Irma Villafuerte is a dance artist, emerging choreographer and educator based in Tkaronto from Nahuat Territory Kuskatan, post-colonial El Salvador. She serves as an educator at Randolph College for the Performing Arts,Toronto Film School, and Casa Maiz’ Semillas Latinas. She’s been part of festivals across the Americas and the Caribbean. She has collaborated and performed works by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Jaberi Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, Victoria Mata, Aria Evans, Alejandro Ronceria, and Arsenio Andrade. Her passion for social justice and her identity as a Salvadorian in the diaspora is the driving force for creation in Irma’s choreography, performance work and pedagogy. www.irmavillafuerte.com
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Nickeshia Garrick is a settler on the stolen land of Tkaronto and has performed on this land for over 25 years. They are unapologetically a Black, Queer Artist, who believes in the healing power of breath through raw emotion and movement and teaches this breathwork at the Toronto Film School. Along with teaching at TFS, Nickeshia is a Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor and often offers free and discounted sessions to the IBPOC LGBTQ2S+ community in Toronto. Nickeshia holds her BFA in Dance from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) and is very excited to show her work, ‘To My Past, Present, and Future…’ at Nightfall.
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Corynne Bisson is a filmmaker, choreographer, and dancer based in Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary majoring in Dance. Since beginning her professional career in Toronto she has begun to produce, direct and choreograph dance short films with co-founder Raine Kearns under the company name GALPAL Productions. Some of her most recent films include Blade&Silk (2017), Let Her Out (2018), Us (2019), What Do You See (2020) and Praire Girl (2021).
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Sadie Cahill is a Toronto-based dance theatre artist, possessing a versatile performance background, and a passion for creating across many mediums. Sadie holds a BFA degree in Dance from York University, where she was a 2-year member of the York Dance Ensemble, while training under professional dance artists such as Julia Sasso, Syreeta Hector, Susan Lee, and Helen Jones. In the summer of 2021, Sadie was a virtual Artist in Residence with Belgrade Studio Art, where she created and premiered her dance film ‘Artist on Standby’.
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Fernando "Grillo" Camacho, is a Mexican Artist. Born in Mexico, they had the opportunity to train at CENADAC, college under the direction of Guillermina Bravo,
where they develop his graham technique. They continued their studies and professional career at the Conservatory of Contemporary Dance of Yucatán, under the direction of Lourdes Luna.
There they had the opportunity to take workshops with people like Karen de luna, Dominik Borucki, Adrian Arriaga Francisco Cordoba Kristie Simson, Martin Piliponsky,
Their studies at The Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2018 they started a collective under the name of COSE (Collective of Scenic Exchange). COSE has allowed him to be the artistic director, organize workshops, shows, podcasts and video/dance productions.
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Audrianna (she/they) is a photographer and movement artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She is inspired by radical authenticity and mystical creation across artistic mediums. Audrianna strives to capture stories and concepts in a unique and compelling light that lends a new perspective to the viewers imagination.
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Seibold is a movement researcher, performer, choreographer, and dance educator who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Performance Degree from X University and, more recently, completed her Master of Fine Arts at York University for Dance, Choreography & Collaboration. She was awarded the Lipson Family Endowment Award for the most promising choreographer. Her most recent works include: Meeting at R9, featured in Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend’21 Festival, Toronto ON; and Texture Play 2, presented at Luminous Digital Festival, Toronto ON. Most recently Seibold has been commissioned to create a film on 31 dance performance students at X University.
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Karen Kaeja is an Ashkenazi, Tkaronto born, award-winning choreographer, project instigator, performer and mentor. She develops platforms for collaborative relationships between dancers and everyday people. Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, she is commissioned and presented by performance series around the world, and collaborates with many of Canada’s brilliant choreographers.
Allen Kaeja is an internationally recognized and award-winning Choreographer and DanceFilm Director. He is the child of a refugee and Holocaust survivor, Allen has created over 210 stage works and choreographed over 30 films that have been featured in commercials, films and festivals around the world. Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Karen Kaeja. He has received numerous national and international commissions, teaches Kaeja Elevations and Dance Film master classes worldwide.
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Eilish Shin-Culhane (she/her) is a half-Korean, Tkaronto based dancer and choreographer. She is additionally a dance educator and certified Pilates instructor. She received her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. As a dancer, Eilish has performed in works by Peter Chu, Bill T. Jones, Frog in Hand, Anton Lachky, Theatre Oculus, and Adam Barruch. Eilish has presented choreography at Marymount’s ‘Dancers at Work’, NYU’s Choreofest 2020, and Aeris Körper's 'PROSPECTS'. Her choreographic mentors include Bonnie Kim, Elisabeth Motley, Linda Garneau, and Alyssa Martin. Her work is foundationally based in the nuance of authenticity as it interacts with identity.
Nicola Adilman was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. A 2017 graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Adilman received The Kathryn Ash Leadership Award and Second Prize in the Winchester Prize for her choreography of “inanimated.” Since her graduation, she has performed in the Summer Works Festival, the Dance Made in Canada Festival and Fall for Dance North. She completed a 4 month international and UK tour with London based EDGE Dance Company out of London Contemporary Dance School (2018-2019) (LCDS), under the artistic direction of Jeanne Yasko. Her dance films have been featured in festivals such as FORM Vancouver (Honourable Mention) and Dance Made in Canada Festival. She was recently awarded her MA in Dance with Distinction from LCDS (2020) which included a final dissertation focused on the long take in filmic storytelling.
