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KYLIE KNUDSEN

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Kylie began dancing in Thunder Bay at the age of nine. From an early years in dance, Kylie has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap through various teachers and workshop classes. Some memorable highlights from her own dancing years were performing in the local productions of “The Nutcracker”, attending the International Teachers Cecchetti Conference, performing live with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra as a soloist with both her Four Seasons “Spring” variation and later with Saint-Saens’ “The Dying Swan”, competing at the DanceAmerica Nationals where she was sellected to compete for the Dancer of the Year and perform at Disney World (Orlando, Florida), and being a member of one of Canada’s largest on-campus dance clubs at Queen’s University. She won numerous awards locally including the Senior Silver Tray for her ballet solo. The majority of her ballet training under Laura McRury and she has attained her Advanced 1 level under the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Cecchetti Method. This is where Kylie really learned the importance of proper alignment, purity of movement and the mastery of basics before progression which resonates with her today.

Kylie has always enjoyed dancing herself but her true passion for teaching and education of others developed when her younger sister entered the dance world. She has attributed most of her love of teaching to watching her younger sister and classmates blossom from timid students to the amazing and wonderfully talented performers they are today. She has taught a variety of age and skill levels in many styles, however, her true favourite has always been ballet. Her dancers have competed both locally and regionally winning top marks overall including “Most Promising”, “Best Presentation”, “Best Technique” and the overall “Junior Ultimate Challenge” winners to name a few.

Kylie has also been involved as a cheerleading coach for over a decade. She holds her Level 5 United States All Star Federation credentials for stunts, tosses and tumbling. She has led her local team to multiple Canadian and American National Championships, along with Ontario Provincial Champions.

Kylie is also an accomplished Academic and Registered Physiotherapist. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at Lakehead University with “Honours” and her fourth year thesis on “The Pressure Distribution on the Foot in a Classical Ballet Pointe Shoe” that has allowed her to enhance and better correct issues young dancers may have with their feet. She then went on to attend Queen’s University in Kingston, ON and completed her Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy, where she was awarded the “Quinte District Award” for academic excellence.

Since graduation, Kylie has worked as a Registered Physiotherapist and in 2012 purchased her own clinic, Northern Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic. She has completed extensive post graduate studies in acupuncture, advanced taping skills, and manual therapy. You’ve probably seen her around the local dance competitions since her return to Thunder Bay with her bag of tapes as she has always has a soft spot for the injured dancer. It was this new passion for treating the injured dancer that has her returning to the dance studio.

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