Lisa Sandlos

Keiko Kitano Thomson

A “Masterful choreographer” (Globe and Mail), Keiko Kitano is an independent dance artist with a unique style influenced by her study of Butoh and Japanese dance. She has been a guest artist at numerous festivals, has worked with many artists in Tokyo and abroad. In 2001, she co-founded The Tokyo Dance Collective along with multimedia artist Rick Thomson and composer TAMURAN Music, with the aim of unifying dance, music and multimedia by creating new interactive pieces for dance, media, and music.

A resident of Toronto since 2003, Keiko has collaborated with many local artists such as Parmela Attariwara, Aki Takahashi, Nagata-Shachu, Rick Thomson and others, as well as international artists such as TAMURAN Music and costume designer Shingo Tokihiro. Her choreography has been presented at various venues and festivals. As a dancer, she has worked with many local choreographers including Holly Small, Sashar Zarif, Susan Cash, Maxine Heppner, Viv Moore, and Emily Cheung.

Keiko always enjoys working with artists from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds yet with similar sensibilities. Her interests are in forms of Japanese dance and Butoh both for study and dance  creation. She holds a Master’s degree in Dance, was a full-time faculty for the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education (Dance Major 1991 – 2003) teaching Modern Dance Technique, Improvisation and other various disciplines associated with modern dance. Since 2006, Keiko has been a part-time faculty for the Department of Dance at York University and continues to create and perform around the Toronto area.

She has been excited to be a part of Toronto’s “First Impression Campaign” and looks forward to her upcoming projects in March 2011  with her new solo piece for the Green Tea Collective, a group she co-founded.

Academic Specialty: Performance, Contemporary/Modern Dance

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Julia Sasso

Julia Sasso

Julia Sasso is a choreographer, teacher, mentor, performer and the Artistic Director of Julia Sasso dances. She began dancing in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan where she trained with Cecchetti ballet master, Rose Marie Floyd. In her teens she was a scholarship student at the American Dance Center (Joffrey Ballet, NYC) and an apprentice with the Harkness Ballet (NYC). Sasso attended York University’s Dance program from 1974-1976. Throughout her professional career she has developed her artistry through ongoing training in the Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), Improvisation, Authentic Movement, theatre, voice, Pilates, ballet and contemporary dance techniques. 

Sasso performed internationally with Toronto’s Dancemakers (1984-2000) and was Assistant Artistic Director and principal company teacher for a dozen years. She was a featured performer in original works and repertoire by Carol Anderson, Serge Bennathan, Anna Blewchamp, Christopher House, James Kudelka, Bill James, Lar Lubovitch, Tom Stroud and Doug Varone, among others. Sasso has appeared as a guest artist with Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, Toronto Dance Theatre, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and in the work of choreographers, Conrad Alexandrowicz, Sarah Chase, Murray Darroch, Sasha Ivanochko and Claudia Moore among others.

Sasso has created extensively for the concert stage, for theatre, feature film and television. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented throughout Canada, in the United States and abroad by Harbourfront Centre, Canada Dance Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and DanceWorks, among others. Feature film credits (choreography) include Boy Meets Girl (1998) and The Life Before This (1999). Film treatments of her pieces have been screened on television and at film festivals worldwide. Sasso has created works for all of Canada’s recognized Professional Training Programs (PTPs) in contemporary dance and countless works for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s PTP. Independently and as Artistic Director of Julia Sasso dances, Sasso has created, produced and presented five full evening length dance works. NOW magazine nominated Sasso Toronto’s BEST CHOREOGRAHER in 2013 and 2014.

Highly regarded as a teacher of contemporary dance techniques, Sasso has taught internationally at distinguished learning centres including UCLA, Cornell University, Canada Dance Festival, Le Groupe Dance Lab, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Dancemakers, Volcano Conservatory, Canada’s National Ballet School, Régroupement Québécois de la Danse (RQD), Ryerson and Simon Fraser Universities; in Budapest, Mexico, England, Wales, Scotland, Austria and Germany. An internationally Certified Teacher of the Skinner Releasing Technique™, Sasso is a core faculty member (since 1995) in the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s PTP and (since 2006) teaches in the Department of Dance at York University.

