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2018 Festival Artist Bios

Artists from far and wide converge in Guelph for our 20h Annual Festival, June 1-3, 2018.

In the Park

Cinetic Creations

Sharon B. Moore creates around the world as a choreographer and director for dance, theatre, film and circus. She was the first Canadian honoured with a Bessie Schönberg Choreographic Residency at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, and recently held the position of atelier artist in residence and international faculty at The Lewis Centre for the Performing Arts at Princeton University. She is a graduate of and choreographer in residence at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Along-side Canadian composer/director Derek Aasland, she runs Cinetic Creation, a company dedicated to picture wide movement worlds for feature film and large scale theatrical works. Their recent work, The Thirst for Love and Water presented by Panamania Live! in Toronto’s City Hall reflecting pool, was viewed by over 80,000 people.

Hilary Knee, (Corner Brook, NL) discovered her passion for dance at a young age. Knee moved to Halifax to pursue intensive dance training at the Leica Hardy School of Dance. In 2013, Hilary moved to Toronto and began her studies at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Upon graduation from The School (2016), Hilary received the Sharon Moore Solo Project in which Moore choreographed two solos for Knee’s repertoire. In July 2017 Hilary premiered Opera with Staircase, by Sharon B. Moore, at the London Dance Festival. Hilary is in her second season performing with Company B, directed by Malgorzata Nowacka.

Red Sky Performance

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), we are currently in our 18th year of dance, theatre, music, and media.Our mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. We create, produce, and disseminate new creations and events that illuminate themes, aesthetics, and values of importance to Indigenous peoples.


In 2008 Sylvie Bouchard forms BoucharDanse, a company that serves as an umbrella for her artistic endeavors. BoucharDanse fuels her commitment to present dance in innovative ways. BoucharDanse utilizes the poetry of contemporary dance and the narrative element of theatre together in one stroke. A true fascination for narratives, and an aim to find continuum and a sense of journey in dance works, propels Bouchard’s artistic search. BoucharDanse is dedicated to projects and collaborations that bring together Francophone and Anglophone artists as well as dance and theatre artists. With the aim of widening the public for dance, and coming closer to its audience, BoucharDanse presents works in both indoor and outdoor venues. BoucharDanse continues to present new works as well as pieces that were created or co-created by Bouchard – including pieces created during her years at CORPUS, also available to presenters through BoucharDanse. During the last few years, BoucharDanse has initiated many creation, production and touring projects, to name a few: The presentation of Histoire d’amour, L’Implorante and L’éternel voyage at the Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), the creation of L’envol and Petits rêves for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and tours of A Flock of Flyers: remix. Les moutons and La gigue en souvenir in Québec and Ontario. BoucharDanse also commissions talented Canadian choreographers, most recently Denise Fujiwara and Yvonne Coutts in a project titled A Congruence of Arrivals.


GADFLY’s artistry sits where urban dance roots and other creativity collide and tune together. Artistic directors Ofilio Sinbadinho and Apolonia Velasquez merge art with entertainment through the authenticity, artistry, and athleticism found in their signature Aybrid Movement. Gadfly’s body of work includes full-evening works, performances at Ted Talks Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Luminato, Festival DansEncore, and for several charitable organizations. With ‘Klorofyl’, GADFLY was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. GADFLY is a Repertoire Dance Company that has been moving people, pulsing questions and cooking worlds since 2007. – #AlaGadfly

Adam Bowman

As a touring Drummer/percussionist, Adam Bowman has been heard on stages across five continents with artists such as Juno-award winners Kellylee Evans and Carlos Morgan, Canadian independent music trail blazer Ember Swift, improvising guru VINX and country-folk songstress Dawn Langstroth, among many others. In the studio, Adam has become the drummer of choice for producers and songwriters on dozens of recordings. 2015 saw Juno-nominations for Eccodek’s Singing in Tongues and Alysha Brilla’s Womyn albums. In 2018 Alysha’s Rooted album received another nod. Currently, Adam can be heard playing with Elise LeGrow, Alysha Brilla, Jeff Eager and Jason Raso as well as providing accompaniment for modern and contemporary dance classes with IMAGEO artworks, Dancetheatre David Earle and Guelph Dance and leading FuNkBuCkET! A group drumming experience exploring the exciting sounds of ‘found percussion’ (buckets, pails, bins, etc). You can find out more about Funkbucket here

