Dance Centre of Northwestern Ontario

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Northwestern Dance Centre, or Dance Ctr Of Northwestern Ont was a dance school on Donald Street in Thunder Bay, Ontario, active in 1998.


Apparently the school started with Amelia Jackson (possibly this woman: [1] who lived 1916 - 2011) (who had been teaching classes at least as far back as 1956, at "Amelia Jackson's School of Dancing" [2] [3]) and Don McKinnon [4]. Later it was taken over by Gina Almgren Gina Almgren or [5], who taught a phenom called Manuela Michelizzi-Bott, who had started there at the age of 3.

912 Donald Street East, as it appeared on Google Street View in August 2009

In 1998 the school was at 912 Donald Street East, at the corner of Donald Street East and Vickers Street South, in Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Their phone number was 807-622-3444.

On 13 April 1997 the school announced auditions for the Nutcracker [6].

Michael Currie took his first dance lessons at this studio. He began in September 1998, taking one fall semester and one winter 1999 semester. In Spring 1999 he performed with his team at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

The studio may have later moved to 426 Balmoral Street [7].

Gina later moved away from the Thunder Bay area, according to the owners of a dance clothing business as of 2019 in the basement of 912 Donald Street East - Flair Athletics [8].


Name of two teachers?

Name of two students? the one I saw in 2009 at the gym, the other at Hammarskjold in about 2000, and the larger one.


Google Street View

"Local dance centre to produce 'Nutcracker' this Christmas" Thunder Bay Post, 18 Jun 1996, p. 12 Dancing ; Thunder Bay Community Auditorium ; Nutcracker Ballet ; Northwestern Ontario Dance Centre ; Gina Almgren ; Clint Kuschak ; photo. [9]

Facebook [10]

1997 Nutcracker