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Carol Anderson Carol Anderson
BFA, MA (York University) Associate Professor: Department of Dance, York University

Carol Anderson has pursued a diverse career as a contemporary dancer, choreographer, director, educator and writer. She studied dance in Toronto, New York and London, and started her performing career as a member of Judy Jarvis’ original company in 1968. In 1974 she became a charter member of Dancemakers, dancing in works by numerous noted choreographers. She was the Toronto company’s artistic director from 1985-88, and resident choreographer in 1988-89. She has created choreography for the concert stage, theatre and film. Anderson is the author of a growing body of writing on Canadian dance and other cultural matters; her books include Unfold: A Portrait of Peggy Baker (2008), This Passion: for the love of dance (1998) and Chasing the Tale of Contemporary Dance I and II (1999/2002). She is an Associate Professor in the Dance Program, teaching both practice and theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

Darcey Callison Darcey Callison
BFA (Victoria), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (York) Associate Professor: Department of Dance, York University

Darcey Callison is a choreographer and dance scholar who has worked extensively with Authentic Movement, the physical voice, Viewpoints and post-modern theatrical dance. His creative studio-based research integrates new media and cultural studies with postmodern dance methodologies. He is also a physical trainer whose Personal Body Work workshops focus on diverse improvisational techniques and somatic investigations for personal creativity and authentic physical expression.
Dr. Callison's doctoral dissertation in Communication and Culture focused on Hollywood's choreography for men. Analyzing the physical codes and movement signatures used to dance masculinity for Hollywood, he researched the construction of a gendered whiteness that Hollywood disseminated to preserve the patriarchal apparatus that forms and informs the utopian patriarchy of the 'America Dream'.
Dr Callison's studio research, creation and production of (Re) Tracing Fred were generously supported by the Creative Research branch of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His choreographic work has also won support from The Canada Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Laidlaw Foundation.  An editorial board member for the Society of Dance History Scholars publications and for the new Intellect journal, Choreographic Practices, Dr. Callison continues to pursue the fusion of studio and scholarly research as a dance artist. Professor Callison currently serves as director of the MFA Graduate Program in Dance at York University.

 

Susan CashSusan Cash
MA Dance, BFA (Hons.), Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) Assistant Professor: Department of Dance, York University

An accomplished choreographer and sought-after teacher, Susan Cash is an alumna of the professional training program of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has been performing and presenting her own work for several decades, both on the alternative theatre circuit and in formal performance venues throughout the world. Susan’s dances reveal her sensitive connection to the environment and she continues to explore notions of space, place and inter-culture collaborative processes in her teaching, research and choreography. Her investigations have taken her to Brazil and most recently to Guatemala where she was commissioned to work with the Momentum Contemporary Dance Company.  Recently her paper “A Path Towards Changing Space” was published in the Society of Dance History Scholars conference proceedings that took place at Stanford University. After completing her training as a CMA in New York, Susan is now core faculty in the LabanBartenieff & Somatics Studies International Program in Canada. Also she will soon be a registered, level-one gyrotonic teacher.  Further to this, she applies her movement analysis and bodywork skills at several medical and rehabilitation clinics in Ontario, working with clients to promote efficient movement patterns.  Susan is a member of the MFA faculty, and supervises graduate students and has taught the Movement Observation course. She has taught composition, repertoire, choreography, improvisation, dance experience and modern technique in the undergraduate program. Since 2003, she has also served as Artistic and Managing Director of the York Dance Ensemble, a repertory company of advanced dancers from the department.  As a creative facilitator, Susan works as a dance dramaturge for dance companies, the 808 series and choreographers and dancers in the professional community. Before coming to York University Susan was artist-in-residence at the University of Waterloo where she received a Distinguished Teacher Award.

Choreography, Susan Cash - *Tree Woman*

 

William J Mackwood William J Mackwood
BFA (UVic), MFA Design (UVic) Assistant Professor: Production and Design Department of Dance, York University

William is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Out of the Box Productions. Over the last five years he has lead the design team for productions of Opera Erotique, The Third Taboo, Prior Engagement, and Sound in Silence. They are currently in the development stage of their next work; Bugzzz, a cautionary tale. The heart of his research lies in developing meaningful stories told through a ‘performance fusion’ supported by sustainable ‘design on demand’.
As a Professional Lighting Designer he has designed for, among others, Ballet Victoria (Court of Miracles, Peter Pan, Alice a Wonderland of Dance), Kaleidoscope Theatre (Little Women, Disney’s Aladdin Jr.), and Chemainus Theatre (Lost in Yonkers, South Pacific, Saint Joan). Last summer, William designed lighting for the dance creations of Holly Small, Susan Cash and Keiko Kitano at the World Dance Alliance in New York City. He was also pleased to design lighting for Krystal Cook’s Emergence at the recent Impact 11 Festival.
On faculty in the Department of Dance at York University, William teaches Dance Production, Lighting Design and Dance Video. In addition to teaching, he serves as Director of Design and Production Manager for the Department’s curricular performances.
William is a Professional Member of the Associated Designers of Canada, C.I.T.T. and IATSE Local 168.

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Holly SmallHolly Small
BFA (York), MA (UCLA) Professor: Department of Dance, York University

Holly Small is a dance artist and educator with an appetite for inter-disciplinary collaboration. Her choreography, described as "a flawless integration of music and dance" (Globe & Mail, Toronto) has been featured in dance, music and theatre festivals throughout Canada and in the US, the UK, Europe and Asia.  Many of her 50-odd dances are large-scale works featuring dance, live music, video and inter-active new media. Radiant, her most recent collaboration with composer/media artist Johan Oswald and stage designer Emile Morin, received four Dora Award nominations for outstanding choreography, music, performance and production.  She is a recipient of numerous choreographic grants as well as a Millennium Award, the UCLA Woman of the Year Award and the Paula Citron Award.  Small is a Professor of Dance at York University where she has been teaching and researching for 20 years.