MFA Graduates - 2010
Choreographer, teacher and dancer has collaborated with theater, musical and dance companies in Canada, USA and Colombia. She was born in Bogota- Colombia where she studied the Scenic Arts Program in dance. As independent choreographer she has developed several works and received important awards, grants and recognitions. She has lived in San Francisco and New York where investigated different tendencies on dance. As dance teacher she has worked in Montreal, Hamilton, Kitchener, San Francisco, New Jersey and Colombia. As dancer and actress, she has joined the companies: Marc De Garmo and Dancers (NY-USA), L’Explose (Colombia), and The MT Space (Kitchener, Canada) between others. Her recently credits includes: choreographer for Nohayquiensepa Aluna Theatre, Summerworks 2009 Toronto. Currently, she is at York University studying her MFA in dance. Website
Choreographer, Dora-nominated dancer and York alumna (BFA ’90), has originated roles in almost fifty world premieres by nationally renowned Canadian choreographers including Kaeja d’Dance (company member since 1997), Holly Small, Maxine Heppner, Yvonne Ng, and Peter Chin. Susan has performed and taught in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Her teaching focuses on contact improvisation, partnering techniques and structures for improvisation as a performance art. Susan’s creative interest lies in improvisation as performance art, the integration of live music and dance and combining dance with other disciplines and media. Her choreography, described as “…a tour de force of magic and mystery” (the Globe and Mail), has been presented in dance festivals and series in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Peterborough. She is currently pursuing her MFA degree in Dance at York University.
“refreshing and original” - Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
Raised on a farm near London, Ontario Tracey developed a connection to movement while running through corn fields and jumping from hay lofts with her younger brother in tow. She feels privileged to make her living today choreographing, interpreting, teaching and facilitating dance. Based in Toronto, Tracey’s choreography has been commissioned and presented by many organizations and series including, Dance Ontario, DanceWorks, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, York Dance Ensemble, Season Finale of Series 8:08, Kinetic Studio (Halifax), Festival de Danse en l’Atlantique (Cap-Pele, NB), Toronto International Dance Festival/fFIDA, HowDareShe Productions, and Larchaud Dance Project. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by exciting independent choreographers including, Larchaud Dance Project, Jesse Dell, Darcey Callison, Meagan O’Shea and Ali Gratian, as well as working as an outside eye to several artists. Tracey is a board member for the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and a member of the Canadian Dance Assembly and Dance Ontario. She is the Alternative Technique Class Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator for Series 8:08 and teaches dance to children. She holds a BFA in dance and is an MFA candidate in Choreography at York University, Toronto. Currently Tracey is creating three dance works connected by the theme of cartography and looks forward to an upcoming collaboration on body language with visual artist Brendan Fernandes. Website
Internationally acclaimed director/ choreographer based in Toronto. He was most recently the artistic director for Yukon First Nations Gala (Winter Olympics 2010) and was commissioned to choreograph a dance work for the Toronto OlympicTorch Relay Celebration. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Aboriginal Dance Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts (1996-2000) and was artistic director/ choreographer for Spirits in the Sun: The First Canadian Indigenous Arts Festival (1998) in Phoenix, Arizona. His other credits include :choreographer for The Aborginal Achievement Awards (1997); Nunavut Official Opening (1999); Tribe (1998); A Hunter Called Memory (Sundance); The Jaguar Project (The DuMaurier World Stage Theatre Festival); Awards include: Canada/U.S.A./Mexico Artist Scholarship Award; The Laidlaw Arts Foundation Grant Award for New Choreography; and The Canadian Heritage Grant Award in Dance.
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