Gloria is sole proprietor/director of Soothe Downtown Spa, St. John’s, NL, Canada. Her compilation of work/life experiences include some of community development & mental health social work, health promotion consulting, yoga instruction, dance performance, esthetics spa service provision, and plant based nutrition & culinary arts education - which is ongoing. Gloria offers an annual local or global retreat that includes yoga, hiking, dance and relaxing spa services with a plant based culinary focus! http://soothespa.ca/
Candice Pike is a Corner Brook-based dance maker and educator whose work is rooted in building community and encouraging empathy. Her process often involves responding to physiological rhythms and poetry to create work based on the subtleties and stories contained in intergenerational memory. In recent years she has used her gentle, care-based approach to create and perform in several full-length group works and smaller solo pieces that have toured Atlantic Canada. She has also worked as a dancer in Neighbourhood Dance Works’ ReMix Project with choreographer Thea Patterson and NL Dance Project with choreographer Anne Troake. From 2017-2019 she commissioned a new solo from Lois Brown, developed a new solo for Josh Murphy, presented and continued to consider and practice unique ways of creating and presenting dance in isolated locations. With an eclectic background of movement and artistic training, Candice also practices ‘community networking choreography’ and facilitates an Audience-in-Residence program for public sector employees. In 2017 Candice was awarded the Corner Brook ACE award for Overall Artist of the Year and she was the 2014 Roberta Thomas Legacy Award recipient.
Candice works as a dance educator committed to empowering people to understand their own incredible potential for movement and creativity. She received a MA degree in Dance from York University in 2010 and since that time has pursued continuing education in dance pedagogy through several forums. She is a Certified Teacher of BodyMind DancingTM, has completed a certificate in International Dance Teaching Standards, and has completed several post-secondary and graduate courses through the National Dance Educators Association (USA) including studies in early childhood education, dance and disabilities, dance health and medicine, music theory, dance composition, pedagogy, and professional standards. She has participated in Canada’s National Ballet School ideas exchange for teachers.
For over 15 years, Candice has facilitated classes and workshops using her unique approach to movement, improvisation, and creativity education for private studios and community organizations and has also developed and taught integrated arts curricula in public schools and post-secondary institutions, including Memorial University where has developed and taught movement courses for the BFA theatre program. Candice’s students have gone on to study dance at York University, University of Calgary, Sheridan College, St Clair College, School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and more. http://www.candicepike.com/
9 years as Programming Coordinator with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television - event production for large-scale industry Awards presentations both on and off-air. Co-producer of the Academy's inaugural Digital Awards as well as the facilitator for the inaugural Apprenticeship for Women Directors Program. 9 years as an on-air radio host/producer/tech. 3 years as lead program educator with the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Program - guiding high school students across Canada and the United States in a theme-based photography project culminating in a silent auction exhibit in each city. 2 decades of live performance experience in dance, theatre, comedy, performance installation, drag/burlesque, and, and, and production assistant at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for 3 years, I was also a production coordinator for some shows there.
Kim has 25 years experience working and volunteering in literacy & adult education, career & employment services, poverty reduction & community development as well as accessibility & inclusion. She has worked in both the private and public sector, but most of her career has been in the community-based sector which she is a very passionate about. Kim received the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Award recognizing her work supporting inclusion. Kim has lived with a disability since the age of 3 and has been exploring options for optimizing the use of her body through adapted recreation/ sport and dance/ performance. Kim most recently appeared in The Cut of It, Blue Pinion Film Inc. She has performed in Long’s Hill Walk: I Live(D) Here, Louise Moyes Docudance as part of the National Arts Centre’s DanceForth and The Fire Kedgy’s Howl with NDW as part of the National Arts Centre’s Grand Acts of Theatre. Kim was also a performer in the original walking tour of Long’s Hill Walk: Live(D) Here with Louise Moyes Docudance. Kim was previously the Chair of Power Productions which supports the arts to be more inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities.
Brazilian by birth, Bruno Vinhas is passionate about global craft culture which drove his will to work in a gallery environment. A degree in Tourism and Hospitality has provided Vinhas with the experience of living and working in multiple countries and being immersed in different cultures changed his perspective about art and craft. Graduate with honours through College of North Atlantic's Textiles: Craft & Apparel Design program in 2017, Vinhas started his career in the arts through theatre in Brazil, where he worked as director, set and costume designer and teaching. Since leaving his home country he has been part of several different projects including but not limited to curatorial practices, visual arts with focus on textile and multimedia, theatre, film and dance. He has been working as the Craft Council of Newfoundland’s Gallery Director/Curator since August 2018, previously holding the position of Gallery Assistant Director for a year; his primary focus in a gallery environment regards accessibility and inclusion in public art spaces.
Katie Jackson is a communications, marketing, and PR professional from St. John’s specializing in performing arts venues and live events. Katie has had the pleasure of working for many local performing arts organizations over the years including, the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, the LSPU Hall and Resource Centre for the Arts, and the provincial Arts & Culture Centres. Katie is thrilled to be on the board of NDW and the opportunity to work with such a talented and dedicated team.