Meet Our Amazing Lineup
Heather Gunn McQuillan
Dr. Tracy Malone
Chef Brittany Boothroyd
Karen was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI. Having practiced yoga on and off since high school, it wasn’t until Karen discovered hot yoga that she realized her true passion. Originally drawn to the physical aspects and cardiovascular workout, her practice soon evolved and it became more than a great way to stay in shape. She began to experience so many benefits; improved breath awareness, reduced stress, improved digestion and this incredible blissful feeling after class.
With a desire to share this experience with others, Karen completed her Modo Yoga training in 2009 in Toronto… what an amazing experience! She then traveled to Costa Rica in 2010 for Modo Level 2 as well as two Prenatal Yoga trainings in 2011 and 2017. Now that her family has grown to include 3 beautiful children, Karen is even more grateful to the tools that her practice has given her.
Karen has a deep love for this community and is inspired every day by her students and teachers to continue to spread this Modo love all over PEI!
Kate was born and raised in Southern Ontario. During her youth, she figure skated competitively for many years. After moving to Northern Ontario she came back to figure skating as a Coach for 3 years. During this time, yoga was becoming increasingly important to maintain both her physical health and well being. She looks forward to seeing you at the Charlottetown Yoga Space!
Curiosity is what brought Suzanne into her first yoga class… Loving the exhilarated feeling after class, the freedom, focus, and positive energy in her every day life (to mention a few) is what this practice brings to her! After a year of practicing, she knew she needed to share this experience – she wanted to deepen her practice and she wanted to teach! Packing her bags, she headed to her first yoga teacher training: Baron Baptist Power Yoga Level one. Shortly after she returned, she repacked those bags and headed to Montreal for Modo teacher training, which proved to be one of the greatest months of her life. Finding that sense of community – a group of warm, kind, happy people is what she loves most about Modo. Modo Yoga Charlottetown is a studio that Suzanne can truly call home.
Scott began his journey into yoga in early 2012. Taking his first hot yoga class at MYC, he quickly fell in love with the practice. Finding a place to just let go and breath became more and more important to him. Working towards a sense of balance, flexibility and grounding on his mat, it was amazing to see how this transformation started to flow into his daily life – and continues to do so. It didn’t take long before falling in love with the Modo community. In 2013, Scott joined the Energy Exchange team at the studio.
The search began for a deeper connection to his practice. In 2014, Scott took a month away from his career in nursing and completed his Modo Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles. He describes the training as being one of the best experiences of his life.
Scott hopes to help people find that connection between body, mind, and breath. Encouraging students to find a balance between effort and surrender. To subtly peel away layers to find their whole, individual and awesome selves.
As many do, Matt Stumbled upon yoga during a difficult time in his life and found much solace in the practice and the beautiful community that surrounds it. He found meditation first, then yoga, and was both hooked and humbled with the mind/body/breath connection. Matt was part of the Energy Exchange team at Modo Yoga Charlottetown for a couple years and eventually with some encouragement decided to take his teacher training in Kelowna, BC in July 2019 and has since completed the Modo flow training in 2021. Matt’s new role as a yoga teacher coincided with another big shift in his life, as he was also leaving his Civil Engineer career behind and beginning a new journey as a Nursing student. Matt’s lighthearted classes are filled with good tunes, a few laughs, down to earth vibes, and a focus on smooth mindful movement with emphasis placed on quality of breath. If you have read this far, and even if you haven’t, Matt hopes you have an awesome day!
Erika is founder of 3eYoga and director of operations at Charlottetown Yoga Space. She has been lead trainer with Maritime Yoga College since 2013, certifiying many PEI yoga teachers. Her mission as a yoga instructor is to inspire new “a-ha” moments for the seasoned practitioner and crush any misconceptions a new yoga student might have about yoga being “boring”!
Carrie Lundy began her personal Yoga practice in Winnipeg in 2006 and completed her first Modo Training in India in 2009, the same year she graduated as an Early Years classroom teacher. Since then, she has been passionate about sharing her learning with children and adults alike. Trained in Modo, Flow, and Yin, Carrie enjoys guiding breathwork, meditation, and introspective physical practices rooted in self-compassion, love, and the heart space.
