Company B Artists
Raya Facey, born December 6, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario, began dancing at age 12. She studied at Interplay School of Dance and, in 2010, decided to join their intensive program. In 2012, she graduated from Earl Haig Secondary School as a Dance Major and was accepted into the BFA program at Ryerson University. In 2013, she attended The School of Toronto Dance Theatre summer intensive and was accepted into the School’s professional training program. At the School, she has worked with choreographers Darryl Tracy, Julia Sasso, Sharon Moore, Robert Desrosiers, Kate Alton, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Sasha Ivanochko, Eddie Kastrau, Louis Laberge-Côté, Christopher House and James Kudelka. Outside of school, she has attended the Kaeja Intensive, Peggy Baker Intensive and, most recently, the Kenny Pearl Emerging Artists Intensive where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers Ryan Lee and Apolonia Velasquez. Since September 2016, Facey is attending George Brown College for Special Event Management in order to compliment her career in dance.
From an early age, Maia was putting on shows at home for her mom and stuffed animals. At age six, she attended The National Ballet of Canada’s Creative Dance Program, and later on their Associates Program for four years. Afro-Caribbean, jazz and contemporary are among the styles she learned at various studios. For two years she attended the Gotta Break! Camp created and facilitated by her mentor Vanessa Jane Kimmons, Co-Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Community Love-In. Troy Sexton from STOMP!, another mentor and choreographers Lenny Len, and Snap from Moonrunners are amongst her commercial instructors. An annual honour roll student in high-school, she graduated from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts as a Dance Major. She was privileged to partake in workshops with professional dancers Kate Holden, Michael Montanaro, Belinda McGuire and Wendy Childs from Toronto Dance Theatre.While attending Toronto Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive in 2014, she realized contemporary dance is where she felt most at home. During her junior and senior high-school years, she was part of the Rosedale Heights Dance Company. And, one of the company’s three dance captains in her final year. As the Sagess, she was featured prominently in the Company’s end of year dance production, The Rite of Spring. She’s also among the cast in Choreo: The Art of Dance, a documentary by a la Carte Videos Inc. about young choreographers. From 2014-2017, she trained extensively in ballet with Jeremy Nasmith founder of Dance Teq’s Young Dancer Program where she studied with dance artists Robert Glumbeck, Ryan Lee, Anisa Tejpar and Malgorzata Nowacka whom she continues to work with in The Chimera Project’s Company B.
Eva Connelly-Miller was born and raised in Toronto where she began taking dance classes at Pegasus Studios at the age of 7, focusing on Ballet and Modern. She attended Rosedale Heights School of the Arts where she was a dance major and a Dance Captain of the RHSA Dance Company. This past spring Eva graduated from Ryerson’s BFA Dance Program where she received the Nadia Potts Heart and Soul Award. During her four years there she had the opportunity to work with and learn from many great artists both at the school and in intensives, including James Kudelka, David Earle, Kate Hilliard, Louis Labegre-Côté, Robert Glumbeck, Ryan Lee, Hanna Kiel, and Allen Kaeja. Eva has been a part of numerous intensives including TransFormation Danse, Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Intensive, Peggy Baker’s Summer Intensive, Ignite with TOES for Dance, and the ProArteDanza Summer Intensive. This past summer she went to New York for the Movement Invention Project, and to Portugal for Ricardo Ambrozio’s Summer Intensive. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Company B in the 2016/2017 season!
Dominique Tersigni is an emerging Toronto-based freelance artist. She started in a competitive dance school in uptown Toronto, where she studied multiple styles of dance such as ballet, contemporary, jazz and improvisational techniques. Dominique also studied dance in her high school, which helped her analyze and critique dance as an art. After completing her high school diploma she began to explore the dance industry in Toronto, she took open classes at the top studios while learning from some of Toronto’s best choreographers like Alvin Collantes, Kelly Shaw, Cora Kozaris, Lauren Runions and Hanna Kiel. In July 2016 she attended Ignites summer intensive co-run by David Norsworthy and Kristen Carcone where she was able to perform work by Riley Sims. Dominique has worked with choreographers such as Kylie Thompson, Shawn Bracke, Christina Digiuseppe, Bretonie Burchell, Melissa Williams, Amy Wright, and Allain Lupien. Now Dominique trains within two companies, Company B based within the Chimera Project and Kalos run under the direction of Jessica Ford. Dominique hopes to pursue a long and successful career in dance and find a home within a contemporary company.
Hilary Knee was born in Corner Brook, NL where began dancing at a young age. Hilary moved to Halifax at 14 to further her dance training. Knee found her love for contemporary dance while training with Leica Hardy at the Leica Hardy School of Dance (Dartmouth, NS). Hilary relocated to Toronto and began her studies at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2013. She travelled to California to study the Limon technique from Colin Connor and Brenna Monroe-Cook. Upon graduation from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program in 2016, Knee was awarded the Sharon Moore Solo Project. Sharon choreographed two solos for Hilary during the duration of this project. In July 2017 Hilary premiered “Opera with Staircase” a solo by Sharon Moore, at the London Dance Festival. Knee joined Company B in early 2017, she is thrilled to learn from Malgorzata and be a part of such a great dance collective.
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