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Pro Team Categories Archives: Year 2 and 3

Ms. Baker (Juleta Severson-Baker)

Juleta holds her AMRC Speech Arts and Drama diploma, an Honours degree in Drama from the University of Alberta and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. She taught drama for the University of Alberta, both on satellite campuses in communities like Maskwacis and Slave Lake, and in Edmonton. Since 2001, Juleta has taught classes and private lessons in public speaking and debate, drama, and the performance of poetry at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary. Juleta has been an adjudicator of speech and drama festivals all across Alberta and BC. She is also a published poet. Her 2013 poetry collection, Incarnate, was short-listed for the national Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize as well as the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize. Her biggest sources of pride are her two teenage children.

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Ms. Amanda Bonnell

Ms. Amanda Bonnell started with Calgary Arts Academy in 2013.

She is a Calgary based Dance Artist specializing in West African dance and dance education for both children and adults.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts in dance with distinction at the University of Calgary in 2006, and has since focused her research and training in West African dance.

Travel has facilitated much of experiential learning and will continue to guide her explorations of the intersections between dance and culture.

Amanda’s interest in this field has taken her to Toronto, Victoria, California, Chicago, Sweden and West Africa on several occasions. She has worked as an arts administrator with W&M Dance Projects and choreographed for companies such as Alberta Dance Theatre.  She has worked as an artist in residence for the past five years, teaching children in various schools throughout the city.

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