Company in New York. Ms. Mendes was awarded the Orchesis modern dance scholarship from the University of Alberta and the Mavador scholarship for excellence in ballet instruction from London England. Ms. Mendes graduated out of University with a Masters of Arts in physical education with a specialization in dance and earned a teaching diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers Dancing. Ms. Mendes taught for the Vimy Ridge Professional dance program for eight years and instructed a teacher’s modern course in hopes of inspiring teachers to reach their potential both technically as well as creatively. She has adjudicated the World Track and Field auditions in 2000 as well as across Western Canada. Currently, Ms. Mendes is the Artistic Director/Co-Owner of SGSDance, a faculty member at MacEwan University teaching a variety of dance disciplines and an examiner for the international progressions and junior grades ballet syllabus. Ms. Mendes is consistently training. She holds her level 3 Alixa Flexibility certification as well as trains in the U.S. to stay current in the latest contemporary trends with top industry professionals.
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Kylee Hart – ARAD, RAD RTS
Kylee was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She began dancing at the age of six, with most of her formal ballet training at the Grande Prairie Dancer’s Academy under the direction of Nancy-Marie Rigler. She completed all of her RAD vocational exams including her Advanced 2 with distinction. She spent many summers at Ballet Austin, the Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto.
Upon graduating high school, Kylee moved to Vancouver to join the Goh Ballet Youth Company before signing a contract as company dancer with Ballet Edmonton in 2014. Kylee has performed new creations by Wen Wei Wang, Alysa Pires, Josh Beamish, Gioconda Barbuto and many others. She has also been a guest artist with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers as the Sugar Plum Fairy in their version of The Nutcracker. In April 2017, she choreographed her debut professional work, a piece entitled FIVE.
In May 2019, Kylee retired from the company as a full-time artist to pursue a career in teaching and explore other choreographic opportunities and is now a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Kylee’s is also a resident teacher at Ballet Edmonton, and a Pilates instructor