On the Stage


Susie Burpee / Robyn Thomson Kacki

Tedd Robinson first rose to prominence in 1984 as Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, where a teenage Susie Burpee sat in the audience and watched his astonishing dance theatre works take the stage. In the late 90’s, as a dancer at Ottawa’s Le Groupe Dance Lab, Susie would finally dance in Tedd’s work, and a long-term artistic relationship was forged. Fast forward to 2008, when a younger Winnipeg-based dancer, Robyn Thomson Kacki, came to study with Tedd and Susie in a summer workshop. A triangle was formed – three different generational points of view, connected by a history of place and memory. This is the foundation for Cotton Handkerchiefs and Dog’s Tears – “a metaphysical post-modern treatise on ‘home'”(Holly Harris, Dance International).

Susie Burpee creates ‘fully human characters, struggling for connection’ (The Toronto Star).  She was a dancer with Le Groupe Dance Lab and Dancemakers, and she has worked with many luminous Canadian choreographers such as Peter Chin, Sasha Ivanochko, Lesandra Dodson, and Tedd Robinson. Her work has received Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Choreography and Performance.  A past recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Dance, Susie’s work examines the intersections of creator and performer, and the collision of chance and craft. Her study with master clown/theatre teacher Philippe Gaulier and her extensive work in contemporary performance allows her to traverse disciplines as sought-after outside eye rehearsal director, and teacher. Susie is a graduate of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers/University of Winnipeg, where she is now guest faculty.  She also teaches at George Brown College, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and Ryerson University. Susie is a member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, and on the board of the Toronto Dance Community Love-In.

Robyn Thomson Kacki is a dance artist based in Winnipeg. She is a company member with NAfro Dance Productions under the Artistic Direction of Casimiro Nhussi, and has had the pleasure of performing with the company since 2009. She has had the privilege of working with several outstanding artists, including Stephanie Ballard, Paula Blair, Susie Burpee, Odette Heyn, C.M., Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Tedd Robinson, and with the company @tendance/C.Medina in Graz, Austria. She is a founding member of Drive Dance, producing and performing in several performance series. This spring, Robyn had the honour of performing Freddy, a signature Rachel Browne solo in the New Dance Horizons Stream of Dance Festival in Regina. Robyn is a graduate of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. She is an Artistic Coordinator for the General Program of SCD, teaches within the General and Junior Programs, and serves as a Rehearsal Director for the Professional Program.

Tedd Robinson is best known for his idiosyncratic solo dance works, including the Chalmers Award winning Rokudo: six destinies in three steps. Robinson’s choreography juxtaposes spiritually controlled movement with unexpected moments of sly, subtle humour. Born in Ottawa, Tedd Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, and studied at The School of The Toronto Dance Theatre and with eminent British visual theatre artist Lindsay Kemp. He first rose to prominence as artistic director of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg (1984-1990). He returned to Ottawa in 1990 to pursue a solo career and study with Peter Boneham at Le Groupe Dance Lab. His recent collaborators have included artists such as Louise Lecavalier, Margie Gillis, Ame Henderson and his regular collaborator, composer/performer Charles Quevillon. Between 2005 and 2012, he took up residence in the Pontiac, Québec and established La B.A.R.N., an intimate venue for creation and performance. From 2013 to 2016, he co-directed Centre Q: a centre for questioning in Quyon, Québec. His work is influenced by his six years of study as a monk in the Hakukaze soto zen monastery, Ottawa. He is winner of the 2014 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts and is an Associate Dance Artist of the National Arts Centre.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Toronto-Brooklyn based artist JENNIFER ARCHIBALD is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives.  She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique. Archibald is the resident choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet and has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II. She was 2015’s Choreographic Winnings recipient of the Joffrey Ballet, and was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is currently on faculty at the Yale School of Drama and Columbia.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre is a repertory company of exceptional young artists founded in 1980 by Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark and Managing Director Michael deConinck Smith. With a diverse repertoire of over 100 international commissions, presentation highlights include appearances at Toronto’s Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres and five invitations to the Canada Dance Festival. CCDT has introduced 300,000 young people to dance through its Ontario Arts Access program, and has toured to Singapore, Malaysia, China and Scotland. CCDT performed to standing ovations at New York City’s Joyce Theater as part of the José Limón Dance Company’s 70th anniversary International Dance Festival.

