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Victoria Academy of Ballet, 716 Johnson Street,
2nd Floor Victoria, BC
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Kelly Hobson, Artistic Director
Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Vancouver’s Main Dance professional dance program where she studied many forms of modern dance including Graham, Laban, Horton, Cunningham, Contact Improvisation and Bhuto. She has had the privilege of training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet and the Banff Centre for the Arts where she developed a solid ballet technique. Kelly embraced her ballet training and applied it to a variety of modern dance techniques while working with acclaimed educators and performers such as Helen Walkley, Sylvain Brochu and Margie Gillis. Massimo Agostinelli, Tedd Senmon Robinson and Barbara Bourget are a just a few renowned choreographers who have influenced her career. The culmination of her training with Toronto Dance Theatre found Kelly working with noted choreographers such as Christopher House, David Earl and Rosemary James.
Kelly has performed professionally throughout Vancouver with Tantrum Dance Collective and her choreography has been commissioned by local artists such as Farley Johansson (co-artistic director of “Science Friction Dance Company”) and Kerry Krich.
After moving to Scotland in 2002, Kelly sought training at Edinburgh’s Dance Base with Steinvor Palsson. She subsequently returned to the West Coast of B.C. in 2005 where she continued to teach, choreograph and perform independently, finally settling in Victoria B.C. in 2007. It is here that she performed with Constance Cooke in a 2008 film by Tracey Houser entitled “Truth”. Since 2009, Kelly has created, performed her own productions and had the pleasure of hosting Tri-pod Dance Collective’s BOUNCE series, subsequently Kelly’s choreography was chosen to be performed in the ROMP! Festival.
Since 2009 Kelly has had the pleasure of choreographing and performing with Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville. It is here she also choreographs, performs and tours with musical group Hank and Lily headlining festivals such as The North Country Fair. This past July Kelly headlined Alberta’s Wild Mountain Music Festival with Edmonton rap duo, Kemo Treats. Kelly has been on faculty with Victoria School of Contemporary Dance since its inception in 2008 and is thrilled to be stepping into her role as Artistic Director. She is looking forward to an exciting first season.
Constance Cooke, Artistic Advisor
Choreographer, Educator of Contemporary Dance, Filmmaker.
Cooke is a Canadian Dance Artist with a professional career that has spanned over 25 years. Recent Choreographic Works include commissions by Ballet Victoria, Cadence Contemporary Ballet and White Birch. Cooke’s work has been presented across Canada, in Germany and in the United States. Most recently Cooke premiered work at Dance Matters in Toronto and Dancing On The Edge in Vancouver. Cooke is also Co-Artistic Director of Dance For the Camera and Artistic Director Of The Victoria School Of Contemporary Dance
Upon graduation from Ryerson Theatre Dance Programme, Cooke relocated from Toronto to Winnipeg working independently as a dancer, choreographer and teacher with the School Of Contemporary Dancers. During this time Cooke performed works by Rachel Browne, Brent Lott, Bruce Mitchell, Murray Darroch, Mauricio Wainrot and Sharon Moore. As A choreographer, Cooke’s first solo work was created on dancer Marie-Louise Albert and premiered at Dancing On the Edge, her first ensemble work created with members of Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers premiered at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Directly following this, Cooke and Sharon Moore formed Two Square Pegs, creating new works that toured both central and Western Canada.
Since moving to Victoria in 1996, Cooke has made over twenty professional works. Recent works include I Be Caribou, Spill 4, and Flightless Aviators & Angels. She has worked with many independent dancers including Jung-Ah Chung, Cai Glover, Robert Halley, Kayla Henry, Matthew Waldie, Lynda Raino, Ann-Marie Cabri, Treena Stubel, Leon Feizo-Gas, Alisoun Payne and Brandy Baybutt.
Cooke has created a few short screen dances including ‘Anarchists Footwear’ which had its American debut in New York (2009) at the Dance on Camera Film Festival. Cooke teaches choreography for the frame, a programme specifically devised for choreographers and directors. She also leads a unique movement for the frame class designed just for dancers. Cooke has had the delight to teach with David Hinton at the CanAsian Dance Festival and to work with mentor Ellen Bromberg.
Cooke is the Head of the Contemporary Programme at Victoria Academy Of Ballet and a frequent guest teacher/ choreographer for Professional Training Programmes and Youth Companies throughout Canada. She has taught for the University Of Victoria, Lynda Raino Dance, Island Dance Studio, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, University Of Winnipeg, Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan and more.
Cooke has been the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and grants from The Canada Council of the Arts, BC Arts Council, The Manitoba Arts Council, The Vancouver Foundation, BC Hydro and Dance Victoria.
Founder and Artistic Director of Victoria School Of Contemporary Dance, Cooke has for many years graduated a number of her students into some of the finest professional training programmes including Toronto Dance Theatre, York University, Ryerson Theatre School, Simon Fraser University, The National Ballet of Canada, The School of Contemporary Dancers, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Modus Operandi and Codarts Rotterdam, Ballet BC Mentorship Programme, Ballet Jorgen, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and more
Cooke has made a significant contribution to the professional training of dancers in Canada. Former students have gone on to established their own companies and independent careers and are currently dancing with professional companies throughout Canada, the United States and Europe including Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Kaeja d’Dance, Ballet Preljocaj, Cadence Contemporary Ballet, Dancers Dancing, The Contingency Plan Dance Collective, Kinesis Dance, Suddenly Dance Theatre, Dance Makers, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet BC, Dancetheatre David Earl and more.
