Michael Baboolal is a Toronto based dance artist. He began dancing at age 17 and since then has had been fortunate to work with many artists from around the world, who have aided in developing his artistic voice and opinions. He works in the commercial and contemporary facets of dance and continues to be an active member within both communities. He is frequently brought in as a guest artist working with Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts (TDSB). Michael had the opportunity to work and learn from many acclaimed choreographers/ companies, including: Hanna Kiel, James Kudelka, Kate Hilliard, Gadfly, Chartier Danse, BoucharDanse, Alejandro Cerrudo (Repertory), Roberto Olivan, Laida Aldaz Arrieta, Company SBB, Cirque du Soleil and The Dietrich Group among others. Following graduation, he was accepted and attended Springboard Danse Montreal, where he worked with Slowdanger and also performed repertory from Batsheva Dance Company.
In his search to gain more knowledge, Michael is constantly broadening his movement vernacular allowing him to make dynamic qualitative choices and inspiring new movement ideas. His training in various disciplines informs his artistic style and qualities both in performance and choreography. Being able to sift through these ideas and work towards a unique identity in movement is a goal he continues to work towards. Michael holds a BFA in dance from Ryerson University.
Sierra Chin Sawdy
Dancer, Withrow Park & touring
Sierra is a Toronto-based dance artist. Since graduating from Ryerson University’s BFA Dance program, she has had the opportunity to work with several companies in the city, including: Dancetheatre David Earle, Toronto Heritage Dance, Avinoam Silverman Dance, ACE Dance Theatre, Hanna Kiel’s Young Human Body Expression, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, and Hit & Run Dance Productions. She has toured throughout Canada, China and the UAE. To further develop her abilities, Sierra has trained across Canada, the United States, Israel and Italy, working and creating with world-renowned teachers and choreographers. Last year, Sierra was lucky enough to work with Peggy Baker Dance Projects as an RBC Emerging Artist, where she worked closely with Peggy and her company.
Host, touring barrie
Marie-Josée Dionne is a bilingual actress whose work can be seen on both screen and stage. Now based in Toronto, it important to her to keep her hometown ties strong by staying involved in the artistic communities in Northern Ontario. She is always ready to fully mould herself to a story, giving an authentic voice to every character she takes on. She has developed a new passion for comedic writing and storytelling. Bringing together audiences and teaching them to see new perspectives of humanity is her goal as an artist.
Producer, beatmaker, DJ, Japanese mangas, cultures and traditions lover, Engone Endong explore civilizations and offers an alternative approach of musics, arts and world traditions by cleverly mixing ancestral knowledge with today’s sounds (electroic, hip-hop, experimental). Collaborating internationally as a DJ (Elom 20ce in Togo, Pamela Badjogo/Prix RFI Découverte finalist, Société des Arts Technologiques), he composes soundtracks of various realms, such as the virtual experience of the movie “Les Etats-Unis d’Afrique: au-delà du hip-hop”, by Yanick Létourneau (PERIPHERIA, prix de la Critique RIDM 2011).
He is the face of Atsie Sun Orchestra, a virtual and imaginary band whose free album, released in December 2011, has been downloaded more than 6,000 times worldwide. Standing out as a performer, he performed alongside the legendary American DJ Rich Medina and was the headline of the Piknic Electronik festival in 2013. The same year, the Pop Montreal festival emphasized his participation by programming him three days in a row. Creator of the “African Sessions” nights (with DJs Sugarface Nene and Je Suis TBA) at the legendary Club Balattou, he signs in 2014 the new record label UNLOG that focuses on instrumental music.
His politically engaged album #OKENG was critically acclaimed in the American medias OKAYAFRICA and AFROPUNK. On May 1st 2017, he released his very first mini-film “Demain, un jour nouveau” (Tomorrow, a new day), inspired by his new composition in collaboration with the SLAM Action collective from Gabon and the contemporary choreographer Gael Ikonda. In 2017, he collaborated with choreographer Rhodnie Désir on her new creation Dusk Society for the Dusk Dances festival in Toronto.
Engone will tour the piece in 2019, together with Rhodnie for Dusk Dances 2019 tour in Repentigny, Hamilton and Barrie.
