Our full roster of 2017 Faculty and Choreographers is TBA! Stay tuned …
Kristen Carcone (Co-Director) is a freelance artist based in Toronto. She is a graduate of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honours in 2011. Kristen has trained and performed all over the world, dancing in works by Barak Marshall, Robert Battle, Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Darshan Bhuller, Jason Parsons and Linda Garneau. She recently has performed and toured with Conteur Dance Company (Toronto), Frog in Hand (Mississauga), ISODOC Dance Group (New York) and Project Limb (New York). She has appeared in such festivals as Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal), The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague), The Brooklyn Dance Festival (Brooklyn) and Spark Dance Forum (Brooklyn). Kristen has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, The Dance Current, Evidance Radio and Rogers TV Local Notes. Awards garnered include the Florida-Canada Linkage Scholarship, Outstanding Dance Graduate, and the Frank Augustyn Scholarship.
David Norsworthy (Co-Director), a Toronto-based dance artist and entrepreneur, graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in May 2013. Over the past few years, he has had the honor of dancing works of Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and William Forsythe. He has been privileged to perform and tour with Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), ZviDance (NY, USA), Brian Brooks (NY, USA), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden). He has recently presented his choreographic work at FRESH BLOOD (Toronto), Dumbo Dance Festival (New York) and Wave Rising Series (New York) as well as the Juilliard-in-Aiken Festival (South Carolina) and ArtPowersArusha (Tanzania). Recent choreographic projects include a new work for Lamondance (Vancouver), a creative process workshop with New Dialect (Nashville) and a site-specific work at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). He has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Canada Quarterly, The Dance Current and USA Today College. He is the recipient of a 2016 Ontario Arts Council International Residency Grant and the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award.
Liony Garcia (Choreographer) holds a BFA from New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL. As a professional dancer he’s performed with BodyTraffic , Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Bistoury Physical Theater and is currently a member of Brigid Baker’s WholeProject. His choreographic works have been commissioned by Miami Light Project, Dranoff Piano Foundation/Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and TOES for Dance. He’s a two time recipient of the Miami Dade Choreographer’s Fellowship and is a current resident artist at Miami Light Project and 6th Street Dance Studio.
Amanda Acorn (Choreographer) is an award winning choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015. Independent engagements include projects with Dana Michel, Brendan Fernandes, Helen Husak, Lady Janitor, Benjamin Kamino, Isabel Lewis, Lemi Ponifasio and Andrea Spaziani. Her own works are intimate sensorial encounters for the theatre and unconventional spaces, constructing responsive environments using a choreographic frame. Minimally abstract, her choreographies captivate with raw poetry and unwavering rigor. Using the performative event as a place to question ways of seeing, the work offers space to consider our habitual and conditioned assumptions. Her first group work multiform(s) was awarded the Canadian Stage Award for direction at SummerWorks Performance Festival (2015) and was recently presented at Festival TransAmériques in Montréal (2016). Her most recent work, a site responsive, immersive performance for 6 dancers and a live DJ, Leisure Palace premiered as part of the In/Future Festival at the abandoned amusement park, Ontario Place along Toronto’s waterfront. She is the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers (2016-2018). Acorn’s work has been supported through generous residencies at Dancemakers, Hub 14 and Videofag in Toronto, Studio 303 in Montréal, Stone Boat Artist Retreat in rural Ontario and at EarthDance in MA, USA.
Marie Lambin-Gagnon (Choreographer), originally from Montreal, completed her first dance training at Ballet Divertimento, followed by The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. After a showing at Nuit Creative 2013 and Series 808 (November 2013), Lambin-Gagnon had the chance to present her piece titled ‘’WTF’’ for Danses Buissionières Classe 2014 organized by Tangente in Montreal. WTF was also presented at the 2015 Rhubarb Festival/Toronto and the Festival Vue sur la Relève in Montreal. The piece was also reproduced on the company TOES FOR DANCE and presented in November 2015 across Ontario/Canada. She subsequently produced and choreographed the Outsiders, a piece created for the collective The Garage at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Her latest piece, called ‘’The Dinner Party (les exclues)’’, was presented in Montreal for Nuit Créative 2015, Larry’s Christmas Cabaret and Dance Matters After Hours Cabaret, and subsequent performed in Toronto at the New Blue Dance Festival, and P.S. We are all here.