Lina Cruz/ 13 Fila Productions

Lina Cruz has a background in ballet as much as modern/contemporary styles and takes interest in martial arts and various forms of stage expression. She has presented her work in festivals and events at local, national and international levels. She is a two-time Dora Mavor Moore Award recipient for Outstanding Original Choreography (2012 and 2017) and a second place award in the 1998 international choreographic competition of the St-Sauveur Arts Festival (Quebec). She founded Fila 13 Productions in 2003. Please consult Fila 13’s website for any additional information:

Raphaëlle Fougères graduated from L’École de danse de Quebec in 2017. Since then, she danced in a project for the opening of Maison pour la danse (Quebec City), directed by Karine Ledoyen (Danse K par K) and with Lina Cruz (Fila 13). In 2018, she received two grants for professional development to take part in the intensive International Contemporary Dance Program organised by the Nuova officina della danza in Turin, Italy, where she completed workshops with leading artists such as Ohad Naharin, Sita Ostheimer, Tom Weinberger and Yael Cibulski. Back in Quebec, she performed in the dance theater piece Danse de particules produced by Théâtre Astronaute.

Geneviève Robitaille came to dance as a form of artistic expression in her Bachelor of Visual Arts degree (Laval University, Quebec City). She studied at L’École de danse de Québec, receiving the Excellence Award when she graduated. Geneviève is a member of Social Growl Dance (Riley Sims) since 2015 and is part of the new creation of Alan Lake Fatori(e), premiered at Danse Danse in Montreal in March 2018. Genevieve has been working with Lina Cruz on various projects in Quebec City, Montreal and France and she performed the solo piece Tic-Tac Party at L’Agora de la danse in Montréal in 2017.

Philippe Noireaut composes for cinema, theatre and dance and has recorded numerous jazz concerts and piano recitals for radio and television (Radio Canada, Bravo, TV5). As a singer-songwriter, he received the 1995 SOCAN Grand Prize; his song recitals and jazz concerts have toured nationally and internationally. He collaborated with singer Renée Claude on an album celebrating Léo Ferré, which won the prestigious Charles Cros Academy Award (France), 1997. He has composed the music and is part of the performing casts of several of Lina Cruz’s works. He is a 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award recipient and a 2017 nominee (Outstanding Sound Design/Composition).


Kaeja d’Dance

Karen Kaeja is an award-winning performer for stage and film, choreographer, community builder, project instigator and educator. Co-AD of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, her awards include the CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award and the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation. A 6-time Dora Mavor Moore nominee for Choreography and Performance, including 4 Dora’s for Crave which won one, she is distinguished in The Canadian Who’s Who, was a finalist for TAF Muriel Sherrin Award for International achievement in dance, CDA Innovation Award, NOW’s Best Local Choreographer and Best Dance Company. Presented by performance series around the world, she was the first resident dance artist for MUN/Dance NL and the Guelph Dance Festival (GDF). “The mastermind behind Porch View Dances” Toronto Star and onto her 90th Flock Landing, Karen has mentored many flourishing dance artists and is Co-AD of Cloud 9 with Claudia Moore. Recent projects include: XTOD: Solo Dance Xchange, residencies at DJD – Calgary, Mukogawa Women’s University – Japan and Ochre House – NL. Upcoming commissions include Blue Ceiling, Chimera and Form Dance Companies, TOAE, Downtown Dances Moncton and PVD.

Kennedy Brooks (Production/Stage Manager) is professionally trained production manager and stage manager with a passion for design. In addition to freelance corporate work and theatrical architectural consulting, recent show credits include: Stage/Production Manager, Solo Dance Exchange, Kaeja d’Dance; Lighting Designer and Technical Director, P.S. We Are All Here, Toronto Love-In; Stage Manager, Porchview Dances Longbranch, Kaeja d’Dance; Stage Manager, Crave/Defiant, Kaeja d’Dance, Stage Manager, Room #7/Birds Nesting in Fingers in Bloom, Moonhorse Dance; Production Manager, Swansea School of Dance; Stage Manager, The Legwarmers Christmas; Stage Manager, Legends of Horror Casa Loma, Hit&Run; Stage Manager, Steer, Zata Omm Dance. When not working on shows or designing theatres Kennedy watches the Foodnetwork compulsively and reads psychological thrillers.

