Staff

Martin Vallée – Artistic Director and Choreographer

Martin Vallée

Martin Vallée was appointed Artistic Director of Kittiwake Dance Theatre in January 2007. Before moving to Newfoundland in 1996, he danced professionally with companies including; the Alberta Ballet, Calgary City Ballet, Banff Festival Ballet, Ottawa Ballet and The National Folk Ensemble, Les Sortileges.

In addition to 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.

His classical dance training was acquired at L’École Supérieure de Dance du Quebec and the Alberta Ballet School.

Martin’s choreographic credits include: Tommy for the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre and Kittiwake Dance Theatre’s productions of The Nutcracker, Snow Maidens, Mermaids of Avalon, Fairie Fey, Sounds Scape, After the Dust Settles, and in October 2018 the premiere of Alice.

Martin was an instructor at the International School of Ballet in Calgary and the School of Dance in Ottawa. In September 1996, he and Jennifer Foley established Dance Studio East, providing one of this province’s first pre-professional ballet training programs.

Jennifer Foley – Associate Artistic Director

Jennifer Foley

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

Amy Collyer-Holmes

Amy Collyer-Holmes, a cellist originally from Toronto, has made Newfoundland her home since 2016.  A Tuckamore Young Artist Program alumna, she performs regularly with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Opera on the Avalon.  Amy received her Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University studying with Wolf Tormann, and completed her Master of Music in Cello Performance & Pedagogy at Memorial University under the direction of Vernon Regehr.  In her time at Queen’s Amy acted as Musical Director for Queen’s Players, Blue Canoe Productions, and Queen’s Musical Theatre.  During her studies at Memorial, she joined Dr. Christine Carter’s work in performance psychology research, and completed the review of a provincial syllabus for music festivals in Newfoundland and Labrador.  In addition to performing and teaching in St. John’s, Amy works as an arts administrator and can be found enjoying the outdoors in her spare time.

Elisabeth Hartling – Apprentice Program Coordinator

Elisabeth Hartling

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.