Trip the Light Fantastic, May 15, 1pm
May 15th 1pm
Dancemakers Studio, 9 Trinity Street, 3rd Floor
Distillery Historic District
Creative dance meets a cappella in this stunning pairing of arts disciplines, with kith&kin singing with dance pair Chantelle Mostacho + Caden MacKinnon, and dancer Anjelica Scannura Peterpot beatboxing with dancers.Travis Knights and Daniel Keith Morrison Zari singing with dancers Anjelica Scannura and dance pair Chantelle Mostacho + Caden MacKinnon Ault Sisters singing with dance pair Natalia Grañé + Luis Arredondo and dancer Travis Knights: Rainbows singing with dancer .Daniel Keith Morrison and dance pair Natalia Grañé + Luis Arredondo
Dance styles include contemporary, hip hop, swing, Moorish Folk-dancing/Modern fusion, and tap. Music styles include folk, beatboxing, Georgian, jazz, and contemporary pop.
Tickets Included with your day or weekend pass.
NOTE: We can’t guarantee accessibility to Dancemakers Studio by elevator on this day due to elevator construction.
CONTEMPORARY/CONTACT DANCE DUO
Chantelle Mostacho is an independent Toronto-based dance artist. Since the early age of five, she received extensive training in contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and partnering. She is also a graduate of Ryerson University’s BFA Theatre Performance Dance program. Most recently, Chantelle has extended her training to street styles locking and house in the Inter-X Program by Lady C. As a performer, Chantelle has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Patti Wilcox, Hanna Kiel, Heidi Strauss, Jasmyn Fyffe, Alvin Collantes, Gadfly, and many more. Her choreography has been featured in Fever After Dark, MiCha Entertainment’s Collage and Movement For Memories. As a constant explorer of improvisation, Chantelle has been in both instalments of Nigel Edwards’ improvised duet showcase, Contact, and currently co-runs Short Dances In Small Spaces.
Caden MacKinnon has been an active dancer for the past thirteen years. He has trained in several street styles such as breaking, house, hip hop, and specializes in popping. He is a member of Faction Crew and co-founded The Sauga City Slayers Crew. Caden is a well known competitor in the street dance battle scene in Toronto. He has won several freestyle battles such as the Unity 3v3 All Styles, Running To Vegas, and the TUDS Qualifier Round by Gadfly. More recently, he has become involved with contact improv. He has been a part of the line up for several improv based events by Lost Is Found including Contact, Chemistry and Reciprocity.
DANIEL KEITH MORRISON
Daniel Keith Morrison is a street dancer, who specializes in two hip hop styles, breaking and party rock style. Going on his 8th year as an active dancer, he is in demand teaching youth ranging from 6-18 years old. He loves working with children, as they are fearless when expressing the feel for music. Speaking of feeling, though he specializes in those dance styles, he does not limit his taste in music. He will often showcase his freestyle skills to other genres of music. He actively attends improv sessions with classically trained dancers to further his artistry and share his dance.
Daniel Keith Morrison has spent his years in the dance scene hosting battles, judging competitions, organizing dance events, competing, performing, and teaching. His most recent achievement was being apart of team Canada for The 2016 K.O.D. World Cup in California, where he battled against team France. Daniel has also toured Europe and competed in competitions there as well, making top 8 in the IBE street dance festival in Netherlands.
An aspiring actor, he has also been in television shows and movies, including: Degrassi The Next Generation, How She Move, Rogue, and The Strain.
Natalia Grañé & Luis Arredondo
Luis and Natalia started dancing Lindy Hop some years ago in Barcelona and from the first moment they fell in love with it. They started social dancing every night of the week, putting into practice on the dance floor everything they learned in class. They first started teaching at Swing Maniacs in Barcelona. In 2012, they decided it was time to open up their own studio here in Toronto. Local Lindy hoppers appreciate how, through personal feedback and a strong focus on good technique, Luis and Natalia help their students become the best dancers they can be…while still making classes fun! Now award winning dancers, they love traveling across North America and Europe to compete and attend workshops with the best teachers in the world and to meet new people from other swing scenes.
Montreal native, Travis Knights, caught the dancing bug at the age of 10. At 16, he was cast as a principal dancer in the motion picture biography of Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, featuring Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, choreographed by Henry LeTang.
In 2006, he earned the spot as the principal tap dancer in the video game adaptation of Warner Brother’s ‘Happy Feet’. In ’07- ’08, he participated extensively as a Tap
Dance consultant for Cirque du Soleil in Montreal.
