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CRIPSiE

CRIPSiE

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Saturday, July 8

CRIPSiE (The Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton) are an Edmonton-based collective of artists that include people who experience disability and their allies. We challenge dominant stories of disability and other forms of oppression, through high-quality Crip and mad performance art, video art, and public education and outreach programs.

High Quality Crip and Mad Art

CRIPSiE strives for Crip and mad aesthetics in our work. Crip and mad aesthetics involve celebrating and exploring the generative possibilities of 'disability' and 'mental illness,' in terms of how these experiences can offer important alternative perspectives on art processes, form, and content.

Supporting Accessible Arts in Edmonton

Through our own artistic practices, and through our workshops, classes, and consulting we strive to support the accessibility and inclusivity of high-quality performing arts in Edmonton more broadly.

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Angie Brooks

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Brave:
Saturday, July 8

Angie Brooks is an aerial acrobat based out of Leduc, Alberta. Angie began her performing career as a stunt performer in Disney's production Mystic Rhythms located in Tokyo, Japan. She then went on to perform in two Cirque du Soleil productions: Mystere at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, and the touring show Quidam. Angie was also involved in the creation of Franco Dragone's production The House of Dancing Water. Following creation, she moved to Macau, China, where she performed as a house troupe artist while coaching as the acrobat act captain.

In addition to training circus arts, Angie practices Pilates. She credits her stable career to her practice. Angie loves to share her knowledge of both circus arts and Pilates through the instruction of private sessions.
Angie is excited to present her newest project at this year's FEATS Festival of Dance.

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Leila Butoyi

 

ABEZA​

Catch Leila @ Feats:

MZD: Educator Dance Class: Thursday, July 6

 

Leila Butoyi is passionate about dance. She learned her fisrt step when she was 9 years old and continued learning in Belgium where she had to flee because of war. She dances Burundian dance and is a Teacher at La Girandole of burundian dance. She's the choreographer at Abeza, a traditional dance collective from East Africa that specializes in Rwandan dance and consists of professional dancers. She has more than 15 years of experience as an east african dancer.

Abeza is a traditional dance collective from East Africa that specializes in Rwandan dance and consists of professional dancers with more than 10 years of experience. Some of the dancer evaluated in Europe when others learned and danced in Est Africa and more specifically in Burundi, Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda. When they all met in Edmonton, the ladies decided to create the dance collective to promote and maintain they expertise. They have performed in two festival and private ceremonies. Professionally based, they intended to be reference in east African dance by providing workshop and dance lessons in the future.

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Tatiana Cheladyn

Tatiana Cheladyn Dance and Movement

Catch Tatiana @ Feats:

J'Adore Drop-In Series: Thursday, June 29

 

Tatiana Cheladyn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC). She teaches dance and movement at various schools and studios in Edmonton, AB. She has shown her choreography at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Expanse Festival, Nextfest, Victoria School of the Arts, St. Theresa Catholic Middle School, with Punctuate! Theatre, as a product of a Mile Zero Dance residency, and independently. Tatiana has choreographed 17 musicals for both children and adults, including Mary Poppins, Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Grease, and Beauty and the Beast. Tatiana has danced professionally in both Edmonton and Vancouver. She is the recipient of various choreography awards, the 2013 Good Women New Work Award, and the 2012 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award. Tatiana has continued her dance education by taking classes in London (UK), Italy, Ukraine, and the USA, primarily studying Gaga technique while abroad. Tatiana also loves making dances for film and writing about dance.

