BALLET | CONTEMPORARY | LYRICAL | TAP | JAZZ | STAGE | MUSICAL THEATRE
Originally from Vancouver, BC, Milar Windsor Menard began her official dance training at Dance Co at the age of three. Milar has trained in many different styles of dance, including ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre, acro and hip-hop. Milar has always known that her life's work would be focused on dance. During high school she became a member of the Professional Half-Day program at Dance Co, where she trained for over 30 hours a week. She enthusiastically embraced this opportunity to train extensively in all styles of dance. It was during this time that she developed and honed her love for ballet. She decided to pursue this by auditioning and obtaining a spot in the highly acclaimed Professional Division at the School of Alberta Ballet. Even while training at this young age she knew that she wanted to continue her legacy and nurture a passion for ballet in other young students. She is happy to now have that opportunity. Always looking for ways to improve her knowledge and technique, Milar decided to spend the last year as a Professional Graduate of The School of Alberta Ballet and part of the inaugural year of the Teacher Training Program at the School of Alberta Ballet.
As well as dancing at the School of Alberta Ballet in their Professional Division and Post Graduate program, Milar has also trained at the Victoria Academy of Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, Lines Ballet School, l'Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes and many others. Milar has also competed in many international ballet competitions including YAGP where she received an invitation to the YAGP International Ballet Intensive in NYC. Throughout the years, Milar has received countless scholarships and bursaries at dance competitions worldwide including most recently a full scholarship offer to the Sun Dance Summer Intensive at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto.
Milar has always shown interest in choreography. She began choreographing her own performance pieces at the age of 14 and in 2016 she was the recipient of the “Most Promising Ballet Choreographer Award” from The Surrey Festival of Dance. Milar’s pieces have also won countless high score awards and choreography awards. Milar prides herself on going above and beyond for her students by creating props, headpieces and costume additions that will make her dancers feel and look their very best onstage. Milar has taught for five years, teaching kids of all ages and levels. Her favourite styles of dance to teach are ballet, tap and stage but she also enjoys teaching jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop and acrobatics.
After completing her year as a Professional Graduate at Alberta Ballet, Milar is excited to be back at Dance Co and share everything that she has learned with her students. She is also currently training to take both her Cecchetti Associate Ballet and CDTA Tap Associate teaching exams.