages of aspiring professionals, build/grow and direct her own dance school, as well as co-found the summer training program Vancouver Global Dance Project. Brenna puts her whole self into everything that she does, and number one on the list is facilitating the growth and development of inspired young dancers.

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