Ashley Sweett


Marisa Christegeorge, Devan Genereux, Megan Hunter, Brooke Williamson



Security Ballet by Rolfe Kent, Sirenes - Tabla by Jon Brion, Jasmines by Jai Paul


Special thanks:

Love & Gratitude to all of the exceptionally strong and generous dancers involved in this process. 

Thank you Krysin Clarke for your guidance and devotion.

Thank you Small Stage for the opportunity.


ASHLEY SWEETT is a versatile dance artist who has had the joy of training and working professionally in the dance industry for the past 15 years. She was raised in Langley BC with a passion and dedication for the performing arts. After graduating as a dance major from The Langley Fine Arts school, Ashley continued her commercial training with Source Dance Company before studying contemporary dance with Modus Operandi under direction of David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen in Vancouver. She later moved to Los Angeles to continue her dance training while attending The Second City ‘Conservatory’ program for improv acting. Ashley founded Sweett Moves in 2013 which has given her many opportunities to collaborate, create and perform dance works for Dancing On The Edge, Small Stage, Robson Street Business Association, Little India music videos and more. She has choreographed and taught pre-professional dance programs such as Lamon Dance Company, Source Dance Company, Helix Dance Company and The Cecchetti Society of Canada .Ashley has had the pleasure with working alongside choreographers such as Kelly Konno as assistant choreographer for FOXTV’s Lucifer TV series and choreographer for the 2010 Winter Olympics Celebrations. She was both a dancer and assistant choreographer to Jen Oleksiuk for Netflix’s ‘Adventures of Sabrina’ and to Geneen Georgiv for Hey Ocean’s  music video for “ A Song About California.” Her production credits include working as a rehearsal director for Small Stage 36 with choreographer Heather Dotto, producer/artistic director of ‘Bated Breath’ and ‘Sweett Moves Summer Jam’ as well as Artistic Director for The Lover’s Cabaret alongside Vanessa Young. She has an array of theatre, film and television performance credits including Netflix, Small Stages 35 (Heather Dotto), Disney (Paul Becker), Nickelodeon (Kelly Konno), Times of India Film Awards (Liz Tookey), Alliance Films, One Drop Foundation, MUCH MUSIC, Michael Buble, Goldwell Hair, and PRP Productions. Ashley currently resides in Vancouver BC where she thrives as well-respected choreographer and dance teacher. She has been active in the teaching community since 2003 both locally and abroad. For the past 6 years she has adjudicated throughout Western Canada as well as in Australia.


MARISA CHRISTOGORGE is born in Vancouver, BC, Marisa began her training at The Richmond Academy of Dance under the direction of Annette Jakubouski. She has trained at several North American companies such as  The Canada's National Ballet School and Boston Ballet. Marisa received her post-graduate training from the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance from artists such at Summer Lee Rhatigan, Christain Burns, Alex Ketley, Tristan Ching, Marlie Couto, and Courtney Mazeika. During her time in SF, Marisa had the privilege to preform repertory by William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Alex Ketley, Courtney Mazeika, Summer Lee-Rhatigan, Christian Burns,  Bobbi Jene Smith, and Tom Weinberger.  


DEVAN GENEREUX is a Vancouver, BC native and  emerging professional dance artist. She cultivated her love for dance at a young age and her multifaceted background includes extensive training in ballet, contemporary, improvisation, modern, jazz, and hip hop. Upon graduation, Devan pursued her training at Lamondance under Davi Rodriguez, Lara Barclay, and Monica Proença. During this time, she had the opportunity to represent Canada as a soloist at the IDO World Championship of Dance in Frankfurt, Germany as well as traveling to Brasilia, Brazil to perform in Barakah (Lamondance) at the International Dance Seminar of Brasilia. Following her training in Vancouver, Devan moved to Toronto to further peruse her passion at The Conteur Academy where she has trained under recognized artists Eryn Waltman, Sheona Bell, Kelly Shaw, Ryan Lee, and Colleen Snell, to name a few. Devans unique strength and connection with the floor and her dance partners have allowed her to begin a successful professional dance career.  Her notable credits include performing in 5inco (Lamondance), Human (Lamondance), Frames (The Conteur Academy), Fill In The Blanks (The Conteur Academy), and most recently, Scaredy Cat (Small Stage).



