Dance Adjudicators

Brenna McLaud-Bichara - Modern & Lyrical

Brenna McLaud-Bichara was born in New York where she gained an extensive dance background from some of the best fine arts establishments in the country including The Ailey School, Broadway Dance Center, New York Insitute of Dance and Education, Lou Conte Dance Center, and Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, IL where she trained on scholarship as the youngest recipient in history of the company. McLaud-Bichara began her professional career with a two year tour with RCL Productions, where she performed and toured Broadway shows such as Tommy, Hair, Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity and the world-renowned, award-winning Grease.

McLaud-Bichara went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Dance from The School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Here she was chosen to perform works by great Canadian choreographers such as Serge Bennathan, Paul Andre-Fortier, and the newly appointed Artistic Director of Ballet BC, Emily Molnar. She has worked with companies such as Wen Wei Dance, Move:the company, dancersdancing, and Full Performing Bodies. She has also had the privilege of being featured in recent works created by Chenguin Wei for the EDAM dance series and Henry Daniel for Dancing on the Edge.

In 2011 McLaud-Bichara spent time in New York at The Ailey School working alongside Anna-Marie Forsyth, co-founder of the Ailey Fordam BFA Program and head of the Horton department at The Ailey School, completing the Horton Pedagogy Program for teachers. McLaud-Bichara’s profound love of the Horton technique has grown over the years and her ability to share this wonderful technique has been a true gift for the dancers at The Landing Dance Centre.

Through recent years Brenna’s career in the dance world has turned a corner onto the educational route. She has dedicated herself toward providing the most valuable information and experience possible to aspiring dancers who are on a professional path. This has led her to adjudicate throughout Canada at various festivals and competitions, teach and organize master classes for all ages of aspiring professionals, build/grow and direct her own dance school, as well as co-found the summer training program Vancouver Global Dance Project. Brenna puts her whole self into everything that she does, and number one on the list is facilitating the growth and development of inspired young dancers.

 

Michael Boston - TAP

 

 Michael was blessed to have found his passion for the art of dance at a young age, and by the time he laced up his first pair of dance shoes he was hooked. Michael has received numerous awards in festivals and competitions here in Canada as well as the US. His professional career started at the age of sixteen, where he was accepted as a star dancer in a NYSO’s production of Tap Kids. At the age of 17 Michael moved to NYC to further his training with Savion Glover, Barbra Duffy, Dianne Walker, Roxanne Butterfly, Andrew Nemr, Lisa Hopkins, Mark Goodman and many others. Since then Michael has been fortunate enough to travel all over the US, Mexico and Europe packing major theatres spreading his love of TAP. He’s had the opportunity to adjudicate major competitions in Canada and the US, choreographed for film and theatre, taught master classes and shoot feature films. Michael has been teaching in and around Victoria B.C., and is well respected for his award winning choreography and energetic teaching style

Mary-Anne Stephens - Stage / Jazz & Ballet

Mary-Anne has been living, loving and breathing dance for over 27 years! She has studied the
art of Jazz, Adagio, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Acro, Hiphop, Ballet, Stage, Show, and
Tap.
She has competed internationally as a student and has accumulated many awards and
scholarships as a dancer. Some of her professional credits include Carnival Cruise Lines
dancer, Olympic Ceremony dancer alongside Michael Buble, Dancer in music videos debuting
on Much Music, Miss Canada Teen Global Dancer, Juno awards Dancer/model, CFL's BC
Lions dance team, BC Summer games and more. Her dance career has taken her throughout
Canada, Vegas, L.A. and Mexico where she was able to study, work and perform with the best!
She is currently a competitive dance director, which she has had the pleasure and experience
of doing for 14+ years. She has taught every age and level, choreographing over 800 routines
for stage. Her choreography has won countless awards and has given her the pleasure of
working with such Pop Stars such as, “Victoria Duffield”. Many of her students have gone onto
professional careers in both stage and television, most notably “The Next Step”. Her training
has made it onto Regional, Provincial and World stages and many of her students are now in demand
dancers, teachers and choreographers themselves.
She is the owner of an online adjudication service and Canada-wide dance competition called
“Feedback”. A current member of The Professional Adjudicators Alliance and prides herself in
upholding their reputable standard. Her passion and genuine love for dance and people is what
makes her such an in-demand and beloved teacher, choreographer and adjudicator.