Bravo Dance Co. was founded in 2016 in Martensville, SK as a premier dance studio for children to learn, grow, and excel at dance while participating in an atmosphere that is supportive, pressure-free, and purposeful. Founder and Artistic Director, Meagan Barabash, saw the need to bridge the gaps for the bedroom communities North of Saskatoon. Fulfilling and purposeful dance classes, age and skill appropriate lessons that help to develop and challenge students, as well as small-town, personal service is what BDC intended to provided. The team has done this and more, becoming an award winning dance school, winning awards and being recognized for not only their dance teams and choreography, but also their business operations.
Dance should be a place where children are excited to go - where they get to learn, socialize, and feel like a part of a team. This is the goal at Bravo Dance Co.
Not only are dancers taught dance skills and technique, but also lifelong skills and qualities such as teamwork, self-confidence, self-awareness, and work ethic. Dancers are taught by a staff that has incredible experience in all genres of dance from ballet to tap to hip hop and even Ukrainian dance!
Everyone should not only get the chance to experience dance, but should also get to experience dance at the Bravo Dance Co.
Bravo Dance Co. not only has an experienced and knowledgeable staff, but also instructors who support and foster growth and relationships with the dancers. Our staff is fluent in teaching and performing the following genres:
The dance studio is a place where students make friends, have fun, and learn an incredible art form. Bravo Dance Co. welcomes both recreational and competitive dancers as everyone, we believe, should have the opportunity to express themselves, learn, make friends, and experience the world of dance!
The Bravo Dance Co.'s mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and purposeful environment for all dancers to achieve their goals, make friends, and gain the qualities to excel in all areas of their lives.
TEAM OF EDUCATORS
Not only is our staff at Bravo Dance Co. a group of experienced dancers, performers, mentors, and instructors, they also bring incredible experiences, knowledge, and backgrounds to each and every class. Dancers are constantly mentored, challenged, and encouraged in class with our fantastic instructors.
MISS MEAGAN BARABASH
With two decades of experience behind her, Miss Meagan has enjoyed a constantly evolving dance career. Her desire to share her love of dance with others came naturally at a young age as she began as a teaching assistant at her dance studio. Meagan has been granted the opportunity to continue teaching in Saskatoon and area throughout the years, sharing dance with students ages two through 18 in various genres, and becoming an award-winning choreographer. Studying syllabi including RAD, CDTA, and ADAPT, Meagan offers great knowledge and expertise to her students. In addition to her dancing and teaching background, Meagan has choreographed for national productions including the Miss Teenage Canada pageant.
As Saskatchewan’s Top Entrepreneur 2017, WESK’s Emerging Entrepreneur 2018, and finalist for WMBEXA New Business of the Year, SABEX Entrepreneur of the Year, and ABEX Young Entrepreneur awards Miss Meagan is also incredibly passionate about becoming a leader in her community.
She is excited to begin a new season in a studio that cares so much about the student’s individual needs and not only as dancers. She feels deeply about not only sharing her years of knowledge and experience in dance with her students, but also in providing the best environment for students, parents, and community members.
Miss Meagan will be teaching the following classes for the 2021/2022 Dance Season: Shooting Stars A, Shooting Stars B, Shooting Stars C, Ballet 2, Ballet 5.
MISS BAILEY DOUCETTE
Miss Bailey began dancing at the age of three at La Danse School of Dance Arts in Saskatoon. Since the age of eight she has competed in various provincial dance competitions and received numerous awards regarding her performances as a competitive dancer. Having trained in the disciplines of Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, and Hip Hop, her passion for Hip Hop was the greatest. She discovered her love for choreographing throughout her years of training, and was given the opportunity to teach dance and perform at her elementary and secondary schools at a young age. An award-winning choreographer, Miss Bailey is now entering her fourth year of teaching in formal dance studios, while she continues to train and perform.
She hopes that her love of dance will allow her students to grow and learn in a positive, fun, and hardworking environment. She looks forward to a great season at Bravo Dance Co.!
