Meet the adjudicators for the 2015 competition

Meet Jamie Holmes and Andrea Palmer, the adjudicators for the 2015 BC Annual Dance Competition

Jamie Holmes

Jamie Holmes’ career has taken her around the world performing on Vegas stages, cruise ships, touring Europe and Dubai, as well as the US and Canada.

Her training began as a competitive gymnast on the west coast of Canada. Dance was soon integrated into her gymnastics training, and soon after her focus turned solely towards the art form of dance where she has extensive training in disciplines including; jazz, ballet (RAD and Cecchetti), tap, contemporary, hip hop and acro-dance.

Upon graduating from The Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts for Musical Theatre (RAPA), Jamie continued her training and became a certified actor combatant with Fight Directors of Canada. Upon graduating RAPA she embarked on her professional performing career.

While living and performing in Las Vegas the circus bug bit her and she further expanded her performance training with Aerial Acrobatics, which combines her love of both art forms perfectly. You can now find her performing high in the air above the audience, as well as dancing on the ground.

She has been privileged to act, dance, and fly in many television shows, award shows and concerts, music videos, commercials, films and stage shows.

She travels frequently to perform, as well teaches and adjudicates for various conventions and festivals across North America. She is the sole Aerial faculty member at City Dance Corps, as well runs circus classes/workshops/intensives out of The Circus Warehouse in Toronto.

Andrea Palmer

Director, choreographer, dancer, writer and teacher, Andrea Palmer has spent over 30 years studying and performing dance.

Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, her pursuit of excellence has led her to some of the finest institutions in the world including: The National Ballet School of Canada, The Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, and the Jose Limon Institute in New York City.

Her credits include performances for both television and film, choreography for the Grand Opening of Montreal’s “Theatre National”, Artistic Direction and choreography for Flexx 2001- an annual summer dance festival in Montreal which attracted some 3500 spectators, a tour of United Nations Army bases in Bosnia / Herzegovina, as well as performances with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project during the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (2001).

Her unique and dynamic approach to the teaching of dance has made her a sought-after guest teacher at summer dance programs across Canada. Several of her former students are now enjoying professional careers in dance.

A member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, Andrea has served as adjudicator for The American Dance Awards Canadian Tour, D-Force, Shine and Terpsichore Dance Festivals, to name a few. She has performed and shared her passion for dance across Canada, The United States and Europe.

Andrea is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Dance Education at the Université du Québec à Montréal. (UQAM).