Raena graduated from Grant MacEwan College dance program in 2000, where she received the Brian Webb Dance Company Award. Raena is a 2007 recipient of the NextFest ENBRIDGE Emerging Artist Award. Raena spent 4 years with the Mile Zero Dance Company working with choreographers Kathy Metzger-Corriveau, Tonya Locker, Bobbie Todd, Jodie Vanderkerkhove and Neah Kalcounis. Raena works as an independent artist having presented and danced in work at Alberta Dance Explosion’s, Feats Festival, Fringe Theatre Adventures, Next Fest and Expanse Festival. She is a founding member of the NewDance Collective most recently created and performed Mermaid Tales presented by BWDC. Raena trains with Tracy Friesen and performed Tracy’s most recent duet in both Calgary and Edmonton earlier this year. Raena first collaborated with Heidi in Sryngara while training at Grant MacEwan. This will be Raena’s first professional collaboration with Heidi.

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