Dancer, Withrow Park
Kristine Flores' started dance at the age of 8, training in ballet and jazz. Although that was short-lived, her passion for dance continued as she developed a love for the style of hip-hop. After completing her degree at York University in Kinesiology, Kristine decided to pursue her love of dance more intensely by traveling to cities such as Montreal, New York, and Los Angeles to further refine and study not only the style of hip hop but also house and waacking.
Along the way, Kristine was able to compete in street style battles such as Juste Debout and Bust-A-Move as well as becoming a member of Twisted Ankles Dance Crew and the house dance collective Warehouse Jacks. Not just restricting herself to the street dance scene, Kristine continued to show off her versatility by performing in many corporate and stage shows such as the Mirror Awards, PRIDE, CBC HipHop Summit, Monsters of Hip Hop, LG Fashion Week and Choreographer’s Ball as well having the opportunities to dance for artists Captain Hooks, Famous, and Victoria Duffield. Aside from performing and showcasing the Toronto street dance community through initiatives like Five Eight and Parks N’ Wreck, Kristine continues to spread the knowledge that she has gained through teaching classes and workshops in and around the GTA and continues to forever be a student of dance. She was integral to building the emerging Toronto Hustle community and continues to teach and organize events as part of Warehouse Jacks and Parks N’ Wreck.
Known internationally as an ‘All Styles’ dancer, Lady C is recognized as one of the strongest females in the worldwide street dance community. She has studied under many of the Pioneers and legends of Popping, Locking, House, Breaking and Hip Hop and with over 15 years of experience she has earned her reputation competing, performing, choreographing, judging and teaching as far as Uganda, Haiti, Brazil, Italy, China, LA and NYC. Lady C has gained many accolades through her competitive success at events such as KOD (Canadian Team Hip Hop & Locking), Top Rock City (Top 10 Worldwide picks), Juste Debout, R-16 and Bust A Move.
Mairi Greig, originally hailing from Penticton, BC, is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Greig worked with Toronto Dance Theatre from 2010 to 2016, where she performed and created works with Christopher House, Jeanine Durning, Deborah Hay, Thomas Haeurt, Ame Henderson, Aleesa Cohene, Lina Cruz, Jean-Sebastién Lourdais, Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, and Heidi Strauss. Greig has danced with Bill Coleman on numerous site-specific performances and with the Danny Grossman Dance Company.
She collaborates with visual artist Aleesa Cohene and has performed within her exhibits across Ontario and in Regina, SK. Drawing Thinking of You Dancing, Greig’s dance-comic collaboration with cartoonist Jason Kieffer was published in 2015 by Old Boot Comics. Greig recently premiered a new work with filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee and Jenn Goodwin at the Festival of New Dance, St. John’s, NL. She also works with textiles.
DAncer, Withrow Park
A Toronto based independent dancer and performer, Jen Hum has a multifaceted background that has touched on a variety of dance forms and performance mediums. In addition to performing her own work, she has worked with a diverse collection of individuals and groups including Redsnow Collective, Polynomials Dance, J9 Dance Projects, Alias Dance Projects, Anandam Dance Theatre, and Xing Dance Theatre. She is always excited about what future artistic investigations will bring.
Dancer, Withrow Park & touring
Originally from Vancouver, Gavin moved to Toronto to attend York University, where he graduated with a BFA, double majoring in Dance & Kinesiology. He originally began his training in several street dance styles with hip hop based groups PraiseTEAM and C2 Genesys. He is currently Co-Artistic Director of Nostos Collectives and has worked with various Canadian choreographers such as Serge Bennathan, Denise Clarke, Naishi Wang, Jessie Garon, Hanna Kiel, Jasmyn Fyffe, Riley Sims, and Emily Cheung. He has attended the Gallim Dance Winter Intensive, Amsterdam Summer Intensive, Arts Umbrella Summer Intensive and was accepted into Springboard Danse Montreal, where he worked with Leo Lerus and performed an excerpt of L-E-V Dance Company’s (Sharon Eyal) “OCD Love”.
He has choreographed multiple works for Nostos Collectives (“collision”, “Head Over Heels”), New Blue Festival (“as.i.am”), the Garage (“beyond the binary”), the Parahumans (“Motor Learning”), and is currently an Emerging Choreographer with Dancemakers' Peer Learning Network residency. Outside of Nostos Collectives, he has also been involved with Social Growl, Dusk Dances, re: research/adelheid, Red Sky Performance, Canadian Opera Company, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, the Parahumans, and the Garage. Gavin is also a Registered Massage Therapist of Ontario.