Michael Caldwell. An ‘intense dynamo on stage’ (Scene4) with ‘exceptional interpretive skills’ (Globe & Mail), Michael Caldwell has collaborated with over 50 of Canada’s esteemed dance creators/companies, performing across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Caldwell has received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance in dance. Caldwell is quickly garnering critical acclaim for his ‘daring and powerful’ (Bateman Reviews) choreography and is a 2017 & 2018 K.M. Hunter Artist Award finalist. Caldwell is the artistic producer for Fall for Dance North, the guest curator for Dusk Dances Withrow Park, sits on the artistic advisory committee at Dancemakers, and on the board of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

Stéphanie Tremblay was born in Montreal. At an early age, she became immersed in the figure skating scene, having been on the junior national team for three years, going on to become the 2002 novice Canadian champion. She went on to study dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she graduated in 2010. Professionally, Tremblay has danced choreographies by Allen and Karen Kaeja (Kaeja D’dance, since 2010), Ginette Laurin (Overtigo, Montreal), Peggy Baker, Suzie Burpee, Michael Caldwell and many more. She is now based in Montreal, where she continues to work as an independent dance artist and yoga teacher.

Sarah Shugarman is a Toronto based multi-instrumentalist and composer whose music has accompanied dance, theatre, and internationally award winning film. Her commissions for dance include works for the Toronto Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, Toru Shimazaki (Japan/Netherlands), inDance, Jen Goodwin, Naoko Murakoshi, Maxine Heppner, Colin Connor (Cal Arts /Limon Co., NY), Dreamwalker Dance Co., and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Highlights include performances throughout Mexico, at the Redcat Disney Hall Theatre (LA), SummerStage (NY), and the Matusuoka Ballet Theatre (Japan). Sarah teaches at OISE/UT, and at the University of Toronto Schools.

Simon Rossiter is a Toronto-based lighting designer who occasionally designs scenery. Previous works for Kaeja d’Dance include Solo Dance Xchange, lifeDUETs, and DEFIANT/CRAVE. He is Lighting Director of Fall for Dance North, presented annually at the Sony Centre, and has created more than two hundred original designs with companies throughout Canada, including works with Citadel + Compagnie, National Ballet of Canada, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and Toronto Dance Theatre. The recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore awards and seven nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design, he also sits on the Board of Directors of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Pam Tzeng

Pam Tzeng is a Calgary based choreographer, performer, curator and movement educator. A biologist turned dance artist, her journey has taken her to create and perform across Canada, Europe, Taiwan, United States and Brazil. Known for creating visceral and animated performances, her practice integrates tools and perspectives from various artistic worlds: clown, puppetry, theatre and performance art. Coloured by her identity as a Canadian born Taiwanese woman, Tzeng’s work examines the negotiation between cultural borders and the tensions between traditional and contemporary mores within the Canadian mosaic.

Tzeng’s choreographies have been presented in diverse festivals and contexts across Canada and in the United States. She has been awarded residencies through Dancers’ Studio West, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Mile Zero Dance, Springboard Performance and W&M Dance Projects. Current projects include: creation a new ensemble work titled That ch*nk in y/our armour for CanAsian KickStart Festival 2018 (Toronto) and the premiere of “SHE”, a second solo featuring her alter-ego Jo-Lee, at On the Boards NW New Works Festival June 2018 (Seattle).

Tzeng works as a performer, collaborating with independent choreographers and performing arts companies. She is the co-founder of to the AWE – A series of live art and performance, the dance curator of the Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists and is an active artist producer and advocate for contemporary dance and performance in Alberta.

