The Kootenay Festival of the Arts opens April 2 with the dance workshops and sessions, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and a Dance Highlights concert on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.
The adjudicator for dance is Jennifer Quibell who began her dance training at Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts in Nanaimo studying ballet, jazz, tap and modern. During these early years she furthered her training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Summer Sessions and L’Ecole de Superieure de Danse in Montreal.
In 2003, she graduated with distinction from the three year Teacher Training Program at the National Ballet School in Toronto. Quibell obtained her teaching qualifications in both the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti syllabi and was the recipient of the Carol Chadwick Award.
Upon returning home to Nanaimo (2003 to 2010), Quibell taught at Kirkwood Academy as a full time dance teacher. She was also the Ballet Mistress for Kirkwood Productions and the Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Kirkwood Youth Dance Company for five years, touring with the company in LA and New York.
Since 2010 Quibell has worked at Arts Umbrella as the Professional and General Dance Program Liaison and full time ballet teacher in the professional and general programs.
She was also the Children’s Rehearsal Mistress for the Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker production in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. She returned to Nanaimo in the fall of 2012 to join the dance faculty at Harbour Dancentre.
The Festival continues from April 7 to April 12 with Speech Arts, Piano, Vocal, Choral, Strings and Guitar sessions at Nelson United Church, St. Saviour’s church and the Bethel Christian Centre, culminating in a 7 p.m. Saturday Festival Highlights concert at the Capitol Theatre.