Mel Martell is the owner of With Mel Fitness & Yoga, an online Fitness & Yoga platform offering fun, effective workouts & training programs, dance classes, and more! She has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry and brings an energetic and fun vibe to her classes. She currently offers a variety of fitness and yoga classes, beginner shuffle lessons, as well as personal training & specialty training programs. Follow along with her at @mel.martell on Instagram or online at www.withmel.ca.
Ouma is a tutor and life-long practitioner of ancient Indian philosophy. She is also a student of ancient Indian philosophy texts and Sanskrit. She received training in Buddhist meditation from Jetsun-Ma, Lama Catherine Rathbun in Toronto and as an RYT yoga teacher, has been holding Hatha Yoga and Meditation classes at the Charlottetown Yoga Space and UPEI Fitness Centre over the past two years.
In her pursuit of getting to the true knowledge on Yoga to maintain its integrity, as presented in the original texts, she has been studying Sanskrit since the past four years and has just completed a four-year Foundation Sanskrit course. She is currently teaching a course on the Surya Namaskars and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Neally is the owner of Salt and Sol and also a certified yoga teacher.
Andrea’s goal is to provide the motivation and training necessary to facilitate a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Andrea hosts annual Yoga and fitness retreats at Farm of Life, Costa Rica.
A lot of Kelly’s teachings are based on research and training with Yoga Medicine, a platform that bridges gaps between yoga and other health systems. This idea of meshing and working together of the modalities of health to offer us our best shot of achieving and maintaining ongoing health and wellness.
Charles is the founder of YogaGrove. He started seriously engaging with Iyengar Yoga after starting classes with Pam Stewart in 2010. Through his work in the practice he began to witness the transformative and evolutionary power of this incredible art, science, and philosophy of yoga. His joy in teaching and humour make classes enjoyable and fun as well as challenging, educational, and rewarding.
Lesley was born and raised in Prince Edward Island, and her first foray into the world of wine was as a Junior Sommelier for the Ritz Carlton, Cayman Islands. Work has taken Lesley to Calgary, Vancouver, Turkey, and Halifax, and wine has taken her to France, Italy, Austria, Chile, Portugal and California. Ask her what my favorite wine is and the answer will always be “I love all my babies equally.”
Born and raised on PEI, Stevie developed a love for animals at an early age which lead her to become the competitive show jumper she is today. After graduating with a degree in International Business from Lynn University, she went on to pursue her passion for wellness at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Recently launching her business, Sincerely Stevie, she now provides support and guidance to her clients, helping them reach their healthiest and happiest lives.
Triona Harrop is a retired professional dancer turned fitness connoisseur; is a certified yoga/hot yoga, pilates, mat and reformer instructor. She is the heart and soul of infrared and is inspired by her clients everyday.
Teri has been practicing various styles of Yoga for over 30 years. After being introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 2008 she took Yoga teacher training and is now a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She teaches classes and leads workshops with wisdom, dedication and passion. Teri is also a Reiki master, a jeweler and a writer. Teri teaches at the Souris Wellness and Yoga Studio.
Cynthia has been practicing yoga for 24 years and teaching for the last 6. She truly loves helping people find relaxation in their day, peace in their hearts and strength and confidence in their bodies. My goal to instill a sense of agency and curiosity in my students. Yoga is the lens she looks at the world through, and the way that she stays connected to herself and the present moment and Cynthia always excited to share the gift of movement.
Dianne is a Counselling Therapist and Yoga Teacher with a passion for holistic health and wellness, particularly as it relates to mental health. She also regularly facilitates workshops and webinars on wellness topics such as stress management, self-care, mindfulness and anxiety management. Dianne has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from UNB, a BSc. in Health Education from Dalhousie University, and a Diploma in Public Administration from UPEI. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (RYT-200), is Yin and Yoga Nidra Certified, and has completed several training seminars in the area of trauma, including a certification in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy™(TIYT™). Dianne’s approach to her work emphasizes self-care through the mind-body connection, promoting healthier ways of being.
