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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For almost 30 years, Kerri has enjoyed both a career as a dance studio teacher, as well as a dance education specialist with Edmonton School Division. Her International Baccalaureate training, in the area of dance, has taken her around the world to obtain a global dance perspective. She has been honored in a variety of capacities; for choreography, for dance education advancement and for excellence in teaching. In 2000, she was chosen as a “Favourite Teacher” by Sylvan Learning Centre and was one of ten finalists for The Edwin Parr Teacher Award for Exemplary First-Year Teaching Performance. She was also chosen as a “Favourite Teacher” by CBC RadioOne and Albert’s Family Restaurant, which led to the filming of a commercial to promote the contest. In 2002, she was hired as a Leadership Team Member to open George P. Nicholson Elementary School and in 2010, opened Edmonton Public’s newest high school, Lillian Osborne. In 2011, Kerri was commissioned by Alberta Education to create a High School Completion Flashmob at Edmonton Center, incorporating over 200 dance students from a variety of Edmonton Public Schools. In 2015, she was honored with a “Teaching in Excellence” award, given to only 20 teachers in the province of Alberta, by Alberta Education, each year.
After having taught in the Dance Programs at Victoria School, the University of Alberta, Vimy Ridge Academy, and Lillian Osborne High School, Kerri moved on to the district level as a K-12 Arts Consultant with Edmonton School Division. She co-wrote all K-12 dance curriculum used by ESD and acquired throughout the province. She currently is working for Alberta Education to develop K-12 Arts Education Provincial Curriculum, specifically in the area of dance. Each spring, Kerri enjoys adjudicating various competitions and festivals across Canada.
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. Some of her most memorable performances with Ballet Edmonton have been Kiera Keglowitsch’s ‘Love Articulated’, Alysa Pires, ‘Herd’, and Wen Wei Wangs’ ‘Last Words’, ‘X-body’ & ‘Le Quattro’
In April 2017, she choreographed her debut professional work, a piece entitled ‘FIVE’ for the company.
During her time with the company – she had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mrs. Stahlbaum in their version of the Nutcracker, and has been a part of many performances with other local arts organizations such as the Edmonton Operas Valentine’s Day Gala, The Kaleido Festival and Opera Nuevo.
In May 2019, Kylee retired from the company as a full-time artist to pursue a career in teaching and explore other choreographic opportunities.
Kylee’s is also a resident teacher at Ballet Edmonton, and a Pilates instructor.