Teachers

Roberto Campanella

Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer

Born and raised in Rome, Roberto Campanella trained at the Scuola Italiana di Danza Contemporanea. In 1985, Roberto joined the Compagnia Italiana di Danza Contemporanea and later the prestigious Aterballetto. In 1993, he joined the National Ballet of Canada where he was soon poromoted to soloist and was cast in many classical and contemporary roles. Roberto made his choreographic debut at the National Ballet of Canada's Choreographic Workshop and upon retiring from the National Ballet in 1996, he graduates with distinction from the National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program. Beyond ProArteDanza, Roberto has been choreographing and teaching for companies at home and abroad.In 2001, Roberto was nominated for the Bonnie Bird Award in London. In 2007, he received the Fellowship Initiative Award from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet, and in 2008, he was awarded a Chalmers Professional Development Grant. Roberto's first full-length work, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, premiered at Ballet Augsburg, Germany, in 2008. Roberto was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Oustanding Choreography with co-choreographer, Robert Glumbek, for ...IN BETWEEN..., which premiered at ProArteDanza's Season 2010. For over a decade now, Roberto has also been choreographing for TV and Film for shows such as SILENT HILL, SAVE THE LAST DANCE 2, POMPEII, THE EXPANSE, THE STRAIN, A NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS, just to name a few.

Robert Glumbek

Artistic Associate, Resident Choreographer

Upon graduation from Bytom State Ballet School in Poland, Robert Glumbek joined The Great Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Warsaw as a soloist where he worked with choreographers including John Neumeier, Maurice Bejart, Hans Van Manen, John Butler, and Constantine Siergiejew. In 1987, Glumbek came to Canada and worked for a variety of companies – including Theatre Ballet of Canada in Ottawa with Larry Gradus, the Judith Marcuse Company in Vancouver; and Myth Productions with Learie McNichols  - before dancing with Desrosiers Dance Theatre from 1990 – 2000 where he was instrumental in the creation of many roles. Robert worked with the Mannheim Ballett as dancer and ballet master from 2002 to 2004 and then returned to Canada in 2004 to work as an independent artist and choreographer. Glumbek has appeared in works independently, most notably: Greece’s 1998 Gala des Etoiles festival with Karen Kain, directed by Dominique Dumais; the role of Mars, Canadian Opera Company’s 2001 production of Venus and Adonis, choreographed by Serge Bennathan; and 32 Silver Pieces, DanceMakers, choreographed by Marie Josee Cartier (Dora winner). Robert has worked with choreographers: Kevin O’Day, Bill James, Peter Chin, Michael Downing (Dancefront), Dominique Dumais, Christopher House, Serge Bennathan, Holly Small, Learie McNicolls, Tedd Robinson. Robert’s first creations as co-choreographer with Roberto Campanella (pre-ProArteDanza) include: Nothing Twice, inspired by poet Nobel winner Szymborska; and the first incarnation of Nine Sentiments with poetry read by Michael Ondaatje, which became the catalyst for forming ProArteDanza. Robert became Artistic Associate of ProArteDanza in 2004 where he has since created a number of acclaimed original works.  Robert has also created works for Mannheim Ballett, princess productions, Toronto Dance Theatre, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, CCDT, Arts Umbrella, Ryerson University and York University. He was a finalist in the Hanover Choreographic Competition and in the Stuttgart Choreographic Competition, is a recipient of the Now Magazine award for Best Dancer of the Year (2006), and has been honoured with both the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. Robert is a four-time Dora Mavor Moore nominee, and was the co-recipient with Roberto Campanella for their choreography of … in between … in 2010.  Robert created three new works in 2013: a full-length work, Casanova (UA), for Mannheim Ballet; the co-creation Four Season with Kevin O’Day; Once Upon A Time for Szczecin Ballet in Poland for which Robert was presented the Jon Jiepura award for best choreographer in Poland.

Martine Lusignan

Aspirante Ballet Teacher

Martine Lusignan trained at L’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec and The National Ballet School. In 1999, after two seasons as a professional dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, Ms. Lusignan returned to Montreal to dance with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She toured internationally quite extensively with both companies. In her career, she performed the work of many wonderful choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine, Crystal Pite, James Kudelka, Fernand Nault, Johanne Madore, Eric Bruhn, Kader Belarbi, Stijn Celis, Edgar Zendalas, Patrick Lafontaine, Mia Michaels, Helgi Tomasson, Jean Christophe Maillot, Didy Veldman, Joe Laughlin.

In 2000, Ms. Lusignan co-founded the innovative company Corpuscule Danse after studying integrated dance with CandoCo, in England. Her responsibilities included the roles of dancer, pedagogue, choreographer, and chief administrator and Director of Production for six years. Martine also had the pleasure of working as a freelance dance artist for various other companies and choreographers.
Ms. Lusignan has been teaching and choreographing for dancers, of all ages and levels, as well as physically handicapped dance lovers since 1996. She taught at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Randolph Academy College and several others school and pre-professional programs for dancers. In 2009, Martine participated in the founding of AHAC (Association of Health for Artists of Canada) and now sits on the board of directors. 

John Ottmann

SIP Instructor

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. 

Victoria Mehaffey

Choreographer

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. 


Johanna Bergfelt

SIP Rehearsal Director/Teacher

Johanna Bergfelt was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. She has an extensive performance background beginning with Östgötabaletten in Sweden where she worked for six years. She later joined Norrdans, and Barents Dance Ensemble. She came to Canada in 2000 and was a dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre for six years. She has worked with numerous choreographers and companies including Kate Alton, Louis Laberge-Côté and ProArteDanza to name a few. Ms. Bergfelt has been nominated three times for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. She teaches regularly at Canada’s National Ballet School, In Studio, GMD, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Toronto Dance Theatre.