ProArteDanza is completely indebted to a group of dedicated, passionate (and overworked) volunteers without whom, all would be lost:
Krista Kerr (chair) Cathy Lace (vice-char, secretary) Joanna Ivey (co-founder) Susan Colbert Wright (director) Moze Mossanen (director) Al Nasturzio (director) David Gilmour (director)
John Ottmann’s career spans 28 years and encompasses the roles and responsibilities of a dancer, choreographer, teacher, rehearsal director and artistic director. He has garnered a reputation as a highly versatile dance artist and inspiring mentor known for pushing and crossing the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance. A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Ottmann has worked with numerous companies including the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet British Columbia, Fortier Danse Créations, Holy Body Tattoo, Mascall Dance and he co-founded the collective, Quorum. Ottmann has also taught and/or rehearsal directed for organizations including: Random Dance, Cirque du Soleil (“ZAIA”), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, BJM Danse, La La La Human Steps, Coleman Lemieux Company, Compangnie Marie Chouinard, O Vertigo Danse, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theater, Ballet BC, Dutch National Ballet, Transformation Danse, Main Dance Bridging Program, Simon Fraser University, LADMMI. Ottmann’s choreographic work has been shown at The Canada Dance Festival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Fringe Festival Montreal, Dancing on the Edge Festival, and the National Ballet of Canada choreographic workshop. Ottmann served as the Artistic Director of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada where he implemented his progressive approach to teaching and mentoring dancers. Presently he is also a course director at York University and working on a MFA degree in dramaturgy for dance.