Brenda BryanBrenda's passion for dance started at the age of four. She danced in her first show to Waltz of the Flowers, she was covered head to toe in rose petals and was in absolute heaven. The Grace Macdonald School of Dance was where you would find her over the next fourteen years when she wasn't in school. Her mother enrolled her in every discipline she was interested in. This was anything and everything offered including ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre and tap. She also performed with the B.C. Lions Dance Troupe and danced across Canada for them on the way to the Grey Cup. The train with sixty dancers strong stopped at every major city to dance for the revelers boarding the train to Toronto.
University pressures didn't stop her from dancing with MUSSOC for the four years she was at U.B.C. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Hello Dolly, My Boyfriend's Back and Guys and Dolls were some shows she performed in. She danced city wide for local productions until she was pregnant with her son. Two children and a teaching job changed her role from dancer to choreographer. She organized countless district wide and school productions over twenty plus years. She kept up her own skills by doing dance sport in the local fitness centers.
With a twenty-five year absence from dance she returned to her passion in 1993. She enrolled in Harbour Dance Studio where she learned hip hop and African dance as well as returning to jazz and tap. Her interest in tap developed further into an interest in competing. She has been involved in regional, national and international competitions winning many awards with the groups she has performed with. She teamed up with a tap friend she first danced with at eight years old and fifty years later they won gold for tap duets in the North American championships in Miami.
She has recently started ballroom dancing and is currently working towards a competition in Hawaii in the new year. One of the highlights of her dance career was when the Razzmatap team she performs with won the Mary Bryan Memorial trophy that she and her sister donated in honour of their mother.