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Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Valerie Calam began dancing at age 7. She moved to Toronto at age 18 to attend the School of Toronto Dance Theatre's Professional Training Program where she was first introduced to modern dance, falling in love with the Graham Technique. After graduation, she had the privilege of working with Dancetheatre David Earle and Danny Grossman Dance Company. Under the Artistic Direction of Christopher House, Valerie was a member of Toronto Dance Theatre from 1999-2009 where she also worked with Peter Chin, Sasha Ivonochko, Sharon Moore, Stephanie Skura and others. Recently, Valerie has performed with Les Production Figlio, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, ProArteDanza and The Dietrich Group. Valerie is the 2011 winner of the KM Hunter Award for Dance. Valerie has been presenting choreography in Toronto since 1997 and recently formed Company Vice Versa to umbrella her work in choreography, sound design and dance video. Valerie has been nominated for four Mavor Moore Dora Awards including Outstanding New Choreography in 2007. She presented her first full-evening work “Children of the Triangle” in January 2012 through a partnership with CreatiVenture Collective. She guest teaches and choreographs at Ryerson University as part of Ryerson Dances 2009 and 2011.
Marie France Forcier is the artistic director of Forcier Stage Works. She was first introduced to dance in her native Montréal, where she gained DEC degrees in Sociology and Dance as a bursary recipient. Forcier later moved to Toronto to attend the professional training program of The School of TDT, from which she graduated in 2005. Her various contemporary choreographic works were since presented in venues and residencies across Canada as well as in the USA, France, India and China. Under Forcier Stage Works, she created and produced Nucleus (2007), Passageways to Diluted Happiness (2008) and Facts of Influence (2010), all DanceWorks CoWorks Series events. Lab Rats, the company’s 4th major production is scheduled to open in Toronto in January 2013. As a performer and rehearsal director, Forcier has worked for several companies and independent choreographers in varied disciplines including contemporary dance, film, family theatricals and aerial circus. She is a seasoned touring artist with now seven seasons of international performing under her belt. Forcier is a member of CADA, Dance Ontario and the DTRC.
Patrizia Gianforcaro is a graduate of Ryerson's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program under the direction of Nadia Potts. Through her dance career she has had the privilege of touring Europe, South America and the United States. Patrizia has performed the works of Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Marie Jose Chartier, Roberto Campanella, Malgorzata Nowacka, Courtnae Bowman Newton Moreas and Debra Brown to name a few. She has worked for companies such as Cirque Du Soleil, The Chimera Project, The Dance Migration, Cadence Ballet, Manzo Entertainment,, and The Newton Moreas Dance Theatre. Her film credits include, “Take the Lead” featuring Antonio Banderas, Bravo Fact Presents: “Baba” by ELD Films and Cirque's " Delirium" show Live from the O2 in London England. Ms. Gianforcaro has been teaching and choreographing since the age of 15. Currently, she stays involved in many dance projects in Toronto and acts as guest choreographer at many arts High Schools and private dance studio’s. She is also, a Co-Owner and Artistic Director of Lady Luck Productions, specializing in creating live performance shows for special events, dinner theatres and more. Representing the highest caliber of talents in Toronto, these Ladies make any event ideas come to life, literally! www.ladyluckproductions.ca
As a Performer, Educator and Advocate of Injury free Dance Conditioning. Sharon Harvey has been following her bliss for most of her life, while working within the Dance community. As a Workshop Facilitator for teacher, dancers and movers of all walk of life. She promotes the importance of healthy dance conditioning and Afro-Modern Dance. The Key to the vitality of what she does is her radiant energy, her passion for the work and her unique approach to the creative process.
Sharon the dancer has performed in various works and worked with talented Choreographers, that has groomed her independence, as an Artist that uncovers stories untold, strengthen the Athleticisms and Artistry of dance forms and encourage the Empowerment and Presence of the female voice. From Badu Dance Theatre ‘Marie Joseph Angelique’, Canboulay Dance Theatre ‘Beryl ‘O’Beryl’, Adventures of a Black girl in search of God (under the choreographic direction of Vivine Scarlet), Holly Small ‘Souls’, Ballet Creole ‘Contemporary Voices’ and full circle to the present with company Azaguno ‘Flight’ under the choreographic direction of Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge. Sharon looks forward to paying it forward.
Victoria Mata is a mixed bag of indigenous, african and european descendant Venezuelan-Canadian raised in the Andes of Venezuela, Northern California, Central France, New York and Toronto. A choreographer, dancer, muralist, urban planner and activist, Victoria has developed and directed over a dozen choreographies, that have been performed in New York, San Francisco, Caracas, El Salvador and Toronto. A Toronto-Oakland-based artist, “Discendant” is a product and fabrication of her passion for creative collaborations and ancestral research through artistic mediums. Victoria is the co-founder of MataDanZe, a Toronto-based women's dance and theater collective with a mission to “empower womyn through movement" and has had the privilege of performing with Dora Nominated and Award winning Aluna Theather Company for the last three years. Victoria is primarily a self-taught dancer with complementary training at the Indigenous Dance Residency program at the prestigious Banff Arts Centre in Alberta, Toronto Dance Theater's Summer Intensive and Ballet Creole Summer Training. As an arts facilitator, muralist and urban planner, she utilizes the arts as a vehicle to inform policy and urban planning decision makers at the city planning level through murals and Identity Exploration projects.
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