Meet the Artists: EnPointe Development

Enpointe SM imageEnPointe Development is an independent venture that Brandy uses to choreograph senior student dancers from across southwestern Ontario. Continued Direction is a combination of three dancers from Studio Dance Pointe in St. Thomas as well as one dancer from Cadence School of Ballet located in Toronto. EnPointe strives to provide dancers with various performance opportunities.

EnPointe Development will perform at the Community Dance Celebration on July 1st at Harris Park.

Meet the Artists: Julia Aplin

Julia Aplin SM imageJulia Aplin is a veteran of interdisciplinary work, creating dances for wading pools, boxing rings and cyberspace.  Julia has created new work with companies such as Tiger Princess Dance Productions, Dusk Dances, Urban Vessel, Toca Loca, Theatre Gargantua, Inter Arts Matrix, SoulPepper and Company Blonde.

Julia Aplin’s choreography will be presented at Dance in the Park on July 2nd in Ivey Park.

Meet the Artists: Dance Essence

Dance Essence SM imageThe Dance Essence Performance Group is a team of talented dancers who perform in London and surrounding areas. They take part in local competitions as well as community performances and events. Each dancer trains on a weekly basis continuing to learn and grow as dancers and performers. The team has been very successful and continues to grow.

Dance Essence will perform at the Community Dance Celebration, July 1st in Harris Park.

Meet the Artists: If & When (Katie Ewald & Bry Webb)

If and when SM imageIF AND WHEN is an ongoing collaborative project between contemporary dancer Katie Ewald and musician Bry Webb.  Katie and Bry have been “romantically involved” for over ten years, but had never worked together on a creative endeavor prior to 2016, when an invitation to participate in a dance festival in their hometown offered an opportunity to focus on communicating with one another in the context of performance.  They have taken on a projected series of translations and deconstructions of the world’s great love songs, called Paroles, with the aim of expressing complexities of communication and their relationship to the culture of love.  Their first piece, For You, dissects The Flamingos’ 1959 Doo Wop classic, I Only Have Eyes For You – a song with particular resonance for the two performers.

If & When performs at Dance at Home, July 3rd at Eldon House.

Meet the Artists: Lester B. Pearson Dance Pack

Pearson SM image

Lester B. Pearson’s Dance Pack presents award winning Contemporary/Lyrical movement, inviting the acceptance of equality for all. Choreographed and performed by graduating grade 8 students from Lester B Pearson School of Arts in London Ontario, Equality was awarded Outstanding Choreography at the Ontario Secondary School dance Fest in May 2016.

Pearson’s Dance Pack performs at the Community Dance Celebration on July 1st at Harris Park.

Meet the Artists: North London Dance Centre’s Young Company

NLDC SM imageThe Young Company of North London Dance Centre is establishing itself as an organization that provides an innovative environment where talented young dancers can further expand their technical dance training with performance-oriented training and experience given by some of the most respected teachers and choreographers in our community & beyond.

The Young Company of NLDC will perform at the Community Dance Celebration on July 1st at Harris Park.

Meet the Artists: BoucharDanse

Bouchard SM imageIn 2008 Sylvie Bouchard formed BoucharDanse, a company that serves as an umbrella for her artistic endeavors. BoucharDanse fuels her commitment to present dance in innovative ways. BoucharDanse utilizes the poetry of contemporary dance and the narrative element of theatre together in one stroke. A true fascination for narratives, and an aim to find continuum and a sense of journey in dance works, propels Bouchard’s artistic search. BoucharDanse is dedicated to projects and collaborations that bring together Francophone and Anglophone artists as well as dance and theatre artists. With the aim of widening the public for dance, and coming closer to its audience, BoucharDanse presents works in both indoor and outdoor venues. BoucharDanse continues to present new works as well as pieces that were created or co-created by Bouchard – including pieces created during her years at CORPUS, also available to presenters through BoucharDanse. During the last few years, BoucharDanse has initiated creation, production and touring projects, to name a few : The presentation of L’Implorante and L’éternel voyage at NextSteps (Harbourfront Centre), the creation of L’envol for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and a tour of A Flock of Flyers: remix in Québec and Ontario.

BoucharDanse will perform at Dance in the Park, July 2nd in Ivey Park.

Meet the Artists: Carley Stastny

Carley SM imageCarley Stastny has just graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance. Beginning her training in London, Ontario, Carley studied at the Jo Read’s school of Dance. She has had the privilege of working with many artists and choreographers including MADboots, James Kudelka, Alyssa Martin (Rock Bottom Movement), Robert Desrosiers and Kate Hilliard. She performed in numerous pieces as well as produced her own original work in Ryerson Theatre School’s New Voices Festival this past spring. Currently, Carley is excitedly exploring the world of contemporary dance nationally and internationally, ambitious to learn and experience all that she can. Carley has a vested interest in and passion for both performance and creation. She ambitiously explores her role in and method of creative process.


Carley Stastny will present her choreography at Dance at Home, July 3rd at Eldon House.

Meet the Artists: Sound in Motion

SIM SM imageSound in Motion is a collaboration between directors Julie Mytka and Avery Brown. After both had worked in performing and teaching contracts all over Canada and internationally, they recognized the benefits of bringing music and dance training under one roof. Joining this duo is a dynamic group of professional instructors delivering engaging classes for students of all experience levels. In addition to yearly productions, the studio has participated in events such as FLUX Dance Festival (2015), ChildLife Network International Annual Fundraising Gala (2015), O.N.E. Showcase (2015), Youth On Fire (2013) as well as community performances in local schools and competitions. This is the inaugural performance for Sound in Motion Company -a group grown from Sound in Motion’s Dance Performance Troupe. Dancers come together of all ages and skill levels to create dance theatre.

Sound in Motion will perform at the Community Dance Celebration on July 1st at Harris Park.