Your Dance Fest
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Your Dance Fest
​Chosen by the community. Created by artists.
August 24 - 26, 2018
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2017 Festival Artists

David Albert-Toth

David Albert-Toth is a dancer, choreographer, composer, and co-artistic director of Parts+Labour_Danse. Numerous artistic encounters have led David to perform throughout North America and Europe. Notable collaborations include work with Frédérick Gravel, Peter Trosztmer and Compagnie Destins Croisés. He began a choreographic partnership with Emily Gualtieri, founding Parts+Labour_Danse in 2011. Their 2013 works In Mixed Company and La chute have toured nationally and named one of the ten outstanding moments in dance of 2013. In 2015, David was one of five internationally selected choreographers to participate in a creation workshop by Crystal Pite at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Photo by  Guzzo Desforges

Patricia Allison

Patricia Allison is a Toronto based Dancer and Choreographer who specializes in working with non-dancers. Patricia currently teaches a drop-in class at Academy of Lions on Ossington called Tight Moves and freelance teaches around the city. Patricia is passionate about movement and loves getting people up and dancing. Fun is mandatory in everything she does. Patricia thrilled to be gearing up to continue her studies in all things- movement by starting her MFA in Dance at York University in September 2017. 
Photo by Teresa Marie Photography

EMiMOTION

​​Emilio Colalillo is a Toronto Choreographer and Dancer. His dancing and choreography has taken him around the world. He is a graduate of Ryerson University Dance Program. He is also the Artistic Director and Choreographer of EMiMOTION. His works are through an avant garde approach to amplify themes of life. His motto is to put emotion into motion. Colalillo has produced 5 full length works and is also the Paula Citron and Frang Augustyn Award winner! Colalillo choreographs contemporary works, burlesque, circus and musicals. Visit his website at www.EMiMOTION.org​
Photo by Graeme Goodhall

Human Archetype Dance

Rose Hajas and Serena Finlayson, company members of the York Dance Ensemble during their senior years at York University, worked with choreographers such as Holly Small, Carol Anderson, Darcy Callison, Julia Sasso, Michael Greyeyes, Marie-France Forcier, and Tentacle Tribe. As graduates of York University’s BFA Dance program, Rose and Serena founded Human Archetype as a means to continue exploring movement invention and begin to permeate the dance community with our own unique personal styles. Human Archetype has had the opportunity to create and perform for Hamilton’s Ignition Dance, Chimera Project’s Fresh Blood, and The Attic’s Hub Hop.
photo by  Jason Tenn

Noriko Kusama

Noriko Kusams was born in Japan and trained in ballet and contemporary with Teruko Uchibori at Uchibori dance studio at her home town Niigata. She moved to Canada and continued her training with various teachers in Toronto such as Robert Desrosiers and Johanna Bergfeldt.
She choreographed and performed her first duet in FIDA dance festival in 2005. She started to work with Robert Desrosiers in 2007 and performed a series of  dance with his collaboration: Contemplation (Solo) 2007 for Series 808, Moon Light (Duet) 2012,Wedding (Solo) 2013. She is currently working on her new project “Take Ito Kawa” influence by Japanese traditional music.
 
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Lilia Leon

​Lilia Leon is a Mexican-Canadian performing artist with Mestizo heritage, with a versatile career as a dancer, actor, choreographer and arts educator. She has collaborated with Indigenous, Canadian and Latin American artists, who have left an imprint in her artistic practice. Some performance highlights include Penny Couchie’s When will you Rage?(2013); Carlos Rivera’s I’m not the Indian you have in Mind (2012); And Aluna Theatre’s Dora-nominated Nohayquiensepa (2010), choreography byOlga Barrios. She believes in the power of art and community to impact social change and has developed strong connections with like-minded companies such as Aluna Theatre, b.current and Jumblies Theatre. Lilia holds a BA degree in dance from York University and is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.​
Photo by Marko Kovacevic

Alyssa Martin

​​Alyssa Martin is a Toronto-based choreographer and Artistic Director of Rock Bottom Movement, a dance theatre company she founded in 2012. She has presented her work in both Canada and the US at festivals including Spring Movement at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, the Women in Dance Leadership Conference in Louisiana, SpringWorks in Stratford, Dance Ontario Weekend, Fresh Blood, Dance Matters, and 60x60 in Toronto. Alyssa has been commissioned to create new work for Ryerson University’s dance program, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rosedale School of the Arts and The Garage Collective. She has explored new ideas in residency with Toronto Dance Theatre under the guidance of Christopher House and Ame Henderson. She’s collaborated on theatrical productions with directors David Bernstein, Peggy Shannon and visual artist, Christopher Lacroix. As a 2017 recipient of Dance Ontario’s Creative Partnership Commission she premiered  her newest work “Dolphin” this past January. Recently, her work “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS,” was presented by Next Stage Theatre Festival in January 2017 to popular acclaim. Currently, her work “that infinite feeling” is being performed as part of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s touring program. Alyssa is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Dance Program with a BFA Honours and has supplemented her training in New York, Montreal, Toronto and Berlin.
 
Photo by Drew Berry

Kiera Shaw

Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Kiera Shaw is a moving, thinking dance artist. She has been developing her performance and choreographic practices with the York Dance Ensemble where she collaborated with choreographers Susan Lee, Tracey Norman, Julia Sasso, Michelle Silagy and Holly Small. These artists sparked her interest in improvisation and play which have built the foundation for her most recent choreographic works including The Maze, A Shifting Bargain, and A Hidden Autobiography.
Photo by Craig Chambers

Simantikos Dance Chicago

​​Simantikos Dance Chicago (SDC) is committed to leadership and creative collaboration in both dance performance and dance education. The company aspires to advance the performing arts by offering the public visionary choreography and strongly executed performances by fostering an intelligent appreciation of dance as an art form. SDC is dedicated to providing an array of educational opportunities for professionals as well as aspiring students including those in underserved communities and schools. The company has been featured by outside parties and produced Simantikos Dance Chicago shows in Chicago, NYC, South Bend (IN) and Emmetsburg (IA). 
 
Photo by Emanual Williams.

Lua Shayenne

A 2016 and 2017 K.M. Hunter Dance and 2013 TELUS Newcomer artist award nominee and winner of Neighbourhood Arts Network 2013 BMO SEEDS FUND, Lua Shayenne’s dance practice is rooted in her African ancestry. Her company, Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC), presents dance works that explores current subject matters with the aim to be a vehicle for spiritual and social progress. LSDC has presented five productions and was recently featured in Fall for Dance North at the Sony Centre.
Lua recently performed in Brendan Fernandes’ (Us/Canada) In Touch, Lars Jan’s (NYC/LA) Holoscenes (Toronto/Florida/Miami/London,UK/Abu Dhabi tours) and Lemi Ponifasio’s (New Zealand) Apocalypsis - Luminato Festival.

Photo by Levent Erutku

Jamee Valin

Jamee Valin works as a solo dance artist, choreographer, educator, performer and producer. Jamee trained at York University and George Brown College as well as mentored with Dreamwalker Dance Company, Across Oceans, The Chimera Project’s Company B, Project CPR, MascallDance, PuSh Festival, National Artist Program and Cultch Ignite! She has performed and choreographed for: Toronto Fringe, Dance: Made in Canada, Dusk Dances at Dancing on the Edge, ROMP!, 12 Minutes Max, BC BUDS, Fresh Blood, Series 8:08, Dime A Dozen, and Vines Art Festival. Jamee is joined by dance artist, Joey Eddy for the creation of this exciting new solo! 
 
Photo by Mary Ma
Chosen by the community. Created by artists.