After having produced and performed more than 200 solo concerts and numerous independent tours in Canada and the United States, dancer and artist Jolene Bailie will visit the HWS dance department as a guest artist on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Students will have the opportunity to study modern dance under the highly-praised artist as Bailie offers master classes in dance technique via the Advanced Modern Dance class, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and the Intermediate Modern Dance class, from 10:10 to 11:40 a.m. These master classes are open to all students at no charge.
Described by Victoria Times’ art columnist Adrian Chamberlain as “A world-class talent,” Bailie has stunned audiences from her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, to New York City for the past five years as a unique and daring solo performer. Self-motivated and ambitious, her projects are invested with mystery, integrity and intimacy and are viewed with respect by the local and national dance community.
Bailie began her formal dance training with Barbara Daurie and continued her studies at The School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program, from which she graduated in 2000. Bailie has been the recipient of awards from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Arts Council, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Dance Manitoba and The Limón Foundation. In 2001, she was awarded The CIBC World Market Award for Creativity and Innovation for her choreography for The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Program. She holds a B.A. Honors Degree in Theatre, the Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence from The University of Winnipeg and a Teaching Certificate from The Royal Academy of Dance.
Well-respected for her education activities and teaching expertise, Bailie taught in numerous schools in Winnipeg and across Canada, with her teaching being largely influenced by Bill Evans. She has been a key faculty member of The School of Contemporary Dancers faculty since 1997, teaching classes in all levels of the school and annually preparing students for exams and performances. In 2005, Bailie initiated a project-based mentorship called SURGE.
As an ensemble dancer, she has also worked with Trip Dance Company, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Ruth Cansfield Dance, Gaile Peturrson-Hiley and Stephanie Ballard. Bailie continues to further her own training on a regular basis with technique classes, workshops and seminars.
Those who are interested in participating in the class should e-mail Cadence Whittier, associate professor of dance, at email@example.com; spectators are welcome and do not need to notify Whittier. The event is free for HWS students, staff and faculty.