Cast and Crew

Sarah Lochhead holds a BFA honours and MA in Dance Studies from York University.  She has worked with notable choreographers such as Julia Aplin, Trish Armstrong, Maxine Heppner, Andrea Nann, and Holly Small and performed with HNM Dance Company, Dance Nonce, Collective HEAT and Menaka Thakkar Dance Company. Last fall, as part of Nuit Blanche, she performed in an installation by Dana Sherwood (Brooklyn NY) sparking her newfound interest in long duration performance art.  She has trained the modern styles of Duncan, Humphrey/Weidman and completed a teacher training with the Limón Company in NYC. She holds intermediate ballet certificates in RAD and Cecchetti method. Her work has been acknowledged through a Top Citation award from the National Dance Educators Organization (USA) and the receipt of grants from the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Human Research Council of Canada. Sarah works as the Assistant Director at The Dance Current – Canada’s dance magazine.
Founder, Artistic and Executive DirectorClass Facilitator, Choreographer, Performer

Carly Manuel began her dance training at Audrey Meredith’s school in Milton, ON. She went on to train at Canada’s National Ballet School and Quinte Ballet School of Canada. She is a graduate of George Brown College’s Dance Performance Studies Programme.  Carly holds her Intermediate Certificate in the Cecchetti Method of ballet. She has performed forE3 Entertainment and as part of Dusk Dances under the direction of Montréal choreographer Roger Sinha.  Carly has had the pleasure of attending workshops taught by Belinda McGuire, Lucy Rupert, and Brittany Duggan. Carly was awarded the 2014 Simcoe Contemporary Dancers Dedication Award for her 5 years with the company.
Founding Company Member, Associate Artistic Director, Rehearsal Director, Choreographer, Performer

Natasha Booth began dancing at the age of 3 right here in Barrie, ON. She has completed exams in C.D.T.A Jazz, R.A.D Ballet, and the Society of Russian Ballet and was dancing competitively by the age of eight.  Natasha continued her education with Laurentian University via Georgian College receiving her BA in English Studies. Natasha is currently an office manager and dance instructor in Barrie teaching both recreational and competitive classes. She continues her training in dance by attending various workshops and teaching seminars. Currently she is working towards her Teacher-In-Training Certification with the Society of Russian Ballet.  Natasha is extremely excited to be a part of the SCD family this season!
Outreach Coordinator, Class Facilitator, Choreographer, Performer


Nancy Pottage graduated from York University with a BFA in Theatre (Performance) and has served as writer, director, dramaturge, choreographer, instructor and company dancer for SCD.  She wrote and directed Woven, the company’s first full-length show. She has participated in dance workshops and master classes with Belinda McGuire, Mairead Filgate, Sarah Chase, Lucy Rupert, Brittany Duggan, Ballet Creole, Randy Glynn and Trish Armstrong.  She is also a graduate of the Artist in Community BEd program at Queen’s.
Dramaturge, Choreographer, Performer, Class Facilitator

Susan Kendal is a costume designer, choreographer and textile artist living and working in Simcoe County, Ontario. She works under her company name of Pocket Alchemy. As an independent choreographer, Susan has presented work in Toronto as part of DanceWorks, Toronto Fringe Festival and at various festivals across Canada. Susan recently costumed dance works for Susie Burpee/Tiger Princess Dance Projects, Throwdown Collective and Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. She also costumes for the Actors Colony Theatre in Bala, Ontario. As a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program, Susan taught for the school’s Young Dancers Program for 11 years. She worked in various editorial and administrative capacities at The Dance Current magazine for 10 years. Her textile art is featured in the Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles by Leanne Prain and released in October 2014.
Movement Education Director, Choreographer, Class Facilitator, Costume Designer

Christie Roberts began her dance training at the Ida Sauve Dance Studios in Sudbury, ON training in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and lyrical dance styles. She holds a BA in English from Carleton University and a BEd from University of Ottawa. Christie moved to Barrie to teach and became involved with Simcoe Contemporary Dancers while pursuing additional teaching qualifications in dance. She performed with SCD from 2010-2013 in a variety of productions. Christie designed and implemented a Laban-based creative movement workshop series for primary students and taught creative movement classes for the City of Barrie. Currently Christie works as a Kindergarten teacher in Simcoe County.
Blogger, Class Facilitator

Jaqueline Brown grew up dancing competitively in Newmarket, ON. Jaqueline graduated from George Brown College where she earned a Diploma in Performance Dance Studies, and a Certificate in the Performing Arts. She has performed with The Parahumans, Sophie Luxton, Badass Eroca Nicols/Lady Janitor, the York Lions Dance Team, and performed at the Guelph Contemporary Arts Festival. In 2014, she studied abroad at the Vienna International Dance Festival, Impulstanz. She holds her Associate Jazz Teacher’s Certification with the B.A.T.D., and ballet exam certificates with the R.A.D. Jaqueline is a dance educator at local studios near her hometown. She is currently majoring in Spanish and minoring in Psychology at York University working toward her BA Honours.

