Martin Vallée – Artistic Director and Choreographer
Martin Vallée trained as a dancer at L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec and the Alberta Ballet School. His professional dance experience included solo performances with the Alberta Ballet, Calgary City Ballet, Banff Festival Ballet, Ottawa Ballet and The National Folk Ensemble, Les Sortileges.
In addition to his performances in Canada, Martin’s professional career has taken him to the United States and Europe where he has performed lead roles in: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Coppelia, The Snow Maiden, Cinderella, Carmen, Miss Julie, Spring Waters, Serenade (Balanchine) Four T’s (Balanchine), Glinka Pas de Trois (Balanchine), Cereus (Tudor), Carmina Burana (Butler), Moores Pavane (Limon) Gaite Parisienne (Masine), Les Rendez-vous (Ashton) Jeux de Cartes (McDonald), Pineapple Poll (Cranko), Cats, and various other well known modern repertoire.
Martin was an instructor at the International School of Ballet in Calgary and the School of Dance in Ottawa. Since arriving in Newfoundland, Martin has choreographed Tommy and Kittiwake Dance Theatre’s productions of The Nutcracker, Snow Maidens, Mermaids of Avalon and Reflections.
In September 1996, Martin and Jennifer established Dance Studio East, providing Conception Bay South with its first dance studio and one of the province’s first pre-professional dance training programs. They have now opened their second location, the school of Dance Studio East Professional Division, in Kenmount Business Park, in the hope of making their pre-professional program more accessible to all that would like to pursue a professional dance career.
In January 2007, Martin was appointed Artistic Director of Kittiwake Dance Theatre – the province’s only non-profit dance production company.
Jennifer Foley – Associate Artistic Director
At the age of 9, Jennifer Foley was accepted as a full time student at the National Ballet School of Canada, where she continued her formal training and danced the lead role of Clara in the National Ballet of Canada’s production of The Nutcracker, sharing the stage with the legendary Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn. Jennifer received three IODE scholarships as well as the prestigious City of Toronto Scholarship. Since graduation Jennifer has performed in numerous other productions with the National Ballet of Canada. She was also a soloist with the Alberta Ballet before moving on to Ottawa Ballet under the direction of Frank Augustyn. Jennifer’s teaching credentials include a position at the Mount Royal School of Dance in Calgary and the School of Dance in Ottawa where she completed the Cecchetti Associate Exam through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, Canadian Society Branch.
In September 1996, Martin and Jennifer established Dance Studio East, providing Conception Bay South with its first dance studio and one of the province’s first pre-professional dance training programs. They have now opened their second location, the school of Dance Studio East Professional Division, in Kenmount Business Park; in the hope of making their pre-professional program more accessible to all who would like to pursue a professional dance career. Jennifer was appointed Associate Artistic Director of Kittiwake Dance Theatre – Newfoundland and Labrador’s only non-profit dance production company – in January 2007.
Amy Collyer-Holmes – Administrative Coordinator
Elisabeth Hartling – Apprentice Program Coordinator
NBS-TTP (Dip.), RAD RTS, ADCSC – CICB, AISTD Dip., AISTD, BATD
As a former Kittiwake Dance Theatre company member and summer work placement student, Elisabeth Hartling is delighted to return to KDT as its Apprentice Program Coordinator. Beth graduated with Distinction from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, and is currently writing her dissertation for graduation from the Master of Arts in Dance Education programme of the University of Bath and Royal Academy of Dance. Co-owner of Mount Pearl School of Dance since September 2010, Beth holds teaching qualifications from the RAD, Cecchetti Canada, ISTD, BATD and is also pursuing examinations with the An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. In December 2016, Beth was the sole Canadian panellist and delegate at the international conference in Sydney, Australia, ‘Dance in the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation,’ where she presented her paper, Shifting the power imbalance: How developing student self-assessment within the private sector ballet class contributes to a democratic training environment. Beyond the private sector, Beth co-teaches the Dance for Life with Parkinson’s program in onjunction with the Parkinson’s Society NL, and has been an associate choreographer for TaDA!’s ‘Our Divas do Christmas’ shows since 2014. She is humbled to have been nominated for the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the category of Arts and Culture.
Kittiwake is deeply grateful for the leadership and direction of our Founding Artistic Director, Linda Rimsay.
Linda Rimsay was active in dance and theatre in Newfoundland from when she moved to the province in 1978. Soon after her arrival, she became co-director of Newfoundland Dance Theatre, a position she held until 1986, when she became the founding Artistic Director of Kittiwake Dance Theatre.
Linda’s interest in movement extends well beyond the traditional boundaries of dance as a performing art. She was one of the earliest experimenters with dance as therapy for the mentally ill and over the years she has presented a number of papers and workshops on movement and non-verbal communication.
In June, 2003 she accepted a YMCA -YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, in recognition of her many years of devoted energy to dance and young people in St. John’s. In January, 2007, Linda accepted the position of Outreach Administrator with the National Ballet School in Toronto, where she presently resides.