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.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Kathleen began with ballet training at a very early age, and was later introduced to Modern while attending the dance program at Grant MacEwan College. Ms. Hughes then completed her studies at The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. Since 1995 she has worked with Canadian dance artists such as Patricia Beatty, Terill McGuire, Graham McKelvie, Naoko Murakoshi, Elizabeth Chitty, and Nicole Fougere. In 1999, 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, at which point had 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 as the Founder and Artistic Director of Kathleen Hughes Dance Association, developed productions of dance and hosted several series of Graham-based dance classes. Kathleen has had the honour of being the guest Choreographer for Orchesis Motif in 2013, as well as the choreographer for the musical production of Voy Soñando, Voy Caminando presented in September 2013.
Maggie Bennett is an independent dance artist who joined the Mile Zero Outreach program in 2015. Her dance studies began at a young age, with a range of experience in classical ballet, modern technique, contact improvisation and somatic based forms. She obtained her BA in Dance Studies from Columbia College of Chicago, and continues to investigate contemporary dance both here and abroad. As a performer, teacher and, ongoing student, she enjoys sharing her love of dance with diverse populations and communicating through movement.
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.