Dance Adjudicators

   
  

 

 

 

 

Annie Chen -Stage Dance

 

Annie Chen was born in Taiwan and spent the majority of her formative years in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and started her professional career shortly after as a professional dancer then transitioned into acting, and voice acting.

 

Along side performing Annie also has 15 years of teaching experience as well as being commissioned on projects around Canada for master workshops and choreography. Some of Annie’s favourite TV/ Film credits include Full Out on Netflix, Hollywood motion picture Carrie, the series finale of Warehouse 13, Hallmark’s One Starry Christmas, Guillermo del Toro’s vampire series The Strain, the popular kid’s series Odd Squad.

 

Other favourite credits include Closing ceremony of the 2015 Pan Am Games and the opening ceremony of the Parapan Am Games, live performances with artists Lady Gaga and PSY at the Much Music Video Awards. Mamma Mia! and Elf the Musical at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton Ontario. ‘Frenchy’ in Grease The Musical at The Elgin Winter Garden Theatre.

 

 Annie has voiced video games for Nintendo and animation series for TVO Kids and Nikelodoen. As well as several commercial spots for radio and web. TV audiences may also know Annie as ‘Lily’ on ABC network’s Designated Survivor. Watch out for Annie on Freeform’s Killer High as ‘Beth Ann’ and CBC’s Season 5 finale of Schitt’s Creek.

 

Annie’s teaching mission is to hold a safe space that encourages others to express their authentic creative selves.

  

 

 

 

 

BRENNA MCLAUD-BICHARA
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY DANCE

 

 

 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 Institute 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, dancers dancing, 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.

  

 

 

 

Beverley Bagg (PACT Ballet Company, Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet)
Professional Program Classical Ballet, Coaching and Rehabilitation from Injury

Artistic Staff at Ballet BC. International guest teacher.

Canadian Tutor for Progressive Ballet Technique.

Jury Member for Ballet Beyond Borders International Ballet Competition.

 

 

Ms. Bagg began her training in both RAD and Cechetti in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has transitioned from a dancer into a master teacher. She was accepted at the Royal Ballet School in London, England, and danced soloist and principal roles with the PACT Ballet Company in South Africa for 15 years.

 

Among the roles she performed were Bluebird and Princess Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle in Giselle, Kitri in Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote, and the lead in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. She has also performed works by renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, John Cranko, Goh Choo San, André Prokovsky, and Sir Frederick Ashton.

 

Ms. Bagg has a diploma in biomechanics and physiology from the University of the Witwatersrand and integrates this knowledge into her teaching. She is clearly able to assess the structure and limitations of a young dancer and work diligently educating through awareness and encouragement. Ms. Bagg has been invited as a guest teacher to various companies and schools in the US, Canada and internationally. She was Ballet Mistress of Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet and has been instrumental in staging Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet for South African Ballet Theatre and Washington Ballet.

 

Miss Bagg is on faculty as teacher of Ballet BC as well as various contemporary programmes in the city of Vancouver. She runs her own drop-in classes and is on faculty at Inspired Movement Ballet Conservatory in San Diego. Ms. Bagg has also been appointed Canadian Tutor for Progressive Ballet Technique; a unique conditioning curriculum devised by Marie Walton Mahon in Australia.

 

In 2019 Ms Bagg was approached by Joshua Beamish, Artistic Director of “Move The Company” to perform the role of Bertha in his staging of Giselle and was invited to teach his company on tour in Germany.

 

Specializing in Dance rehabilitation and with over 40 years of a passionate and very successful career as a professional dancer, teacher and coach, Ms. Bagg is able to draw on this experience and offer a rich and insightful approach to teaching and coaching. She establishes an environment of positive energy and demands excellence in a nurturing and inspiring manner.