Andrea trained professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and graduated Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers before moving to Vancouver in 1993. Over the course of 20 years of a professional performing career, she had the honour of working with some of the most prominent Local, National and International choreographers and dance companies. Andrea has garnered much respect, both locally and abroad as a performing artist, teacher, adjudicator, rehearsal director and arts advocate.
Andrea officially retired from the performing world of Dance in 2009 and returned to school to study and graduate with highest honours in Massage from Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage with much assistance from the Dancer Transition Resource Centre through a full training subsidy grant. She now is focused on her home business and practice ‘Doulandie Nurturing Touch’; offering varied Massage services, Childbirth Education, Dancing for Birth Classes, as well as maintaining her passion for teaching and adjudicating dance and offering specialized career and anatomy classes for aspiring dancers.
Andrea currently resides in the South Okanagan with her family. She is an active volunteer on any arts committee she can be, and is venturing into the theatre world as a Producer, Actor, Stage Manager and fundraiser.
“My first dance festival as a competitor was in the late 70’s, I remember being scared, excited and most of all proud to have an opportunity to grow and learn from the guest adjudicators. I was excited to meet dancers from other studios, share stories, watch others to be inspired by… Festival was always the ‘treat after the hard work’. To this day I still have every adjudication form from every festival I ever participated in. Merits, Awards, Scholarships and challenging criticisms, the unexpected, the hardships, the most rewarding developments for young artists.”
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