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Sarisa
Figueroa de Toledo

Catch Sarisa @ Feats:

J'Adore Drop-In Series: Tuesday, June 28

 

Sarisa began her formal dance training in classical ballet and graduated from the Edmonton School of Ballet Professional Program in 1993. She joined Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) of Calgary, a professional jazz dance company with the mandate to preserve and promote the rich history of jazz dance in 1994. She subsequently danced with the company for 15 seasons, performing in over 30 of their productions between 1994 and 2012. Her passion for jazz dance and music has taken her around the world, studying jazz and many of its root forms. Apart from dancing with DJD, she performed with various choreographers, companies and directors including Theatre of the Living Statue, Sage Theatre and One Yellow Rabbit as well as in two independent Bravo! FACT films. She has taught and choreographed extensively for schools and companies including Western Canada High School (Calgary), Victoria School for the Arts, Theatre Calgary, the University of Calgary, Orchesis, Ryerson University (Toronto) and La Bella Vita Arts (Vada, Italy). Sarisa was Artistic Assistant for DJD from 2007-2013, Artistic Director for several of DJD dancer-choreographed evenings and its main stage production, Tinge and Tone, and was Artistic Associate for DJD from 2013-2016. Sarisa is happy to have recently re-located to Edmonton and hopes to share her love of jazz dance with the Edmonton community.

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Naren Ganesan

Sanskriti - Temple of Fine Arts

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J'Adore Drop-In Series: Tuesday, June 27

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Breathtaking:
Friday, July 7

 

Naren Ganesan is one of the most sought after Male Bharathanatyam dancers and choreographers in North America. He is the recipient of several national and international awards for his artistic passion, creativity and stellar performances. He is a senior disciple of Sangeet Natak Academi Awardee - Smt. Ranganayaki Jayaraman (Vazhuvur Bani) & Kalaimamani Acharya Choodamani Smt. Jayanthi Subramanium (Kalakshetra Bani).

Over the last decade, Naren has been featured in several solo and group recitals in Chennai Dance Season, UK Music & Dance Festivals and in the Canadian Dance Scene such as the Ragamala Edmonton 2017, Natyanjali 2017 (Calgary), 1000 Faces Festival (2016), FEATS Festival 2015 and 2016 (funded by Alberta Dance Alliance & Arts Council Edmonton, Canada), Mushtari Begum Festival (Vancouver, 2013), and Image India Society (Edmonton, 2012).

Naren is appreciated for his crisp footwork and subtle emotions that transport the audience through his presentation. He has been working collaboratively with local, national and internationally acclaimed artists to bring quality training to the students of Alberta for Indian Classical Dance. He has carved an artistic niche for presenting quality dance productions, workshops and has curated the first 3-Day Alberta wide conference for bharathanatyam, GnanaShala, in 2016 under the banner of Sanskrit - Temple of Fine Arts.

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Judith Garcia

Flamenco En vivio

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A Taste of Flamenco: Wednesday, June 28

 

Judith Garcia and her husband Oscar-Jose Garcia have been performing Flamenco since 1976. They created Flamenco En Vivo
In 1999 and started performing with the group for the heritage day festivals in Edmonton. They have created full scale productions for many years in Edmonton and Westlock. They return to Spain to study and holiday and visit relatives every year.
They've been married for 37 years and have the ninth grandbaby on the way!

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Jessie Garon

Vazari Dance Projects

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GWDC: Vazari Dance Workshop: Monday & Tuesday, June 26 & 27

 

Jessie Garon is a Toronto-based Contemporary Dance artist. She is a graduate of The Edmonton School of Ballet and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

In 2013, she completed a successful internship with Danielle Agami’s ‘Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY’.

Independently, she has worked with ‘Anandam Dance Theatre’, Jennifer Dallas/Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects, Karissa Fyrrar/Polynomials, Lemi Ponifasio/MAU (New Zealand), Little Pear Garden Collective, and Serge Bennathan.

In 2014, Garon co-founded the multidisciplinary company ‘Vazari Dance Projects’ with Anastasia Shivrina. With VDP she has since choreographed and produced the works, #Hangman (co-creation with Anastasia Shivrina, 2014), [decoherence] (2015) and AS A BODY (2015). Her work with VDP has been presented across Canada and garnered residency’s at The Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto and The Centre for Movement Arts in Calgary.

