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Who We Are

rooted in love, curiosity and play.

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Calen Kurka

Calen is relentlessly committed to your journey as an artist, instructor and choreographer.

He is inspired by and who so honestly give of their talent and themselves. He continues to create work pushing new movement, strong technique, honesty, emotional commitment, and growth. It is an evolutionary journey with no boundaries, no limits, no ends. 

Currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, as an instructor Calen has taught across Canada, the U.S. and Japan, and more recently in Ireland at Dublin's Dance Jam '07. He is currently instructing for Dance Masters of America as one of their Master Faculty, and is also on faculty with Dance Educators of America. His choreography has been recognized as outstanding at many competitions throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has been the recipient of many awards. In addition to teaching in and around New York he's also assisted choreographer, director, instructor, Michele Assaf.

Learn more about Calen here:

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Lauren Ritchie

Lauren is rooted in community and fiercely dedicated to connecting whole-hearted dancers and teachers. 

For more than 15 years, Lauren Ritchie has been studying, researching, and educating dancers on the physical, emotional and mental intricacies of dance. Lauren has made it her life’s work to support dancers to be their best – mind, body and spirit. Recognizing the lack of mental skills training in dance, Lauren has created programs and exercises dedicated to educating and empowering dancers mental health and fitness to optimize their training. From her MEd in Coaching Studies to a BA in Professional Communications, to multiple Yoga certifications and an accredited Art & Science of Coaching Certification, Lauren has a unique blend of education and resources that offer a holistic training approach for dancers.

Lauren has firsthand knowledge of the attributes required to achieve and sustain peak performance. She was a highly competitive and decorated dancer having classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. After completing her A.R.A.D, Lauren knew she “wanted to dance” but had little guidance and awareness of the true process of transitioning into a professional dance career. This is why Lauren has created and hosts The Dance Podcast; an invaluable resource dedicated to inspire and educate dancers, teachers, and parents through candid conversations with industry professionals. 

Lauren is an established facilitator and speaker, delivering workshops to prestigious schools and training programs like the Alberta Ballet School and Harbour Dance Centre. She is the co-founder of the Dance Teacher reTREAT AND has also facilitated and contributed to the DTRC’s on the Move workshops speaking to aspiring dancers in Calgary.  Her career achievements had also been recognized as she was a recipient of the Edmontonian’s Top 20 under 30.

Lauren’s engaging and encouraging teaching style has inspired dance teachers and students across the country to use dance as a practice of high-performance living and an exploration of their unique self. 

Lauren speaks about her love for the reTREAT here:

 
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Christian Vincent

An Educator, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor and Brain-Shaker!

***Lauren had “education envy” after their podcast interview together because he is a WEALTH of information, passion and dedication.***

Christian holds a B.F.A from Butler University where he graduated with highest honors, cum laude and a MFA in dance from the University of California, Irvine. He currently teaches on the dance conventions LA Dance Magic and Triple Threat dance Convention and is one of the newest faculty members to join the USC Gloria Kaufman School of Dance.

As a multi-talented performer, Christian first experienced success in the entertainment industry as one of the “most working” professional dancers. Christian has worked with such artists as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Mandy Moore, Geri Halliwell, Macy Gray, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Ashanti, Prince, Gloria Estefan, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder and Madonna (where he was dance captain for her Drowned World Tour).

Christian has also danced in various films including She’s All That, Starsky and Hutch, Rent, The Wedding Planner, Walk Hard “The Dewey Cox Story,” Flintstones “Viva Rock Vegas,” Ms. Congeniality 2 and GI Joe 2 Retaliation. Even more extensive are his television appearances on Buffy, Disney’s Annie, Arrested Development, Baywatch, Mad TV, The George Lopez show, Cold Case and Dancing with The Stars. Additionally, he has appeared in multiple commercials and print ads for Chevrolet, Muscle and Fitness “Hers” and Verizon.

Christian’s talents as a choreographer, dance coach and artistic director have been utilized in various projects. He has worked with directors David Fincher and Marc Webb and coached actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer). Christian recently finished coaching Golden Globe winning actress Sally Hawkins for Guillermo del Torro’s new film,The Shape of Water.

Christian’s commercial credits include Target, AT&T, Nationwide Insurance, WalMart, Nestle Skinny Cow, CoverGirl with Queen Latifah, Adidas and Subway. His television and film work can be seen in Noah’s Arc “Jumping The Broom”, 500 Days of Summer ( Assistant choreographer) and the Global television series Canada Sings.

Christian is also an actor. Christian appeared off Broadway in Radiant Baby, directed by George C. Wolf. He has made appearances in Smallville, Center Stage 2 as Harris Webb, J, J Abrams hit series Fringe, as The Archangel Michael, in the ABC Family show entitled Fallen, the Lifetime movie Sins of the Mother, and most recently the Sci-fi show Continuum. Christian is best known for his role as Ricky on the MTV Logo series Noah's ARC. 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"Lauren is constantly thriving to push students beyond their barriers and help them explore what they can offer. Her attention to detail and performance is admirable, and her passion is magnetic. She is a true gift to the world of dance." - Dance Educator

"Calen ignites new perspectives on dance, creativity , and connection to self. His classes remind me why I love dance and what it means to be an authentic teacher." - Dance Educator

 
 

OUR STORY

 
 
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This is a story rooted in love and connection.

We started out as a young, frosted tips, “braces & bangs” bffs - training our butts off and seeking to surround ourselves with those who lifted us up and pushed us to new levels within our artistry. The theme remains the same - the hair has changed… thank God.

Our insatiable thirst for information and commitment to breaking down boundaries has led us here. Building out this curriculum. Challenging every Dance Teacher to go deeper within their knowledge. Inviting every Dance Teacher to go deeper within themselves.