Dancers

Tyler Gledhill - Dancer

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Tyler Gledhill trained at The National Ballet School in Toronto, Het National Balletacademie in Amsterdam, and The Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. While in school he was presented with the Peter Dwyer Scholarship for the Performing Arts and the Lawrence Hasket Memorial Award.He began his career in The Netherlands with Introdans, touring throughout Europe and Asia. Next he danced with The Göteborg Ballet and Cullberg Ballet in Sweden. Now an independent artist based in Toronto, he has worked with Hit & Run Dance Productions, Opera Atelier, The Chimera Project, ProArte Danza, The Dietrich Group, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Dasein Dance Theatre, Desiraeda Dance Theatre, BoucharDanse, Human Body Expression, Pollux Dance, as well as Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion Dance. For his role in DA Hoskins’ PARIS1994\Gallery in 2010, Tyler was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance in a dance show.

Sonja Boretski - Dancer

SIP Apprentice

Sonja Boretski was born in Belleville Ontario. Her training began at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada where she graduated after 4 years in the professional training program. She graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in May of 2016. Sonja has worked with many prominent choreographers, a few including Gioconda Barbuto, Louis Laberge-Côte, Sasha Ivanochko, Peggy Baker, and Christopher House. She performed in the 2016 Canadian Dance Festival's 50 Dancer Project for Robert Desrosiers' Timeframe. Sonja has attended Kenny Pearl's Emerging Artist Intensive and the ProArteDanza intensive where she was awarded an apprentice contract for their 2016 season. 

Julie Pécard - Dancer

Julie grew up in the French West Indies where she found her passion for dance. At the age of twelve, she began her professional dance training at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. As part of the Arts Umbrella Dance Company, she worked with choreographers such as Emily Molnar, Shawn Hounsell, Matjash Mrozewski, Roberto Campanella, Crystal Pite, Gioconda Barbuto, Serge Benathan and Sabrina Matthews. Upon graduating from Arts Umbrella in 2007, she moved to Toronto where she took part in ProArteDanza’s 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Julie then joined Kevin O’Day in Mannheim at the Nationaltheater from 2009 until 2015. In 2013, she choreographed, under the direction of Andrea Gronemeyer, Tanztrommel, which won the Faust Award in Germany. art of the La Trottier Dance Collective in Mannheim where she is a dancer and choreographer. Her most recent work, UN/feminine, was co-choreographed with Michelle Cheung and premiered in December 2015. 

Ryan Lee - Dancer

Independent Dance Artist Ryan Lee graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  He has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and companies; Emily Molnar, Mauro Astolfi, Julia Sasso, Sharon B. Moore, Hanna Kiel, Stepĥen Pier, Tino Segal, D.A Hoskins, Guillaume Cote, Toronto Dance Theatre, Keaja d'Dance, inDANCE, and The Chimera Project.  Ryan is the 2016/17 Resident Artist of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and has made choreographic works for ProArteDanza, Ballet Jorgen, Anandam Dancetheatre, The Emerging Artist Intensive and George Brown College.  In January 2017, Ryan will be presenting a new work commissioned by Dance Ontario's Creative Partnership program.  
 

Caryn Chappell - Dancer

Caryn Chappell is a Toronto based dance artist. In 2014, she graduated from Ryerson’s BFA Performance Dance Program with Honours. She was the recipient of the Jack and Hedda Rothman Award at Ryerson and was chosen as a Scholar for the 'Undergraduate Research Opportunity' to study and perform at the first Women and War Conference in Hydra, Greece. She has had the pleasure of working with Hanna Kiel, Kate Hilliard, Marie-Josée Chartier, William Yong, David Earle Robert Glumbek, and Roberto Campanella. Upon graduation, Caryn founded Chappell Projects, a company to commission emerging artists, and had its premier show in January 2015. Caryn performed in the Pan Am 2015 Opening Ceremonies with Toronto Dance Theatre under the direction of Cirque du Soleil. Currently, she is dancing her second season with ProArteDanza.