Miss Bailey will be teaching the following classes for the 2021/2022 Dance Season: Rec Hip Hop 2A, Rec Hip Hop 2B, Hip Hop 2, Hip Hop 3, Hip Hop 4, Hip Hop 5, Contemporary 3 and Contemporary C+
MISS BAILEY GITZEL
Bailey began dancing at La Danse School of Dance in Sasktoon. She had the opportunity to further her dance training by attending competitions, intensives, conventions and workshops all over Canada and the United States. Some notable experiences include Tremaine Summer Dance intensive (LA), WCA Dance Worlds 2019 (Orlando), Quinte Ballet School summer intensive (Toronto), VIP dance events (Calgary), and Harbour Dance Centre intensives (Vancouver). Upon beginning her first year of university, she joined the USask dance team for its inaugural 2018 season, and has been a member since. More recently, she has found a love for teaching dance thanks to opportunities at We Move and Bravo Dance Centre. She is now finishing a Kinesiology degree at the University of Saskatchewan with a passion for health and fitness with hopes of pursuing a career in the medicine.
Miss Bailey will be teaching the following for the 2021/2022 Dance Season: Pre-Pointe/Pointe, Ballet 1B, Ballet 4, Ballet 3, Pre-Ballet 1B
MISS JILL KLASSEN
Miss Jill is so very excited to be joining the Bravo Dance Co. team for the upcoming season. She has been dancing for 16 years and teaching for 5. Last year, Miss Jill completed her advanced jazz exams with CDTA and achieved my advanced 2 ballet exam with the RAD. I also have a growing passion for acro, and have my module 1 and 2 certifications with acrobatic arts. This year I will be continuing at the university of Saskatchewan pursuing a bachelor of commerce. I cannot wait for a new season and everything this year will have to offer. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing studio!
Miss Jill will be teaching the following classes for the 2021/2022 Dance Season: Ballet 1A, Tech 1, Tech 2, Tech 3, Tech 4, Acro 1A, Acro 2A, Acro 3, Acro 4, Jazz 1
MISS JILL MARTIN
Jill danced for a total of 14 years in what seems like every style under the sun both recreationally and competitively; Jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, hip hop & ballroom. She has trained, competed and performed at various places throughout North America with industry professionals from the company of Wicked, So you think you can dance and the Step Up franchise.
In high school, Jill began cheerleading and was a part of the University
of Saskatchewan Cheer Team but found her true love with Pom which blended the best of both the dance world and the cheer world.
She has taught dance for 7 years both recreational and competitive, coached competitive pom for 5 years and additionally coached scholastic and all star cheerleading as well. She is the co-founder of the University of Saskatchewan Dance Team and has been the head Pom coach for the past 3 years. Coaching is her passion and she is so excited to be a part of the Bravo family and to make this season a blast!
Miss Jill will be teaching the following classes for the 2021/2022 Dance Season: Musical Theatre 2, Musical Theatre 3, Pom 1, Pom 2, Pom 3.
MISS JORDYN NACHTEGAELE
Miss Jordyn is from North Battleford and grew up dancing at The Dance Connection, starting from the age of 3. She has been competing since the age of 7, and her favourite styles of dance include hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, and tap!
Miss Jordyn is a dancer on both the USASK Pom Team and the Saskatchewan Rush Electric Crew. She is currently a third year Marketing major at the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. She plans to apply to the College of Law after completing this degree.
Miss Jordyn is very excited to be teaching at Bravo Dance Co. and to be a part of the team!
Miss Jordyn will be teaching the following classes for the 2020/2021 Dance Season:
Hippity Hoppers (P), Tippity Tappers (P), Shooting Stars B (P), Jr Musical Theatre (C), Jr Contemporary (C), Sr Contemporary (C)
MS KAREN CRELLIN
Ms. Karen began Ukrainian dancing at age 4 with a group local to her hometown. Throughout her dancing career, she has competed in various Ukrainian dance competitions in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba and had the benefit of being taught by many great instructors who instilled in her a love of this tradition of dance. Ms. Karen began teaching Ukrainain dance in high school and has taught at a variety of different clubs both within Saskatchewan and outside the province. She is knowledgeable in many regional dances and enjoys working with dancers of all ages.
Ms. Karen is very excited to be back at BDC and is looking forward to a great dance year!