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Vishakha Ghosh

Mrudanga Dance Academy 

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Breathtaking:
Friday, July 7

 

Vishakha is an Edmonton based, Odissi dancer originally from Kolkata, India. She discovered her passion for dance at the age of 3, and began exploring this beautiful art form called Odissi. Prior to moving to Canada, she has had 15 years of academic style training at Odissi Vision and Movement Centre or commonly known as OVM, in India, under the guidance of Guru Sharmila Biswas. During her training at OVM, Vishakha was selected to be a part of OVM’s Junior repertory dancers, in 2009 and thus, to perform at several cultural festivals in India. She has been an active performer at the Annual Academy Festivals hosted by OVM from 1996-2011. Her passion and love for dance motivated her to continue pursuing it despite the rigorous academic schedule while studying engineering at the University of British Columbia.

Vishakha is currently training as a soloist under Guru Enakshi Sinha, the founder and artistic director of Mrudanga Dance Academy.

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Cori Giannotta

Rhythm & Sound

Catch Cori @ Feats:

Unapologetically
Brilliant:
Friday, June 30

Tap Masterclasses: Saturday, July 1

Youth Tap Intensive:
Monday & Tuesday,
July 3 & 4

Feats Fest Tap Jam: Saturday, July 1

Dance Explosion
on Whyte,
Saturday, July 1

 

Born in the GTA, Cori has been heavily involved in the Toronto tap scene for the past 4 years. She had the pleasure of performing in Lisa Latouche’s choreography numerous times including;  “Warrior” at the 2014 Toronto’s Choreographers Ball, and “So” at the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference.  A sought after teacher and choreographer, she has had the opportunity to teach at the Tap Dance Centre in Mississauga, the Toronto Rhythm Initiative youth intensive, the Performing Arts BC Provinvcial Festival, and has assisted at The Dance Project Convention on several occasions. Her dancing has taken her all over North America including Pittsburgh, Chicago, LA, NYC, and Montreal. In 2014, Cori was brought on as an assistant choreographer for the North American tour of  “EVIL DEAD the Musical”.  Additional performing credits include the 2014 Toronto’s Body Percussion Festival,

Tapperfest, and the Big Band Tap Revue with the Toronto Jazz Orchestra. Cori recently coproduced Rhythm & Sound with Johnathan Morin, which featured six of Canada’s professional tap dancers alongside three of Toronto’s finest musicians. She performed repertoire from Rhythm & Sound in The Whole Shebang: Taken By Night, alongside many talented and versatile artists. Most recently, Cori performed a duet in a Dance Ontario production with Johnathan Morin as a part of the City Dance Corps set in Dance Weekend ’16.

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Ainsley Hillyard

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Saturday, July 8

 

Ainsley Hillyard is an Edmonton-based choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. She has been a collective artist with the Good Women Dance Collective since 2009. Ainsley's choreography credits include; The Other, Bears, (Pyretic Productions) Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography; Beckett’s Shorts, Genius Code (Surreal SoReal Theatre); and Ursa Major, Snout (Catch The Keys Productions). Select acting credits include Wish (Northern Light Theatre), pool (no water) (Studio Theatre), Anxiety (Theatre Yes/Théâtre à corps perdus) and Snout, Runcible Riddle (Catch the Keys Productions). Her work with Good Women Dance also includes the curation of Dancefest for the Nextfest Arts Company and teaching ongoing company classes open to the public.

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Tasha Lawson

Tri-Tone Rhythm Ensemble

Catch Tasha @ Feats:

Unapologetically
Brilliant:
Friday, June 30

Tap Masterclasses: Saturday, July 1

Dance Explosion
on Whyte,
Saturday, July 1

Feats Fest Tap Jam: Saturday, July 1

 

As a performer, Tasha has worked as a solo artist and in ensemble pieces at numerous international festivals. She was a principal dancer for six seasons with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas, and the Artistic Director the affiliated youth company, Visions in Rhythm, where she created six full-length concert works.

As an educator, Tasha has delivered residencies for universities, youth ensembles, and professional training programs globally. She was a faculty member for the first Tap residency at Jacob’s Pillow, under the direction of Dianne Walker, and has toured in the US and Japan as Assistant Artistic Director for Cirque Du Soleil’s, KOOZA.

