about the editor…

Ronelle Roode-Brothers has been a Dance-Educator, Studio-Director & Performing-Artist since 1981, specializing in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary/Modern, Adult-classes and Musical Theatre.  An Adjudicator, Competitive Coach, Choreographer & Master-Convention Teacher – she is known to her colleagues, students and throughout the dance-community for her passionate, dynamic spirit, immense creativity and her ability to inspire.

Ronelle has been a faculty-member with Peggy White Dance Theatre, Pacific Ballet Theatre (Maria Lewis), The Richmond Academy of Dance, The Richmond Arts Centre, and for most of her teaching-years, with R&S School of Dance.  She has also been frequently brought in as a guest-choreographer/teacher for several BC dance-studios’ competitive and youth company programs – and for Fine-Arts Programs in Academic Elementary and High-schools.

Ronelle has traveled throughout North America (as an adjudicator/convention-teacher/choreographer) to such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Lake Tahoe, Orlando, Edmonton, Calgary, Las Vegas, and many more.

For nearly 2 decades, her extensive work with World-Wide Performances (ILD) included setting choreography for many of North America’s most celebrated award-winning young performers at World-Wide’s International Championships. While a member of this esteemed faculty, Ronelle worked alongside noted professionals as Stephen McAteer (of Riverdance), Phillip Carman (Resident Director for Bad Boys of Dance/Rock The Ballet) and Ms. Brenda Bufalino (legendary and pioneering Female Tap-Artist.)

As a teacher/studio-director, Ronelle always believed in expanding the education of her students and invited several guest-artists to choreograph and teach seminars at her studio.  Those guest-artists regularly included Stephen McAteer (Riverdance,) Triple Threat Dance Convention-Directors, Carolina Lancaster Castellino, Dorie Konno-Lazaroff and Kelly Konno.

Many of her graduate-students now enjoy diverse careers-in-dance, of their own.  Several have gone on to perform with various cruise-lines, revues and dance companies and/or are now highly successful Dance-Educators/Studio-owners.

While mainly focused on her teaching-career, Ronelle enjoyed several performance opportunities in her spare time.  One of her proudest moments was touring for many years with the infamous westcoast R&B band, HB Concept as their female vocalist, dancer/choreographer.  In 1989, the band was invited to the prestigious MZA Ariake performance-venue in Tokyo, Japan. Here they performed as opening-act for legendary R&B artists, Kool and the Gang.

In efforts to experience a diverse artist’s perspective – from 1984 – 1988, Ronelle worked as an independent choreographer/performer (primarily in Contemporary style.)  During this same timeframe, she also founded the west-coast’s first All-Female Breakdance troupe, The Silhouettes.  This troupe of young women was a dynamic collaboration of both formally-trained and naturally-gifted performers. The Silhouettes performed at several events in both the lower-mainland and Washington – as well as successfully competing at a range of (underground) Breakdance-culture competitions.

What the modern-day Hip-Hop artists view as “Old School” – having “been there”, this, along with a heritage-born African-background to dance, was where Ronelle drew on a unique rhythmic-enhancement which she incorporated into her signature-approach to Jazz and other choreography.

Ronelle’s own training and background is exceptionally diverse.  Having studied traditional genres – Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance examinations), Character-National, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary/Modern and Tap – Ronelle expanded herself technically and artistically by also studying Flamenco – and had the good fortune of a first-hand education in African-flavours, simply by her South African heritage, and having grown up in a home where music, dance & the arts were part of everyday life.

In her teen & adult years, constantly encouraged to seek knowledge (by her parents & her mentors) Ronelle took seminars & master-classes, as well as attending Dance In Canada conferences, immersing herself in a large scope of genres – Contemporary/Modern with artists as Brian Webb, Barbra Bourget, Cornelius Fisher-Credo, EDAM, Constantine Darling. Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary with Eva Von Genscy, Douglas Caldwell, Joe Tremaine, Marcea Lane and many others.

Ronelle also trained for many years with Flamenco-Masters, Teo Morca and his wife (the late) Isabel Morca and Oscar Nieto (Mozaico Flamenco.)  Ronelle believes that her Flamenco training truly uncovered her “dancer’s spirit!”  And experiencing this rich and passionate dance-form also influenced the way she choreographed much of her work – from Lyrical to Jazz to Musical-Theatre.

Along with her dance-training, Ronelle studied Royal Conservatory Piano and Music Theory for 10 years.  (This, no doubt, contributed to her knowledge & skills as a dance-educator as well.)

Published Writer:

Ronelle is the Editor/Owner of A Passion for Dance Magazine, her online-publication dedicated to the Dance-Arts.  There is also a sister-webzine, devoted to the archived-articles,  A Passion for Dance Magazine+Plus.

Both web-magazines feature some of the very best in the dance-industries, including Louis Van Amstel (Dancing with the Stars), Jeff Hyslop (Canada’s Quintessential Performing-Artist/Entertainer), Bad Boys of Dance/ROCK THE BALLET, and several incredible professional-artists known around the world. As well, the webzines celebrate all those enthusiastic about Dance and the Arts – from amateurs to professionals.

As a freelance writer of many years, her works have been published in such magazines & periodicals as Simply Woman Magazine, the Post (BC), BC Parent magazine, Footnotes Dance magazine and many others. She has offered her perspective to a vast collection of topics. From dance to sports – the celestial and the humorous – putting her own twist on ideas which touch the spirit, make you laugh or to celebrate the successes of another.

In November 2011, Ronelle was selected to join the SWAT Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer), Ronelle became an Ambassador for one of the world’s leading life coaching programs.   This incredible opportunity has Ronelle working closely with Crystal Andrus (founder of the SWAT Institute and best-selling Hay House author—Hay House also publishes the works of such authors as Dr. Phil, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra). Working with Ms. Andrus, along with a select, handful of women from all corners of the world, this core group of women, chosen to form a powerhouse perspective, represent the SWAT Institute with the utmost of integrity, all the while offering women, world-wide, the chance to share in the joy of becoming empowered and successful in their own right.

In February 2012, Ronelle’s work with the SWAT Institute soon transitioned into the prestigious role of SWAT Affiliate & Featured Partner. Her writing talent recognized by Best-selling author, Crystal Andrus, will find Ronelle’s work being published on the Simply Woman Accredited Trainer (SWAT) web-magazine, Simply Woman. 

Here Ronelle’s entrepreneurial pursuits & written works joins those of world-wide authors, life coaches and esteemed individuals in the self-improvement/wellness/life-coaching professions.Read Ronelle’s featured articles:

http://www.simplywoman.com/?s=ronelle

Dance-As-Fitness/Specialized Programs:

Through the years, Ronelle has simultaneously enjoyed work as a Dance-Fitness professional, teaching Aerobics, Latin-styled Fitness and her own specialized Dance-Fitness programs for Adults, Teens and school children.

Believing Dance is for Everyone - she has also incorporated working with the Developmentally-Disabled and 3rd-Age students – designing & instructing successful, specialized Dance-programs geared to enhancement of their physical and spiritual well-being.

Artisan:

Enjoying the creative-arts as well, for almost a decade, Ronelle has had her own line of Swarovski Crystal jewelry and keepsake items which have been sold in various lower-mainland gift-shops, galleries and artisan markets.

 

 

 





Photo Credit: Laura Bucci 


 



 Ronelle with Kool & The Gang's Skip Martin (on tour...Tokyo, Japan)

 






 

 


 

 




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