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Our Ballet/Modern Adjudicator for 2018 is Renée Salsiccioli
Renée Salsiccioli is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division and Teacher Training Program and holds her Associate designation with Distinction with the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Ms. Salsiccioli received expert mentoring throughout her years at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where she trained under the watchful eyes of many world class instructors and choreographers including Arnold Sphor, Julia Arkos, Galina Yordonava, and David Moroni to name but just a few. During her years in the school and after her graduation, Renee had the honour of performing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Midsummer’s Nights Dream, La Folia, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. She danced professionally with the Alberta Ballet Company and Ottawa Ballet Company.
She has been teaching for the past 22 years in Canada, eight of those years were teaching at the Royal Winnipeg Ballets Professional Division. Many of her students currently have professional careers in the dance field. She has been an arts ambassador on many levels for various communities and has become a highly respected and sought after guest teacher for summer schools and master classes. She loves adjudicating and sharing her knowledge. She is going into her 12th year as Artistic Director of Kootenay DanceWorks in the small ski town of Rossland, British Columbia which has acquired a reputation for consistently high standards of achievement. She has the ability to work with dancers of all ages and levels, having a particular skill of working with children through to professional levels.
A major part of Ms. Renée, as her dancers call her, has been inspired by her love of children, and a desire to help the dreams of others come true. She strives to provide an environment where dancers receive excellent technique and instruction in an air of unbridled love of dance. Her love of children and her passion for dance is the driving force that enables her students to find their own motivation to strive for their personal best!
Our Stage/Street Adjudicator is Kim Sato
Kim Sato feels extremely grateful that she has a long career as a professional street dance artist. She has been the winner of many all styles and locking battles including most recently the Groovemekanix 18th Anniversary (San Fransico), TUDS (Toronto), Sweet 16 (Seattle), Nothing but Flavor (New York), Vancouver Street Dance Festival, the Honour Roll, The Umoja Battle, and Last One Stands (Vancouver). Kim has had the pleasure of judging for many different all styles and locking battles and adjudicating formal stage competitions for street dance, contemporary, jazz and tap. Most recently Kim had the pleasure of judging the 3rd edition of ‘On Point’ a high level 1 vs 1 locking battle in Montreal.
As a professional performer she has toured all around the world to China, Japan, Brazil, Korea, Europe, US and Canada. Highlight credits include working with Heather Dotto on her co-created solo in Small Stages 35, Deanna Peter’s “Cut Away”, touring Europe with Uzume Taiko ensemble, playing “Al Star” in the “Groovaloos” (LA) show, touring all around the US as a tap dancer in Rhythmatix and working in film and television choreographing “The Possession” and dancing in “Warrior’s Gate”, “Witches of Eastend”, “Further Adventures in Babysitting”, “Rags, “Hellcats”, “Spectacular”, “Kickin’ it Old Skool”, “Another Cinderella Story”, “Centre Stage 2”, and “The L Word”.
Receiving her first BC Arts Council project grant, Kim was thrilled to have the support to create a new piece on what it means to battle and also have the professional organization, New Works, present it. The new full-length piece titled “Into the Tao” explores a mix of taiko drumming with a scratch DJ and 8 street dance artists.
Kim has been teaching for over 23 years and is happy to have completed her 4th semester of teaching CA 120, a 3-credit course in Hip Hop and Funk styles dance at Simon Fraser University. Kim continues to passionately direct and lead Project Soul, the professional street dance collective that has been touring for the past 9 years through the Artstarts in Schools Program. She is excited to keep challenging herself as an artist, educator, artistic director, choreographer, producer and dance advocate as long as she possibly can.