SMALL COMPANY, BIG HEART. A HISTORY of FAMILY, PHYSICAL ARTS & FITNESS OUTREACH SINCE 1991
1980s – South Seas School of Dance with Tes MILLER
In the 80s, former Philippine National Dance Company professional dancer, Teresita Miller founded the South Seas Polynesian Dance Company in Winnipeg, She instructed and toured various forms of Polynesian dance, including Hula, Tahitian and Maori throughout central Canada and some states. Ed Miller Sr., a professional former Filipino film actor, founded Showmasters, producing Canadian tours of Filipino film and pop music artists throughout 70s-80s. Their son, Eddie, grew up in the studio and backstage, working for the family companies and in various secular performing arts/teaching/entertainment projects into the mid 90s.
1990 – College & Parade Teams with Eddie
In 1990, Eddie Miller founded and directed/co-directed performance dance teams while attending bible college, which debuted at several large youth events, opening up for popular Christian music artists. In 1995, he started the Honor Guard Performing Arts Team, a men’s & boy’s mentoring-based dance company. Building upon martial-arts-influenced dance, parade style flagging, HGPA presented a more masculine-martial style of movement for concerts and parades for crowds up to 50,000 (March for Jesus, MB Stampede, Red River Ex). After hosting men’s/co-ed dance workshops around MB, HGPA soon expanded into ON, QB and once even performed on the Mexican Presidential Palace grounds. In 1996, after building a new team of leaders, programs and performances were offered at public schools, studios, community centres. In 2004, he created XCOMPANY, offering dance programming (Incorporated 2015).
[see a shortlist of Events & Organizations near bottom of this page]
A Mission of ‘non-religiousity’
XCOMPANY promotes personal growth, community-building and values through the arts, physical education, martial arts, fitness and leadership programs. Strong partnerships with community-based organizations, schools and families throughout central Canada has helped XCO serve over 10,000 participants in over 100 communities through workshops, classes, programs and performances. XCOMPANY maintains a non-religious*, family values based orientation.
Since 2004, we have been a pioneer in hiring people of various orientation and faith within out family, thus we do not preach, proselytize or force religion upon anyone. Instead, we serve anyone, regardless of any creed, culture, ability or gender. Likewise, we train our ‘religious’ or church-based students to do the same, challenging them to use their gifts to help others in the real world.
EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS SERVED
Arthur Day School
Cypress River School
Frontier School Division
George Johnson School
Grant Park High School
Gimli High School
Grosse Isle School
La Verendrye School, Portage
Lac du Bonnet High School
Louis Riel School Division
Miles Mac Collegiate
MB Phys. Ed Teacher’s Assocation-MPETA
Robert H. Smith
St. Malo/St. Pierre Schools
St. Paul’s Collegiate, Elie
Sigjuborg Stefansson School
Steinbach Christian High School
Stony Mountain School
University of Winnipeg & Wesmen
Walter White School
Winnipeg Beach School
Winnipeg School Division
2010 Manitoba Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies [Choreographic Director]
Active Women, Active Girls
CAHPERD National Conference – Presenter
Canada Day-Selkirk & Thompson
CDFC National Conference
Canadian Armed Forces Military Tattoo
Dancing Under the Canopy, The Forks
Girl’s Forums on Fitness
FAME Fitness Model & Bodybuilding Competition – Host Organization
Fringe Festival – Kids Fringe
International Power Dance Showcase – Host Organization
Kelowna Life and Arts Festival
MB In Motion
MB Arts Network Contact
MCIC Forum of Landmines
Northern Links Manitoba
Regina Fringe Festival
SAG Events for School Teachers
Selkirk Children’s Festival
Summer in the City, Steinbach
Surrey Children’s Festival [BC]
Nutrition Professionals Forum
Winnipeg Fringe Festival & Kids Fringe
Winnipeg In Motion
Zest for Life Conference
Athletes in Action Brokenhead River Recreation
Carberry Figure Skating
City of Portage la Prairie
City of Winnipeg – Community Services/Rec Centres
Gimli Recreation Authority
Cook’s Creek Dance Academy
Elizabeth Fry Society
Fairford First Nation
Holland Figure Skating Club
Interlake Regional Health Authority
The Hope Centre
Kil-Cona Alliance Church
Kinsmen Reh-Fit Centre
Lorne Recreation District
Lakeshore Women’s Resource Ctr.
MB Arts Network
MB Culture, Heritage & Tourism-Recreation
MB Moose Hockey Club
NorthEastman Regional Health Authority
Portage District Arts Centre
Pukatawagan First Nation
Rat River Recreation
Recreation Connections Manitoba
Red River Recreation Commission
Rock Lake United Church Camp
St. Boniface General Hospital
Salvation Army—Camp Woodlands
St Laurent Recreation Commission
Snow Lake Recreation
Swan Valley Recreation
Steinbach Arts Council
Synchro Swim Manitoba
Teens Against Drunk Driving
Viscount Arts Council
Windsor Park Collegiate
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg In Motion
White Plains Recreation District
Winnipeg Beach Recreation
Winnipeg River Recreation District
Youth for Christ
Hi! If you were bored enough to scroll this far down, here’s some bonus insider trivia:
Q:Just what does the ‘X‘ in XCOMPANY stand for?
A:Nope, its not for ‘Xtreme!’ Here’s a clue: ‘Merry X-MAS!’
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