Tasha holds diplomas in Dance Teacher Training and Dance Performance from Grant MacEwan University. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Tri-Tone Productions. The Company has produced three full length concerts and has performed in Canada and the US. Tri-Tone also houses a pre-professional rhythm ensemble as well as a youth and adult ensemble.

In addition, Tasha is the artistic director of the Tri-Tone Rhythm Society, a non-profit arts society dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of tap dance and percussive arts, connecting diverse communities through performance, education and outreach programs. Tri-Tone Rhythm Society produces the annual Rhythm, Body and Soul festival. 

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Stephanie Lilley

Viva Dance Co​.

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In My Place: Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24

 

Stephanie’s involvement in dance is fueled by her passion and training in jazz, contemporary, ballet and Ukrainian dance. Stephanie is the artistic director and choreographer of Viva Dance, a contemporary company based in Edmonton. Viva Dance is known for creating and presenting highly emotive yet accessible dance art with the perfect combination of athleticism and artistry. The company has performed in close to 200 shows since 2012 including Fringe Festivals across Canada and the US, Western Canada Fashion Week, the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree, the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Awards, Women of Vision Awards, Feats Festival, Skirt Afire Festival, corporate events, fundraisers and various shows to promote dance programs in Edmonton Public Schools. The company has donated their dance art to help raise funds and awareness for the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Wish Foundation, the University of Alberta’s Mental Health Symposium and others.

Stephanie is the dance coordinator for the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Along with choreographing and casting dancers, she also performs in this prestigious show. Stephanie was part of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers as a dancer, choreographer and artistic consultant for 5 years. She completed a 23 show China tour and a 20 show Canadian tour. Stephanie danced with Citie Ballet and Freefall and has also performed with the Edmonton Opera. She has collaborated with the Movements Dance Ensemble, an Afro-Caribbean dance company, as a choreographer and performer. Stephanie is a faculty member of Orchesis, the University of Alberta's dance program, where she has been teaching contemporary jazz since 2008. She has performed for both Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line and has appeared in manu industry productions as a dancer and model.

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Johnathan Morin

Rhythm & Sound

Catch Johnathan @ Feats:

Unapologetically
Brilliant:
Friday, June 30

Tap Masterclasses: Saturday, July 1

Dance Explosion
on Whyte,
Saturday, July 1

Feats Fest Tap Jam: Saturday, July 1

Youth Tap Intensive:
Monday & Tuesday,
July 3 & 4

 

8 Show Tour in BC as principle dancer in Danny Nielsen's Love.Be.Best.Free. (2017) TD Toronto Jazz Festival (2014,2017) Vancouver Tap Festival (2014) Eastern Canadian Tap Conference (2015, 2016)

Rhythm and Sound is tap dance company co produced and directed by Johnathan Morin and Cori Giannotta. Our company focuses on maintaining the authenticity of tap dance by using live music and exploring both jazz and contemporary music.We strive to exemplify the new and traditional conceptions of tap dance, collaborate with local musicians, motivate artists and audiences to further their understanding of tap dance and its relation to other art forms, and to establish an informed, engaged audience across the country. We are proudly canadian working out of Toronto Ontario. We have put on 2 sold out shows, one in 2015 (120 patrons) and one most recently at Dancemakers in the distillery district of Toronto in 2016 (186 patrons). We are continually working on repetoire but currently have an hour length show ready as well as shorter variants as well.

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Gerry Morita

Mile Zero Dance

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Saturday, July 8

 

Gerry Morita (MFA) is Artistic Director of Mile Zero Dance and is a teacher, performer, choreographer, coach, and improviser in Edmonton. Her work involves continuous challenges to the role of viewer and the nature of spectacle vs authenticity.

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Tony Olivares

Catch Tony @ Feats:

J'Adore Drop-In Series: Tuesday, June 27

 

Tony was born in Managua, Nicaragua. He moved to Edmonton in 1987. His first experience as an independent improvisational choreographer and performer occurred at the age of seven. His official dance training began in Edmonton, when he attended the dance program at Grant McEwen Community College in 1991. In 1993, he founded “Dirty Feet Productions”, an Edmonton dance collective which was active for five years. Since then Tony has performed and trained at Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Vermont, Boston, Northampton and Connecticut.