Reequal Smith, born and raised on the beautiful Bahama Islands, is the Founder and Artistic Director of “Oshuns Dance Studios” focusing on bringing women together to feel empowered and venerated of all ethnicities. She has trained in ballet, jazz, modern contemp, african, aerial ballet and fire dancing. During her career in her hometown,she has performed in multiple shows in hotels for more than 8 years and Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival for three years with local artists. Reequal obtains a B.A in Marketing at The University of The Bahamas and is a Sopa alumni from Holland College in PEI, where she currently continues her dancing career as an independent artist,choreographer and educator in Charlottetown. Further taking part in Festivals and events such as; Diversecity Festival, Roma Festival, River Clyde Pageant and Stratford Fall Festival. She continues to express her art by fusing cultural patterns together as one creating something beautiful and wishes to bring more excitement and diversity to the PEI Community.”Continuously aiming for new heights she follows the words by Francisco Gella “Dance because you love it, Dance because you live it, and Dance because you have nothing to lose and everything to share”.
Since her first yoga certification in 2009 with YogaLife in India, Samantha has not stopped training and learning. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), a graduate of Yoga North International Soma Yoga Institute, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT at the 500-hour level) and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN). She has also completed an 800-hour Yoga history and Philosophy program, Yoga-Nidra Levels 1 and 2 as well as Yoga-Nidra for Children through Traditional Yoga Studies as well as a year-long Mastery of Mantra training with Russill Paul.
Sam Gerbig recently joined the Infrared family as a woman of many jobs. She is a certified personal trainer as well as having diplomas in both Kinesiology & Business.
Jacqueline is a loving, high-spirited, freelance makeup artist with a strong passion for natural beauty, well-being, and our environment. Celebrating over 12 years of experience working in the industry, she is happy to be the Maritimes’ first natural makeup artist. She empowers her clients to embrace their own individuality. Encouraging a conscious, mindful approach, she hopes to inspire you to look at beauty from a different perspective. With an environmentally-conscious mindset, Jacqui believes that a movement can be made that creates not only a healthier planet, but a healthier connection to ourselves. She’s on a mission to help make this world a better place—one toxin-free, earth-friendly product at a time! Find her on Instagram at @urbandaisyboutique or online at www.urbandaisy.ca
Julie Hall is certified in Modo and Modo Flow. When Julie is not at the yoga studio, you will find her at the QEH teaching xray students, hiking, or enjoying the sweet salt air on one of PEI’s beautiful beaches.
Join Knowledge Keeper Julie Pellissier-Lush and the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors in a Mawi’omi (gathering) consisting of traditional Mi’kmaq song and dance, brought to you by L’nuey. Free to attend – drop-ins encouaged!
Over the years, Holly has been drawn to the dynamic connection between yin yoga and reiki. She hopes to offer a sense of peace, well being and support. As she notices the lack of acknowledgment in all limbs of yoga in the western world with a general focus primarily on the asanas, her intention is to teach the 8 limb philosophy in a way that is accessible for anyone. These eight steps act as basic guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
Passionate dancer & performer who loves bringing joy into the lives of others~ Monelli was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Toronto, Canada at age 7. At a very early age, she was surrounded by music, poetry, and dancing. She has been exposed to many forms of dance including traditional and modern Persian dance, belly dancing, latin, hip hop, Indian and Afro to name a few. She has attended ballet, hip hop and latin dance classes. For Monelli dancing is an inward and healing journey, closing her eyes and listening to the rhythm and allowing her body to create magic. Monelli arrived on the Island in 2017 and over the last 2 years she has been taking her Persian dancing to the next level and has performed for DiverseCity Multicultural Festival on PEI and Iranian New Year (Nowruz) events on the Island. She recently finished an exciting and wonderful initiative with ArtsSmart PEI working on a Pilot Project as a Persian dancer bringing more diversity into the music class of grade 3 learners. Monelli’s excitement for dancing is communicable and brings joy to all that see her perform. Find her on Saturday at her dance workshop on from 3-4pm at the green space in front of Founders’ Hall and again for a dynamic performance during Happy Hour Entertaiment on Victoria Row from 5-6pm!
Celine is a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, and cofounder of EASTND and owner of the Charlottetown location. Her practice focuses mainly on hormonal health and skin health (graceful aging and acne). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University and a Doctorate of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Celine was drawn to naturopathic medicine because the model of care resonated greatly with her belief in patient focused care and individualized medicine. Patient education is a large component of therapy, as she hopes to empower her patients to trust their bodies’ capacity to heal. Celine enjoys blending evidence based natural practices with ancient eastern medical traditions to promote lasting health of the mind, body and soul. She’s excited to share her knowledge & expertise with many festival-goers on Saturday during the Island Tides Community Acupuncture Clinic at Confederation Landing and again at the Green Beauty Breakfast at Salt & Sol on Sunday morning. Find out more at www.eastnd.ca
Bryde MacLean is a life-long learner and a facilitator of transformative experiences. Her passion is “making” and especially, making the most of the in-between moments that compose most of our lives. A senior teacher of Modo Yoga and professional actor on stage and in film, Bryde leads mindful movement and breath classes that help participants feel at home in their bodies and minds. Her classes are known for cultivating calm, and her grounding, thoughtful, and encouraging cues open up the senses and imagination for a rich experience of the present moment.
