Michael Caldwell and Lori Duncan

After completing a bachelor’s degree in art history/film from Syracuse University, Michael Caldwell received dance training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Michael has performed in works by Sylvie Bouchard, Darcey Callison, Bill Coleman, Danny Grossman, Maxine Heppner, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka, Louis Laberge-Côté, Laurence Lemieux, Tedd Robinson, Holly Small, Santee Smith and William Yong and with various companies including Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, CORPUS, Crazyfish Collective (co-founder), Dusk Dances, and TILT sound + motion. Michael was an interpreter with Le Groupe Dance Lab, studying with the iconic Peter Boneham.  Within the past year, he has studied choreographic practice with Conrad Alexandrowicz and Karen Jamieson.  Recently, Michael presented his first solo commission, Chanson D’Eve, with vocalist, Patricia Ruggles and visual artist, Seth Hiler in New York.  He will premiere two new commissions in summer 2011: a group piece, GNOMES, and a solo, The Vietnam Project.  Michael is a board member with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists.

— Lori Duncan is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Theatre/Dance Program.  From 2005 to 2009, she was a company member of Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham, where she worked with numerous choreographers from Canada and abroad. Lori has also danced with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary (2001-2003) and was a founding member of the Raw Gloss Dance Collective performing in works by Serge Bennathan, Robert Abubo and Helen Husak. As an independent dancer, Lori has had the pleasure of performing in works by Nicole Mion, Tedd Robinson, Susie Burpee and Sasha Ivanochko, as well as participating in the research and creation of Susanna Hood’s latest work Shudder. Lori is currently dancing with Dancemakers under the direction of Michael Trent.

Tanya Crowder

As a professional dancer and choreographer for over 15 years, Tanya Crowder has been a company member of Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, and Kaeja d’Dance and has worked with several luminous independent choreographers. Currently, Tanya is a company dancer for Sinha Danse in Montreal and the company is working on a new-full length piece to premier at L’Agora (Montreal) in March 2011.

Tanya is the Artistic Director and founder of Dance Matters Dance Productions and HOWDARESHE Productions. Tanya is very active in the dance community, having served on several board of directors and is a co-founder of AIM-CDC and a member of UDA. She was a dance teacher for 509 Dance Collective, and is the Production Manager for Series 8:08’s Choreographic Performance Workshop for which she has worked for over 10 seasons.

“A marvelous dancer with wonderful control” (Paula Citron, Globe and Mail)

www.howdaresheproductions.ca

Brittany Duggan

Brittany Duggan is an independent contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer in the Toronto area. Originally from BC, Brittany graduated from Toronto’s York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Since graduating Brittany has worked for dance artists, Darcey Callison, Peggy Baker, Jasmyn Fyffe, Jenny-Anne McCowan and Susan Kendal-Urbach. She has traveled to New York to dance in the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop, to Dancemakers to work with Ame Henderson and more recently to Montréal to dance as part of Circuit-Est’s winter intensive with Andrew Harwood, Marc Boivin and Chris Aiken. As a choreographer her work has been seen in Toronto and Halifax. She teaches contemporary dance in Whitby and works at The Dance Current as part of the news writing team and as assistant to the editor.

Jasmyn Fyffe

Jasmyn Fyffe is a dancer, choreographer and teacher.  Fyffe’s formal training began at the Ontario School of Ballet, Interplay School of Ballet and continued at The School of Toronto, Ballet Creole and York University where she graduated with an Honours Double Major in Dance and Kinesiology in 2007. While studying at York, Fyffe discovered a love and passion for choreography and performance and decided to pursue this as her career.  Upon graduation, Fyffe founded her company:  Jasmyn Fyffe Dance.

Since the company’s inception, Fyffe has choreographed and performed in the growing repertoire, which includes: Warfare (an excerpt), Thank You, Living in a . ..World, We Shall Overcome, Be Lifted Up, Shout, Hosanna, Revive My Soul, Bruised Deceit, Blurred Vision, Uplifted Groove, Portrait(s) . . .beautified She, and Atomic Prelude.

Fyffe’s dedication and thirst for creation and performance has led the company to many venues and subsequent opportunities.  To date, she has self produced one concert as a DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event, as well as presenting work at: Squigg Festival, Junction Arts Festival, The Science Center, Evolution of Gospel Music, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, The  Rivoli, CUSO-VSO Dance for the World Benefit, An Open Dorr – Blue Ceiling Dance Production, Irie Music Dance Festival, Project Dance Toronto, Fresh Blood 2009 (The Chimera Project), Bazaar and 60 by 60 Dance.