Host, touring Repentigny & Hamilton
Vincent is a two-time Jessie Award winning actor who works in both French and English. He has an Honours B.A. with Specialization in Theatre from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of Studio 58. His main areas of interest include contemporary theatre, physical theatre, devised work and clown work.
His theatre credits include Unité Modèle (Théâtre la Seizième), Catacomb (Summerworks Performance Festival), Anonyme (Vortex Theatre), Bonjour, Là, Bonjour (Théâtre la Seizième), The Stranger (DopoLavoro Teatrale), Bull (Rumble Theatre), Mathieu Mathématiques (Théâtre la Seizième), Let’s Talk About Sex, I Can’t Tell You (San Diego/Tijuana/Vancouver/Victoria Fringes), and Selfie (Théâtre la Seizième). He was recently awarded the Power Corporation prize from la Fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada. You can also catch Vince’s in TV5’s web series Abigaëlle et le date coaching.
Music direction and song arrangements, Withrow Park
Laurel MacDonald is a singer and composer based in Toronto. She has performed extensively - most recently in Patchwork, a vocal duo project with Mary Jane Lamond in the stage productions She Sings as She Flies and En•Chant; in the dance productions SoloDance Xchange SDX (Kaeja d’Dance) and Moving Parts (Fujiwara Dance Inventions); and as a member of the Georgian vocal ensemble Darbazi. Along with her creative partner Phil Strong, Laurel has composed the music for many film productions, most recently for the film documentary You Are Here, directed by Moze Mossanen for Bell Media/HBO.
Choir leader, Withrow Park
Cathy Nosaty enjoys a diverse career as a musician, composer, musical director and artist educator. She began her musical training as a classical pianist and her love of creative collaboration led to music creation for dance, theatre and film. Over the past thirty years she has created scores for over 100 productions for regional and independent theatre companies across Canada and a dozen documentary films. Recent projects include songwriting facilitation for The Lullaby Project for Roy Thompson Hall/Massey Hall/Jessie’s Place, original music for Flying Hearts by Theatre Direct and choral leader and music direction for Unfoldingfor Community Arts Guild.
Dancer, Withrow Park
Jillian Peever is a dancer, choreographer, and producer. Her training includes 6 years of post-secondary education, mentorships, and ongoing professional development. Jillian teaches dance and fitness for dance in Toronto at major institutions like the National Ballet of Canada, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, as well as in public schools. In 2016 Jillian won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her solo performance “The Mystery of Mr. Leftovers”, by Sharon B. Moore. She has danced for other choreographers such as Sylvie Bouchard, Angela Blumberg, Denise Fujiwara, Michael Greyeyes, Christopher House, and Lemi Ponifasio.
Lisa Anne Ross
Host, Withrow Park
Lisa Anne Ross is a theatre artist and community arts practitioner who has performed her own work and the work of others at theatres across the country. She studied theatre at Dalhousie University, the Dell’arte School of Physical Theatre and has an MA from York University in ‘theatre as a tool for social change’. In addition to teaching theatre at St. Thomas University, Lisa is the Artistic Producer of Solo Chicken Productions and Co-Artistic Director of the coop, two companies making physical theatre work in the Maritimes. She is thrilled to be donning her sparkles, applying a layer of deet and marching through the grass in celebration of 25 years of Dusk Dances. Ladies & Gentlemen get ready.
Dancer, Withrow Park
Lucy Rupert is a freelance dance artist as well as the artistic director and choreographer-dancer of Blue Ceiling dance. She has had the pleasure working with Fujiwara Dance Inventions since 2010, as well as dancing for noted Canadian choreographers Marie-Josée Chartier, William Yong, Allison Cummings, Brandy Leary, Peter Quanz and Nova Bhattacharya, among others. Lucy worked with Theatre Rusticle for 16 years, with roles in more than ten productions and tours. Lucy is a two-time recipient of the Chalmers Family Fellowship, a two-time nominee for the KM Hunter award in dance, as astrophysics enthusiast and nature conservationist She has a Joint B.A. in Dance and Music from the University of Waterloo and an MA in History from the University of Toronto.
