Originally from Edmonton, Rebecca began her dance training at Victoria School of the Arts. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program, where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and received training in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and musical theatre. Upon graduation, she performed with Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, The Lower Ossington Theatre, Creativiva Inc, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. Since moving back to Edmonton, her choreography has been featured in the Edmonton Fringe Festival, the Nextfest Festival, Alberta Culture Days and Mile Zero Dance. Rebecca is excited to begin this new journey of teaching with dancED, leading residencies in Edmonton schools.
An Edmonton, Alberta native Rowan Koop began her dance training at Shelley’s Dance Company. She trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and musical theatre. She competed in multiple festivals and competitions and trained in various conventions across Canada and The United States. After turning 18, Rowan moved to California to join The Young Americans Performing Arts Company. She spent a year studying music, dance, and acting as well as performing in multiple shows and teaching in outreach programs. She then went on to tour Europe with The Young Americans the following year. Her cast toured through 7 countries, teaching at a new school every 3 days and performing in every city. Since then she has been choreographing musicals and guest teaching at various studios and schools. Most recently Rowan spent a year in Toronto, studying film.
Versatile dancer and educator, Barbara Vargas's wide variety of performance experience locally and internationally allows her to jump into many different types of projects, from playing Rhoda in the Musical White Christmas, to a Tap Dance percussionist in the Mary Lee Bird Band and Generations. She was a leader in the Edmonton community for years, as co-founder of Breaking Barres, a company dedicated to creating a tap community in Edmonton, before embarking on a journey to Vancouver. While in Vancouver Barbara attended Vancouver Community College's contemporary music diploma program, using her tap shoes as her major instrument. She also held various positions of leadership at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society, was an Artist in Resident with the Vancouver Public School Board, and traveled across BC with ReachOut Psychosis. She is excited to be back in Edmonton to share, learn, and grow with her community.
Katherine Semchuk discovered her passion for movement at the age of five. After participating in the dance program at Victoria School of the Arts and developing a love for contemporary dance, she graduated from The School School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Semchuk is currently pursuing her interests in performance and creation with Good Women Dance Collective and Toy Guns Dance Theatre in Edmonton. While she continues to actively learn from others, she strives to share her enthusiasm for movement and dance with students and peers all over the city.