As instructor Tony concentration is in Latin, African, Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Improvisation, Contact, Site specific and Butoh.

He was the assistant director of Dance Enlight in Hartford Connecticut.

Presently, he is the artistic director of his dance company TONY OLIVARES DANCE and working as dance instructor with Dance Fusion Academy and Mile Zero Dance outreach education.

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Kiruthika Rathanaswami

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Mandala Arts & Culture Society

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Unapologetically
Breathtaking:
Friday, July 7

 

Kiruthika Rathanaswami is a bharata natyam dancer who has been under the guidance of Jai Govinda, Artistic Director of Mandala Arts and Culture in Vancouver for the past 19 years.  She completed her bharata natyam arangetram (graduation) at the academy in 2004 and since then has been a part of many of Mandala's professional productions and presentations as a soloist, and ensemble. Although she has performed extensively in Vancouver, she has also been presented in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton and Santa Barbara, California.  Some of her notable performances include: The Temptation of Buddha (2006); The Monk and the Courtesan (2008); Honourable Governor General of Canada Ms. Michaelle Jean (2009); Canada Dance Festival (2010); Gait to the Spirit Festival (2011), Horizon Series (2013); Feats Festival (2015, 2016); and HH11 Dance Festival (2016, 2017); and Nextfest (2016). Kiruthika was also featured as the lead dancer in the documentary film "The Great Night of Shiva" (2011) which was broadcast nationally on Vision TV Canada.  In 2010, she received the Arts Fellowship from the Shastri Indo- Canadian Institute and studied with Gurus B. Bhanumati and Sheela Chandrashekar in Bangalore, India.  In the summer of 2015, Kiruthika was invited to speak as panelist at a National Dance Symposium "Beyond Boundaries - Imagining a New Future for South Asian Dance in Canada" by Sampradaya Dance Creations in Mississauga, Ontario. Kiruthika is the recipient of the 2012 City of Vancouver "The Mayor's Arts Award" for emerging artist in Dance and the 2016 Dancing Damsel Women Achiever Award for the Performing Arts.

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Linda Rubin

Catch Linda @ Feats:

MZD: Educator Workshop: Thursday & Friday, July 6 & 7

 

Linda is the founder and director of Synergy Movement Workshops established in Vancouver 1971 and is a Graduate of The Emily Carr University of Art + Design and The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, N.Y.C. While performing in New York she danced and toured with the professional companies of Norman Walker, Deborah Hay, Dan Wagoner and Larry Richardson. In Vancouver she partnered Norbert Vesak and choreographed for Western Dance Theatre. She has choreographed productions for The Citadel Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Twenty-fifth Street Theatre, The Edmonton Opera, Opera Nuova, Studio Theatre, L’Uni Theatre, Theatre Network, and Workshop West Theatre. Linda is engaged in rehearsal direction and mentoring for dance and theatre companies. Ms Rubin is Professor Emeritus, U of A where she taught dance and improvisation in the BFA Acting program. She is the author of The Creative Dance Keys; a multi media tool kit that is incorporated in arts education curricula across Canada. Linda is Core Faculty in the Citadel Theatre’s Robbins Academy Young Companies. 

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Rebecca Sadowski

Catch Rebecca @ Feats:

Dance Explosion
on Whyte,
Saturday, July 1

 

Rebecca is from Edmonton, Alberta and has trained in dance, acting, and voice from a very young age. Rebecca attended high school at Victoria School of the Arts, where she focused on dance, choreography studies, and acting with Maureen Tigner-Morison, Joanne Lowry, and Greg Dowler-Coltman.

In 2009, Rebecca moved to Toronto to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Ryerson University. There, she studied under the direction of Vicki St Denys, Karen Duplisea, and Nadia Potts while had the opportunity to perform in works by Allen Kaeja, Hanna Kiel, Stelio Calagias, and Mindy Cooper. Rebecca passion for solo dance was ignited by workshops and discussions with Montreal artist Margie Gillis and Kaha: wi Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Santee Smith. After graduation, Rebecca performed with the Lower Ossington Theatre, the Toronto Fringe Festival, Solar Stage Children Theatre, and Creativiva Inc.

