Amanda Acorn a choreographer and performer based in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program. She is currently a company member at Dancemakers. Independently, she has worked with many choreographers and companies including Meryem Alaoui, Susie Burpee, Lady Janitor, Keaja d’Dance, Lucy Rupert, Andrea Spaziani, Heidi Strauss and Cara Spooner among others. She participated in the DSW Dance Lab in Calgary in the spring of 2010, developing works with Helen Husak and Jason Stroh. She has created work with Emily Law and Brodie Stevenson under the name, Octamerous, since 2006. Their work has been presented at Nuit Blanche (’06, ’07, ’08, ’09), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (’08) and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend (’09). This fall she had the opportunity to lead choreographic research with at Dancemakers and created the solo You/Me/Us in collaboration with visual artist Thea Jones. This new work will be presented in Calgary in May 2013. Amanda has created three dance films with filmmaker Yoann Malnati as well as Shiva, a Bravo!Fact directed by Zachary Finkelstein. Amanda is also the co-founder of The Toronto Dance Community Love-In and a member of the Board of Directors at CADA Ontario. http://aacorn.wordpress.com/
Robyn Breen is a Newfoundlander who spends most of her time living in Toronto. She holds a BFA (Honours) in Dance from York University, and is a graduate from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program. As a professional performance artist she has worked with choreographers such as Patricia Beatty, Jo Leslie, Meagan O’Shea and Christianne Ullmark. Her solo SIREN, by Jo Leslie, has been presented at The Festival of New Dance in St. John’s and the Atlantic Dance Festival in Moncton.
Robyn is the founder and artistic director of NewFoundDance, a company that hosts performances, workshops and classes in both Ontario and Newfoundland. Through NFD, Robyn has presented a number of her own choreographic works since 2008.
As well as performing and creating, Robyn is often invited to lead workshops for the many “performing groups” in the dance schools of St. John’s and surrounding areas. She is also a seasoned Pilates instructor. www.newfounddance.com/
Born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., dancer, teacher, producer and choreographer, Tina Fushell, lives and works in Toronto where she has been based since 1999. As a performer, she has collaborated and originated roles in the works of numerous choreographers including Susie Burpee, Valerie Calam, Jesse Dell, Kate Franklin, Ame Henderson, Brendan Jensen, Sebastian Mena, Matjash Mrozewski, Darryl Tracy, among others.
Tina’s own choreographies include How to be a Good Wife (2007), Smitten (2008),Dance-a-line (2011), Freedom Party (2014), and Yin/Yang (2015). Her work has been presented across Ontario and the country, including performances in Porch View Dances, Hub 14 “Full Stop”, Hysteria: Festival of Women, The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Festival of New Dance, Dance made in Canada and Nuit Blanche. Most recently Tina co-produced Street vs Stage as part of Summerworks15, self- presented her first full length work Waving is Funny, collaborated and performed in Ame Henderson (Public Recordings) rehearsal/performance at the AGO and worked with Luke Garwood who was the 2014 artist in residence at the Young Centre.
An active producer, Tina was Co-Artistic Director of Ambitious Enterprises (AE) with Kate Franklin from 2002 to 2012; together they produced the “At the Wrecking Ball” series which provided opportunities for emerging choreographic talents and their collaborators from various disciplines. Currently she is curating a work-in-progress series called “For Show”.
When not creating and performing in dance works, Ms Fushell invests in the next generation of dancers through her work at the Quinte Ballet School and George Brown College.
vjk is a dance artist and choreographer based in Toronto, where she completed her MFA in Contemporary Dance Choreography at York University and continued to work in the Dance Department as an Assistant Professor in 2013. Her creations are lo-fi spectacle performances that often combine strong visuals and repetition with moving bodies. Currently obsessed with shared experiences of pleasure, her work follows a practice of locating, emphasizing, and persisting in seeking gratification. She is the creator of a public performance series Window Sightings, Co-Lover with The Toronto Dance Community Love-In.
Kate Nankervis is a co-creator, curator and producer for ps: we are all here with Toronto Dance Community Love- In.
A 2016 Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Fellow, her research is on considering innovative spaces for performance, artists and audiences.
Her own work considers the body in mediated and immersive environments for performance. Highlights: (in)visible lines, in collaboration with Erato Tzavara (Athens) and Albrecht Zeipert (Berlin) and Horizon, in collaboration with Omar Rivero (Ottawa/Toronto) and Erato Tzavara (Athens).
In the past, Kate has performed with NeilandSimone (UK), Simon Renaud (MTL), Blue Ceilings Dance/Lucy Rupert (TO), Eroca Nicols/Lady Janitor (the world), Vanessa Kimmons/VJK (TO), Heidi Strauss(TO), Elke Schroeder (Brussels), Amanda Acorn (TO), Bee Pallomina (TO), Robert Kinsbury, Andrew Tay (MTL), Parahumans (TO) and Tino Sehgal (the world).
A recipient of the IMASCO Performing Arts Award and Spedding Award for Choreography as well, supported by Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts on various projects.
