Martin Vallée – Artistic Director and Choreographer
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
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 now operate the school of Dance Studio East Professional Division, in Kenmount Business Park, offering a pre-professional program to those who would like to pursue a professional dance career. Jennifer was appointed Associate Artistic Director of Kittiwake Dance Theatre in January 2007.
Lydia Reid – Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator
Lydia Reid is a Memorial University student pursuing her Bachelor of Commerce (co-op) program working as our Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator for her first Work Term position. She plans to complete a minor in Psychology while completing the Commerce program. Lydia grew up in the town of Conception Bay South and danced for over 10 years with Jill Dreaddy Dance Co. She took classes in a variety of styles, from jazz and hip-hop to ballet, pointe and tap. She was also a part of Jill Dreaddy’s Performing Group for the 2015-2016 dance season where she trained weekly and performed monthly. Lydia was accepted to attend Canada’s National Ballet School’s Take the Lead workshop in Toronto in February of this year, where young women from across the country learn leadership development through dance.
When she is not busy working or in school, Lydia loves to travel. She feels lucky to travel to Europe, through parts of North and South America, as well as to Europe and Asia. Lydia has flown to watch two Paralympic games so far in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016 and to PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. She is planning to watch the 2022 Paralympic Games, taking place in Beijing, China. Lydia is set to graduate from the Commerce program in April of 2022 and then aspires to complete her MBA.
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