As an independent choreographer, Fyffe has been commissioned by Agincourt Penecostal Church, Cathedral Productions, Obsidian Theatre,Dramatic Change Youth Theatre and has set works on The Oakwood Collegiate Institute dance program and Copper Coin Arts Association. Fyffe is the founder and artistic director of a community outreach
dance group “Kingdom Movement” where she has produced three concerts to date. In addition to this, she recently premiered a new solo work “Indentity” to rave reviews at Fresh Blood 2010.

As an independent dancer, Fyffe has performed for Dance Migration,KasheDance, Calu Entertainments, Linda Garneau and InDuo Danceworks. She has also been invited to perform and teach in the Project Dance Festival in New York City and Atlanta and has taught at various
schools and studios throughout the GTA.  In addition to this, Fyffe performed in the touring musical UMOJA and was featured in the SwayMagazine, Dance Current Magazine and on www.artandculturemaven.com.
Ultimately, she endeavors to create art that pushes boundaries,
soothes the soul, awakens hearts and minds and inspires.

Christy Stoeten

The lure of glittery costumes began Christy Stoeten dancing at the age of three in Peterborough, Ontario.  This start has taken her to numerous performances and competitions in cities throughout North America.  Christy is currently working as an Independent Dance Artist in Toronto, where she has had the pleasure to work with a variety of choreographers and companies including: Company Blonde Dance Projects, Jennifer Dallas (Kemi Collective), Meryem Alaoui, Jannine Saarinen, Irit Amichi and Eroca Nichols (Lady Janitor).  Stoeten has presented her own choreography with Peterborough New Dance, in Peterborough, Ontario.  As well, she is currently a faculty member at the Swansea School of Dance.
Christy is a recent graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, in the Professional Training Program.  During her studies at The School, she had the pleasure of working with many acclaimed choreographers, including:  Allison Cummings, D.A. Hoskins, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka and Darryl Tracy.

Being Human Dance

Irene Whittaker-Cumming is a Toronto-based choreographer, dancer, writer and photographer. Her professional dance training was undertaken predominantly at Ryerson Theatre Dance Program under the remarkable leadership of Nadia Potts, with supplementary training at York University and the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University. She has performed at and choreographed for festivals throughout North America, and in Toronto at Theatre Passe Muraille, Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Ryerson Theatre, Isabel Bader Theatre, the Junction Arts Festival and the Enwave Theatre. She was a co-creator and co-choreographer of Being Human Dance from 2009 to 2010. Irene has been an educator in Kenya, Uganda, and Canada, and has used dance as a tool for HIV/AIDS education in Bénin in West Africa. She has been published as a writer and writes on an ongoing basis for Working to Empower, and as a photographer has had her work presented in gallery and print. She was interviewed on Evi-Dance Radio in autumn 2010, and was a recipient of the Kenny Pearl Award for Choreography in 2008. She intends on developing her passion for using creativity as a means of positive change.

Laura C Bates is an accomplished violinist, fiddler, composer, arranger and educator who bows her five string in all musical styles. She is very excited to be collaborating with Being Human Dance. She can be contacted at bateslaurac@gmail.com

Miranda Forbes is a recent graduate from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program. She has choreographed multiple dance works including Adair (2008), Today (2009), God’s Money (2009) for Ryerson’s Choreographic Works and Harvest (2009) for Ryerson’s New Voices. Miranda was awarded the Kenny Pearl Choreography Award for her work Adair (2008). Miranda has worked with director Drew Lint to create dance films Parallel Lines (2008), Harvest (2009), and Mirrors (2010). After graduation she worked with Kenny Pearl to remount David Earle’s Sacra Conversazione and Sunrise and with Val Calam on Soft Firm Hand as part of the Emerging Artists Intensive.  Miranda is a co-founder of Being Human Dance, with whom she recently toured to Chicago in Fall 2010 for the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival. Miranda is thrilled to be working Kathleen Rea and REAson D’Etre Dance Productions.

Julie d’Entremont is an independent dance artist in Toronto, Ontario.  Born in Halifax, Julie received her early training there.  She moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honours.  At Ryerson Julie had the opportunity to work with choreographers: Robert Glumbek, Holly Small and Louis Laberge-Cote.  Independently Julie has worked with choreographers: Lacey Smith, Pamela Rasbach (Typecast Dance Company), Miranda Abbott (Event Horizon Dance) and Miranda Forbes and Irene Whittaker-Cumming (Being Human Dance). For the last two summers, Julie has taken part in the Emerging Artist’s Intensive, remounting David Earle’s Sacra Conversazione and Sunrise and Val Calam’s Soft Firm Hand under the direction and guidance of Kenny Pearl.  Julie has also studied at summer programs at the Banff Centre, the Ailey School, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and ProArteDanza’s summer intensive.