UPSTAGE DANCE CO. & PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

Warman's Professional Arts Educators

We have a special focus on qualified arts educators. We have the largest group of recognized industry professionals in the area, ensuring the best quality programming with the most experienced and knowledgeable guidance available in Warman. We offer full length dance classes and one on one music lessons at competitive rates. Get the most out of your performing arts experience at Upstage Dance Co. & Performing Arts Centre

MIKE MIRLIN

Owner/Director

Warman Based Professional International Artist

Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Drums/Percussion

Mike began dancing at Annette’s School of Dance in North Battleford at the age of seven.  He quickly began exploring all genres of dance and movement, taking advantage of all available performance & training opportunities.  Mike completed numerous professional contracts for Saskatchewan based dance companies, including Free Flow Dance Theatre, Saskatchewan Contemporary Ballet, and Nu-West Dance Theatre. Mike also fronted his rock band, Bored, from 2000-2010 as lead singer/drummer.

Mike has professional credits on three continents as an international performer.  He was a two-time presenter/performer, representing Saskatchewan and Canada at the world’s largest Dance Conference, daCi International, in Salvador, Brazil 2003 and The Hague, Netherlands 2006.  Mike danced for 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 in over a dozen Saskatchewan schools in both Catholic and Public systems, including five years as the Dance Educator in Saskatoon’s Fine-Arts School, Georges Vanier Elementary.  Mike has also partnered with schools through government grant programs to offer many collaborative performing arts opportunities as Artist in Residence in central and northern Saskatchewan.

In 2010, Mike founded Elements: Power in Creation Inc. as a non-profit Collaboration Company, directing summer projects featured in the Dance on the Saskatchewan summer events in Saskatoon from 2010-2016.  In Summer 2017, Mike took on the role of General Contractor in the building of Upstage Dance Co. & Performing Arts Centre. Hands-on from top to bottom, he designed and built one of Warman's most impressive facilities.

"For 18 years, I've shared my love of dance & music with students all over Saskatchewan.  Upstage 'Year one' was a phenomenal success with many more to come! I'm so excited to take on the 2018-2019 season as we we build culture and community with the most Qualified Professional Performing Arts Education in Warman"

RAE ANN HYDAMAKA

Ballet Program Director

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 here 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 her teaching 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 taught for Biggar School of dance and Kristy’s Dance Fusion her first year in Saskatoon. Rae Ann was the ballet director 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 taught in Lanigan for two years and is currently teaching ballet and modern at Dance Ink in Saskatoon.
Once again she will be the local director running rehearsals for the Moscow Ballet's The Nutcracker. 

"I am looking forward to getting to know all the dancers and families in Warman, I am sure this is going to be a year of beautiful moments"

DANELLE BANMAN

Baton, Acro

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 athltes 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.

KATRINA PHIPPARD

Tap, Jazz, Stretch/Progressions

Katrina has been involved in dance for 16 years and continues to grow her knowledge and experience in the province. She completed R.A.D. ballet examinations, as well as A.D.A.P.T tap and jazz exams. She previously danced at Pure Energy Dance Co., Dance Ink and most recently under the private mentorship of Darlene Williams, former artistic director of Saskatchewan’s only professional dance company, White Birch Ballet. Katrina taught first at Annette’s School of Dance in North Battleford, then at Warman Dance Club and Ritmo Gymnastics. Katrina has received a mark of distinction on all eight R.A.D exams she has challenged, as well as many awards at competitions in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Jasper, Lake Louise, and Calgary, among others. Katrina has performed with the Moscow Ballet’s tour of both Romeo and Juliet and the Nutcracker. She danced professionally at summer schools at the School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Ballet Jorgen in Toronto, and the Victoria Academy of Ballet in Victoria. She was accepted into three professional ballet programs in Canada but chose to stay in Saskatoon to attend university and teach dance.
"I'm excited to take part in this new venture that explores all areas of the arts"

STEPHANIE DRAEGER

Contemporary, Lyrical

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 for two years 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"

MYKAELA MENNIE

Musical Theatre

Mykaela has trained in many disciplines including jazz, musical theatre, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She’s also studied CDTA tap and jazz. In addition to her dance training, Mykaela is also very familiar with theatre performance. She’s starred in over fifteen productions. Some of her favourite roles have been Ursula in The Little Mermaid and Cat in Honk.


Currently, Mykaela is a member of the Saskatchewan Rush Crush Dance Team and has been dancing with them since their inaugural season in 2016. Mykaela is also a certified Saskatchewan Cheerleading Association Dance Judge, and is working towards her Saskatchewan Cheerleading Association Dance Coaches Certificate. In addition to her current experience, Mykaela has also had the opportunity to work with the Broadway touring casts of Cats and Wicked. In 2012, she performed at the Canadian Country Music Awards. She was also given the opportunity to sing alongside the Canadian Tenors that same year.

"I'm thrilled to be part of the Upstage Dance Co. teaching staff for the 2018-2019 season"

KELSEY REDDEKOPP

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 resul tis a unique and compelling presentation of her personal struggles and experiences as an artist. In 2016, Kelsey released her debut EP 'Dysfunctional'.

NICK JONES

Guitar/Bass

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