Sasso has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Chalmers Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, John McKellar Foundation, Dancers’ Transition Resource Centre (DTRC), Skinner Releasing Institute, York University, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet PTP, Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet and The Cecchetti Council of America.

Sasso is currently engaged as Artistic Associate with Forcier/Norman (DanceWorks/NextSteps) and as a creative collaborator/performer with Sore for Punching You/Allison Cummings.

Julia Sasso is recognized as “one of the foremost dance artists in the country.” – The Dance Current

An established choreographer, performer, master teacher and artistic mentor, Julia Sasso began dancing in 1960 in Detroit (USA) where she trained with Cecchetti ballet master, Rose Marie Floyd. In her teens she was a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School (NYC) and an apprentice with the Harkness Ballet (NYC). Her artistry has been shaped by curiosity, investigation and investment and continues to evolve through ongoing training in the Skinner Releasing Technique™, Improvisation, Authentic Movement, theatre, voice, Pilates, ballet and contemporary movement techniques.

Sasso performed internationally with Toronto’s Dancemakers (1984-2000) and was the company’s Assistant Artistic Director and principal teacher for a dozen years. She was a featured performer in original works and repertoire by Carol Anderson, Serge Bennathan, Christopher House, James Kudelka, Bill James, Lar Lubovitch, Jean-Pierre Perreault and Doug Varone among others. She has appeared as a guest artist with the companies of Toronto Dance Theatre, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, blackandblue dance projects and the Contemporary Civic Ballet (USA) among others and in the work of notable independent choreographers including Sarah Chase, Murray Darroch and Claudia Moore. “one of perhaps a dozen contemporary modern dancers in Canada who is simply breathtaking in motion.” –The Ottawa Citizen.

Sasso continues to perform in the works of others as well as her own, and has choreographed extensively for the concert stage as well as for feature film, theatre and television. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented throughout Canada, in the United States and abroad by Harbourfront Centre, the Canada Dance Festival, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, DanceWorks, Dancing on the Edge, Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Workshop Foundation and Monika Laszlo (Hungary), Gearshifting Performance Works, Crooked Figure Dances, Four Chambers Dance Projects, HOWDARESHE productions, Contemporary Civic Ballet, du Maurier World Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre, Dancers for Life, Peterborough New Dance and Edward Day Gallery among others. Her contribution to professional theatre and concert dance has been acknowledged with eight Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. Sasso has created choreography for all of Canada’s professional contemporary dance training programs and since 1995 she has created numerous pieces for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s PTP where she is a faculty member.

SPORTING LIFE was commissioned by the CanDance Network in 1995 and was presented in Ottawa and Toronto. In 1998, Sasso was the Canadian commissioned by the PanAmerican New Creation series (a series of international co-productions between Canada, Mexico and the United States) and created MAA for a company of interpreters from all three countries. Co-commissioned by Harbourfront Centre, the Canada Dance Festival and nightswimming in 2002, Beauty was Harbourfront Centre’s first dance commission in more than a decade. Sasso has collaborated on a number of projects with the developmental theatre company nightswimming including Brian Quirt’s stage adaptation of Jane Urquhart’s, The Whirlpool (2000), Beauty (2003), Andrew Massingham’s award winning solo show Rough House (2005) and the betrayal project (2006).