Mix Mix Dance Collective

Mix Mix Dance Collective is outrageous, fierce and thoughtful in their investigation of diversity in movement, music and art practice.The artists of Mix Mix Dance Collective have been extensively training, performing, teaching and competing in various street dance forms for more than 10 years. Their work is loud, colorful, groovy, accessible yet poignant, sharing their love of underrepresented street dance forms with a wider audience. The work of the collective deals with issues of equality and challenging socially-constructed identities such as gender and race. We aim to genuinely represent the diversity that is present in Toronto, with a varied cast of performers – culturally, technically and stylistically. Through our work we hope the audience members who may not usually get a chance to witness the culture, learn about the music, dance, and subtleties involved in certain street dances. We hope people who engage with the street dance culture will feel represented and inspired, by seeing their peers on stage.

In the Studio

Solana Del Bel Belluz has just finished her last year in the dance program at Concordia University, where she has spent three years developing her choreographic skills. She grew up and discovered her love of dance here in Guelph, Ontario, starting first with African dance classes at the Guelph Youth Music Centre with Adwoa Badoe. Solana danced for a number of years with the Guelph Youth Dance Training Program and became one of the first graduates of the studio. Solana is in love with learning, and looks forward carrying what knowledge and experience has been gifted to her out into the world.

Amber Sherwood-Robinson has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, which she now uses in the fields of social work and dance. She graduated from the Guelph Youth Dance Company in 2011, and has been a Rehearsal Assistant there since 2012. In this capacity, she has had the honour of working with such choreographers as Janet Johnson, David Earle, Suzette Sherman, Jordana Deveau, Robert Desrosiers, Lacey Smith, Karen Kaeja, and more. She received her choreographic start at John F. Ross CVI under the artistic direction of Enza Gaumond and Lisa MacNeil, with much artistic mentorship from Tom Slater.

Robert Kingsbury is a multi-disciplinary artist practicing somatic and conceptual approaches to choreography. A graduate of York University’s Fine Arts program, Robert works in the fields of videography, music composition and dance. He has performed across Ontario, in Montreal, Berlin & NYC. Robert was honored to receive the 2011 Premiere’s Award for Emerging Artist. In 2014 with the support of the OAC Chalmers he mentored in facilitating somatic research with Shannon Cooney of Berlin for a summer. Training highlights include five intensives with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and a period of internship with Dancetheatre David Earle.

Julia Garlisi has been performing with Dancetheatre David Earle since 2003. She is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre Professional Training Program. Along with being a Senior Dance Artist of Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) she has the pleasure of working with numerous Canadian companies, choreographers, film directors and music producers. Independently, Julia has been fortunate to work with Denise Duric, Janet Johnson, Newton Moraes, Suzette Sherman, Lacey Smith, Toronto Heritage Dance and The Niagara Dance Company. Choreographically, her work has been commissioned for the Guelph Dance Festival, Stratford Spring Works Indie Theatre & Arts Festival, DtDE, The Suzuki String School, Dusk Dances Hamilton and internationally (Austria, Germany, Italy) for the SIBA Ballet Workshop Gala Performance Tour.

Julia also has an active life teaching and passing along the principals of Modern Dance to young adults and aspiring professionals. She teaches technique, composition and repertory to full day private school dancers at the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts.

Youth Moves

Guelph Youth Dance Company

For more information on Dasein Dance and The Four Seasons Project please visit: @daseindance

The GYD Company was formed in 2008, by Janet Johnson and Catrina von Radecki as a means of further celebrating, enhancing and training young dancers. The GYD Company have worked with diverse & skilled choreographers from across Canada including David Earle, Suzette Sherman, Katie Ewald, Julia Garlisi, Kelly Steadman, Janet Johnson(Guelph area), Lina Cruz & Suzanne Miller (Montreal), Jordana Deveau, Robert Desrosiers, Kate Hilliard, Julia Aplin, Karen Kaeja, Lacey Smith (Toronto) and Anik Bouvrette (Ottawa).  The GYD Company are joining the Suzuki String School of Guelph on an international tour of Spain in the winter of 2019!

Julia Garlisi

Julia Garlisi has been performing with Dancetheatre David Earle since 2003. She is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre Professional Training Program. Along with being a Senior Dance Artist of Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) she has the pleasure of working with numerous Canadian companies, choreographers, film directors and music producers. Independently, Julia has been fortunate to work with Denise Duric, Janet Johnson, Newton Moraes, Suzette Sherman, Lacey Smith, Toronto Heritage Dance and The Niagara Dance Company. Choreographically, her work has been commissioned for the Guelph Dance Festival, Stratford Spring Works Indie Theatre & Arts Festival, DtDE, The Suzuki String School, Dusk Dances Hamilton and internationally (Austria, Germany, Italy) for the SIBA Ballet Workshop Gala Performance Tour.