Emma Morris is a storyteller who works within contemporary dance and film to craft surreal encounters inspired by abstracting her personal history. She is a graduate of the contemporary dance program at Concordia University and has studied with La Fabrique de la Danse in Paris, France. She works to question how movement can express memory and expose the underbelly of the human experience. Emma's work has been presented at the Festival of Recorded Movement, Silver Wave Film Festival, and Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec. She now works in Toronto where she is continuing to develop her artistic voice.
Rumi Jeraj is an ismailli muslim hailing from Sherwoodpark Alberta (the world's largest hamlet). Over quarantine his practice has shifted from the studio to the outdoors and he has found joy in interacting with natural landscapes. During his professional studies at Ryerson University, he studied Contemporary dance with Louis-Laberge Cote, Kate Hilliard and Robert Glumbeck. As a student, he has also worked with: Heidi Strauss, Peter Chin, Hanna Kiel, Hannes Langolf and Valerie Calam. Rumi has trained in tap dance with Travis Knights and Dianne Montgomery. He aspires to create and be a part of work which mixes forms in order to better tell stories.
Kristi Cole is a Queer performer and choreographer with a BA in Dance and Political Science from George Washington University. She founded Kristi Cole & Guests in 2019 with the mission of bringing together artists to create powerful and thought-provoking interdisciplinary work. Her stage and film work has been presented in the tri-state area as well as Atlanta, Georgia. Kristi was a 2020 New Work Grant recipient through the Queens Council on the Arts. In 2021, Kristi was selected as Artist-in-Residence through The Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation. Additionally she received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
Caryn Chappell is a Toronto-based contemporary dancer and a graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program. She most recently traveled with Kaeja d’Dance to the Banff Centre for a creation residency and Japan to perform in Xtraordinary TO Dances. She had the pleasure of being mentored by Marie-Josée Chartier through the facilitation of Older and Reckless. Chappell and Chartier spent a year working on choreographic structures and developing solo work. Chappell participated in Adelheid’s re:research 2019 and collaborated with Vancouver-based choreographer Jamie Robinson. In 2020, Caryn will be a part of the acting company at the Stratford Festival, performing in Wendy and Peter Pan, and Frankenstein Revived.
Kristen-Innes Stambolic is a Toronto born and based interdisciplinary artist. Stambolic is a 2018 graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the 2018 recipient of The Winchester Prize for choreographic distinction. Her work involves dance, video, animation, projection and editing to create visuals that explores the possibilities of what dance in video can be. Her process is very collaborative in nature and works with dancers, musicians and videographers. Stambolic is thrilled to collaborate with the Millo Dance Project and looks forward to creating future projects with them.
Drew Berry is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary performance artist and teacher. Her mediums include dance, theatre, photography, videography, and classical piano. In 2016, Drew joined Rock Bottom Movement as a company member and since has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Canadian Stage, Canada’s National Ballet Open Space Program, and Toronto Dance Theatre as well as performing in five full-length works. Her most recent production with Rock Bottom Movement, hollow mountain, was awarded two Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. Other collaborators include: Jaberi Dance Theatre, Portal Dance, Milo Dance Projects, Emma Kerson, Nico Contreras, Irma Villafuerte, Kate Hilliard, Opera 5, Alias Dance Project, Nostos Collective, and Kaeja d’Dance. Drew is the resident photographer/ videographer with Kaeja d'Dance and has done freelance photo/ video work with Fall For Dance North, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, X University, Kaya Usher, Reason d’Etre Danse, Alias Dance Project, Ace Dance Theatre, and Human Body Expression to name a few. Drew was an artist in residence for the 2020/21 season at Guelph dance where she created a short film Portraiture, which premiered at the 2021 Guelph Dance Festival and will be shown at Hillside Homeside and Dance Made in Canada this summer. Drew is on faculty at Centennial College teaching Ballet and Choreography and is working for Quinte Ballet School of Canada as their Social Media Manager. A graduate from Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s post-graduate program, Drew holds her BFA (Honours) from the Performance Dance program at X University.
Kylie Thompson (She/her) is a contemporary Dance Artist and photographer residing in Toronto, Canada. She holds an honours degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University. Some of her stage and screen performance credits include; Hanna Kiel (with the Garage), Gadfly Dance Company, Marie Lambin, Kiesza, Martin Huss, Jennifer Mote, Jenn Edwards, Patricia Allison, Valence Movement and more. She continues to perform and also directs her project-based company, Kylie Thompson Dance. The company's short film “Versus” (2018) was an official selection at four festivals in North America. Her stage work has been presented at Dance: Made in Canada, Toronto Fringe, TIFF programming, New Blue Festival, The Garage, The Canadian National Exhibition, Fresh Blood, Dance Matters and Toronto Original Choreographer’s Ball. She has been serving on the CADA-East board of Directors since 2017 and is currently in the role of Co-Vice President. Besides dance, she loves her plants, watching youtube docs about abandoned places, interior design magazines, photography (@no_humansallowed) and cooking.
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