She created choreography for the Volcano/Art of Time Ensemble’s award winning production of Mauricio Kaegel’s,Variété in 2004. In 2005 she trained and coached the company and created movement for Peter Hinton’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. In 2009 Sasso choreographed and directed Túl a folyón (Beyond the River). An international co-production between Hungary, Slovakia, Canada and Czech Republic, the full-evening length work for two dancers and an actor premiered at Hungary’s National Dance Theatre (Budapest) and in Bratislava, Slovakia later that year. Sasso created choreography for the feature films, Boy Meets Girl (1998) and The Life Before This (1999). Film treatments of her pieces SPORTING LIFE, DUST, SCHMERZEN (IN THE HOTHOUSE) and It was like this have been screened on television and at film festivals world wide. She created choreography for the hit HBO television series, Queer as Folk.

Julia Sasso dances was established and incorporated (as THE DANCE CREATION GROUP) in 2000 as a project-to-project based company. Finding the incorporated company model cumbersome it was dissolved in 2006 following the creation and presentation of the company’s two highly acclaimed full-evening length productions, Beauty (2003) and the betrayal project (2006). As an independent artist Sasso continues to choreograph and direct commissioned work, self-generated and collaborative movement based projects.

Highly regarded as a teacher of contemporary dance techniques, Sasso has taught at distinguished learning centres worldwide. She is a faculty member of York University’s Department of Dance where she has designed and delivered courses in Composition, Choreography, Improvisation, Repertory and Contemporary Dance Techniques at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels. She is also a faculty member of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program.  Sasso is an internationally Certified Teacher of the Skinner Releasing Technique™(SRT) and one of Canada’s few active certified facilitators. She has regularly and in recent years increasingly taken on the role of dramaturg, mentor, outside eye, facilitator and rehearsal director for myriad artistic projects.

Sasso’s work has been recognized and honoured with awards, grants, scholarships and bursaries from among others, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Chalmers Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, John McKellar Foundation, Dancers’ Transition Resource Centre, Skinner Releasing Institute, York University, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Program, Joffrey Ballet School, Harkness Ballet and The Cecchetti Council of America. Her biography is included in Who’s Who of Canadian Women (U of T Press Inc.).

An active participant in the local, national and international dance communities Sasso is a member of CADA/CDA, DTRC, Dance Ontario, Toronto Arts Coalition, SCDS and SDHS. She served as co-chair of the Dancers for Life Organizing Committee, has served on numerous boards, juries and advisory committees and lends mentorship and support to countless dance related initiatives.

Areas of Academic Specialty: Repertory, Contemporary/Modern Dance

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Lisa Sandlos

Lisa Sandlos

Lisa Sandlos has been a faculty member at York University since 1998, teaching in the Department of Dance, the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and more recently in the Faculty of Education.

The recipient of a SSHRC doctoral award for two consecutive years, Sandlos is a PhD Candidate in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies at York, where her current research focuses on the sexualization of young female dancers and the impacts of this trend on dance education, on public perceptions of dance, and on girls’ psychological and social development. Her recently published chapter in the anthology, Performing Motherhood: Artistic, Activist and Everyday Enactments, examines the role of dance mothers with respect to issues of gender and sexualization within private dance studios and dance competition networks.

Sandlos’ MA in Dance focused on global and local practices of “ecstatic dance”, and the ways in which consciousness-altering or transformative dance experiences can shape communities, influence health, and fulfill the human desire for spiritual connections. She is qualified as a Certified Movement Analyst (C.M.A.) through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) and as an Expressive Movement Analyst (E.M.A.) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), which equips her to work with a diverse range of students in group or in individual coaching contexts.

An enthusiastic presenter of her academic research and the various embodied movement/dance modalities that she practises, Sandlos has offered her expertise at various conferences, training programs and festivals in locations including Chicago, IL, Sedona, AZ, St. John’s, NL, Vancouver, BC, Hamilton, ON, Ottawa, ON, and Miami FL. Most recently, she was invited to present a scholarly paper and a movement workshop at a conference called The Sustainability Of Dance As An Art Form: Economics, Politics And The Philosophy Of Resistance at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, University of West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Based in the Toronto dance community for many years, Sandlos worked as an educator, choreographer, and performer.

