(Erin) Kim Turnbull - "Miss Kim"
B.A. Dal. NeuroPsych., A.C.D.T.A. since 1985
Our Master of Ceremonies, better known in the Dance Community as “Miss Kim’, has been with Limelight Productions since the beginning. She has M.C.’d for dance events throughout the region and has acted as an adjudicator for several Atlantic dance competitions but she says, “Limelight always feels like being home with family”. She has studied and/or taught Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Step Dance, Flamenco, Belly Dance, Character National, African, Social Dance and Country and Western dance forms with some of the most acclaimed teachers of her time. Her training began when she was three years old with Mother Mary Turnbull, leading to her professional qualification through the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (C.D.T.A.) in 1985 with further qualifications reached in 1991, 1995 and 2012.
Throughout the decades, she has also completed numerous student and teaching level exams in the Russian and N.A.T.D. syllabi. She has held the position of Artistic Director of several multidisciplinary schools throughout her career, has been on the faculty of an dhas guest taught at dozens of competitive schools coast to coast. ‘Miss Kim’ opened her first studio in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay in September 2001 then went on to open two more studios on the South Shore, in Chester and Bridgewater as well as one in Fall River. To this day these areas continue to thrive as vital dance centres under the direction of our next generation of teachers.
Drawing from her performance background in live theatre, television and film, Miss Kim has choreographed and guest performed locally with several Maritime theatre companies including Chester Playhouse and Neptune Theatre. Other credits to her name include having been acknowledged for her contribution to “The Tap Dance Dictionary”, published by MacFarland & Company, acting as Competition Coordinator for the first two C.D.T.A. Atlantic Ballet Festivals, having been a director on the Board of Dance Nova Scotia from 1996-2003 and the Atlantic Vice President of the C.D.T.A., but her most proud accomplishment she says, are her beautiful dancing daughters.
A double alumnus of the Canada’s National Ballet School (Professional Ballet Program/Teachers Training Program for Former Pro’s - TTPPD, Dip with Distinction), Mr. McIsaac is a highly regarded/accredited Professional Dance Educator/Master Class Facilitator and one of North Americas’ leaders within dance community at large. His vast experience as a Professional Dance Adjudicator (25 years at Regional/National events) inspires dancers to achieve their highest technical/performance potential: and is eagerly sought after.
Mr. McIsaac is the Resident Classical/Contemporary Ballet Master for competitive dance studios within the Greater Toronto area, instructing students ages 6-19. He also mentors YOUTH AMERICAL GRAND PRIX and RAD SOLO SEAL participants and boasts an impressive roster of private clientele under his company - DANCE DIRECTION. Mr. McIsaac also facilitates Teacher-Training seminars for a plethora of events, including being on faculty for RHEE GOLD’s DANCEIFE Enterprises, and has also developed a comprehensive IN-HOUSE BALLET/DANCE EVALUATION Examination Program (please contact coordinate below for inquiries).
Mr. McIsaac is high demand as an Intensive/Convention facilitator and is has been touted as the “Canadian Ballet Guru”, and is currently booked for events such as VIEW DANCE CHALLENGE CONVENTION, ALLEGRO BALLET FESTIVAL, CAMBODIA DANCE CHALLENGE, CANADIAN DANCE EXPO (Teachers/Students Experience), RAD WORLD CONVENTION “EN AVANTE”, RAD USA DANCE CHALLENGE, DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA, WORLD PERFORMERS CANADA, ON THE FLOOR, ROCK THE RHYTHM, DANCE QUEST CANADA, TNT AONCE CONVENTION, THE AUDIENCE DANCE REIVALRY and more.
Mr. McIsaac’s certifications include: Diploma with Distinction-NBS Teachers Training Program for Former Pro’s (TTPPD, Dip), Mutually Recognized Teacher-The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD, MRT), Dance Masters of Canada (DMC) and International Dance Teachers Association of Great Britain (IDTA), The Society of Classical Ballet Vaganova Method (SCBVM). He was also the recipient of the 2013 CAROLE CHADWICK AWARD and 2014 SYLVIE M. MCPHEE Awards, presented by NBS ballet faculty for Outstanding Teacher Recognition.
Mr. McIsaac also boasts an Extensive Professional Performance career, including Broadway Musicals such as: CATS, Mr. Mistoffelees (Original Can. Cast/Nat. Tour); MISS SAIGON, Dragon Acrobat & Ensemble (London, Eng. - West End); HOME AND AWAY THE MUSICAL, UK Tour; JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Napthali (London, Eng. - West End); SHOWBOAT, Assistant Dance Captain/Ensemble (Toronto/US Nat. Tour/London, Eng. – West End); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LeFou (US Nat. Tour); THE HANDMAID’S TALE and DEATH IN VENICE, Dance Ensemble (Canadian Opera Company); HAIRSPRAY THE MOVIE!, Dance Ensemble; CANADIAN IDOL SEASON 3, Ensemble; SYNCHRONICITY, with Jennifer Lopez, Dance Ensemble (Japan Tour).
Mr. McIsaac/balletgman (his industry nickname) and his BOUNDLESS enthusiasm/dedication to the mentoring dance community has been noted and applauded from the highest level of dance educators, worldwide.
Kaitlind Gorman is a resident of Toronto after moving from Ottawa for the Dance Program at George Brown College where she received the Faculty Award for overall excellence.
Kaitlind has had the pleasure of working with companies such as the Toronto Youth Theatre, Lower Ossington Theatre, KOBA Entertainment, and High Society Cabaret. Most recently, Kaitlind completed a contract as a cancan dancer at the Diamond Tooth Gerties Gabling Hall in Dawson City, Yukon.
Kaitlind never stops learning and has worn many hats within the entertainment industry. She has served as both assistant and lead stage manager for companies/show such as Pitch Talks, Anatomy of a Dancer, and Baby Shark the Live Show.
One of Kaitlind’s biggest joys is teaching and she continues to expand her knowledge into the history and background of all dance styles to better herself not only as a performer but as an instructor. Kaitlind is a certified ADAPT teacher and cherishes the ability to share her love of dance with the next generation of performers and leaders.