Patrizia Ferlisi is a Vaughan-based dance artist committed to advocating for dance education and exposure in her community. Mrs. Ferlisi holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ryerson University, and was taught by many of the leading dance educators in Canada. As a dancer, Patrizia has worked with renowned companies & choreographers including but not limited to: Cirque Du Soleil, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Cadence Contemporary Ballet, Roberto Campanella, Debra Brown, Conteur Dance Company, & Larchaud, Dance Projects. Throughout her career she has had the privilege of touring Brazil, U.S.A, Europe, & the United Kingdom, both as a performer and teacher. Currently, Patrizia is on faculty at George Brown College, Centennial College & Conteur Dance Academy teaching a variety of course including: Dance History, Intro to Movement Analysis, Critical Issues in Dance, Jazz & Modern/Contemporary Repertoire. Her choreography has been labeled as dynamic, bold and distinct.
During the summer of 2015, she had the honour of collaborating with Emmy Award winning Cirque Du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown, for the 2015 Panamania performances. (Toronto Pan AM Games).
Patrizia is always interested in collaborative projects and any experiences that will allow her to hone her craft as a teacher and as a performer.
Lacey Smith is the founder and artistic director of Dasein Dance Theatre in London, Ontario, where she began her journey in dance over twenty-five years ago.
She completed a BFA (Hons.) in Performance Dance at Ryerson University, where she found her passion for choreography. Soon after graduation, Lacey was selected by Dance Ontario for their Creative Partnership to create her first professional work, Unframed Portraits. In 2008, she created The Gaze for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal’s First National Choreographic Competition, which premiered at L’Agora de la Danse in Montreal.
Lacey has had the pleasure of interpreting works by choreographers Robert Desrosiers, Denise Fujiwara, D.A. Hoskins, Andrea Nann and Gerry Trentham. Over the past five years, Lacey has been working with Fujiwara Dance Inventions on the creation of Eunoia and with Pounds Per Square Inch Performance as an associate artist. Currently she is also working with The Deitrich Group for their upcoming production, This is a Costume Drama.
In London, Lacey has been producing full-evening dance productions since 2007 and is the co-founder and artistic director of FLUX London Dance Festival. She is also the artistic director of Dasein Dance School which was founded in 2013.
Holding an Honours BFA from York University, Jennifer Robichaud has had extensive dance training in many disciplines, specializing in jazz and contemporary forms. Jennifer co-founded Larchaud Dance Project in 2004 and currently holds the position as Artistic Director. Her performance credits include LDP productions (Gridlock/15, Elegant Beast/12, Fossil/12, Game Over/10, Back to X/09, Caution/07, SHINJIRU/06, Stript Bare/05), Illuminite/10, GCDF/10, Beats Breaks and Culture/09, Nuit Blanche/07/08, Fringe Shanghai/06, TIDF/06, Wintercity Festival/06and commercial work. Jennifer currently works as a collaborator with Anandam Dancetheatre, a performer with AKA Dance, and was a featured choreographer on the Gemini nominated documentary series Freedom which airs on Bravo. She is the co- founder/director of Perspective Dance leads countless workshops in the city as part of Larchaud Dance Project, and is involved with youth programming and professional initiatives.
Johnathan Morin is one of Canada's finest tap dancers on the scene today. Born and raised in Edmonton, Johnathan has been sought out internationally to perform and teach. Most recently he co produced "Rhythm and Sound" with Cori Giannotta which had 2 sold out shows at the TDC Studio Theatre. In 2015 he was faculty at Tapperfest and the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference in Toronto. In 2014 he was on faculty and performed at the Vancouver Tap Dance Festival as a principle role in Danny Nielsen’s Love. Be. Best. Free. Previously he made his presence felt in the United States performing with Lisa La Touche's "Tap Phonics" at Tap City's International Showcase in New York In 2013. He also had the pleasure of tap dancing in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative. Other accolades include 2010 cutting contest champion at the Vancouver Tap Festival, 2nd place in 2010 Northern Star Talent Search and a finalist in the fourth season of SYTYCDC. Johnathan Now lives in Toronto, working as a choreographer with the acclaimed studio "The Tap Dance Centre" and also teaches all around the GTA.
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