In 2015, Rebecca moved home to Edmonton and has choreographed for the Edmonton Fringe Festival, Nextfest Festival, the Expanse Festival, Dirt Buffet Cabaret, and Victoria School of the Arts. She has also worked at Fort Edmonton Park where she was able to research and expand the dance programming for public interpretation in the 1846/1885 era. She teaches dance with DancED Movement Projects, the City of Edmonton, and Edmonton Public School Board.

Currently, Rebecca is working on choreographing a dance inspired by her Metis heritage and continues to learn Metis styles of dance and craftwork. Rebecca loves to take class with Mile Zero Dance and the Good Women Dance Collective. She is inspired by the collaborative artistic family here in Edmonton and is thrilled to be a part of it.

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Jarrett Siddall

Vazari Dance Projects

Catch Jarrett @ Feats:

GWDC: Vazari Dance Workshop: Monday & Tuesday, June 26 & 27

 

Jarrett Siddall is a Dora nominated artist who began his career with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Citie Ballet in Edmonton AB. In
2012, Jarrett graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant. After graduation Jarrett was a company member with Toronto
Dance Theatre for five seasons where he has worked with Stephen Andrews, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Thomas Hauret, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Heidi Strauss, and Evan Webber.

Independently, he has performed with Hit & Run Dance Productions, Joe Ink and Vazari Dance Projects where he is also a Rehearsal Director and Artistic Associate.

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Shivani Thakkar

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Manu Kala Mandir Dance Academy, MKM Bollystars Dance Company and Academy

 

Catch Shivani @ Feats:

J'Adore Drop-In Series: Friday, June 30

MZD: Educator Dance Class: Thursday, July 6

Unapologetically
Breathtaking:
Friday, July 7

 

An internationally recognized artist, Shivani specialties include Bharata Natyam (Indian classical), Bollywood, Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. Balancing a commitment to artistry and commercial dance, Shivani choreographs with an eye to creating quality work that was constantly unique and at the forefront of the field. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of MKM Bollystars Dance Company and Academy.

Shivani is a recognized artist in Canada has served as a Peer Assessor for national federal arts grants for Canada Council for the Arts, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and at a local level for Calgary Arts Development, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She has judged numerous dance competitions, both across the US and in India. In 2011, she was a panelist at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival for the discussion Women in the Arts Breaking through the Glass Ceiling. She has had articles published in Dance Current Magazine (Canada) and Buzzine Magazine (On-line). Shivani has served as guest lecturer and artist at University of Southern California School of Theatre (annually), University of Southern California Kaufman School of Dance, University of Calgary, and Howard Community College (Maryland), and as faculty at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Los Angeles.

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Jeannie Vandekerkhove

Catch Jeannie @ Feats:

Site-Specific work on Whyte Avenue.

 

Jeannie Vandekerkhove is a teacher, choreographer and dancer who trained classically in her youth, furthering
her studies at Arts Umbrella and Ballet British Columbia’s Mentorship Program.

She has taught professionally at Arts Umbrella, MareMac Dance Studio, Ballet Divertimento, Montessori, YWCA Montreal’s Outreach
Program, Mile Zero Dance’s Education Program, Orchesis, as well as numerous workshops, both pre/professionally and in private and public schools across the country.

Jeannie has danced professionally in Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver and has performed both nationally and internationally for a
variety of renowned choreographers.

Her own professionally choreographic works have been presented in Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver.