For more than two decades, Sandlos taught modern dance and creative movement to all ages/levels, working through programs including the National Ballet of Canada’s Creating Dances, the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education, the Toronto District School Board’s Drama/Dance Program, and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning through the Arts.

Sandlos co-founded the performance collective dance continuum, which produced performances and workshops for adult and young audiences alike. She was also the founder and artistic director of a youth dance company, the Young Contemporary Dancers of Toronto (YCDT), whose members have now gone on to apply their early dance performing experiences in the YCDT to careers spanning education, choreography, international development, and dance scholarship.

As a graduate of professional training programs at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and George Brown College, Sandlos danced professionally in the work of such renowned choreographers as Yuri Ng, Menaka Thakkar, Sylvie Bouchard, Eve Lenzner, David Earle, Newton Moraes, Michelle Silagy, Judith Miller, Janet Lemon, Maxine Heppner, Robert McCollum and Motus O Dance Theatre.

Currently, Sandlos lives in Erin, ON with her husband and two children. In addition to her teaching at York University, she is a frequent guest instructor and choreographer for the Guelph Youth Dance Training Program and The Music Studio.

John Ottmann

John Ottmann

John Ottmann’s career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, rehearsal director and artistic director has spanned 27 years. He has garnered a reputation as a highly versatile, powerful dance artist,  choreographer and inspiring mentor known for pushing and crossing the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance. As a performer Ottmann danced with several companies including the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC, Mascall Dance, Fortier Danse Créations, Holy Body Tattoo and co-founded the collective, Quorum.

As the Artistic Director of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada he implemented his progressive approach to teaching and mentoring. Ottmann has also taught and/or rehearsal directed for organizations including: Cirque du Soleil (“ZAIA”), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, BJM Danse, La La La Human Steps, Coleman Lemieux Company, Compangnie Marie Chouinard, O Vertigo Danse, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theater, Ballet BC, Dutch National Ballet, Transformation Danse, Vancouver Ballet Society, Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts, Main Dance Bridging Program, Simon Fraser University, LADMMI.

Ottmann has created over 20 choreographies. His work has been shown at The Canada Dance Festival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Danse Cité –Traces Interprétes, The Fringe Festival Montreal, Dancing on the Edge Festival, and the National Ballet of Canada choreographic workshop.

Newly transplanted to Toronto, Ottmann is a course director at York University and rehearsal director for Coleman Lemieux Company.

Area of Academic Specialty: Ballet Technique

Tracey Norman

Tracey Norman

Tracey Norman is an independent dance artist based in Toronto with a focus on creating interdisciplinary work. She splits her time between choreographing, teaching, interpreting and facilitating dance. Tracey’s choreography has been commissioned and presented by many Canadian organizations including, DanceWorks, Dance Ontario, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, York Dance Ensemble, the Season Finale of Series 8:08, Dance Matters and Kinetic Studio. Her work has been described as “refreshing and original” (the Globe and Mail).

Tracey has recently performed in works by independent choreographers, Susan Lee, Meagan O’Shea and Darcey Callison. She received her MFA in Choreography & Dramaturgy from York University and is currently a part-time faculty member in York’s Dance Department, teaching Dance Composition and Modern Technique. Tracey works as an outside eye to several artists, teaches dance at studios in Toronto, and teaches creative process workshops in public schools. She worked for Series 8:08 from 2006-12 as Alternative Technique Class Program Manager and Program Assistant and served on the board for the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists from 2008-11.

Areas of Academic Specialty: Dance Composition; Modern Technique

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Blake Martin

Blake Martin

Blake Martin holds a PhD in Kinesiology and a Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience from York University, B.F.A. and M.A. degrees in dance, and a bachelor of education. His doctoral research was in neural mechanisms of attention when trying to perform more than one movement at a time. Blake has danced with choreographers Allen Kaeja, Tom Stroud, Holly Small and Richard Haisma, and is a founding board member of the Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference, a province wide initiative uniting secondary  dance educators and students with professional dance artists.

