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Taylor Ritchie

Company Dancer

Taylor Ritchie is an accomplished emerging performer and dance teacher. Growing up in Calgary, she explored a wide variety of dance styles and completed her RAD Advanced 1 Ballet exam. Her passions led her to the University of Calgary, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, with a concentration in choreography and performance with distinction. During this time, Taylor worked with distinguished choreographers and teachers including Melanie Kloetzel, Davida Monk, Wojciech Mochniej, Milan Kozanek, and Louis Laberge-Cote. After taking six months to travel abroad and complete a certificate in discipleship through Youth With A Mission, Taylor has returned to the Calgary dance community. Performing with Kloetzel&Co., Ember Dance Company, and Corps Bara, Taylor is blessed to continue pursuing her passions in a multitude of avenues.

Heidi Schmidtke

Company Dancer

Heidi Schmidtke began training at Crossings Dance, Calgary, in ballet, contemporary and modern styles, supplementing her training with the Alberta Ballet summer intensive. Heidi danced for seven seasons with Corps Bara’s former youth company, which offered her many opportunities to perform various pieces and study with many experienced choreographers. While at Crossings, Heidi achieved her Advanced 2 RAD ballet exam which allowed her to follow one of her greatest dreams. The Genée International Ballet Competition in 2015 took her to London England where she was inspired by the Royal Academy of Dance to study ballet full time. Heidi was accepted into the Goh ballet Academy’s youth performance company where she performed in the productions of the Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf and the Beijing Arts Festival in China. Heidi then joined Ballet Jorgen’s junior company summer intensive where she studied under Ballet Jorgen faculty, company members and guest choreographers Gadfly and Mafa Makhubalo. When Heidi returned to Calgary she started training with the O2 training program and performed at the Rocky Mountain Salsa Gala, the Alberta Culture days event, and in a music video for an emerging pop artist. Heidi is excited to join Corps Bara Dance Theatre for its 2017/18 season.

Caitlin Unrau

Company Dancer

Caitlin Unrau grew up in Calgary and started dancing at the age of four at Crossings Dance. Her love of performance and contemporary dance was fed from a young age by participating in Corps Bara’s former youth dance company for seven years, Corps Bara Dance Theatre for two, and SURGE by W&M Dance for one year as well. Caitlin also had the pleasure of being in Deanna Witwer’s piece in Alberta Dance Festival 2015 as part of Corps Bara, and while with SURGE, Caitlin had the rare opportunity to attend a Hofesh Shechter workshop. She now trains under Wojtek Mochniej, Melissa Monteros, Melanie Kloetzel, and Marie-France Forcier in contemporary dance while working on her Double Major in Kinesiology and Dance at University of Calgary. Caitlin performed as a part of Montage in Kyrsten Blair’s piece in 2016. She also performed in Dance at Noon and Dance at Night 2017 at the University. Caitlin is currently looking forward to participating in Melanie Kloetzel's piece in Mainstage at U of C.She looks forward to her third season with Corps Bara.

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