MEGAN HUNTER is Co-Artistic Director of WAREHAUS dance collective, and actively creating works both in collaboration with WAREHAUS and independently. Through WAREHAUS, Megan has been mentored and performed works by Vanessa Goodman and Desiree Dunbar. WAREHAUS has performed original works presented by Dance Allsorts by New Works Dance Management, Small Stage, OURO collective, To.Be.Announced, Sweet Moves, Cascadia Film Festival, and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Dezza Dance. She had the privilege of training sessionally at the Toronto Dance Theatre and in partnership with Dancemakers. Megan is the honoured recipient of the Grant Strate Award in Dance in 2014, from Simon Fraser University, upon her graduation. She is currently performing and rehearsal directing with Kinesis Dance Somatheatro. Megan was  invited to New Brunswick in April 2017, to create and perform a new work in collaboration with musicians, Andrew Reed Miller and Emily Kennedy, under mentorship from Lesandra Dodson. WAREHAUS travelled to Toronto in 2017 and 2018 to present choreography by Vanessa Goodman and WAREHAUS for New Blue Emerging Festival. Megan presented a new work created in residency in Veretz, France and performance in Festival Dansez Maintenant in 2017. 


BROOKE WILLIAMSON is born and raised in Vancouver, Brooke Williamson began training professionally with Arts Umbrella under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Sheppard in 2013. During her time there, she had the opportunity to work with James Kudelka, Crystal Pite, Francisco Martinez, Walter Matteini, Francesca Carotti, and Lesley Telford among others. Brooke has continued her dance training at Springboard Danse and Movement Invention Project. After being cast in the film “Centre Stage: En Pointe”, she has begun to venture her studies into the world of acting- both at Vancouver Acting School and with Jeb Beach and Associates. Brooke has had the pleasure of dancing for Rockridge Dance Theatre, Heather Myers, and Enfuse Entertainment among others and was assistant choreographer to Jeff Dimitriou for the 2016 Cultural Architect Awards. Brooke is thrilled to be performing in her first Small Stages project! 



Choreographer + Dancer: 

Natasha Gorrie




NATASHA GORRIE has grown up in the hip hop dance scene since a young age. Her first brush with hip hop dance was when her mother taught her how to do the running man in the living room of their home. Natasha’s mother was a self taught freestyle dancer, with a huge passion for new jack swing dancing. Natasha began training at her mother’s dance studio at the age of 8, and that studio pioneered hip hop choreography in the Vancouver’s lower mainland.  Ever since then, Natasha has had a love for the fundamentals of hip hop and funk styles. To round out her training, Natasha also trained in ballet, jazz, musical theatre and tap.


Natasha is a rare talent that has managed to excel in the professional dance industry, while building a well known and respected reputation in the underground dance community across Canada, and around the world.


Co-founder of the powerhouse female crew “Diamonds In The Rough” based out of Vancouver. As a group, they have travelled throughout the USA and Canada to battle, perform and train.


Natasha loves to freestyle and share with her community. She is passionate about training and is constantly broadening her vocabulary in dance. Knowledge is key.



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Choreographer + Dancer:

Jeanette Kotowich 


Sound Design: 

Wayne Lavallee 


Guest Métis Fiddler:  

JJ Lavallee


Steppin’ is an energetic, knee slapping, toe tapping contemporary Métis jig solo. Musically driven by the fiddle’s undeniable force, the impulse for movement is sparked like a flint that ignites fire. With electricity of the jig and fancy steps that rebound off the earth – for a moment in time, milliseconds before you return to earth you are propelled in the direction of spirit, like a horse running in the open wild. It is a celebration of the joy of movement, the healing in dance, the significance of heritage, and the love of Métis culture.

Steppin’ moves through time weaving between histories; mirroring Métis Cultural traditions against contemporary dance influences, I search to harmonize with a sense of belonging while referencing my identity as a contemporary Aboriginal person.


Jeanette Kotowich is a Vancouver based, mixed blood Métis, professional dance artist and choreographer. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, BC.


Jeanette creates work as an independent dance artist & choreographer. She is currently creating a full-length, innovative collaborative performance called Valley, co-directed with senior Maroi artist, Charles Koroneho (Te Toki Haruru). She has self-produced and performed two solo works in the past, Eloise (2017) which has been performed in BC and Saskatchewan and Steppin’ (2015) which has been performed on more than 20 stages across Canada, including BC, Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. 


Jeanette has worked with Vancouver based dance artists Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Su-Feh Lee (Battery Opera), and Deanna Peters (Mutable Subject). She is a seasonal company dancer with Dancers of Damelahamid Raven Spirit Dance, and V’ni Dansi. Jeanette co-ordinates for the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, is a member of the Full Circle First Nations Performing Arts Ensemble, the Indigenous Performing Art Alliance  & a founding board member/secretary for Savage Society.


