The Mascall Dance Society Board of Directors warmly welcome in-coming adminstrator Nina Jane Patel.
Let us introduce you to Nina:
Nina Jane Patel
“For me, joining one of BC’s most longstanding contemporary dance companies is a privilege and honour. Beginning this new journey with MascallDance has been very exciting,”says Nina Jane Patel. “I’m committed to developing, growing to sustain the company for the years to come.”
Born in England and raised in Winnipeg, Nina has worked with Ballet BC, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Gear Shifting Performance Works and her company, The Lime Project Dance Company in both artistic and management capacities. A certified Dance Movement Therapist, she also trained and worked in London (UK) for five years within the NHS, the British School System and Her Majesty’s Prisons.
From 2008-13, Nina took a detour from the dance world. With marketing savvy and entrepreneurial ambition, she and her husband Neil Patel co-founded an internet marketing company, now launched in Canada, US, Australia and the UK as a subsidiary of Kabuni.com. Nina then spent two years with lululemon, successfully managing a $1.3 million business, exceeding sales targets while generating strong community, people, culture and guest experience metrics. Now in the dance field once again, Nina works with both MascallDance and as Ballet BC’s Outreach Project Facilitator. And, through her foundation, Every Child Will Dance ( www.ninajanepatel.com) she continues providing children access to dance as a mode of self-expression in Vancouver schools. She and her husband live in Kitsilano with their four beautiful children, Issabella, Mackenzie, Amelia and Kaeden.
Our part-time administrator Gemma works with Nina on various aspects of company promotion and administration.
Gemma is a Vancouver-based contemporary dance artist and freelance filmmaker. Her Bachelor’s Degree with distinction comes from University of Calgary’s Dance Program. Her dance training since includes Surge Co. pre-professional company, scholarships from the Training Society of Vancouver’s Working Class and EDAM Dance, and P.A.R.T.S. Summer School in Brussels combined with attending ImpulsTanz, Vienna’s International Dance Festival. As a filmmaker completed an internship with Think/Feel reel film production company of Brooklyn, New York and studies in the Digital Film Production Program at Langara College. Past experience also includes as artistic direction of a small photo/video start-up and as an associate casting director for major film production companies filming locally. In 2012, Gemma co-founded Strange Change Dance Collective, which received a Calgary 2012 Grassroots Grant for their showcase. Her choreography work has appeared in the Annual Alberta Dance Festival’s Prelude Series, Fluid Movement Arts Festival’s SPARK 2012, BLOOM choreographic residencies (2014,15,16) at MascallDance, RAW Artists Showcase “Spectrum” Lab Art Show (2013,14), Fluid Movement Arts Festival’s Physical Therapy Cabaret, To. Be.Announced choreographic Showcase, The Lovers Cabaret Presents: Six Word Stories, and during her residency with the Scotiabank Dance Centre’s 12 Minutes Max Program.
Susan and Jennifer began in 1977, performing Mascall's hour long unison duet UNICYCLE BLUES. Recently, she has written, dramaturged, and provided promotional design and project management to MascallDance. Her background includes performing, teaching, writing, rehearsal directing, artistic direction, advocacy and choreography for dance and theatre. She holds a BFA from York University (Hons, Dance 77) has served in an advisory capacity to the MAC, BCAC and Canada Council for the Arts, and is past co-Chair of the Mascall Dance Society as well as a number of other Boards. Susan is a member of the South East Asian Cultural Heritage Society Board of Directors. She lives in North Van with her husband and daughter. www.susanmckenzie.ca
John’s long association with MascallDance includes the frequent collaborative design of lighting, sets, technical direction and touring strategies for many MascallDance works. He currently provides financial oversight and artistic advisory for the company. John is a lighting designer and technical director for dance and theatre who began touring internationally with New York's Nikolais Dance Theatre in 1973 and continues to maintain a teaching career in technical theatre, lighting design, stage and production management and arts administration at the Simon Fraser Centre for the Performing Arts.