Kurumi Yoshimoto - Dancer
Kurumi Yoshimoto, Apprentice Dancer, is originally from Oaska, Japan. She trained at private dance studios until she earned her BA in Psychology in 2015 from Kwansei Gakuin University. She came to Canada in 2017 to study modern dance and spent a year with The Chimera Project Company B. Currently Kurumi is enrolled in her second year at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. This past summer she trained at Ailey School in New York with word renowned dancers and choreographers Judith Jamison and Tract Inman. She then took part in ProArteDanza’s Apprentice training program and was invited to apprentice with the company.
Connor Mitten - Dancer
Connor Mitten is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program and a 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee for Outstanding Performance, Ensemble. He has toured with ProArteDanza and performed in James Kudelka’s Fifteen Heterosexual Duets, Elvis and the Man in Black, and Romeo and Juliet before Parting. Recognized by NOW Magazine as one of 2017’s breakthrough Toronto stage artists, Connor has worked with William Yong, Hanna Kiel, Kate Hilliard, Heidi Strauss, Apolonia Valesquez, Ofilio Portillo, Release Dance Project, ACE Dance Theatre, Zata Omm Dance Projects, Avinoam Silverman, and Allan Kaeja. His passion has taken him to Springboard Danse Montreal and RUBBERBANDance Group and has performed original works by Phoenix Project Dance and dance artist Belinda McGuire.
Jake Poloz - Dancer
Jake Poloz, a graduate of the Conteur Academy, is a Toronto based artist and choreographer. He has had the opportunity to perform works by Matt Luck, Hanna Kiel, Anisa Tejpar, Alyssa Martin, Tori Mehaffey, Robert Glumbeck, and Roberto Campanella. Jake has performed with companies ProArteDanza, Hit & Run Dance Productions, Human Body Expression, and Boucherdanse. He was also a recent participant in adelhaid’s re:research in the process of Benjamin Landsberg, and a participant in Springboard Danse Montreal, performing works by Marco Goecke and La Tresse. Jake recently presented his own work I’ve seen you naked in the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival and will be creating a piece for the Fall session of The Garage.
Taylor Bojanowski - Dancer
Taylor Bojanowski is a Toronto based dance artist and graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance BFA Program, studying under the direction of Vicki St. Denys. While at Ryerson, Taylor was the 2017 recipient of the “Theatre Dance Program” award. Throughout her professional training she’s had the pleasure of working and performing with many prominent choreographers including Janes Kudelka, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbeck, Tori Mehaffey, Kaeja d’Dance and Kevin O’Day. Taylor had the privilege of being the understudy for the ProArteDanza 2016/17 season and worked alongside the company. She was the recipient of the 2017 Apprentice Contract. Taylor is also a freelance contemporary teacher and choreographer.
Kelly Shaw - Dancer
Kelly Shaw is a BFA honours graduate from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program and recipient of the Jack McAllister Award. She has trained at Quinte Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet, Springboard Danse Montreal and studied Ohad Naharin’s gaga technique in Barcelona and New York. Kelly is a full time dance artists performing and collaborating with Human Body Expression, Citadel + Compagnie, Helix Dance Project, Gadfly, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, TOES for Dance, TranscenDance Project and was nominated for a 2018 Dora Mavor Moore award for her ensemble work. She has been a part of Dance Ontario Weekend, Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, Toronto Fringe Festival, Capezio ACE Awards, Dance Matters and is a performer with Hit & Run Productions.
Ryan Lee - Dancer
Ryan Lee is a BFA graduate from Ryerson University. He has worked with renowned choreographers and companies; Emily Molnar, Mauro Astolfi, Kevin O’Day, Matjash Mrozewski, Julia, Sasso, Sharon B. Moore, Hanna Kiel, Stephen Pier, Tino Segal, D.A. Hoskins, Guillaume Côté, Toronto Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, inDance, and The Chimera Project. This is Ryan’s eleventh season with ProArteDanza. Ryan has made works for ProArteDanza, Anandam Dancetheatre, CCDT, The Emerging Artist Intensive, Ryerson University, George Brown College and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Ryan has recently started The Platform, a Toronto based collective with collaborators Anisa Tejpar and Benjamin Landsberg. The Platform will present a new creation for Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend in January 2020.
Sasha Ludavicius - Dancer
Sasha Ludavicius was born in Sault Ste. Marie. She studied ballet internationally, but discovered her passion for contemporary dance in Montreal at Ballet Divertimento. Sasha was the recipient of the SIP Apprenticeship Award and apprenticed with ProArteDanza during their 2015 season. In 2016, she graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She was selected to be a part of the 2017/18 RBC Emerging Artists Project with Peggy Baker Dance Projects. She is a freelance contemporary dance teacher as well as a certified yoga instructor. This past summer, Sasha taught contemporary dance for the In Studio Summer Intensive, both Junior and Senior levels. The past two years, she was the rehearsal director for ProArteDanza’s Aspirante SIP dancers.
Daniel McArthur - Dancer
Daniel McArthur is a Toronto based DORA nominated performer. He has performed in over 100 new works touring Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. He was born right here in Toronto and has been gifted to work with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II, ProArteDanza, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, James Kudelka, and Citadel + Compagnie along with other truly fabulous people. Also, crazy as it may sound, you can hear Daniel’s voice acting on the upcoming AAA title “Agony” as well as on the video game Marvel Avengers Academy. Daniel is the co-author of the upcoming children’s book “Sheldon the Selfish Shellfish”.
Tori Mehaffey - Dancer
Tori Mehaffey is a dancer and choreographer with a BFA diploma from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program. She was the recipient of the Dance Performance Award and the Lawrence Gradus Choreographic Scholarship. She is a 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for outstanding female performance in dance. Tori has performed for companies such as ProArteDanza, Citadel + Compagnie, TranscenDance Project, Gadfly, Alysa Pires Dance Project, and TOES for Dance. She has performed for artists such as James Kudelka, Laurence Lemieux, Hanna Kiel, Matjash Mrozewski, Kevin O’Day, and Linda Garneau and original works by Guillaume Côté, co-founders of MADBOOTS DANCE – Jonathan Campbell andAustin Diaz, Johannes Wieland, Victor Quijada, and Bryan Arias. Tori’s choreographic work has been showcased in ProArteDanza’s Apprentice Programs, Kenny Pearls’ Emerging Artist Intensive, Ryerson University’s Choreographic Labs, NBoC Choreographic Workshop, and Citadel + Compagnie’s 2018 Bright Nights.