Honoring her mixed Métis/Cree and European heritage (originally from Saskatchewan) as a source of inspiration and reference point in her work, Jeanette is passionate about investigating a blend of contemporary and Indigenous practices.


photo images by Julie G

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Cai Wei

Classical Chinese dance in Han Tang style


Choreography:  Kong De Xin

Dancers: Emma Lee, Sherry Han, Regina Fang



Red Wood

Contemporary Chinese dance


Choreography:  Chengxin Wei

Dancers:  Emma Lee, Joseph Lee


Jessica Jone was born in Vancouver, and received her early dance training from Lorita Leung.  She later went on to train professionally in Chinese classical and folk dance at the Beijing Dance Academy, and the Guangdong Dance School in China.  She is also a graduate of the contemporary dance program at Simon Fraser University.  Jessica is an accomplished dancer and seasoned performer who has won many awards for performance and choreography, including the Chairman’s Award at the Fourth Peach and Plum Dance Competition in Beijing, and two Best Choreography Awards at the North American Chinese Dance Competition.


Jessica is Principal and Artistic Director of Lorita Leung Dance Academy and Artistic Director of Lorita Leung Dance Company.  She is also a much sought-after guest teacher throughout the Lower Mainland who has taught master classes at Simon Fraser University, the Dancers Transition Resource Centre, the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Goh Ballet Academy, the Dance Centre, and the American Chinese Arts Society in Boston.  She is Canada’s first Senior Teacher of the Beijing Dance Academy Graded Dance Examination Syllabus. 


In 2012, the City of Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Board named Jessica as one of its Remarkable Women in the field of arts and culture.  In May 2015, Jessica received the Outstanding Women of BC award from the United Global Chinese Women’s Association of Canada.




Chengxin Wei graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1997, where he studied classical Chinese dance for eleven years, and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree.  He is a former principal dancer of the Guangdong Provincial Dance Theatre, and since 2000, he has appeared with numerous Canadian dance companies including Ballet British Columbia, Anatomica, Company Erasga, EDAM, Judith Marcuse Projects, Joe Ink, the Lorita Leung Dance Company, Mandala Arts and Culture, MovEnt, and Wen Wei Dance.


In 2004, Chengxin co-founded Moving Dragon, a contemporary dance company that focuses on cross-cultural fusion between Eastern and Western dance styles.  He is the 2007 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award recipient, and the 2009 recipient of the David Leighton Arts Fellowship Award from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. 


Chengxin hold his MFA degree in dance at the University of Washington, where he was awarded the 2010 Art Fellowship Challenge Grant.  From 2012-2014, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University’s School of Dance.  Chengxin has taught as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and is currently on faculty at Arts Umbrella and Lorita Leung Dance Academy. 




Karen Flamenco

Flamenco Traditional

Choreographer + Dancer: 

Karen Karen Pitkethly



Gerardo Alcala - flamenco guitar 


Karen Flamenco will be performing different traditional style flamenco dances throughout the Summer Series.


Alegria / Tientos / Solea por Buleria / Seguirilla….. 


As one of Canada’s professional flamenco dancers, KAREN PITKETHLY is the face of flamenco in Vancouver. This prolific dancer, choreographer, and teacher is a life-long dancer, extensively trained in ballet, contemporary, and flamenco dance. Her journey as a flamenco bailora brings her annually to Seville, Spain which allow's Karen to immerse herself in flamenco culture and study under flamenco heavy weights such as: Merche Esmeralda, Angeles Gabaldon, Felipe Mato, Belen Maya, Juana Amaya, Pastora Galvan, Rafaela Carrasco, Isabel Bayon, Patricia Guerrero, Concha Jareno, Leanor Leal… Karen has been active in Vancouver for over 20 years, becoming a significant figure in Vancouver’s growing flamenco scene.

In 2008, the Karen Flamenco Studio opened in the heart of Mount Pleasant. This airy studio loft serves as Karen’s headquarters where she teaches over 150 flamenco enthusiasts, rehearses with the Karen Flamenco Dance Company, and creates her feisty dances. The Karen Flamenco Dance Company has become well known for their interpretation of stories such as: "Moulin Rouge", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Swan Lake" told through flamenco dance. This year the company will take on the musical "West Side Story". Karen is very thankful to Fiona for inviting her to perform at this year's Calgary Flamenco Festival. 





Natasha Gorrie, Roberta Bierman, Hannah Henney



Natasha Gorrie, Roberta Bierman/Helen Dang, Hannah Henney/Sarah Corrigan



Missy Elliott: Sock it 2 me Kaytranada remix, Anderson Paak: Bubblin’

Nick Grant: Get Down


DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH are based out of Vancouver, Canada and founded in 2009. The Diamond ladies have a strong presence in the choreography industry and freestyle community. This sisterhood of powerful women represent more than a dance crew, their chemistry and lifestyle allows them to support each other, express, create and motivate.


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