Instructors

All of the instructors at Westview Arts Academy are disciples of Jesus and practising artists.  Take some time to get to know our talented and transformative teachers! If you’d like to join our teaching team, please e-mail your resume to Team @ Westview Arts Academy .ca.

Siobhan Felmate

Siobhan received her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Calgary in Collaboration with the Alberta Ballet School of Dance. She has trained intensively with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Royal Academy of Dance, The Banff Arts Centre, York University and with various teachers in eastern Europe. She has received numerous scholarships for artistic promise and excellence including from The Royal Academy of Dance, The BC Festival of the Arts, Banff Arts Centre and University of Calgary’s Dance faculty. She went on to study at Fuller Theological Seminary and pursued dance as a means to contemplate and express her faith in God. She’s worked on numerous productions using dance, art and theatre as an outreach ministry on University Campuses in Western Canada and California. After having two of her four children she went on to dance professionally with Corps Bara Dance Theatre for their 2009-2010 season. The past seven years she has served as artistic director with The Arts Abbey. She is very excited to join and support Westview Arts Academy and see dance explored as an instrument to honour and express God’s heart!

Cam Harbidge

Cam has a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Calgary. He has been living and teaching in the Calgary area for 20 years and has performed in many bands, ensembles, worship teams, and on numerous recordings.  Cam began learning to play the violin when he was four years old, piano in grade three, and guitar in his teens. As a student of composition, Cam has learned how to write for many different instruments in many different contexts and styles.

Elaine Hileman

Elaine is an artist and teacher who has been blessed to live and work in many different locales across North America. She is originally from Ohio where she attained her Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education with an art minor from Muskingum University. Since graduating in 1998, she has worked as a junior high and high school teacher, a theatre and visual artist, and a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Highlights of her career include travelling Canada from coast to coast with Spread the Word Theatre, a ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators and living and working in the NYC area for four years. On a personal level, she is blessed to be the wife of a very talented theatre artist and the mother of two creative and beautiful girls. Elaine is excited to be teaching for Westview Arts Academy and is full of expectancy for what God will do through this ministry.

Anita Perlau

Anita learned early on in life that music was a wonderful medium to express oneself and she has found abundant joy in making music with others! Anita has spent the last thirty years in the field of music education as an elementary music specialist, choral conductor, and workshop clinician. Anita has had the privilege of working with choristers (aged 5-18) at Mount Royal Conservatory, Calgary Christian School and as founder of the Alleluia Chorus, a faith based musical theatre ensemble.

Anita has trained as a singer and music educator. She holds advanced certificates in both the Kodály and Orff philosophies and a Master of Education in music education. Currently, Anita is the coordinator and an instructor of the Early Childhood music programs at the Conservatory of Mount Royal University.

Anita is passionate that singing is for everyone and believes it is never too late to start! With that in mind, Anita directs two community adult choirs at Westwinds Music Society, introducing adult beginners to singing and reading music. Anita also feels that she is called to mentor young educators and enjoys teaching music education courses at the University of Alberta.

Anita is honoured to lead the Kairos Young Singers and thrilled to be joining the team of Westview Arts Academy!

James Popoff

James is a theatre artist and instructor who resides in Cochrane, Alberta, with his family. He has worked extensively with youth and children and believes that the artistic process and Christian discipleship provide a rich environment for personal growth. He has a BA in Christian Ministry, a BFA in Drama, and a MFA in Theatre Studies. James has taught at the University of Calgary, Rocky Mountain College, Quest Theatre, Evergreen Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre and various camps across the province. Creation credits include Twinkle, Hockey Dad: A Play in Three Periods, Peddling Parables, Sackcloth, Solo Joe and award winning Inheritance. In 2007, James founded Burnt Thicket Theatre, a company dedicated to enlivening audiences through original performance. He holds a MFA from the University of Calgary where he studied Solo Performance Creation. James has also worked in various ministries in pastoral or missional positions.