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Jodie Vandekerkhove

Mile Zero Dance

Initial 6​

Catch Jodie @ Feats:

J'Adore Drop-In Series: Thursday, June 29

MZD: Kids Camp: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, July 4, 5, & 6

Unapologetically
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Saturday, July 8

 

Jodie Vandekerkhove is a professional artist with extensive training and education in the field of dance. She is a graduate from Simon Fraser University, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Dance Degree, a Dance Diploma from Grant MacEwan College Dance Program and trained in classical RAD ballet for years. Jodie has gathered knowledge and inspiration from a variety of broad teaching experiences, and has trained throughout North America and Europe. Jodie is presently completing her Masters of Arts at the University of Alberta with a focus in dance. She has danced professionally for various choreographers including Nancy Sandercock, Heidi Bunting, Gerry Morita and Jeannie Vandekerkhove and has performed for the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, KO Dance project, and Mile Zero Dance. Jodie has most recently been a presenter for the TEDx Garneau Women event December 2013.

Jodie appreciates all diverse backgrounds and abilities in dance and appreciates everyone unique way of moving.  Jodie has a passion for teaching dance and presently is a dance instructor at Concordia University College and University of Alberta. She also independently choreographs and teaches throughout Alberta.

Initial 6 is a group of accomplished Edmonton dancers coming together to explore, discuss, and perform their dance. Essential to their philosophy is the trusting of one's body and of each other. All are educators, performers, and explorers in dance. All are passionate, dedicated, and determined to continue dancing for a lifetime. As a University of Alberta dance research group they are committed to an open-minded, unbiased approach in their ongoing creative process. The members of Initial 6 are Tamara Bliss, Wendy Gervais, Dr. Pirkko Markula, Kathy Metzger-Corriveau, Mary Ann Rintoul, Jodie Vandekerkhove; and Jennifer Nikolai. This piece is a collaborative research project on ageing and memory, as re-defined by dance improvisation. Our approach is to use digital video capture devices for shooting and projecting pre-recorded and live dance as an improvisational approach and as a live performance platform. The performers conducted written tasks based on memories of rehearsing and performing and how these memories are recalled in present day dancing alone and with other dancers. The voices of the performers are reflections of individual memories, shared as collective reflections as part of the improvisational and performative elements in the piece.

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Raena Waddell

Catch Raena @ Feats:

J'Adore Drop-In Series: Friday, June 30

Unapologetically
Brave:
Saturday, July 8

 

Fascinated with the human body communicating through movement, Raena Waddell has built a 17-year career as a dancer, choreographer and movement instructor in Edmonton, Alberta.  She has premiered 11 of her own choreographed works in Alberta and received the 2012 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award. Under the instruction of Brian Webb and Heidi Bunting, Raena graduated from the Grant MacEwan Dance Program with the Brian Webb Dance Company Award in 2000.   Inspired by numerous choreographers and body work philosophies, Raena teaches contemporary technique in hopes to instill a sense of curiosity in the dancer as to how and what makes their body move.  Away from the dance studio, Raena has been teaching progressive Pilates and Garuda for 11 years for the city of Edmonton and various private studios.  Raena believes her keen interest in intelligent exercise has not only strengthened her abilities as a performer, but has also helped her rehabilitate her back after an injury she suffered in 2012, which led her to discover Garuda.  She has received her Garuda Mat, Apparatus, Chair and Barre certification and connects much of her recent artistic creativity to the fluid, full bodied movement in the Garuda system.

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Joshua Wolchansky

Catch Joshua @ Feats:

Unapologetically
Brave:
Saturday, July 8

 

A neoclassical ballet dancer by training, Joshua has been active in the Edmonton dance community since he was 13. He is a graduate of Victoria School of the Arts, and of the Sandra Gray School of Dancing. Trained most recently at Codarts University for the Arts in the Netherlands, Joshua has had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest minds in contemporary and neoclassical dance, including Jiri Kylian, Ed Wubbe, and Krisztina de Choctel, among others.

Joshua is versed in performing and teaching technique and choreography in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and neoclassical. He is the Choreographer/ Associate Director for MAN UP! Edmonton only all-male high heel revue. His own work seeks to bridge the gaps between conventional techniques, and to further cross-disciplinary collaboration among artists.

Joshua has trained and performed across Europe, North America, and the Middle East. His passion for dance and travel blend seamlessly as he believes that dance is the ultimate expression of one’s culture and beliefs, and by travelling one is able to be fully immersed into new experiences.

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