FEB 8-9 / 8PM
WCD’s commitment to developing young artists continues as Stephanie Ballard shares her 2 weeks of research and creation on emerging and professional dancers. Recent graduates and graduating students of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers get a jump start to their careers with this exciting initiative.
Video Artist: Kayla Jeanson is a filmmaker and dance artist who studied film at the University of Manitoba and modern dance at the School of Contemporary Dancers. Her films have been viewed at international film festivals such as Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia), Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (Illinois), and IndieCork (Cork, UK). She has created video for stage with Ming Hon, Peter Quanz, Tom Stroud, and numerous Fringe theatre productions.
Arlo Reva is a 2008 graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program. She has studied at the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Dance Residency where she performed works by Javier Dzul and Neil Ieremia. Arlo has worked with Santee Smith’s company Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in Toronto, New Mexico, Australia & Japan. She has worked with Sandra Laronde’s company Red Sky Performance in Toronto, Banff, and Vancouver. In Winnipeg, Arlo has worked with Stephanie Ballard, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Odette Heyn, Peter Quanz, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Loa Olafson, Nina Patel, Jeff Dimitriou and Zorya Arrow. Arlo is a founding member of Winnipeg’s Drive Dance.
Alexandra Winters has worked with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, Company Constance Cooke, Gearshifting Performance Works, Janelle Hacault and Kayla Jeanson through the Young Lungs Dance Exchange Research Series, and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. She was a guest artist with GPS Dance Collective on their tour to Leon, Mexico and participated as a dancer at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in the Creative Gesture – Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance. She looks forward to working with choreographer Jason Martin in WCD’s spring show and has an upcoming project with @tendance/C.Medina in Austria. She is a 2015 graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program.
Jennifer Bonner is a 2016 graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program. She has had the privilege to work twice in Calgary with Dancer’s Studio West’s Professional Bridging Program under the mentorship of Davida Monk. Jennifer has also performed across country in Robert Desrosier’s 50 Dancer Project: Timeframe for CDF 2016 in Ottawa, and twice in Regina’s Fire and Ice festival. In the past she has performed works by Susie Burpee, Constance Cooke, Bill Evans, Odette Heyn, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Jennifer Mascall, Roger Sinha, and many others. She has also had the honour to work with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, and is happy to be completing her second year with WCD’s Verge.
Allison Brooks is a 2017 graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program, and is excited to be a part of this year’s VERGE. In July, she danced with GPS Collective on a tour to Leon, Mexico, and worked with choreographer Meagan O’Shea in Newfoundland as part of Stand Up Dance: Pop up Dances for the World Dance Alliance Global Summit. She has also worked with Roger Sinha for NAfro’s Moving Inspirations Dance Festival. She will be working with Montréal choreographer Jason Martin as part of WCD’s spring show, and looks forward to working with Company Constance Cooke in 2018.
Mark Dela Cruz is in his graduating year in the School of Contemporary Dancers. He has had the privilege of performing in professional projects with Drive Dance, Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, Gearshifting Performance Works. During this season, he has an apprenticeship with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for the Danielle Sturk project. He performed in Robert Desrosier’s 50 Dancer Project: Timeframe for CDF 2016 in Ottawa and anticipates returning to perform in CDF 2018. Mark created DWNSTRM which was performed at the MTYP for Losing Tides: A Watershed Awareness Gala, Blueprints, and for SCD’s Public School Tours. Mark is a Hip Hop Dance Instructor, Choreographer and Performer; projects he’s undertaken include BOSS Dance Company’s The Artist Within and NBS’s Sharing Dance Day.
Emma Del Monte is in her graduating year in the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. Emma has had the opportunity of working closely with Doug Letheren, Mikaila Wallace and Dario Dinuzzi. She has had the honour of working professionally with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers as well as Sinha Danse. She will also be working with Mascall Dance in Vancouver this summer. Emma is very excited to be a part of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers’ Verge.
Neilla Hawley is in her final year of the Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers and will graduate with a BA Honours in Dance. In the fall of 2017, she performed with Sinha Danse for NAfro Dance Productions’ Moving Inspirations Dance Festival. She has also performed with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers ‘Landscape Dancing’ on several occasions. She is honoured to be working with Ms. Ballard again in WCD’s Verge.
Shawn MacLaine graduated from the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in 2017. In July, he performed with GPS Collective on a tour to Leon, Mexico, and worked with choreographer Meagan O’Shea in Newfoundland as part of Stand Up Dance: Pop up Dances for the World Dance Alliance Global Summit. In the past season, Shawn performed in a work by Marie-Josée Chartier with Gearshifting Performance Works. He is honoured to have a mentorship with Gearshifting Performance Works for the 2017-2018 season and looks forward to performing in Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers’ Verge.