Born into a theatrical family on Prince Edward Island, Bryde has studied professionally in England, Toronto, and Los Angeles in the Performing Arts. Her instructor certifications in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga include over 3,000 hours of training in the yoga tradition. As the Manager of Teacher Training for Modo Yoga, Bryde led over 700 teachers through the journey to their certification. In September 2021, Bryde will return to school to begin the journey towards her Diploma in Osteopathy.
You can catch Bryde guiding “Simple Movements for Complex Times” with Pam August on Sunday, July 18th from 12-1pm at the Founders’ Hall Green Space.
Pam August is passionate about connecting potential – the potential within us, between us and around us, and believes that the best learning experiences are ones that connect our thoughts, our feelings, and our physiology. Learning with Pam is an engaging ‘whole-sum’ experience that results in energy, ease and lasting transformation!
While Pam never takes herself too seriously, she has a serious background of education and experience grounded in learning, mindset, systems coaching, and brain/body integration. This includes a B.Ed. in Adult Education and MA in Leadership, and the following certifications: Neuroleadership and Relationship Systems Coach, yoga teacher, and Brain Gym™ Instructor.
She also has deep island roots with her Beck ancestors landing on Guernsey Cove on PEI in 1813. 200 hundred years later, Pam and her family have loved island life and community at their cottage every summer since 2008 and she looks forward to building connection with you! You can catch Pam guiding “Simple Movements for Complex Times” with Bryde MacLean on Sunday, July 18th from 12-1pm at the Founders’ Hall Green Space
Chef Brittany Boothroud first became passionate about concious eating when she began her yoga journey in 2015. With over 10+ years of experience in the restaurant industry, she has spent time cooking and learning in various restaurants in and around Charlottetown, PEI; Banff, Alberta; Melbourne, Australia and Nelson, British Columbia. While working in a busy vegan soul food restaurant in Autralia, her passion for plant-based cooking was brought to life. She then returned to PEI with a goal to reconnect Islanders with the food on their plates . Brittany is passionate about vegan and vegetarian cooking, though her goal is to open your mind to concious eating, however that may look to you. Brittany is the owner and head chef of @Wild Kitchen: plant-based cooking classes in which she teaches private, hands on cooking classes to bring people back into their own kitchens. You can catch her on Saturday, July 17 from 4-6pm at the Mindful Living Talks & Tapas event at Merchantman’s Anchor Room discussing Mindful Eating.
Dr. Tracy Malone
Dr. Tracy Malone ND, Co-founder and Medical Director of Conceive Health Clinic – Canada’s only Integrative Reproductive Medical Clinic specializing in Fertility, Preconception, and In Vitro Fertilization support. She’s excited to join forces with Dr. Celine Leduc of East ND to provide a talk on dealing with burnout during “Refuel: Bye, Bye Burnout” Smoothie & Coffee Talk event on Saturday, June 18 9-10am on the Floating Dock at JC’s Tiki Bar
Originally from the small community New Mills, New Brunswick, Kaitlyn moved to the Island in 2010 to study Foods and Nutrition at the University of Prince Edward Island. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree Kaitlyn decided she was not ready to leave the beautiful Island. She began employment at Simply For Life in 2015 as a Nutrition Consultant. In 2018 she purchased Simply For Life Charlottetown and along with Nutrition consulting she embraced the role of being s business owner and began to grow the Simply For Life retail market. Kaitlyn is passionate about health and giving those around her the tools to eat well and live well. Buying local and eating locally grown foods is something Kaitlyn values highly and enjoys sharing her love for it with others. She’s excited to share her expertise with festival goers during the Walk N’ Talk with Your Expert at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, July 17th at 9am. Free to attend and first come, first serve!
Born and raised in Toronto, Julianna fell in love with little ol’ PEI when she came here for university. She’s now made a life for herself here with her partner, new baby, and two fur babies.