Travis was a featured tap dancer in the Opening Ceremonies to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, and in the same year, worked on his bark and bite with the touring Australian Tap Dance show, Tap Dogs.
From 2010 to 2013, Travis jumped into the dance company world as a principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas. During his time there he was awarded the Austin Critic’s Table Award for best dance artist in 2011 and 2013. In 2014, he embarked on a self-produced world tour, and began filming his web series entitled ’The Interviews’ featuring perspectives from celebrated pioneers in the tap dance world. In 2015, he debuted new works in Thomas Marek’s show NOLA in Hamburg, Germany.
Travis currently lives in Toronto, Canada, records a weekly podcast (download the Tap Love Tour Podcast on iTunes) and recently debuted a youtube variety show called ‘Midnight’ (available on the Tap Love Tour youtube channel). Look out for him, because the best is yet to come.
ZAMBRA MORA (Moorish Folk-dancing/Modern fusion)
Anjelica Scannura is an enigma. A multi-talented individual who strives for excellence in every discipline she is involved in. A born artist, she has performed all over the world and excelled in the fields of all kinds of dance; from contemporary to irish step dance, from middle eastern dance to flamenco. She is a sought after teacher all over Ontario and beyond; completing residencies in elementary/secondary and independent schools. In addition to that, she is the co-artistic director of family run company and school “Ritmo Flamenco”.
She has co-produced 3 contrasting productions thus far in affiliation with Harbourfront’s NextSteps. Those productions have gone on to be re-mounted and toured. Also, she is one of few North Americans selected to be a finalist in prestigious choreographic competition “Certamen de Coreografia de Danza Español y Flamenco” which takes place in Madrid.
She has performed for the Princess of Jaipur, the Prime Minister of Malta, Sting, Russel Crowe, Alex Lifeson of Rush, among others and has been a solo dance artist with the Canadian Opera Company. Last summer, she performed at the Pan-Am games. Her dancing has taken her far and wide – across Canada, the USA, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East.
Paula Citron (National Dance Critic) says “Scannura is developing her own hybrid and she is truly a representative of Canadian dance in that respect. Her dancing and choreography expresses a country of immigrants where many styles collide together to take dance into New World territory”.
Besides dance, Anjelica is honing an eclectic and emerging career in acting. Most recently, she starred in the film “Flamenco” which will be screened in LA and Kyiv (other dates TBA) in late 2016/2017.
Since co-founding Desiraeda Dance Theatre in 2007, Niki Wozniak has been making her mark as a unique and dynamic force in Toronto’s contemporary dance scene. Her choreographic style is notable for its theatrical and almost cinematic approach to exploring the human condition. Her creations are motivated by her passion for music and psychology, a curiosity of people, and a vibrant, imaginative vision.
An award-winning dancer, Niki appears in her own work and has had the honour of performing in the works of Robert Desrosiers, Peggy Baker, Shawn Hounsell, Siona Jackson, Linda Garneau, Patti Wilcox, David Connolly, and more. She danced in the Canadian Opera Company’s productions of Aida, Nixon in China, and in their Dora Award winning production Iphiginie en Tauride (Four Seasons Centre, Toronto).
As Artistic Director, Niki has choreographed several works for Desiraeda Dance Theatre, including a commission by Dance Ontario for Nuit Blanche 2007; “The Tower”, which was presented to rave reviews (Factory Theatre, Toronto 2008), the duet “And then there were two…” (The Chimera Project’s Fresh Blood; Enwave Theatre, Toronto 2009), which received an honourable mention from dance critic Paula Citron, “Weight” (Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Toronto 2010), and most recently “Wake of the Fallen” (Winchester St. Theatre, Toronto 2013). www.desiraeda.com
Other projects have included choreography for the documentary series Science of Sin (Vision TV); short dance films Lift (dir: Chris Muir) and Amor Fati (dir: Jazz Virk); Toronto International Dance Festival; the Rotary Club of Toronto’s 2008 Black Tie Icebreaker event; and appearances in music videos and commercials, including Serena Ryder and Countermeasure. She was the Dance Director and Choreographer for the Red Rain Energy Drink National Promo Campaign 2007 for Peach Stone Media Inc. and Cott Beverages.
Niki is also a highly regarded teacher and adjudicator, working across Canada, the USA, the Caribbean, and at the prestigious Shanghai Dance School in Shanghai, China.