Ms Karen will be teaching the following classes for the 2020/2021 Dance Season:
Primary Ukrainian (P), Pre-Inter Ukrainian, Inter Ukrainian, Sr Ukrainian, Adult Ukrainian
MISS MADISON BURNS-NEWBERRY
Miss Madison first began dancing at Lanigan Dance Dynamics, a small but highly competitive studio located about two hours southeast of Martensville. Here, she stepped into her first ballet class at the age of three. Immediately she was obsessed with dance. While dancing with her team in Lanigan, she competed in ballet, jazz, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and (her favourite) TAP! Miss Madison has danced for over 15 years and has completed CDTA Tap exams , RAD exams in Ballet, and ADAPT Jazz exams. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to Saskatoon to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Science at the University of Saskatchewan. While taking classes at the UofS and teaching dance, , she was lucky enough to be apart of the inaugural year of the USask Dance Team. She is now in her second year of University and she is striving toward a degree in Nutrition. Madison is thrilled for the opportunity to be back at Bravo Dance Co this season!
Miss Madison will be teaching the following classes for the 2020/2021 Dance Season:
Sr Jazz (C+), Jr Jazz (C), Pre-Int Tap (C)
MISS MIA SCHEWAGA
Mia Schewaga has been involved in the dance community for the last 20 years. Originating from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan she grew up dancing competitively at both The Performing Arts Warehouse and Bold Dance Productions. She studied RAD and CDTA (Jazz and Tap) curriculum and currently is a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (Jazz Division).
Miss Mia competed all over Western Canada and has won multiple awards and scholarships for dancing as well as her choreography. She has had the opportunity to perform in commercials across North America, dance alongside the Moscow Ballet in ‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ as well as dance as a member of the Saskatchewan Rush Dance Team in 2016. Currently Miss Mia spends her free time as the Jazz Head Coach for the University of Saskatchewan Dance Team.
Miss Mia could not picture her life without dance and is so excited to be able to share her passion and knowledge with her students this upcoming season!
Miss Mia will be teaching the following classes for the 2021/2022: Lyrical 1, Lyrical 2, Lyrical 3, Pre-Ballet 1A, Jazz 2, Jazz 3, Jazz 4 and Jazz 5.
MISS NICOLE RAULT
Miss Nicole began dancing at the age of 4 at Envisions Dance Club in her hometown. She trained and competed in a variety of styles such as: Jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, contemporary and hip-hop. Miss Nicole has also trained with Sole Performance Studios and finished off her later training at DK Dance Visions. Miss Nicole went on to continue competing and choreographing solos and duets after high school - mainly in jazz, lyrical and tap. During this time she also had the pleasure of teaching at St.Brieux Dance Club and DK Dance Visions. Over the years Miss Nicole has attended many workshops as a student and teacher all over the province, and has won various awards for her dancing and choreography. Miss Nicole also has her Bachelor of Social Work and works in Health Care! She is extremely excited to be joining the team at BDC this season and looks forward to sharing her love and passion for dance with everyone!
Miss Nicole R will be teaching the following classes for the 2020/2021 Dance Season:
Jr Lyrical (C), Sr Lyrical (C), Pre-Int Jazz (P), Int Musical Theatre (C)
MISS SHELBY SAWATZKY
Miss Shelby has been in love with dance since the age of 4. She is a certified Royal Academy of Dance exam teacher and Member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (Jazz & Acrobatic Division). She grew up in the Town of Watrous and began teaching there in 2009. She’s also had experience teaching at various other studios in Saskatchewan.
Ballet is Miss Shelby's favourite dance discipline. She’s had the opportunity to dance two summers at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, dance in Moscow’s Swan Lake, and loves Latin dancing at the Central American Pavilion at Folkfest.
Currently, she keeps busy during the day chasing after her two boys, Teo & Tre. They are everything to her,and she hopes to teach them to dance one day.
Miss Shelby is excited to join the BDC team this fall! She encourages the students to bring their joy for dancing & passion to learn!
Miss Shelby will be teaching the following classes for the 2020/2021 Dance Season:
Sr Ballet (C), Inter Ballet (C), Pre-Inter Ballet (C), Ballet (C+)