Miss Renee credits her early and lifelong training from the Grand Matriarch of Dance, Mrs. Doris Sitter of the Doris Sitter School of Dance in Moose Jaw. At a young age, she pursued many workshops and summer schools having regular contact with many noted Canadian Teachers like Brian Foley, Sonia Chamberlain, etc. and was a regular competition/exam student.
Teaching and choreographing began in high school and Renee loved it! She enjoyed finding many different ways to make things “click” for students. Choreography for numerous musical productions also found its way onto her resume – Annie, Grease, Oklahoma, Wizard of Oz, etc., which developed into a love affair with musical theatre.
As a teacher, continuing education is the mainstay of Ms. Skeoch’s itinerary. Attending many workshops, conventions and seminars across North America as well as traveling to England, keeps her abreast of changes and innovations to dance. Traveling to major cities also has the perk of seeing the current dancing and musical productions that are playing – a great excuse to go to conventions in New York or Vegas!!!
Renee’s teaching qualifications include both teaching diplomas from the Royal Academy of Dance – one specializing in the Teaching of Children as well as one specializing in the Teaching of Majors – and has been a fully Registered teacher with the RAD since registration has been required. She has dabbled in the ISTD Modern and National exams, has Full membership in the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in both Tap and Jazz and holds the Elementary Benesh Notation Certificate from the Benesh Institute. She is currently an examiner for the CDTA Saskatchewan branch in Tap & Jazz. At this point in time, she is the owner of the Backstage Dance Co. in Swift Current, and has been a Ballet Mistress at Vandance Studio One in Lethbridge and Taber for the past 5 years. Miss Renee has also enjoyed teaching and adjudicating at many workshops and festivals throughout the years.
Renee believes that we are always students – there is always something to learn. She loves to pass on the joy of dance to aspiring dancers and the future leaders of our world and encourages all her students to “GO FOR IT!!”