Recreational Division Principal / Directrice de l’école
Since 2002, Nicole Kepp has played an integral part in Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, both as a teacher in the Recreational and Professional Divisions, and since 2016, as Principal of the Recreational Division. During her time with the School, she has brought her talent and enthusiasm to every ballet, creative movement and jazz class, and has inspired many students to go on to careers as teachers and professional artists.
Ms. Kepp was a member of the Manitoba committee for Cecchetti Canada for ten years, seven of which were as a provincial representative, where she coordinated national conferences and annual workshops for Manitoba. She was also a member of the festival committee for Dance Manitoba and played a key role in adjudicator selection and festival assessment criteria.
A respected and award-winning choreographer, Ms. Kepp has received honorable mention in the RWB School’s First Steps Choreographic Competition, and her choreography has been included in the RWB School Professional Division’s Concert Hour Ballet tour, Ballet in the Park and the RWB Gala.
She has performed professionally with KOBA Entertainment, appearing in Big Comfy Couch, Franklin the Turtle, Caillou and Little Bear while touring across Canada and the United States. As part of that experience, she was invited to choreograph, set and perform Mona the Vampire at Canada’s Paramount Wonderland in Toronto.
Ms. Kepp received her early training with Dancestreams Youth Dance Company and then went on to graduate from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. She currently holds her Licentiate qualification through Cecchetti Canada and, in 2009, she completed her Advanced 2 Cecchetti majors examination under the guidance of Suzanne Plante. Ms. Kepp is also a certified ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) teacher.
Ms. Kepp has had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as Joel Lochlan, Wenwei Wang, Erin Flyn, Sandra Botnin, and is very grateful for the opportunity to have been influenced by these, and many more artists over the years.