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General Program Faculty

Who We Are

Robyn Thomson Kacki

She/Her

General Program Coordinator

Teacher

Some of Robyn's oldest and fondest memories are of SCD. She began dancing in the General Program at age 3, and went on to graduate from the Junior and Senior Professional Programs. Since graduating, Robyn has enjoyed a career as a professional dancer and teacher. As a dancer, she has worked with many wonderful choreographers and companies, performing nationally and internationally. A passionate teacher, Robyn has been teaching various styles for 15 years and is a certified ADAPT jazz teacher. She teaches in the youth General Program, adult General Program, Junior Professional Program and Senior Professional Program. She now shares her love of dance with her daughter, who just completed her first year of Parents and Tots!

Amanda Giannella Figueiredo

She/Her

General Program Administrator

Teacher

From Sao Paulo, Brazil, Amanda has been dancing for over 15 years, and moved to Canada in 2021 to pursue her dance career.

She was awarded a scholarship to a ballet conservatory in Portugal in 2019 and was a finalist at the Dance World Cup in the same year.

In 2021 she got accepted into the Senior Professional Program at SCD where she is currently training.

She is one of the founders of Wind Flower Dance Company where she performed all across Canada with the Company.

Amanda believes that dance is a way of sharing life experiences,  when she teaches she loves sharing and learning with her students.

Reymark Capacete

He/Him

Teacher

Reymark is a professional dancer and graduate of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. At a very young age, he has developed his dancing through watching Hip-Hop YouTube videos. Through high school, he developed his love for dance, which led him to The School of Contemporary Dancers. Throughout his years of studies within the school, he’s worked with many wonderful choreographers. Reymark has worked professionally with NAfro Dance, Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, and other artists and companies. Reymark teaches in both the Youth and Adult General Programs, and is loves sharing his passion for dance with his students.

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Sontje Bohn

She/Her

Teacher

Sontje Bohn is a German dancer currently located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she is entering
her third year of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. Her dance
training over the last 15 years included various styles in schools located in Germany,
Switzerland, France and Canada. Next to being a dancer she is happy to choreograph,
teach and be a studio manager in Winnipeg.

Sienna Denys-Peters

She/Her

Teacher

Dance artist Sienna has been dancing for 19 years and teaching for 7. She represented our country on three different occasions as a member of Team Canada Dance. Also, Sienna has completed the RAD Ballet vocational graded examinations and the Al Gilbert Tap examinations. In 2019, Sienna moved to Toronto to continue her training at York University, and she is currently in Professional Program of School of Contemporary Dancers. She also had the opportunity to dance for Landscape Dancing. and performed as a guest dancer with NAfro dance Productions November 2023. She is a certified spin instructor and reflexologist and is currently working on a Pilates certification and hopes to incorporate all her knowledge when she teaches.

Julious Gambalan

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Teacher

Julious Gambalan is a professional dance artist here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works for both NAfro Dance Productions and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. He holds both a Bachelor in Arts and Science at the University of Winnipeg. He started his dance training in grade 9 at Sisler High School, leading to The School of Contemporary Dancers. From there he trained in the Junior Professional Program and then the Senior Professional Program. He has performed nationally in Toronto and Regina and internationally in Vienna, Austria and Maputo, Mozambique. He choreographs in the General and Junior Professional Program where he stylizes his choreography in NAfro Technique, contemporary and hip hop.

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Brooke Hess

She/Her

Teacher

Growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Brooke has been immersed in the contemporary dance scene from a very young age. Her love for dance began while she was a member of a small dance troupe under the direction of Paula Blair. She felt the love, liveliness, and community brought together by contemporary dance. Brooke is a graduate of SCD's Senior Professional Program and has had the pleasure to work professionally in choreographic works by Robin Poitras, Paula Blair, and Hillary James.  Along with teaching and dancing, Brooke has taken interest in costume design and Stage Management.

Ellice Kynman

She/Her

Teacher

Ellice Kynman Is an independent contemporary dance artist who has worked and performed nationally and internationally. Ellice has been attending the School of contemporary dancers since she was three years old. She went through the General Program and Junior Program, where she also obtained her RAD Advanced One through the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Examinations. Ellice graduated from The School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program in affiliation with The University of Winnipeg, receiving her BA Honours in Dance. She is looking forward to another year of teaching and choreographing. 

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Thomas Oberlin

He/Him

Teacher

Thomas Oberlin is a teacher and choreographer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Thomas has trained in many styles of dance with a heavy focus on Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern.

Thomas has been teaching children and adults of all skill levels. Currently in his final year of SCD's Senior Professional Program, Thomas is excited for future dance projects in both a dancer and choreographer role.

Rebecca Sawdon

She/Her

Teacher

Rebecca Sawdon is a contemporary dance artist based on Treaty 1 Territory, in Winnipeg, MB. Her experience includes work as a dance-interpreter,

performer, artist-educator, arts-administrator, rehearsal director, choreographer and producer. She is the founder and artistic director of Sawdon Dance. Her resume includes a diverse variety of professional contracts. As an experienced and engaging teacher, she’s worked with all ages and abilities, from professional-training students to inexperienced movers and at-risk youth. Rebecca holds a BA Honours Degree in Dance from the University of Winnipeg and is a graduate of the Senior Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers.

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