Manitoba Association of Dance Educators 

MTS PD Day Workshops

Kick It Studio, 986 Lorimer Blvd #3
Oct 25th, 2019




9:15 -10:00
Modern Warm-up


Keynote Dance Creation with Gabriela Rehak

People are invited to bring lunch and eat at Kick it with an
opportunity for conversations with colleagues



2:15 – 3:15
Myofascial Release

Keynote and Afternoon Session

Gabriela Rehak – Keynote Choreographer:
A teacher and choreographer with the RWB since 2005, Gabriela has also held the position of Artistic Director with the Rozmai Dance Company for 20 years and most recently was appointed the new Dancer Transition Resource Centre Manitoba representative. A student of character, folk, modern, improvisation, composition and creation, contact improv, voice and text for stage, Gabriela has been lauded by the Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and scholarships in both B.C, and Edmonton.

Born in Prague, Czech Republic and raised in Victoria, B.C Gabriela has had the opportunity to study at Grant MacEwan College (Edmonton) and is a graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers and holds a BFA honors degree from the University of Winnipeg.

As an independent artist, she has performed with Heidi Bunting, (Edmonton) Le Groupe de Place Royale, (Ottawa) Trip dance, (Winnipeg) EDAM, (Vancouver), and Delfos Danza, (Mexico). She is a former company dancer with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers under the direction of Tom Stroud.

Her choreographic credits include: Down and Out for the RWB School year-end showcase, a piece that was also performed at Ballet in the Park; and her works Let Me Be, Battle, A Song For You, Seven, Face, Caution Children At Play, A Beautiful Lie, and Deep Roots are in the RWBS Aspirant programs current repertoire. She also lent her talents to the RWBS Professional Division choreographic competition, First Steps as
Artistic Coordinator. Inspired by working with dancers at all levels from adults to professional, her passion continues to be teaching and creating dance that connects and ultimately communicates to the audience.

Dance your story- Creative Process with Gabriela Rehak
In this active keynote, participants will engage with a creation process using on the spot collaboration with dancers and live musician, improvisation and a variety of choreographic devices. Stories from participants are used as inspiration for movement. Gabriela will use stories of people in the room – stories of something participants feel comfortable sharing/exposing regarding a time of challenge and transformation. This process will also include live and recorded music. This morning will allow time for possible reflection questions – How can I use this process in my own classroom? How was this different/same to my own creative process? How did having live music affect this process for me?
Bring your open mind and body for a morning of rich creation.
(Active participation with option to observe)

Salsa Workshop

Class description:
The class will begin with a quick warm-up and body isolations. We will then break down a few salsa basics and start moving to the music. We will explain body movement and arm positions as we continue to teach salsa basics, including cultural context for the music and movement. Then it is time to partner up and move to salsa partner work! There will be time for any questions and requests at the end of class.
(Active Workshop)

Leonardo Lopez
Born in Mexico City. Leonardo is a natural salsero. After moving to Chicago, trained in Puerto Rican Salsa. He began competing in 1999 winning 1st place. Partnered with Leslie Ruley they were honoured with best Salsa Couple of the year by Biology Bar. At this time, he participated in 2 television programs “Caliente”and “Adictos al Baile”.

Leo moved to Winnipeg, he founded Salsa Explosion, quickly becoming one of Winnipeg’s largest Salsa promoters. Working diligently to bring professional championship dancers to Winnipeg to build a stronger Salsa community. Leo has been teaching salsa for the past 15 years, and continues to encourage and inspire his students to reach their highest goals. Salsa Explosion currently hosts the biggest latin events in the city such as Salsa Sundays at the Forks along with the Winnipeg International Salsa Congress and several smaller salsa night throughout the year.