Board of Directors
Niomi Cherney- Chair
Susie Burpee – secretary
Carina Cojeen – treasurer
Tim Bermingham- member
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Madeleine Shen is a Toronto-based dancer, teacher, interpreter. She used to dream of being a ballerina/scientist before she joined the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre and trained in modern dance and the Limón Technique. After taking a four-year hiatus from dance to complete a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at U of T, Madeleine studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and at the Limón Institute in New York City. Over the years, Madeleine has been lucky to learn and experience many different dance styles including breakdance, hip hop, samurai sword fighting, contact improvisation and poi. Most notably she has become a huge Axis Syllabus nerd. She has recently started a new dance collective with two other dancers called Bare Neck and Brazen, and they plan to navigate the world of dance together. Their goal is to explore collaborations with other artists in as many fields as they can find, building a support network amongst emerging artists and bringing new energy to this already vibrant city. BareNeckAndBrazen.wordpress.com
After earning her Honors BFA in Film/Video/Performance and Sculpture from California College of the Arts (San Francisco and Oakland, CA), Eroca Nicols accepted a scholarship from Ballet Creole’s Professional Training Program in Toronto. She then trained at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Eroca founded Lady Janitor in the fall of 2008. She is currently a Toronto-based dancer, art-maker and curator. Since arriving in Canada from California in 2004, her choreographic work has appeared at: Nuit Blanche, Toronto (’07,’09); The Cube (Bristol, UK); Dance in My Backyard (DIMBY ’08, ’09, ‘10); Toronto’s International Dance Day; Dance Matters Performance Series, Fresh Blood, and Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, The Young Centre, and The Rhubarb Festival. In 2009, a BravoFACT of her choreography, Ah! Mes Synchronettes! (co-directed with Toronto filmmaker Andrew Munger) – aired on the BRAVO channel. In addition to her own work, Eroca also performs in the work of others among these artists are Pam Johnson, Elke Schroeder, Les Imprudanses, Kaeja d’Dance and Andrea Nann. In early 2009, Eroca co-founded the Toronto Dance Community Love-In, a networking and advanced experimental technique training provider for emerging artists, with fellow dancer Amanda Acorn. Some upcoming projects include: curating and choreographing for Harbourfront Centre’s Badass Dance Fun: A mini Festival of emerging dance artists, presenting her new solo, The Deer in Headlights Side-show Slide-show,at Newfoundland Festival of New Dance and becoming a candidate for Axis Syllabus instructor certification.Eroca was also named winner of Dance Ontario’s 2010 Dance Innovation Award for her outstanding and original work and is the Keynote Speaker at DTRC’s 2012 On the Move conference.
Meryem Alaoui is an artist in dance and performance, originally from Morocco, based in Toronto. She is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Professionally, she has danced for various choreographers and companies including Peggy Baker, Angela Blumberg, Kaeja d’Dance, Andréa de Keijzer, Marie France Forcier, Kate Hilliard, Susanna Hood (hum – dansoundart), Julia Male, and Jenny-Anne McCowan, and has collaborated as a dance/sound improviser with local Toronto experimental music bands.
She has presented her choreographic work in Toronto in the frames of the Badass Dance Fun mini festival as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Next Steps Series (2012), at Dance Matters, and Series 8:08 (2010), and at Fresh Blood (2009). Furthermore, she has collaborated in the creation of multidisciplinary performance projects Mrtvolka, with video/electronic media artist Daniela Sneppova and poet/playwright Penn Kemp, and Dancing to a White Boy Song, with theatre director Mumbi Tindyebwa and poet Motion, shown respectively at Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH (2011), and SummerWorks festival (2011) in Toronto. In March 2012, Meryem participated in a co-facilitated exchange project involving 20 Moroccan and European performance artists, MAM – Marrakech Artist Meeting, held in Marrakech, Morocco. In the fall of 2012, she received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for a mentorship project that she initiated with choreographer | teacher | multidisciplinary performer Susanna Hood, in Montreal, which she is currently completing. Meryem strongly believes in collaboration, in sharing information and resources, in pro-activity, in seeing opportunities in challenges, and (yes) love. This led her to join the creative team of the Toronto Dance Community Love-In.
Amelia Ehrhardt is a contemporary dance artist based in Toronto. Her work is predominantly in interpretation and choreography, but she is also an avid writer and speaker on dance. She has performed professionally in works by Carol Anderson, Susie Burpee, Zeesy Powers, Julia Sasso, Menaka Thakkar, and Bluemouth Inc. Her choreographic work has been presented at Extermination Music Night (in collaboration with Cara Spooner/Alicia Grant), A Month of Sundays (in collaboration with Jonathan Adjemian), Double Double Land, and The Deleon White Gallery. Amelia’s writing on dance has appeared in Offerings Magazine and Back to the World, and has spoken on dance at the Canadian Society for Dance Studies Bi-Annual Conference, The White House Studio Project, Double Double Land, and on Megabus Travel at Trampoline Hall.
Katya Kuznetsova is a dance artist focused on bringing people together. Originally from the city of Magadan, in the Russian Far East, she trained in ballroom dance since the age of eight with Tanzgracia Ballroom Dance Company. She then lived in Alaska for twelve years, where she began to “untrain” through the study of release and improvisation as a base for creative practice. In her work as a performer, Katya fuses social dance forms with contemporary dance and physical theatre. With an MA in Adult Education and an MFA in Choreography and Dramaturgy, Katya is now based in Toronto, Canada. She works independently and in collaboration with Mind the Gap Dance, as well as Toronto Dance Community Love-In. Her dances have been commissioned by the Alaska Dance Theatre, University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance and Montana Rhythm Explosion Workshop. For more information, please visit www.kuznetka.blogspot.com