Meet The Board
Hello! My name is Genevieve Candelora and I am the chair of TCDC. I am proud to live and raise my family on Treaty 6 Territory, the unceded and traditional lands of the Woodland Cree people. I feel grateful to work alongside members of the tri-communities to create a vision for dance here in our area. I live in La Ronge and I am a mama of two wonderful children. I was inspired by them to become involved in creating this group. I do not have a dance background (unless you count the Zoo til 2, haha) but I wanted to support bringing a variety of dance forms and opportunities to our communities so that children have access to dance as a way to express themselves and experiment with movement. The arts are so important to the fabric of communities and I love the idea of having dance as an outlet for children, youth and beyond, for our communities. I look forward to working with the community to bring to reality our dreams of dance for the tri-communities.
I have been a resident of La Ronge since 2015, I work as a social worker, and am a mom to 2. As a kid and young adult my life was dance, I started dancing competitively when I was 4 years old, a variety of genres of dance, and was a Hip Hop instructor/choreographer for a few years after Highschool. I am finding that my daughter has a similar love for dance as I do, and wish to see her have that opportunity in her own community, like I did.
Tamara Layton Putz
Bio coming soon!
Member at Large
As a kid I would attend my cousin’s dance performances down south and think wow, I could never do that! And, to this day dancing is something I am not comfortable doing. I joke with my husband that the real reason I’m so invested in getting a dance group off the ground here is so that I can register myself for lessons. All joking aside, I did not come to the board with a dance background. Rather, I came to it with a passion to create opportunities that I wasn’t able take advantage of as a kid growing up in La Ronge. I am the mother of two vibrant girls who, like all kids, are full of so much potential. As their mom, I want to provide them with everything they need to feel comfortable and help them blossom into their best selves. Being part of this group, working together to create our vision, and then start to put our plan into play has been incredibly rewarding thus far. I am so looking forward to being part of the evolution of the Tri-Community Dance Club and what we will have to offer.
Hello, my name is Kaylee Irving. I am a Registered Nurse and mother of 2. I have always dreamed of dance being offered in the north as my daughter loves dance. I joined TCDC to help make that dream a reality for her and the many others in our community who love dance.
Member at large
My name is Jenny Wilkins and I've been a resident of La Ronge for over 30 years. I moved here from Alberta at a very young age and fell in love with the community instantly. The scenery, outdoor fun, and small town atmosphere is second to none. I had taken a jazz/hip hop class in high school , and ever since I've been hooked on dance! Unfortunately it was only offered for the one year and I was left wanting more. My husband and I have two daughters (5 and 1) and am eager to assist in bringing more dance opportunities to our tri-community.
Member at Large
Charlene Bosiak was born and raised in the rural faming community of Russell, Manitoba. Her father also has family farm land in Keld, Manitoba, where she spent time growing up, as well as at her Grandmothers in Dauphin, MB, and Estevan, SK. She has been involved with dance since a child, when the neighbouring community, Birtle, offered ballet lessons from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Sometimes they took the class to trips to Winnipeg to watch the ballet productions, and this began her life-long passion for dance. In her early teens, she moved to Regina, SK, and joined, Veronica’s Dance Studio. There she was invited to be a member of their performing troupe, Ky Laua Dancers. Her dance repertoire then expanded to Tap, Polynesian, Ballroom, Belly dance, European Folk genres, and the speciality, French can-can. She travelled extensively around Regina and the province performing at various venues, such as the Grey Cup Celebrations at the Centre of the Arts, Camp Easter Seal, Political parties, and theme nights at the Hotel Saskatchewan. She also performed at numerous Legions throughout the province, since her instructor, Veronica Green, was a WW II English war bride whom had married a Canadian soldier. In her early 20s, she relocated to La Ronge, Saskatchewan, where she still resides because the trees and lakes remind her of her home province, Manitoba. Having loved performing, she chose to exclusively study belly dance, as the artform was body and age friendly, with many performance opportunities at festivals and events. A lot of her dance study during that time was at home using VHS videos and any reading material she could get her hands on. Since that earlier time, she performed and travelled extensively within Canada, USA, and abroad. She has travelled and studied under numerous master instructors in major cities across Canada. Charlene was honored in 2006, as Guest Artist, featured in RBC’s Dance to Dance productions hosted by Dance Saskatchewan at the TCU in Saskatoon. From 2007 – 2010, she attended the Annual Belly Dance Conferences hosted by the Arabesque Dance Academy in Toronto, Ontario as well successfully completed their Pro Course. In 2009 she completed her Oriental Dance Teacher Training level 1 & 2 with International master teacher, Hadia in Bali, Indonesia. From 2010 - 2015, Charlene lived in Toronto every summer, studying dance with the Arabesque Dance Academy, as well apprenticed with the Hannan Sultan studios during the last summer. She undertook many intensives and workshops, along with regular lessons. She also completed a professional course under the direction of Nada El Masriya and Hannan Sultan. Later, she acquired her Hatha Yoga Teacher Certificate training from Prana Yoga in Vancouver, BC in 2010. Since 2019, Charlene has been a dance artist in the YRA Dream Company, which is a group of international dance artists living in 4 countries, who learn online and perform under the Artistic Direction and Company ownership of Yasmina Ramzy, based in Toronto, ON. The Company performs in various cities across Canada and the USA. Charlene’s last international performance with them was in Grand Rapids, Michigan, just before COVID restrictions came into place. She currently takes lessons with Yasmina Ramzy (Toronto), Melissa Gamal (Toronto), and online master teachers (Cairo) on ZOOM. Charlene is a numerous dance grant recipient from Dance Saskatchewan Inc., RAMED, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Since 2021, she became a board member on both Dance Saskatchewan Inc., and the Tri-Community Dance Club. She teaches belly dancing in La Ronge and loves to host and promote other professional dancers and dance in Saskatchewan. Charlene holds a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in Education, and a Cosmetology diploma from Marvel in Regina, SK. She has worked at Northlands College in La Ronge for over a decade as an Instructor and a coordinator. Besides dance, she has a passion for teaching, travelling, gardening, cooking, and visual arts & crafts. Charlene comes from a long line of artists on both sides of her family, having a Great-Grandmother who came to Canada with a degree in Fine Art from England. She has various family members who are professional artists in the visual arts, music, and architecture. Her sister is also a dancer, her mother is a visual artist who owned an art gallery, and her father creates ornamental steel structures. Her father’s wife is a Country singer who toured around Manitoba, and many trips to Nashville, Tennessee.