Arts and Learning Award Recipient | Misty Wensel, Regina

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Misty Wensel, Regina

Misty is the founder of FadaDance School, as well as a collaborator, dancer and choreographer with the innovative and whimsical FadaDance Troupe. A University of Regina graduate (with a B. Ed in Arts Education, majoring in dance) and former high school arts educator, Misty has been sharing her enthusiasm for dance and dance instruction with Regina and area since 2000. Through the creation of FadaDance in 2004, she founded Regina's first contemporary dance studio, offering movement and expression ranging from light and comical to thoughtfully profound, all performed while maintaining the connection between dancer and audience. Along with her fellow teachers, Misty has trained and inspired dancers of all ages, while creating unique opportunities for students of all ages and abilities, to explore contemporary dance. The FadaDance Troupe and its youth company, Prairie Dance Seeds, have traveled to stages, festivals, and workshops across Canada and beyond. FadaDance is frequently seen and appreciated at many Regina festivals, and is a core player in Regina's burgeoning arts community.

As a solo artist, Misty infuses and explores a hybrid of contemporary dance with Kathak (Indian classical dances), and is currently refining a body of Kathak-influenced dance through collaboration with Joanna De Souza of M-Do, Toronto.

In May of 2013, FadaDance premiered Ru(elles), a new work by Johanna Bundon which explored the theme of relationships, both within the troupe and their connection to community.

Photo by Shawn Fulton