All of our teachers must complete our 40-hour Dandelion Dance training, plus a one-year apprenticeship at Dandelion before teaching for us. Additionally, we require that our teaching staff complete (at minimum) the Level 1 intensive course ‘Making Sense of Kids’ with the Neufeld Institute. This equips them with a strong foundation in developmental psychology.
This training enables our teachers to tailor their teaching techniques to meet the needs of individual girls and young women, ensuring our programs are truly effective in helping girls and young women discover their best selves.
Dandelion’s leadership team also delivers professional training to the broader public through speaking engagements and facilitating workshops.
Kelsey is the Director of Dandelion’s social justice performance company and the Head of Youth performance company and Youth programming.
An interdisciplinary artist working primarily through community-engaged arts practices, Kelsey’s work emerges from a place of relationship. She uses dance, voice, visual arts, and text to engage with and challenge the world that surrounds her.
Kelsey trained as a modern dancer before completing her BFA in Theatre and Development. Her experiences and challenges with traditional dance and theatre forms led Kelsey to purposely seek inclusive and generous spaces for creative expression.
As an arts-educator, her number one goal is connection. She welcomes her students into the exciting language of the arts and emphasizes the building of a caring community within which to create.
Besides working with Dandelion, Kelsey has most enjoyed teaching acting for non-actors at Concordia University, leading teens in outdoor self-discovery with Outward Bound, and designing and facilitating multi-arts programming for children and teens in Sri Lanka and Mali.
Sarah Posthuma is a local arts educator and community arts practioner. She has a BA in English Lit (Hons) from Trent University and BEd from Queens University.
As Head of the Children’s Program at Dandelion Dance, Sarah supports girls in exploring their ideas and experiences through movement and using inquiry-based practices to discover their innate creativity.
Sarah studied at the Centre for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California. Cultivating self-expression, reflection, and connection with individuals and groups, she weaves a variety of storytelling forms and tools into her artistic practice.
Sarah has been studying movement and dance under Hannah Beach, founder of Dandelion Dance, for three years. She has extensive experience facilitating classes, programs, and workshops in a manner that embraces all abilities.
Sarah uses a relationship-based approach in her work. This provides an essential foundation to help children express themselves and create more inclusive spaces in our communities.