(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.
Emily graduated with her B.F.A in Performance Dance from Ryerson University, where she trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz and Modern techniques.
Upon graduation, Emily was immediately launched into the commercial world and has performed with international recording artists Sting, Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Anne-Marie, Vanessa Hudgens, Kardinal Offishall, and The Weeknd… to name a few. Emily has has the privilege to share her talent onstage at the NBA All Star Halftime Show, iHeart Radio MMVAS, WE Day, and the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball North.
Choreographic credits include Emily’s three full length contemporary dance productions that toured Dubai. She also choreographed the official City of Toronto's Tree Lighting Ceremony, a record production that drew in over 8000 spectators. Emily’s recent adventures took her to Qatar where she was Cast Manager to over 230 performers for both the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 and the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Emily continues to be a sought-after choreographer and instructor, and guest teaches regularly all over Canada and the USA at national conventions and competitions. She MC-ed and hosted seminars/classes at both the Toronto and Calgary Dance Teacher Expos, drawing in thousands of studio owners and dance educators from across the nation. Emily continues to enjoy a fulfilling career, while passing on her years of knowledge and passion to young artists and fellow educators all across Canada and the USA.
Kelsey was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where she first started dancing at the age of three. Starting with Ballet, Jazz and Tap as her dance foundation, that lead to her training in various different styles of dance such as Acro, Hip Hop and Ballroom making her an overall versatile dancer.
Her first big performance experience was with The Young Canadians, where she trained for eleven years, and performed at the world famous Calgary Stampede. While with The Young Canadians she performed for The Queen of England Elizabeth II. Upon completion of her training she continued with her career dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines as an on board performer and entertainer. Afterwards, Kelsey moved to Toronto, Ontario to allow her to further her career and has since had the opportunity to appear in numerous music videos, National and International commercials, Awards shows and touring theatre shows. Her career has allowed her to tour many places such as Doha; Qatar, Sharjah; UAE, Turks and Caicos, all over the Caribbean, United States and across Canada.
Kelsey is grateful for this career which has allowed her to travel, perform and continue with her passion for dance and entertaining. Teaching dance has always been a passion as well. Bringing students into the art of dance holds a special place in her heart. Watching younger dancers learn, grow and find their own love in the movements is something truly special.