Jolene Bailie first taught at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Professional Division, in the 2001-2002 season. During this time her choreography, Incantation, was also featured at In Concert. Jolene returned to teach at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2013.
A choreographer, teacher and the Founding Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works, Ms. Bailie has presented shows annually in Winnipeg since 2000 and toured her work to national and international critical acclaim. Select credits include: Today Art Museum (Beijing), Xi’an Art Museum (Xi’an), The Joyce SoHo (New York City), The National Gallery of Canada, The National Arts Centre, International Solo Dance-Theatre Festival (Stuttgart), The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and collaborative projects with Visual Artist, Wanda Koop.
Ms. Bailie holds a Masters of Fine Art in Dance through The American Dance Festival/Hollins University where she received a Fellowship. Ms. Bailie also holds a Teacher’s Certificate with Distinction from The Royal Academy of Dance, a B.A. Honors degree in Theatre (Dance Stream) and was awarded the Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence from The University of Winnipeg. A graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers, Ms. Bailie has also trained extensively at institutions, intensives, schools and with Master Teachers all over North America. As a dancer, Ms. Bailie has worked with numerous award winning choreographers and directors, as well as with Trip Dance Company, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Ruth Cansfield Dance, Kaeja d’Dance, and Bill Evans and The Bill Evans Dance Company.
Additionally, Ms. Bailie conducts mentorship and apprentice projects for bridging contemporary dancers and is a faculty member at The School of Contemporary Dancers (1997-present). Ms. Bailie teaches Modern in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division.