Ana Karen
Ana Karen is a co-director of the school has won the Pro-Am Canadian Championships in Toronto as well as placing 1st at the Pro-Am World Salsa Championships in Miami, Florida. She then competed for the very first time in the Professional category in Toronto for the WLDC qualifiers placing 1st. She also participated and placed 2nd at the Canadian Championships in Toronto and World Latin Dance Cup in Miami, Florida. For many years, Ana Karen has excelled in dance in Manitoba, nationally and internationally. She is a three-time Manitoba Dance Festival Ballet Scholarship recipient, and was the featured ballet soloist at a M.D.F. Gala Showcase. Made it to the “top twelve” out of 100+dancers, placing 6st at the prestigious international ballet competition, the Youth American Grand Prix (Y.A.G.P.), in Chicago, USA for both her Contemporary solo and Pointe solo. Ana also won the highest overall score for all senior solos at the Canadian National Dance Championships, for another pointe solo, which was to be the very first time the highest overall score was awarded to a ballet number in Winnipeg. Ana Karen most recently founded the very first salsa school here in Winnipeg for kids.


Class description:
This class will be based on Rhythm and Movement for any dance style and academic classroom. The class will begin with simple activities based on basic elements of music with all participants and partners. The participants will also work in small groups to develop a simple rhythm sequence using the basic elements of music while creating their own movement. Tennis balls will be provided to add more fun to this class. Questions and Answers will take place anytime when needed.
(Active Workshop)

Johanne Gingras
Johanne Gingras has been an integral part of the fabric of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School since 1984 when she joined the Artistic Faculty as a ballet teacher. She was instrumental in developing the RWB School Teachers Training Program curriculum and was named Director of the program in 1997 where her goal continues to be instilling a passion for the Art of Teaching in the next generation of dance teachers. Along with her role as Director, Ms. Gingras is also part of the faculty of the Ballet Academic Program, RWB School Professional Division. In partnership with National Ballet School since 2015, Ms. Gingras has been involved with developing resources and lead the sharing dance programs at RWB.

Originally from Chicoutimi, Québec, Ms. Gingras began her dance training at the Académie de Danse du Saguenay where she performed in a multi dance disciplines troupe before following her passion for teaching. She is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and she now holds Licentiate teaching qualifications with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Ms. Gingras has choreographed and staged for numerous RWB School performances. She also worked with the Manitoba Opera in the production of La Traviata, Hansel and Gretel and the Magic Flute. Ms. Gingras held the position of Artistic Director for the Sokol Polish Ensemble and worked with l’Ensemble Folklorique de la Rivière Rouge.

Ms. Gingras had the wonderful opportunity to perform with the RWB School Professional Division in their production of La Sylphide , where she worked on the character role “Madge” with the brilliant Eva Evdokimova. She then performed professionally with the RWB Company as Juliet’s nurse in their production of Romeo + Juliet.

Ms. Gingras has been invited to teach across Canada, as well as the United States and Japan, and in 2004, she travelled to South Africa to teach on behalf of the RWB School. For the past 25 years Ms. Gingras has been in high demand as an adjudicator for festivals and competitions across Canada and internationally, including, most recently, the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix Finale in New York and Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland as a scholarship presenter. After more than 35 years of teaching, Ms. Gingras’ greatest joy is still to see the dancers and teachers she nurtured graduate and go on to careers either in dance companies around the world, or, as teachers who carry on her work of sharing their passion for dance with the next generation of artists.

Linda Jacob
Linda Jacob has been teaching Pilates for well over a decade and has been doing Pilates for 25 years. She was first introduced to Pilates as part of a Professional Dance Training Program and instantly felt how beneficial it is to the body. Linda is STOTT Pilates Certified and continues to educate herself and stay up to date on the newest fascial approaches. She was excited to attend the last International Fascia Research Congress in Berlin in November of 2018.

Myofascial Release Technique
Linda understands the importance of maintaining a healthy body both for the musculoskeletal system as well as the fascial system, especially for dancers and dance teachers. This is for injury prevention as well as treatment, but most importantly to feel great and be pain free. Linda owns and operates Pilates Downtown, a full equipment boutique studio in Winnipeg. Learning how to take care of your body is a strongly held belief of hers, which she encourages with adults and children, including her own.
(Active Workshop, slower paced, focus on injury prevention and muscle release)

Registration and Fees

Register online here:

$75.00 Conference and Membership
$85.00 Conference without membership
$25.00 Student fee
$10.00 Walk up fee

$40.00 Half Day fee with membership
$45.00 Half Day fee without membership

Memberships Only:
$25.00 Regular
$10.00 Student