Garuda Barre Classes


Garuda Barre classes with Raena are coming this fall!

Utilizing the ballet barre to “push and pull”, Garuda barre work emphasizes opening up space in the body while strengthening alignment and the core muscles that hold the body together.  The movement is inspired by ballet, pilates and yoga offering a complete movement conditioning experience complimentary to various forms of dance technique.

Every Thursday starting October 6th!

When: Thursdays 9am-10am 

Where: Shumka Dance Centre 10515 111 street

Cost: Same as all GWDC classes

$15 drop in, $100 for 10 class pack (CADA member discount), current GWDC class cards apply!


More about Raena Waddell

Fascinated with the human body communicating through movement, Raena has built a 20+ year career as a dancer, choreographer and movement instructor in Edmonton.  She has premiered 17 of her own choreographic works in Alberta, recognized by the Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and receiving Brian Webb Dance Company Award training extensively with both Heidi Bunting and Brian Webb. Raena has continued her education in Garuda Matwork and Apparatus with founder, James D’Silva.  Raena holds her Pilates Method, Hatha and Yin Yoga certification studying with Tracy Friesen, Melanie Checknita and Joe Barnett.  Away from the stage, inspired by numerous choreographers and body work philosophies, Raena teaches movement classes in hopes to encourage a sense of curiosity in her students as to how and what makes their body move.  She has 12 years experience as an Instructor with the City of Edmonton along with Orchesis at the University of Alberta.  She was last seen on stage November 2019 performing in Punctuate Theatre’s The Particulars.  She is currently working with the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy’s Go Where Light Is which premieres March 2023.  Currently, Raena has taken her movement education and performances online and over social media for students and audiences around the world to participate from the comfort of their own homes.