UPSTAGE DANCE CO. & PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Warman's Professional Arts Educators
We have a special focus on qualified arts educators. Our instructors are industry professionals, ensuring the best quality programming with the most experienced and knowledgeable guidance available.
Warman Based Professional Artist
Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap, Contemporary, Drums/Percussion
Mike Mirlin is a driven creator through and through. Before Upstage, Mike held professional contracts with Saskatchewan based dance companies; Free Flow Dance Theatre, Saskatchewan Contemporary Ballet, and Nu-West Dance Theatre, as well as founding and directing his own company, Elements: Power in Creation from 2010-2017. Mike also fronted Sask rock band, Bored, from 2000-2010 as lead singer/drummer.
Mike has international credits as a two-time presenter/performer at the world’s largest Dance Conference, daCi International, in Salvador, Brazil 2003 and The Hague, Netherlands 2006. Mike danced with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, was featured in the Dancing with the Stars tour show, performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Saskatchewan Centennial Gala in 2005 as well as the Canada Day celebration event in London, England 2006.
Mike has over a decade of experience in curriculum based programming as a Dance Arts Educator, traveling to over a dozen Saskatchewan schools in both Catholic and Public systems, and held the Dance Educator position in Saskatoon’s Fine-Arts School, Georges Vanier Elementary from 2010-2015. Mike partners with schools through government grant programs to offer many collaborative performing arts opportunities as Artist in Residence in central and northern Saskatchewan.
Ballet Program Director, Acro, Stretch & Strength
Rae Ann has performed with the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan (Regina), Jeunesse Classique Ballet Company (Calgary), and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. As a dancer with the YBCS, Rae Ann danced leading roles in works by Emily Molnar, Constance Cooke, Joe Laughlin, Ross Brierton, Darlene J. Williams, Elaine Hanson and Connie Moker Wernikowski. Embarking upon a career in modern dance performance in 2005, Rae Ann was a recipient of a grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. She has performed as a modern dance guest artist with the YBCS and with the W.I.P. series in Saskatoon and Regina. Rae Ann taught, rehearsed and co-directed local city dancers for the performance of “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” for The Moscow Ballet company. Rae Ann was a guest teacher for the dance program at Tommy Douglas high school in 2010. Rae Ann also guest taught modern dance in Tisdale, SK. She was a company dancer with Saskatchewan's only professional ballet company The White Birch Ballet Company in Saskatoon from 2009-2010.
Rae Ann trained with Urman Sumen in Calgary before continuing her training with Patti Caplette and Arnold Sphor at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She attended professional summer schools with the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She has also completed her Advanced 2 Examination with the Royal Academy of Dance. Rae Ann holds her Teaching Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance. She taught full time for the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan for five years before recently relocating to Saskatoon. Rae Ann continues to upgrade with the Royal Academy of Dance as new curriculum is presented. She holds a strong belief that continuous training will improve not only herself as a teacher but her dancers as well. Rae Ann has taught for Biggar School of dance & Lanigan Dance Dynamics, and was the ballet and modern instructor at Kristy’s Dance Fusion for three years. In 2011-2012 season Rae Ann taught classical ballet and modern dance for the White Birch Professional Development Program. Rae Ann is currently teaching at Upstage in Warman, as well as Dance Ink in Saskatoon.
Once again, she is tentatively set to be the local director for the Moscow Ballet's The Nutcracker.
Danelle has been involved in the arts since the age of 3, dancing from age 3-8 and starting the sport of Baton Twirling at 4 years of age. As an athlete, Danelle has trained for 21 years; 5 years recreational and 16 years competitive. Danelle has held 12 national titles, 2 grand national titles and competed at 3 International Cup Competitions, 1 Grand Prix competition and 2 World Cups with NBTA and CBTF. Alongside her competitive achievements, Danelle received Sr. Athlete of the year in Saskatchewan in 2015 and the Sharon Holiday Sportsmanship award in 2016.
Not only involved in the sport of Baton Twirling as an athlete, Danelle has also been coaching since the age of 18 with her CBTF level 2 coaches certification. Danelle has coached athletes from the recreational level all the way up to the national level in Baton. Danelle continues her love of the arts and physical activity in the baton & dance world, and also has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and will be continuing into her Masters Degree in Kinesiology at the UofS, studying fall prevention in older adults. Danelle also likes to spend her time helping others with their fitness goals as a Canadian society of exercise physiology (CSEP) certified personal trainer (CPT), and also loves to teach acro with her Acrobatic Arts Level 1 Certification to the students at Upstage Dance Co. in Warman, Sk.
Tap, Jazz, Stretch/Progressions
Emma Danino has been dancing since she was three. She trained in all genres of dance, recently completing her RAD Advanced 1 Ballet Exam. As a performer, Emma has had numerous opportunities including dancing with The Moscow Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, as a day performer and for the halftime show at Saskatchewan Rush and Harlem Globetrotters games. Emma is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor and has completed her first year of ADAPT teacher training. On top of continuing her dance training and teaching, she will be attending the University of Saskatchewan and will remain a member of the U of S Pom Team.
Contemporary, Lyrical, Street Jazz
Stephanie Draeger started dancing at the age of 3, and danced competitively for 14 years. She attended various studios in Saskatoon starting at Pure Energy, moved to Kristy's Dance Fusion, and now continues to enhance her dance training through the instruction of Ashley Berrns and faculty at Dance Ink. Stephanie has competed in many styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Street Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern. She has also competed in solos and duets in these styles for many years. Stephanie has received many awards including titles such as 'Most Promising', 'Most Outstanding', and 'Top Performer' at competitions in Saskatoon, Jasper, Lake Louise, Prince Albert and Edmonton.
As a child, Stephanie enjoyed going to dance conventions and training under as many choreographers as possible in order to gain experience in various styles. She attended conventions in Los Angeles, New York and Edmonton as well as in Saskatoon. Triple Threat and Groove Street Productions are among many of her favorite organizations to support.
Stephanie has completed A.D.A.P.T. Jazz and Tap exams, and has trained personally under Brian Foley in competition numbers. She has also been involved in dance companies based out of Saskatchewan including The Dance Project and Abiding Lines. Stephanie has a passion for dance and has recently discovered a passion for teaching. She has taught at Warman Dance Club and Dance Ink and has received multiple choreography awards for both solo and group dances. Stephanie is also currently attending the University of Saskatchewan to obtain her Education and Speech Pathology degrees.
"I am excited to spread the love and creativity to all dancers and artists at Upstage"
Piano, Guitar, Vocal Coach
Kelsey is a Canadian singer-songwriter who describes herself as an apprentice of musical expression and has integrated many forms into her personal blend of indie folk and alternative. The result is a unique and compelling presentation of her personal struggles and experiences as an artist. In 2016, Kelsey released her debut EP 'Dysfunctional'.
Nick Jones is an accomplished Saskatchewan based musician. He is currently the rhythm guitarist for Saskatoon Rock group, RJ and the Boys. Nick has been performing for over a decade all over the prairies and has been a featured international artist in Soundtrack/Music Video work for a UK based film company. Nick enjoys sharing his love of music and strong foundational knowledge with his students.