She found yoga through the energy exchange program at Modo yoga in 2012. It wasn’t long before MYC became a place that she could go, on good days and bad, and walk out feeling a million times better!
As the breadth of classes grew at Modo Yoga Charlottetown, she was intrigued by a new offering – Barre. The high-energy, up-beat music, full-body movement of barre had her buzzing! She immediately felt the pull to teach – and before she knew it she was over the bridge to Halifax taking barre teacher training becoming certified in April 2017! She’s looking forward to offering “Barre Shred” during Island Tides on Saturday, July 17 at 4:30pm at Modo Yoga Charlottetown.
Heather Gunn McQuillan
Heather is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200 and RYT-500 in-progress), a meditation instructor, and a certified MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) facilitator. She holds a graduate certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL) for adult education and is in the process of obtaining her Master’s in Education. She is also a veterinarian and passionate about wellness both professionally and personally. She co-owns Nature Space Resort with her husband Jarrod, where they make their home with their two kids. The four-season glamping resort features authentic Mongolian yurts, including the large “Great Blue Heron” Yurt for yoga classes and wellness programming. The resort was designed to promote connection; connection to self, connection to others, and connection to nature.
Monica Lacey has been practicing Yoga for more than 20 years. After studying Hatha and Iyengar Yoga for many years to complement her training in dance, she received her certification in Kundalini and Ten Body Yoga from Amara Yoga School in Toronto in 2006 after two years of training under Yogi Akal. Monica is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and the power of this practice to transform and uplift.
Yoga for Paula began as part of a fitness routine 18 years ago. Then, when living overseas in Korea, she realized yoga was to become a forever part of her life. Studying, living and traveling India helped her integrate yoga into her life on and off the mat, a lifestyle not just a practice. A diploma in yoga education has given her a foundation in the traditional roots of yoga. Her personal online studies for the past 3 years with teachers in the Viniyoga tradition has allowed Paula to create an intergrated, breath-centered practice for nervous system balancing and over all well being.
Steff Sullivan (she/her), founder of Steff Sullivan Collective, blends her experience as a women’s health nurse, various movement certifications and her own spiritual curiosity into a deep rooted passion for self-care and mental wellbeing. She is trained in Human Design, and uses it to support humans in understanding their unique energy blueprint and how to care for themselves in a holistic and sustainable way. Through her brand, Steff offers intuitive movement classes, self-care workshops, one-on-one services and wellness retreats – both virtually and locally on PEI. She strongly values community and enjoys creating experiences that bring humans together to share, support & connect with others.
Mary has been practicing yoga since 1997: classical hatha yoga, Power yoga, kripalu yoga, yoga dance yoga for children, prenatal and postnatal yoga, therapeutic yoga and iRest yoga nidra.
Danny Murphy is President of D.P. Murphy Inc., a PEI based hotel and Restaurant Company. Always enjoying some sort of physical activity, he found yoga in 2008. Seeing the benefits that a regular yoga practice provided, he completed the Modo Yoga Teacher Training in Montreal in October 2018. Yoga along with his Transcendental Meditation practice, since 2014, and early morning sun salutation have made a real difference and has helped him manage his stress and other challenges that life brings.
Megan Macdonald teaches weekly yoga classes and is trained in Reiki, and facilitates the self-healing Dalian Method. She has taught widely on ritual and belief, and works with individuals and groups to promote wellbeing, health and raising consciousness. @expansionhealing www.expansionhealing.ca
Trevor Grant has been a musician all his life, holds a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and has been performing and teaching for over 30 years. He offers sound meditation sessions with his project “SoundEscapes.” @soundescapes FB and IG.
Smita was born and raised in New Delhi, India. An interior designer by profession, she has always had a keen interest in Yoga. Her quest to delve deeper into the knowledge of self (Yoga = yuj = union with self) led her to join the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy headquartered in ValMorin, Quebec, Canada. In 2020-2021, she completed her 600 hrs of teachers training (TTC) & advanced teachers training (ATTC) at the Sivananda ashrams in Kerala & Tamil Nadu in south India earning herself a Master in Yoga, MY and YPM member of the Indian Yoga Association. She has been conducting classes in Hatha Yoga specializing in the Sivananda lineage taught through the Guru disciple tradition in India.
