Brenna McLaud-Bichara was born in New York where she gained an extensive dance background from some of the best fine arts establishments in the country including The Ailey School, Broadway Dance Center, New York Insitute of Dance and Education, Lou Conte Dance Center, and Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, IL where she trained on scholarship as the youngest recipient in history of the company. McLaud-Bichara began her professional career with a two year tour with RCL Productions, where she performed and toured Broadway shows such as Tommy, Hair, Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity and the world-renowned, award-winning Grease.
McLaud-Bichara went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Dance from The School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Here she was chosen to perform works by great Canadian choreographers such as Serge Bennathan, Paul Andre-Fortier, and the newly appointed Artistic Director of Ballet BC, Emily Molnar. She has worked with companies such as Wen Wei Dance, Move:the company, dancersdancing, and Full Performing Bodies. She has also had the privilege of being featured in recent works created by Chenguin Wei for the EDAM dance series and Henry Daniel for Dancing on the Edge.
In 2011 McLaud-Bichara spent time in New York at The Ailey School working alongside Anna-Marie Forsyth, co-founder of the Ailey Fordam BFA Program and head of the Horton department at The Ailey School, completing the Horton Pedagogy Program for teachers. McLaud-Bichara’s profound love of the Horton technique has grown over the years and her ability to share this wonderful technique has been a true gift for the dancers at The Landing Dance Centre.
Through recent years Brenna’s career in the dance world has turned a corner onto the educational route. She has dedicated herself toward providing the most valuable information and experience possible to aspiring dancers who are on a professional path. This has led her to adjudicate throughout Canada at various festivals and competitions, teach and organize master classes for all ages of aspiring professionals, build/grow and direct her own dance school, as well as co-found the summer training program Vancouver Global Dance Project. Brenna puts her whole self into everything that she does, and number one on the list is facilitating the growth and development of inspired young dancers.