Blake teaches in York University’s Dance Science Diploma program, as well as speaking provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to yoga and the brain, arts and the brain, anatomy, and classroom management.  He is a respected teacher in Traditional Thai Massage, a long distance runner, and a martial artist for more 30 years. If it moves and thinks, he likes it.

Areas of Research and Academic Specialty: Dance and the body, Dance Education

Terrill Maguire

Terrill Maguire

Terrill Maguire is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, teacher, and artistic director. She has been an advocate for the integration of the arts into everyday life and mainstream society wherever she has lived – in her native California until the mid ‘70s, in New York City in the early ‘80s, and since then, in her long-time home, Toronto.

Among her accomplishments, Maguire founded and directed the Inde Festivals of New Dance and Music, a seminal series of national festivals that took place between 1985 and 1995, which were dedicated to building creative synergy and community through collaborations between artistic disciplines. She has also done extensive Artists-in-Schools residencies throughout Ontario, making annual trips to remote communities in the James Bay region of northern Ontario since 1997.

Throughout her career, Maguire has produced, and participated in, numerous interdisciplinary community arts events: these have included performances in the Toronto Music Garden, site-specific dance/music/art-making works for Opening Days at the Evergreen Foundation’s Brick Works, and interactive dance-music pieces in the Zen Rock Garden at York University, including at the recent Dramaturgy conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars, in June 2011.

She has choreographed and performed as well for theatre, opera, television and film: most recently she provided the dance sequences for a film of native poet/artist/educator Duke Redbird’s Totem Impact. Primarily a western contemporary dancer, Maguire has been inspired and informed by the dance styles of many cultures. Among her fruitful collaborations have been those with Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (for whom she has also acted as rehearsal director), choreographer Sashar Zarif, and Troy Emery Twigg of the Blackfoot/Blood Nation in southern Alberta. She has found her own ancestral heritage another rich source of creation, mining elements of Irish/Celtic sacred traditions in works such as Bile, (Dusk Dances in Withrow Park, Toronto), Grove (Yo Yo Ma’s Toronto Music Garden), Shivering Tree (Riverrun Centre, Guelph), and Sanctuary (Trinity Bell Plaza, Toronto).

Terrill has also been inspired by involvement with artists of other artistic disciplines, most notably, composers. Her 2008 premiere at the St. John’s Sound Symposium of a solo dance, Pond Life, was the result of a commission from composer Ann Southam, and was accompanied by internationally renowned pianist and York U Music Faculty member, Christina Petrowska Quilico. She has collaborated with many other musicians and composers, and continues to value this experience.

Her work has been presented in a range of theatrical venues in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and the British Isles. Some of these include: The Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada), Centre de la Danse National (Paris, France), The Abbey Theatre (Ireland) and Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica, California). Non-conventional locales including trees, fountains, sidewalks, piers, pools and gardens have also been sites of her choreographic inventions.

The recipient of various choreography commissions, grants, and awards, including the Jean A. Chalmers Award in Choreography, she is currently holds an Ontario Arts Council/ Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which will provide the means for travel to Ireland in 2012, for a period of creative research.

She is a former full-time member of the Department of Dance of York University, and following an extended time working in the professional realm, returned in 2002 as a sessional faculty member. She teaches, or has taught, modern dance technique, repertory, composition/choreography, performance, as well as Animating Communities Through Dance and Related Arts; a Certificate in Arts Practice course taught in conjunction with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Maguire is also a guest teacher at Toronto’s Centre for Indigenous Theatre, as well as a long-time teacher of yoga.

