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Wander

Choreographer: 

Ashley Sweett


Dancers: 

Marisa Christegeorge, Devan Genereux, Megan Hunter, Brooke Williamson

 

Music: 

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.

BIOGRAPHIES

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! 

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Hannah

Choreographer + Dancer: 

Hannah Henney

 

Music:

Gene Kelly: Singing in the rain

Missy Elliott: The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

 

BIOGRAPHY

HANNAH HENNEY first entered the dance scene in a Port Coquitlam studio at the age of 3 years old. She is a well rounded and strong performer, teacher and choreographer. She has specialized in Hip Hop and Tap but has trained in many styles from Locking, Waacking and Popping to Musical Theatre, Jazz and Contemporary.

 

Hannah has worked on many film/television productions this year from Disney’s Freaky Friday and Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events to National Geographic's new mini series Valley of the Boom. She’s also dipped her toes into the acting world and is inspired to see where this new passion leads.

 

Hannah is a very sought after, and experienced teacher. She is an engaging instructor in Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. She loves connecting with the youth and sharing her knowledge and experience with the upcoming generations.

 

She has choreographed and performed in many showcases all over North America. She was invited to choreograph a few pieces for Dances For a Small Stage 33 and 37 the Valentines editions. Hannah is so excited to be back collaborating with her crew and performing a solo for Small Stage’s Summer Series!

 

Her fire, passion and positivity always shine through whether she is on set, performing on stage, choreographing or in a studio with her students. She can’t wait to see where this exciting career will take her next.

 

 

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Natasha

Choreographer + Dancer: 

Natasha Gorrie

 

Music:

 

BIOGRAPHY

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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Karen Flamenco

Flamenco Traditional

Choreographer + Dancer: 

Karen Flamenco 

 

Musician:

Gerardo Alcala - flamenco guitar 

 

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

 

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

BIOGRAPHY

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. 

 

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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

Choreographers: 

Natasha Gorrie, Roberta Bierman, Hannah Henney

 

Dancers: 

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

 

Music:

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

Nick Grant: Get Down

BIOGRAPHIES

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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