Square dance workshops, Withrow Park
Based in North Bay, Ontario, Hannah comes from a long line of musicians and dancers, and has been dancing and singing her entire life.
After acquiring her BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University, Hannah moved to Boston and founded her company, “Once Removed”. In 2007, Hannah shifted her focus to traditional music and dance; she began teaching folk dancing, starting with Ontario Step Dancing, then ceilidgh dances, contra dance, family dances, and squares. Her specialty is Appalachian Squares, children’s singing games, as well as clogging from that region. She has called for dances across Eastern Ontario, Quebec and Northeastern USA.
As a musician, she has released two albums of original songs based in the Oldtime Appalachian style. Her second album earned her the 2017 CFMA Award for Traditional Singer of the Year. Hannah has also recorded 2 children’s albums, with a third set for release in late 2019.
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
Local company, Barrie
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) is a not-for-profit professional company in Simcoe County that exists to encourage and showcase the development of local professional contemporary dance. SCD are pioneers in this community as the region’s first performance-based not-for-profit dance organization, founded in 2009.
SCD offers a variety of training opportunities in the community with local and visiting artists, as well as youth apprenticeships, and platforms for local choreographers to create new works. They produce a number of shows and events within Barrie, each offering different opportunities to engage with dance. These include workshops in libraries, studios, schools and community centers, Dusk Dances Barrie, biannual productions Five Points Theatre and Celebration of Dance.
SCD offers free admission performances and workshops annually at Carnegie Days and Winterfest in partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre. Through these performances, workshops and more, SCD continues to facilitated numerous opportunities to collaborate as a community in a non-competitive atmosphere – providing a platform to be expressive, creatively engaged and challenged. In 2017, SCD was honored with a City of Barrie Arts Award for Contribution to the Community.
Miko Sobreira is a Venezuelan born artist who currently calls Toronto home. He has collaborated and performed with Toronto and international artists such as Claudia Moore, Pam Johnson, Maxine Heppner, Holly Small, Alejandro Ronceria, Learie McNichols, David Duclos, Allen and Karen Kaeja, Corpus, Sound Image Theatre, Rubberbandancegroup, Catherine Tardif, Francine Gagné and many more. He is currently the co-artistic director of Dasein Dance.
Kaitlin Standeven is an independent contemporary dance artist living and working in Toronto. She is deeply motivated by what transpires when ideas and bodies come together. Most recently Standeven has engaged in projects with Allison Cummings, Marie Lambin-Gagnon, Yvonne Ng, Lucy Rupert, BoucharDanse and Citadel + Compagnie. Standeven began her career as a member of Toronto Dance Theatre. Over eight seasons she originated roles in five full-length works by Artistic Director Christopher House, and was also greatly influenced by the thinking of notable creators Susie Burpee, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson and Heidi Strauss. Her work now extends beyond performance as she aims to support, nurture and inspire through her multiple roles as a teacher, facilitator and administrator. Standeven holds a BFA from Ryerson University.
Dancer, Withrow Park
Brodie Stevenson was born in the small village of Wuikinuxv on British Columbia’s central coast. From 2008 – 2014 Stevenson was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre, where he performed in original works by Artistic Director Christopher House and also for guest choreographers such as Lina Cruz, Deborah Hay and Heidi Strauss. As an independent dancer Stevenson has worked with many choreographers including Peggy Baker, Marie-Josée Chartier, James Kudelka, Allison Cummings and Laurence Lemieux. Since 2008 Stevenson has been creating and performing as part of the award-winning trio, Throwdown Collective. He is a Dora Award nominated performer and choreographic recipient with Throwdown Collective.
Music direction and song arrangements, Withrow Park
Phil Strong is a sound designer and composer who works in film, dance, theatre, musical performance and art installation. His original music for TDT’s Timecode Break earned the first “Dora” Mavor Moore Award presented specifically for dance. Multiple collaborations with dance artists such as Denise Fujiwara, Louis Laberge-Côté, Michael Caldwell, Sylvie Bouchard have involved sound designs that respond to movement - and do not exist without dance. This includes performing in SDXtet - a live musical trio with Eric Cadesky and Laurel MacDonald - which accompanied 21 of Toronto’s most revered dance artists in Kaeja d’Dance’s Solo Dance Xchange.
