Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Sarah Koekkoek holds citizenship in Canada, the USA and the Netherlands. She began dance at a young age, and was accepted into the Professional Division at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2002. While at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School she appeared in company productions such as The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. In 2008 Sarah was honoured with two jury awards for her original choreography for the student competition “First Steps”. After graduating in 2009 Sarah continued her training in Washington, DC, and performed with The Washington Ballet in Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove and The Nutcracker. Sarah has trained at the National Ballet School, Rosella Hightower School in Cannes, France, Ellison Ballet in New York City, and with the Corella Ballet in Segovia, Spain. Sarah joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as an Apprentice for the 2010-2011 season and returned as a company dancer for the 2012-2013 season. To explore contemporary repertoire Sarah danced with Company B in 2016, after which she became the core collaborator for The Chimera Project in Bears Star and Trees.
Dance Artist and Cultural Advisor
First Nations performer Arik Pipestem, an internationally acclaimed “Hoop Dancer”; independent dance artist and world traveler. He is an expert at using several traditional Native American pow wow hoop dance styles and merging them with acro, hip hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and Latin. He performed for many Cirque Du Soleil shows, and has been seen on So You Think You Can Dance Canada and many music videos, including “Red Winter” by Drezus. He has performed with numerous Canadian dance companies and choreographers including Kahawi Dance Theatre, and The Chimera Project.
Lee “Lethal” Pham
Lee “Lethal” Pham wears many hats: b-boy, artistic director, entrepreneur and actor. Known in the b-boy community as “Lethal”, he is a fifth generation member of the world-renowned b-boy crew, The Supernaturalz. He is a part of Toronto-based contemporary dance company The Chimera Project and dance collective Christian dance movement, EPO.
He has proudly represented Canada on stages across the world. He passionately teaches breaking and is determined to positively engage communities at a global level. He is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of the not-for-profit organization Break It Down, and spearheaded successful partnerships with Toronto District School Board, Harbourfront Centre and York University. He is also the co-owner and manager or international marketing organization Back to the Underground, with clients such as Red Bull, Cadbury Adams, Molson and R-16. His recent endeavour, acting as “Eddie” from the cast of TV show Millions and as “Len” in Toronto premiered dance-theatre production Enter the Shadow: The Life of a B-boy. He is very excited to be working with such a talented cast and to personify “The Shadow” in The Calm Before… Check out his work at www.leepham.ca .
Brendan Wyatt is a Canadian dance artist and choreographer. He began his contemporary dance career in Toronto working for Zata Omm Dance Projects (2004-05, 2012-15), The Chimera Project (2004-13), Proarte Danza (2006-12) and DA Hoskins/The Dietrich Group (2006-08, 2012-15). He was a guest artist with Karen Jamieson Dance in Vancouver (2007-08) and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007-09). In 2009 Wyatt became a core member of Dreamwalker Dance Company forming a distinct partnership with Artistic Director Andrea Nann. In 2010 Wyatt premiered in four critically acclaimed full length duets – The Great Farini Project by Sharon Moore, The Future Memory Heartbreak Junction Diptych by Sasha Ivanochko, this time by adelheid for which he won the Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding performance in Dance and Beside Each Other co-choreographed by Wyatt and Andrea Nann and nominated for outstanding choreography in Dance. From 2011-12 Wyatt premiered in dance works by tigerprincessdanceprojects, Little Pear Garden Collective, Bagashree Vase and Bouchardanse with the premiere of the opus deluxe Histoire d’Amour amongst others. In 2013 Wyatt performed in Speak, Love by Sasha Ivanochko and co-created by himself and Danny Wild based on the writings of Rumi and Roland Barthe. He also danced and co-choreographed Sleepless Night with Andrea Nann in a commission by the Glenn Gould Foundation at the Sony Centre. In 2013 Wyatt appeared in a series of deconstructive retrospects of older repertoire exploring the parameters of performance art by The Dietrich Group at Videofag Art Gallery in Kensington Market. In 2014 he acted and co-starred in the short film Father by Jordan Tannahill -making its premiere at tiff.2014 and a music video for indie art pop band XiuXiu. Marking his debut in the seminal solo a study for a couching figure / étude pour silhouette accroupie by Chartier Danse, Wyatt performed at the opening of the Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty at the Art Gallery of Ontario. From 2014-15 he danced in a series of Dora nominated ensemble works including elsewhere by adelheid, vox : lumen by Zata Omm Dance Projects and This is a Costume Drama by The Dietrich Group, the latter winning for outstanding performance by an ensemble in Dance. In the summer of 2015 Wyatt choreographed the finale sequence in the short film Crazy House by director Aaron Mirkin. In the summer of 2015 he was seen performing in the epic production The Thirst for Love and Water by Cinetic Creations commissioned by the 2015 Panamerican Games at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. In February 2016 Wyatt once again performed study for a crouching figure by Chartier Danse with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. In the summer of 2016 Wyatt toured Ontario and Quebec with Dusk Dances performing with Sylvie Bouchard in the jocular This Is How We Love by Susie Burpee.
Eric Cadesky and Nick Dyer
Eric Cadesky and Nick Dyer have been composing music for Film and Television in partnership for more than 17 years. Together they
have worked on award winning films and television productions gaining a reputation for creating a distinctive sound.
Find out more: www.cadeskydyermusic.com
Taylor Gill – Guest Teacher
Taylor has been working with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen since 2010, and has performed various roles in Bengt Jörgen’s full-length productions of Coppélia, Anastasia, and Cinderella. While dancing with CBJ she has been a part of the creation of many new works including lead roles in Malgorzata Nowacka’s Icarus, Bengt Jörgen’s Life and Laughter, and Derek Sangster’s Good Mourning. In the 2012-2013 season, she made her debut as the Swan Queen in CBJ’s 25th anniversary production of Swan Lake. She has also danced the role of the Snow Queen and Lady Birch, both leading roles in The Nutcracker: a Canadian Tradition. She was a member of CBJ’s Junior Company in 2012 and also the star of the short film The Marvelous Girl which was produced by the company (the film was part of both The Cannes Film Festival and The Montreal World Film Festival). Aurora, Blue Bird, Humming Bird and Canary in Sleeping Beauty. Cinderella, Tall Stepsister in Cinderella.
Taylor received her early training at the Alberta Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. At the age of 15 she began training in Vancouver with Yaming Li at Pacific Dance Arts and she spent her summers at a variety of schools including the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Miami City Ballet. Taylor qualified as a semi-finalist, and as the only Canadian, at the 2007 Shanghai International Ballet Competition in China. She danced with the Atlanta Ballet Company for one year.
Find out more: www.canadasballetjorgen.ca
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