Dawn Braun Crawford R.A.D.R.T.S., B.Sc.
Ballet, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique®, and Conditioning
Ms. Dawn Braun Crawford, a teacher and choreographer for over 20 years, brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to the Ballet faculty of Caulfield School of Dance. Dawn had the privilege of being mentored in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus by the renown Delores Kirkwood. A registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance for over ten years, Dawn has prepared students to the most exemplary standard in both Graded and Vocational R.A.D. examinations. Dawn is also fully certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique®. For over 15 years, Dawn has been serving as a professor for the Trinity Western University Human Kinetics Department; been involved in the continued development of the T.W.U. dance program; and lectured for the Fine Arts Department.
Dawn employs her anatomical and biomechanical knowledge gleaned from her Science degree to provide sound physiological foundations to her teaching of Ballet, including Progressive Ballet Technique®. Knowledge, education, and artistry are key to her teaching approach. Dawn graduated with distinction from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Science (Biology Major and Psychology Minor). She then pursued postgraduate studies in Ballet, and Modern and Contemporary Dance through Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and studied Science and Visual Arts at University of the Fraser Valley. It is her dance training and visual arts experience, paired with biology and psychology degree that creates a uniquely kinetic approach to her teaching.
Dawn continues to invest in her knowledge base to benefit her students’ development. In addition to her yearly Continued Professional Development (CPD) program courses through the R.A.D., she studies regularly with physiotherapists on sound anatomical teaching, exploring advanced stretching techniques, safe development of optimal turnout, and other key dance training elements. Most recently, Dawn studied the Italian method of Floor Barre in New York.
Besides performing, Dawn has had many roles in her professional career including those as a multi-media productions director, producer and choreographer. She has worked with aTp Productions and completed choreography and video contracts in Japan (Grape City Productions).
Dawn has been awarded numerous choreography awards for the pieces she has created for student dancers. Dawn’s passion for creativity and artistry extends to designing and sewing costumes for her pieces. She received the Best Costuming Award for “I’ve Got A Dream” (Synergy Finals 2017). Dawn has also had the role of studio manager and director, giving her many insights into the management side of dance studios. Dawn
Dawn takes great pride in investing in each of her students, mentoring many through their professional careers, guiding and supporting them as dance professionals, teachers and dance studio owners. She is dedicated to helping her students discover and fulfill their fullest potential through the joy of learning and discovery. We are blessed to have her!