Benjamin Landsberg - Dancer

Benjamin Landsberg is a Toronto-born contemporary dancer and independent choreographer.  Since his completion of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance BFA Program, he has performed and collaborated with Typecast Dance Company, MOVE: the company, Compagnie Flak, ProArteDanza, and Landerer&Company, and toured worldwide. He has danced in works by Darryl Tracy, D. A. Hoskins, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, Emily Molnar, Joshua Beamish, Hanna Kiel, Laurence Lemieux , Jose Navas, and Felix Landerer, amongst many others. As a choreographer, Landsberg’s work has been commissioned and presented by ProArteDanza, Festival Quartiers Danses, and Dance Ontario.  

Sasha Ludavicius - Dancer

Sasha Ludavicius was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She studied ballet internationally but discovered her passion for contemporary dance in Montreal at Ballet Divertimento. In 2016, she graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Ludavicius was the recipient of the SIP program Apprenticeship Award, and apprenticed with ProArteDanza during their fall season 2015. Recently she became a member of The Chimera Project, and appeared in the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival with P.O.V Dance Project. Earlier this fall, she worked with Red Sky Performance in Miigis. Ludavicius is thrilled to continue dancing with ProArteDanza in their 2016 season. 

Christopher Valentini - Dancer

Apprentice

Christopher Valentini is a recent graduate of the BFA Performance dance program at Ryerson University. During his time studying he has had the opportunity to work with many choreographers including Robert Glumbeck, Hanna Kiel, William Yong, Vicky St.Denys, David Earle, and Gadfly. Over the summer he got to work on a submission in the Luminato Festival with D.A. Hoskins’, The Coating Project. This will be his second season performing with ProArteDanza.

Daniel McArthur - Dancer

Daniel is a Toronto based DORA nominated performer. Daniel has performed in over 100 new works touring Canada the United States and the Middle East. Daniel often ruminates on the topic of how to acquire more frequent flyer miles. Daniel was born right here in Toronto. Yes, that’s right! Daniel is often struck at the dual nature of humankind in it’s invention of napalm and silly putty. Daniel has been gifted to work with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II, ProArte Danza, Peggy Baker Dance Projects and James Kudelka and Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie along with other truly fabulous people.

Anisa Tejpar - Dancer

Originally from Toronto, Anisa Tejpar is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. As a child, she danced and toured with The National Ballet of Canada, and danced with Toronto Dance Theatre as an intern. She has performed works by Matjash Mrozewski, John Neumeier, Ginette Laurin, Mauro Astolfi, Robert Derosiers, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, D.A. Hoskins, James Kudelka, Christopher House, Valerie Calam, Hanna Kiel, Jacob Niedzwiecki, and Malgorzata Nowacka. Tejpar has been nominated twice for a Dora Mavor award for outstanding ensemble performance; once in 2011 for Campanella and Glumbek’s “…in between…”, and the second for Hanna Kiel’s “Project L, The world that you created” in 2014. Tejpar is also Co-Artistic Director of the dance entertainment firm Hit & Run Dance Productions Inc. (www.hitandrun.ca) for which she has choreographed works for The Rolling Stones, Ferrero Rocher, Telus, Warner Bros., Fashion Cares, M.A.C. Cosmetics, CTV, PUMA, Mobilicity, the Toronto International Film Festival, Casa Loma, and the Golden Globe winning feature film Barney’s Version. She is also the pilot choreographer of Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” and appeared, and assisted Roberto Campanella in choreographing Ubisoft’s video game “Far Cry: Primal”.

Tori Mehaffey - Dancer

Tori Mehaffey is an emerging dance artist from Toronto - graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program. Most recently, Tori was nominated for the 2016 Dora Awards, Outstanding Female Performance in Dance, for Gadfly’s original creation - B8NUAR. 

Tori has performed for artists such as James Kudelka, Laurence Lemieux, Hanna Kiel, Apolonia Valesquez and Ofilio Sinbadhinho. She has performed original works by Guillaume Côté, co- founders of MADBOOTS DANCE - Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, Johannes Wieland, Victor Quijada and Bryan Arias. Her interest in researching movement has lead her to ImPulstanz, Vienna; Springboard Danse, Montreal; Henny Jurriens Foundation, Amsterdam; and RUBBERBANDance Group Intensives, Quebec.