Katelyn Collie has been involved in dance for the past 20 years - training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre.  While growing up in Toronto ON, Katelyn received her dance education at Lorri’s Dance Place and completed dance exams through the RAD, and the BATD. She continues to train in contemporary dance and yoga. Katelyn shares her passion for movement as an instructor for The City of Barrie’s recreational dance programs.

Performer (on maternity leave)

Karolyn Owens  has a BFA honours in  dance from York University. During her studies she performed in both York Dances and Dance Innovations, where she was inspired to begin choreographing. Karolyn is enthralled with the idea of inspiring students to fuel their inner dancer by using their own movement. In September 2012, Karolyn earned a BEd and has taught at local dance studios and Rosedale School for the Arts.
Class Facilitator, Performer

Ulana Romanish is originally from Montreal.  She first discovered her affinity for dance performing Ukrainian folk dances. She moved into the world of classical ballet, training with the Academie de Danse Classique and performing with the Ballet Ouest de Montreal professional company. Upon moving to Barrie, Ulana began taking modern dance and classical jazz, with the Huronia Dance Centre and became a member of their studio performance group. She continued her dance training while completing her BSc in Occupational Therapy. When not in the studio, Ulana can be found treating patients at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre as an OT.
Class Facilitator, Performer

Shelby Thoms is a dancer and teacher from Bradford ON.  She began training at the age of nine studying ballet, jazz and acro as a competitive dancer. Shelby attended Ryerson University and received her BFA in performance dance. During her time at Ryerson she had the privilege of working with and being trained by artist such as Nadia Potts, Karen Duplisea, Vicki St. Denys, Allen Kaeja and William Yong.  This summer she travelled to Vienna to study at  ImPulsTanz.
Class Facilitator, Performer


Chrissy King is an emerging dance artist and fitness professional. Growing up in Upstate New York on the shores of Lake Ontario, and has danced for as long as she can remember. She began her serious training at Lisa’s Centre of Dance Artistry where she fostered her love for dance and hard work ethic. Chrissy attended The College at Brockport, State University of New York earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance under the direction of Bill Evans and Maura Keefe. Chrissy is thrilled to become a new member of The Simcoe Contemporary Dancers and looks forward to showcasing amazing work in the greater Simcoe area. 

Eliza Pinney resides in Orillia ON. She has trained at several studios including Tap Shoes and Tutu’s (Toronto), Let’s Dance (Orillia), Tap’s Performing Arts (Orillia) but has found a home at Orillia Dance Academy.  Here she trains in ballet with Andrea Marcucci and in Modern with Sarah Lochhead.  She has also had modern dance coaching from Rebecca Bolden. Eliza is excited to begin her professional performance exposure with SCD.

Jewell Cormier discovered her love for dance when she was eight years old and is now a competitive dancer. She trains in contemporary, ballet, musical theater, hip hop, acro, lyrical and jazz at In Harmony Dance in Newmarket, ON. Jewell has completed vocational R.A.D. ballet exams receiving Distinction, and Intermediate P.A.E.C. acrobatics exams receiving Honours. Jewell is beyond excited to be joining Simcoe Contemporary Dancers as an apprentice this season.

Hayley Hamlin

Sarah Kennedy 
Guest Artists

Regan McQuoid was born and raised in Innisfil, ON. She began taking dance lessons at the age of three and hasn’t stopped moving since. Regan enjoys participating in many dance opportunities such as The Give-Back, a workshop with Tre Armstrong in Toronto, ON, Center Stage School of the Arts annual event Dance Driven in Georgetown,ON, and The Rockettes Summer Intensive in New York, NY. She is currently in her third year of York University’s BFA dance program specializing in choreography and performance. Regan has hopes of becoming a dance teacher and has completed her first session of ADAPT Teacher Training School brining her one step closer to her goals. This is Regan's fourth season with Simcoe Contemporary Dancers.

Board of Directors
Shelley-Ann Walker – Chair
Wendy Hutchinson – Secretary
Alanda Theriault
April Balunda

Information on former SCD artists

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