The instructor is a newcomer from Ukraine, Polina Salabay! Experienced dance teacher with more than 6 years of being in this field. Polina has experience in working with children and adults of different levels, so can easily find an approach to work with everybody. Very positive and energetic person who loves to exchange energy with people! Find her on Instagram: @dance_pollis
Ivy Le is an experienced yoga instructor in classical & therapeutic yoga and a Reiki practitioner. She also studied the therapeutic use of Himalayan singing bowl to combine in her yoga training classes as well as a holistic relaxation & healing approach to promote both physical & mental wellbeing. She is the owner of Kamala Yoga & Wellness studio which is newly opened in Charlottetown, when she and her 2 kids moved to start their new life here.
Lauren is a board certified holistic nutritionist working at EASTND in Charlottetown and a third year Doctorate of Naturopathy student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her practice focuses on gut health + digestive function, hormone health, athletic recovery, and stress management. She believes that food is a powerful intervention and that making small changes can have profound impacts on the body that manifest into how you feel both mentally and physically. Her approach is to identify root causes of symptoms, address any imbalances, and empower you to have control of your health and wellness. She believes health lies at the individual level, that it’s about finding balance and focusing on sustainable well-being through nourishing, whole foods and lifestyle practices. A holistic, balanced lifestyle allows for space to include your favourite things while maintaining balance by embracing natural options when it resonates, to bring balance to the mind, body, and soul. Lauren is excited to chat wellness and share her knowledge during the festival. Find out more at www.eastnd.ca
MA, PhD., Science of Physical Activity
After 30 years of practicing and teaching in Montreal and Toronto, Gabrielle’s primary focus is to help people move well, find their strength and be comfortable in their own skin. She guides classes in all forms of muscular toning, functional movement, aerobics, and yoga. Gabrielle’s classes and personal training techniques emphasize movement practices that are challenging, fun and sustainable for life.
Katlin Doyle lives her life in devotion to the sacred in all things. She has a background in a myriad of fields which she weaves into her daily life and offerings- cacao, yoga & meditation, ritual, women’s teachings, music, and now ecstatic dance. A lifelong student of the earth, of cycles, and beauty. Out of her love of cacao, Katlin created her business in 2014, Nurturing Essence – sharing ethical and healthy chocolate and cacao creations. Alongside Katlin’s chocolate offerings she has been devoted to working with hundreds of people through ritual and circle helping to guide them in reclaiming self-love, inner healing, and soul connection.
Dawn developed a love for teaching many years ago and specializes in numerous styles including Tap, HipHop, Afro Jazz, Caribbean Movement, Lyrical and Contemporary. She trained with the Bahamas Dance Theatre and The Allegro School of Music where she developed her love for the stage. She’s an alumnus of both the Theatre Performance and Dance Performance programs at Holland College, and studied Theatre, English Literature and Sociology at Acadia University. Dawn has also completed levels 1-8 with The Royal Conservatory of Music. She has obtained teaching certification in African Dance and Education, Creative Movement, Stage and Drag Makeup Artistry, and Acrobatics.
Dawn has shared the stage with many artists such as Popcaan, Destra Garcia, and has featured in multiple stage productions in the last decade.
In 2014, she founded the Hurricanes Dance Team at Holland College, which she is presently still leading and developing. After moving permanently to PEI in 2018 with her fiancé, Joe Dames, and daughter, Dior Dames, the dynamic pair have cemented themselves as key figures in the Charlottetown arts landscape. They remain dedicated to elevating and diversifying the styles taught, practiced, and performed on Prince Edward Island.
Dawn has directed and performed in shows on the Island such as Kings and Queens with The Island Fringe Festival and Street Fusion with The Confederation Centre of the Arts, where she was recently appointed the new Associate Artistic Director for the Charlottetown Festival. She is also the Co-Choreographer for black-owned dance company, Xclusiv Crew. This company is managed by her and her fiancé.
Dawn’s goal is to continue to break the stereotype, raise the bar, and pave the way for young black artists like herself.
Bio to come.
A Personal Trainer at Infrared Fitness with over 9 years of teaching experience. Her passion for teaching our signature product, Hot Athletica, is a perfect fit. Her high intensity approach, her welcoming personality and her motivating style of teaching will continue to inspire you to achieve your goals.
A Yoga Instructor with over 4 years of experience. Her style varies from Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing one of Kate’s classes, you will be left wanting to come back time and time again.