Kim Enns

Kim Enns’ love of dance began in Ottawa, Ontario at the young age of 4. for many years to follow she studied Ballet, Jazz, and Tap and soon became comfortable on the stage.

In 1980 she moved to Kamloops where she auditioned for the Kamloops Dance Umbrella and began a company member. Kim performed extensively throughout Kamloops and attended several weekly classes. Upon graduation Kim pursued her Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Dance from Simon Fraser University. She attended technique classes in Ballet and Contemporary (Modern) with Grant Strate O.C., Barbara  Bourget and Dianne Miller. Performance and choreography was also an integral part of her training during the four-year program.

In 1988 Kim returned to Kamloops, with her friend and fellow dancer Bonnie McLean, starting a nonprofit performing group called Akimbo Dance. In 1999, Kim was commissioned to choreograph for the opening ceremony of the BC Festival Of The Performing Arts. Her teaching career was growing rapidly and her reputation for cutting edge Contemporary Dance led to the launch of Akimbo Dance Studios in 2000. Nominated for Women of Distinction in 1999, awarded the Rotary Club 4-way Test award in 2008, and nominated for a Business excellence Award by the Chamber of Commerce, Kim`s contributions to the arts in Kamloops are well recognized.

Over her 20+ year teaching span, Kim has attended workshops and conventions learning new and up-to-date techniques and trends in the dance industry. She travelled annually to New York City to study with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Nappy Tabs, and Blake McGrath.

Kim also took part in ArtStarts, a province wide school program, where she developed Artists in Residence programs to help kids learn about social issues through their own creativity in movement and dance. This focus on youth and their issues is demonstrated nowhere better than Akimbos first studio building. The walls provided a canvas for young graffiti artists to show their skill without being labelled vandals. Their work has been photographed by other artists across the country and demonstrates Akimbos commitment to edgy, urban style.

Kim also prides herself on giving back. She has been involved in many community charity events including Big Brothers And Sisters, the Cancer Societys Relay For Life, the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation (Dancing Like the Stars) and the SPCA.

A certified member of Performing Arts Educators of Canada, Kim is constantly evolving as a teacher, choreographer, and business owner. She considers herself lucky to have a son who plays a vital role and to have a group of trained and qualified instructors who contribute to the success of Akimbo.