Jung-Ah graduated from the Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea,Appearing in Empty Space at the 4th Recontres Choreographiques Internationales De Seine-Saint Denis, she was awarded a Best Dancer's Prize. Since she moved to BC and has worked with Constance Cooke, Ballet Victoria, TriPOD Dance Collective, Out of the Box Productions, Suddenly Dance Theatre, Wen Wei Dance, Mascall Dance, Vancouver City Ballet Theatre and Battery Opera. Chung’s has been invited to present her own choreography at Tangente in Montreal, CanAsian Festival, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge, Victoria’s Uno Festival and ROMP. Chung has also performed in a number of dance for camera films including Rush of Water/Rush of Air, Nature ecstasy, Opium and Aisling for Bravo, she has also directed, choreographed and performed in her own film Drive.
Chung toured three cities in Korea in the summer of 2008 and was invited back for The 10th Next Wave Dance Festival in 2009.
With her non-stop versatile performances she was chosen as The Victoria’s Favourite Choreographer and the favourite Dancer by M-Awards, Monday Magazine. And Chung is the recipient of Dance Victoria’s 2011 Chrystal Dance Prize and 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominee for the best performance.
She has taught at Lynda Raino Dance Studio, Island Dance School, Victoria, Dance Connection, Stage Performing Arts and led workshops in various dance festivals and McMaster university and St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY
Katharine is an experienced fitness instructor who has an extensive background in dance and performance. She has trained in Alberta and Texas, and is excited to be in Victoria sharing her vibrant approach to fitness. She discovered barre a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the intense workout because it brought her back to her dance days in the studio, where she studied ballet, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. Katharine has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology and has always enjoyed helping others. Motivating and supporting people through their fitness journey is something she lives for. With her combined passions of health, wellness, fitness, and performance, you can expect Katharine’s classes to be challenging, fun and energetic.
Angie has loved dancing since the age of four. Angie began her dance training by studying ballet with Maureen Eastick at Pacific Dance Centre. While at Pacific Dance Centre she was introduced to modern dance by Constance Cooke, Marlise McCormick, Chrystal Pite and Linda Raino. After graduating Oak Bay Secondary High School Angie attended the three year professional training program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. At the School of Toronto Dance Theatre she was provided opportunities to perform pieces created by Christopher House, Risa Stienberg (re creation of Jose Limon), Serge Bennathan, Danny Grossman, Patricia Beatty, Bill Coleman, Conrad Alexandrowicz, Karen and Allen Kaeja and Michael Trent.
During this time at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre Angie began teaching young children dance by assisting Michelle Silagy the Director of The Children's Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She was then hired on to teach her own class within the program. Teaching with Michelle Silagy sparked a keen interest in working with young children. Angie then Moved to Vancouver to continue her studies and work within the Vancouver modern dance community through Main Dance. Wanting to learn more about child development Angie began her training to become an Early Childhood Educator at Camosun College earning her diploma specializing in children with supported needs. After Graduating from Camosun she was hired by Child Care Services at The University of Victoria.
During her years at The University of Victoria Child Care Centres she has continued to blend together within her practice her love of dance and working with young children and thier families. Angie currently works full time at Uvic, takes dance class at Victoria School of Contemporary Dance, loves practicing yoga and spending lots of time with her husband and son.
Canadian contemporary dance-theatre artist, Meagan O’Shea, creates and performs “Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary” solo, ensemble, participatory and site-specific work. Her dance like no one is watching improv project animates/disrupts public space and has reached over 30,000 passers-by and included 200 dancers (2007-11).
Selected solos include: Where Truth Lies with local translator for international performance, Dora nominated The Atomic Weight of Happiness, interactive installation/performance something blue. Meagan teaches improvisation and creative process in art, education and social change contexts in North America and Europe.
Meagan e is co-founder of hub14/Toronto, was Associate Artist at Dance Ireland and Theatre Direct Canada, and Artist in Residence at fabrik Potsdam/Germany, Faber/Spain, The Banff Centre, Dance Victoria, Le Groupe Dance Lab in Canada, and the recipient of the KM Hunter Award in Dance. Current projects include a new solo, Dream A Better Day, a feminist re-visioning of James Bond examining rape culture, hero worship and the inheritance of secret keeping; Dance-Scapes : Land-Songs, dance-films exploring power of place across Canada; ID/LEX, International Dance/Language Exchange, a platform for international exchange and collaboration via creating choreography in languages we don’t understand. Stand Up Dance is a partner with Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE).
Farley Johansson has enjoyed a diverse dance career that has allowed him to perform, teach and choreograph in many different settings, from big Opera houses in Germany to small studio theatres in Brasil.
As a teacher, Farley has a strong emphasis on communicating and guiding dancers through a clear technical progression in his classes so that they can achieve a new understanding of simple movement concepts that will be built upon throughout the class that will culminate in some sweet moves with some serious Kapow!