Rebecca Hope Terry
DAncer, Withrow Park
Rebecca Hope Terry began her dance career over 30 years ago, with Vancouver’s Jennifer Mascall, Lee Eisler (Jumpstart) and the late Lola MacLaughlin. Fond highlights include traipsing the globe with Dancemakers, under the direction of Serge Bennathan, performing her one woman show Weather in Edinburgh at the Traverse theatre, choreographing operas with director Tim Albery (Children’s Crusade, Dido and Aeneas), teaching movement to people who are blind and countless memorable creations and experiences with her beloved fellow artists. She gratefully acknowledges 2019 as the 15th year, and 4th choreographic work (No Exit, Conference of the Birds and Moving Parts) under Denise Fujiwara’s mentorship - an ever-evolving journey.
Dancer, Withrow Park
Gerry Trentham, is Artistic Director of lbs/sq" performance soon to celebrate 25 years of art making. His cannon of over 40 works include Toronto Star and NOW’s Top Ten list Cathedral (1998) the Dora nominated Four Mad Humours (2011) (four live solos streamed between Chicago, Buffalo, Toronto and Montreal), and more recently visual/media art/performance installations Art of Peace: Invitation (2016) and The Apology Project (2017) and Trees (2018). With seven Toronto Dora nominations/awards most recently as a cast and voice director of Denise Fujiwara's hit EUNOIA, his performances have been acclaimed with rave reviews throughout Canada, the United States (including NYC and LA) and Europe (including Berlin and Cannes). He has taught, choreographed, dialect/ speech coached, mentored theatre and dance creators, and directed internationally. He has, over the past 22 years, researched movement/voice synthesis as core faculty of the internationally acclaimed Canada’s National Voice Intensive and over five years with Denise Fujiwara in their new frontier of performance training Butoh/Voice.
Dancer, Withrow Park
Sarah Tumaliuan has shared dance with many communities, organized a public streetdance event under Parks N’ Wreck, and has been involved with many leading national arts outreach agencies such as BluePrintforLife/BluePrint Pathways (Hip Hop outreach in remote Canadian cities and young offender centres), UNITY Charity (positive mental health in youth through Hip Hop), Projet RAD (for inclusive dance programming regardless of abilities), and KeepRockinYou (Bgirl community development).
She got funky, boogied down, and grooved it out in Mix Mix Dance Collective's "Jack Your Body" at the 2014 Fringe Festival and 2015 Next Stage Theatre Festival, and again at the 2014 Guelph Dance Festival. Exploring dance through many styles she has a varied arsenal of movement language. She has most connected with urban street styles, particularly hip hop and house, and she has shared the essence of these cultures through drop-in classes at Toronto studios (The Underground, City Dance Corps, Cornerstone, Rightfoot), Gadfly community classes in Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout, TDSB high schools with UNITY and Back2daUnderground, and dance programs (George Brown, Randolph, RSVP33).
A limitless dancer who works at the nexus of public health and the arts, Sarah constantly expands her purpose as a dancer, advocating for the ways in which the arts, specifically dance, benefits individuals and contributes to healthy communities.
Canadian dance artist and performer Brendan Wyatt was born in rural Saskatchewan. He started dancing at the age of four and later spent nine years training at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. In 1997 he co-created and instructed an interactive dance program for visually impaired students with the Sooke 62 School Board and the CNIB, Victoria BC. Wyatt has taught specialized workshops/rehearsal direction for Dreamwalker Dance Company, Karen Jamieson Dance, Pro Arte Danza, The Toronto District School Board, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and The Chimera Project. Wyatt began his contemporary career working extensively with Zata Omm Dance Projects, adelheid Dance Projects, Pro Arte Danza, The Dietrich Group, Sasha Ivanochko et cie, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Bouchardanse and Chartier Danse amongst others. He is a core member of Dreamwalker Dance Company, forming a distinct and expanding partnership with Artistic Director Andrea Nann.
Wyatt is a multi-nominated and award-receiving artist, including 7 Dora Mavor Moore award nominations and is a two-time recipient for outstanding performance in Dance both individually and as part of an ensemble.