Julia also has an active life teaching and passing along the principals of Modern Dance to young adults and aspiring professionals. She teaches technique, composition and repertory to full day private school dancers at the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts.

YMI Dancing

Young Movement Incorporated Dancing is an established professional youth company (1991), whose mandate is to bring dance performance to the general community. The company performs at festivals, Public Schools, Libraries, for fundraising events and charitable organizations. The company has enjoyed the teaching of professional performers such as Julia Aplin, Susie Burpee, Meagan O’Shea, Malgorzata Nowacka, Julia Sasso and Darryl Tracy. The company has an annual performance every spring featuring works by noted Toronto dance creators. YMI Dancing provides an exciting opportunity for students to hone performance skills.

Contemporary School of Dance

The Contemporary School of Dance opened in September of 1997 and has grown to be recognized as one of the most reputable schools in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.  The CSD Dance Company is a group of approximately 50 dancers, ages 9-18, who want to expand their knowledge of dance and choreography through additional performance opportunities.  Our Dance Company has performed at various local and regional events including the Guelph Dance Festival, Starlight Youth Festival, Cambridge Arts Festival, and Muskoka Ballet Gala, as well as other ceremonies, flashmobs, events, and parades in the K-W community.  We have also had the distinguished opportunity to perform with both the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. CSD Dance Company is thrilled to be a part of the Youth Moves series of the Guelph Dance Festival again this year.

Swansea Dance Company

Led by Artistic Director Michelle DeBrouwer. The Swansea Dance Company is part of the Swansea School of Dance in Bloor West Village Toronto. The company is a place for enthusiastic young dancers who want extra performance opportunities. The company has six divisions, the youngest , our Apprentices,  are ages 10-12 and the eldest group is 16-18. The company works with its excellent resident choreographers such as Julia Aplin, Sunny Horvath and Hillary McCarrel. The company also works with guest artists such as Gerry Trentham ( lbs/sq”) and Allen Kaeja (Kaeja d’Dance).

Shoalmates was created by resident choreographer Christy Stoeten.

Dasein Dance Young Company

Dasein Dance was founded in 2011 by Lacey Smith, who started the company as a platform to create and perform in London, Ontario. Since then, Dasein has expanded its vision and currently operates out of both Toronto and London under the co-direction of Lacey Smith and Miko Sobreira. We are proud to unite the creative work we do with our professional and young companies and our educational programming. Together these branches create a sustainable artistic environment that is developed on the foundation of a collective creative structure. Dasein’s Young Company is comprised of dancers age 9-18 who are currently enrolled in our Aspirant Ballet Program.

Carousel Dance Company

The Carousel Dance Company is a children’s dance group which is affiliated with the Carousel Dance Centre, a large children’s dance school in Waterloo, Ontario.  Under the direction of Heidi Churchill and Laura Prada, the 89 member company consists of dancers ranging in age from 7 to 18 years. Both Heidi and Laura have been active members of the dance community in Waterloo Region for many years.  In addition to fostering the development of The Carousel Dance Centre to a current student body of more than 500 students, they have trained students for Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations, presented and guest taught at community workshops and international conferences, and have developed dance programs and integrated performance opportunities for children and teens with special needs.  The dance company which was established in the early 80’s maintains an educational focus and an emphasis on artistic expression. Dancers are provided with the opportunity to work with guest and faculty choreographers and to engage in the creative process to create dance works. The company creates dance pieces as well as full length children’s productions which are performed for local elementary schools.  Members of the company have gone on to train with such prestigious companies as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, The National Ballet School and Quinte Ballet School, and have performed with Stratford, Charlottetown Festival, and various cruise lines. In addition to local performances at Arts Festivals, The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival and other local events, the Company has also performed nationally and internationally at Dance and the Child International conferences in Taiwan, Holland, Finland, Utah, Denmark and Canada.

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