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Director, choreographer, dancer, writer and teacher, Andrea Palmer has spent over 30 years studying and performing dance. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, her pursuit of excellence has led her to some of the finest institutions in the world including: The National Ballet School of Canada, The Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, and the Jose Limon Institute in New York City.
Her credits include performances for both television and film, choreography for the Grand Opening of Montreal’s “Theatre National”, Artistic Direction and choreography for Flexx 2001- an annual summer dance festival in Montreal which attracted some 3500 spectators, a tour of United Nations Army bases in Bosnia / Herzegovina, as well as performances with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project during the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (2001).
Her unique and dynamic approach to the teaching of dance has made her a sought after guest teacher at summer dance programs across Canada. Several of her former students are now enjoying professional careers in dance.
A member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, Andrea has served as adjudicator for The Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival 2014, The B.C. Annual Dance Competition 2015, The American Dance Awards Canadian Tour, D-Force, Shine and Terpsichore Dance Festivals, to name a few. She has performed and shared her passion for dance across Canada, The United States and Europe.
In 2006 Andrea was honoured to give master classes in Saint Petersburg, Russia and in England thanks to a grant from The Canada Council of the Arts. From 2007-2010 she continued to share her passion for dance in NORWAY as director of the jazz dance program for the Ørsta Volda Balletskule. She has since returned to Montreal where she continues to inspire a new generation of dancers. She is a member of the International Council of Dance based in Paris, France.
Andrea has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Dance at the Université du Québec à Montréal. (UQAM). She organizes and directs a series of dance intensive workshops called Brilliance geared toward the emerging professional dancer in Montreal. Andrea currently teaches at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; Les Studios.