RAD RTS, NBS TTP Dip., BFA Dance, AISTD, PAA, First Aid/CPR Certified
Owner, Director, Lead Instructor
Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Tiny Toes, Small Steps
McKinlee is a highly trained choreographer and teacher with a specialization in Ballet. McKinlee grew up dancing competitively, where she was awarded multiple overall awards, judges special mentions, and scholarships for local dance conventions and workshops. McKinlee has been trained in various styles such as ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, and musical theatre, and competed in many of these styles for almost 10 years. McKinlee has taught and choreographed both recreational and competitive numbers in ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, tap, and musical theatre.
McKinlee began her post-secondary dance journey at York University in Toronto, where she was accepted into the Dance Program. Through York University, McKinlee discovered her love for ballet, and decided to work towards being accepted into Canada's National Ballet School. McKinlee was accepted into the Teacher Training Program at Canada's National Ballet School in June of 2019, and began her training there full-time in September 2019.
McKinlee has completed her studies at York University in Toronto to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Specialized Honors in Dance. She has also achieved her Diploma from Canada’s National Ballet School’s world renowned Teacher Training Program. McKinlee is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as holds her Associates Diploma with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. McKinlee has experience teaching children from 2 years old, to 18years old, and has also taken courses learning how to work with older adults and adults with Parkinson’s through Canada’s National Ballet School.
McKinlee's goal for Next Generation Dance Company is to provide the best possible dance training for her students, along with countless opportunities for growth and development within the industry so that they can follow in her footsteps and take their dance careers with them after high school if they so choose.
ARAD, AAC, AF, PBT, ADTA , PAA, NASM-CPT, First Aid/CPR Certified
Acro - Lead Acro Instructor
Kendra has had a love of dance for over 27 years. Her experience in teaching and assisting students, in dance, began in 2002. Kendra has won many awards at competitions in Ontario and the USA. She has studied with many choreographers over the years, including Shannon Mather, Blake McGrath and Mia Michaels. She has been commended for her choreography around Barrie and the GTA receiving overall, special and choreography awards for her routines at competitions, as well as being the choreographer for productions such as “Dear Edwina” and “Alice in Wonderland” by Kempenfelt Community Players.
Upon graduation in June 2009, she received two scholarships; one for her excellent contribution in dance and the other for the highest mark in dance. Kendra is a Level 2 NCCP Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach and a Level 1 NCCP Trained Trampoline Coach. She is also Acrobatic Arts (Module 2), Alixa Flexibility (Module 2), Progressing Ballet Technique and Premiere Master ADTA Certified and has been teaching students ages 2-19 for over 13 years. Kendra has also completed her Advanced 2 RAD Ballet exam and was granted ARAD status.
Kendra is a highly sought after dancer, performing for Weddings, Bravado, Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ Tribute Concert, and at Pearson International Airport for International Dance Day. She has enjoyed training students at Simcoe Dance Academy, Barrie Parks and Recreation, Northern Stars Gymnastics and Moving Art Centre for the Performing Arts. Kendra is looking forward to bringing her knowledge and passion for dance to the Next Generation Dance Company family!
B Ed. in Progress
Mackenzie Everson is a current student at Trent University in the Teacher Education Program. Her hopes after Teacher's College are to pursue a teaching job in the arts for dance. Mackenzie graduated from the dance program at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School where she received the leadership award throughout the senior students and the Emma Purdie Scholarship at graduation for her passion for dance, leadership, embracing of life, and encouragement to others to pursue their dreams. Mackenzie has been dancing competitively, teaching, and choreographing over the past several years and has recently won a choreography/entertainment award for the Trent University Hip Hop team this past competitive season. Mackenzie is looking forward to joining the team at Next Generation Dance Company and sharing her passion for dance with her students.