Areas of Academic Specialty: Modern Dance, Repertory, Composition/Choreography, Animating Communities Through Dance and Related Arts

Susan Lee

Susan Lee

Dora-nominated dancer, Susan Lee’s professional career as a performer, choreographer and teacher spans twenty years. Based in Toronto, Canada she has originated roles in almost fifty world premieres by many established Canadian choreographers including Allen Kaeja, Holly Small, Yvonne Ng, Peter Chin and Maxine Heppner, performing across Canada, the US, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore and Indonesia. As a company member of Kaeja d’Dance (1997- 2008) she originated roles in most of their major work including Abattoir, Asylum of Spoons, Resistance, Courtyard and Buried Monuments. She is also featured in their award winning dance films, Asylum of Spoons, Witnessed, Resistance, Departure and the Gemini-nominated Old Country, as well as in Aroma, Terrain, and Verge, dance film collaborations with Allen Kaeja and Emmy-nominated videographer Douglas Rosenberg.

Lee’s creative interest lies in improvisation in performance, the integration of live music and dance, and combining dance with other disciplines and media. Her recent work integrates video projection and  real-time based interactive technologies in a variety of settings. Susan’s choreography has been presented in dance festivals and series in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Peterborough. Her work has been described as “…simple and extraordinary.” (Halifax Chronicle-Herald) and “…a tour de force of magic and mystery” (the Globe and Mail). She has been awarded grants and scholarships to support her creative research and productions.

Susan has taught in a variety of contexts including public schools in Toronto and northern Ontario, York University, professional and community workshops in Canada, Portugal and the US. She teaches contact improvisation, partnering techniques, structures for improvisation as a performance art and modern technique.

From 1995- 2006, Susan was co-Artistic Director of Series 8:08 and has also worked on the boards of several prominent dance organizations, including Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and the CanAsian Dance Festival.

Areas of Academic Specialty: Contemporary/Modern Dance

Helen Jones

Helen Jones

Helen Jones began dance classes in her home town in Wales when she was four. She was accepted into the Royal Ballet School full-time program in London when she was ten. Following graduation from the RBS upper school she continued her training in classical ballet, and in contemporary dance, with master teachers in London. Brussels, and New York.

Over a lengthy performing career Helen danced with companies and choreographers, at events, and in film and television, in Europe and North America. Notably, she was a member of the Martha Graham Company with whom she toured extensively and performed on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, a guest artist at Bejart’s “Mudra” in Brussels, and was a featured dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre.

Helen has had a parallel career as a teacher of professional and pre professional dancers, and currently is faculty at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and York University’s Department of Dance.

Her interest in dance in the community is presently focused on her dance program for children, youth and adults, in rural Grey Highlands in the County of Grey, Ontario, where she also holds a summer dance arts day camp, runs an intergenerational dance program in a long term care facility, and brings professional caliber performances to the area.

Helen has a BSc in Psychology (UT), and Diploma in Adult Training and Development (OISE/Ontario Council for Leadership in Educational Administration). Other professional development studies include courses at the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program.

 

Catherine Glasser

Catherine Glasser

Catherine began her training as a teacher of Classical Ballet at The Canadian College of Dance, Ryerson Theatre School. She then studied at The National Ballet School and is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program. From 1991 to 2004 she was Manager of the Ballet Program at The Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto and was a faculty member at The Etobicoke School of the Arts. She was a frequent guest teacher for George Brown Dance and a supply teacher for the National Ballet School, Teacher Training Program. In 2004 Catherine joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School as a full time member of the Artistic Staff. From 2004 to 2008 she taught in the RWB School’s Professional Division, Teacher Training Program and the Recreational Division, Intensive Training Program. After four years in Winnipeg, Catherine returned to Toronto and directly accepted a Part-time Faculty position at York University’s Department of Dance. She has recently been a guest teacher for Ballet Jörgen Canada and Quinte Ballet School and has returned to The National Ballet School as a supply teacher for the Teacher Training Program. Catherine is a certified teacher of the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet and is presently serving as an elected member of the National Administrative Council of the Cecchetti Society of Canada.

Academic Specialty: Ballet Technique