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 an 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!

 

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.

Sheahan Keinick

Currently accepted for training as an international ballet examiner, Sheahan holds her Fellowship in Imperial Ballet and Licentiate in Modern Theatre with the ISTD. She trained in Calgary, Toronto, Victoria, L.A. and England studying ballet, contemporary, jazz, African, swing, character, tap, and musical theatre styles and has danced professionally in independent projects throughout North America and the U.K. She is a graduate of Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, England where she was invited to teach her final semester. Sheahan also trained and practiced as a Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Decongestive Therapist. Sheahan has been sharing her love and passion as a dance educator for 30 years and is thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring the communities of dance science and classical dance to a place of essential understanding, growth and unification in her involvement with Healthy Dancer Canada.

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 an 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 an MFA from the University of Calgary where he studied Solo Performance Creation. James has also worked in various ministries in pastoral or missional positions.