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Wendy Chiles
Wendy Chiles began her dance training in Edmonton, studying ballet, flamenco, jazz, and tap, which became the foundation for her career. She received her B.F.A. in dance from York University.Chiles is a gifted teacher. Her experience as a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre and as an independent artist has given her the essential perspective of the training and dedication one must achieve as a dance artist. She expanded her training into film and theatre, and this led to rehearsal directing for the Clichettes and the Nylons.Chiles has had a long association with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She is one of the most established Graham technique teachers in Canada. She has been invited to choreograph and teach throughout Canada and in South Korea, where she taught the Kim Bock Hee Dance Company. In 2013 and again in 2014 she was invited to be a jury member of the UNESCO-approved Korean International Modern Dance Competition.At the School of TDT, Chiles teaches Dance History and Graham technique. She recently retired after an inspiring and fulfilling 22-year career teaching dance at Unionville High School for the Arts.
Rosemary James
Training and Performance Associate

Rosemary James was born in New York State and raised in Toronto. Following a successful career as a performer with Toronto Dance Theatre, she assumed the position of Rehearsal Director in 1992. James is the Training and Performing Associate at the School.

She has taught modern dance courses at York University and choreographed extensively for community-based arts education programs. She was the movement teacher and choreographer for the musicals Spoke, This City of Angels, and Swimming for Shore, and the Choreography Consultant for the award-winning synchronized skating team Gold Ice.

In addition to being a sought-after teacher, James holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts in dance from York University.

Helen Jones
Helen Jones was born in Wales, and is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School. Her training in classical and contemporary dance continued with teachers in London and New York, and her performing career included work with choreographers and companies in Europe and North America, including Toronto Dance Theatre and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Jones has taught internationally and currently is on the faculty of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Department of Dance at York University. In 2000, she started Artemesia Dance, a community based recreational dance program and summer camp in the rural municipality of Grey Highlands, Ontario.

Jones has a B.Sc. in Psychology (University of Toronto), and completed a Diploma in Adult Training and Development (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).

Patricia Miner
Artistic Associate

Patricia Miner is one of Toronto’s key contemporary dance teachers. Her ideas and methods are reflected in her ongoing work with Toronto Dance Theatre, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and a myriad of independent dancers and small companies. She taught for 16 years with the Teachers’ Training Program of Canada’s National Ballet School.

Miner has spent a lifetime in dance, training with master teachers in ballet, Graham, and Limón in Toronto, London, and New York. Her performance career includes an apprenticeship with Toronto Dance Theatre, the early years of Dancemakers (which she co-directed with Peggy Baker from 1977 through 1979), an appearance with the José Limón Company, and innovative work with several New York choreographers. Miner is the recipient of the 2004 Dance Ontario Award.

Sharon B. Moore
Sharon B. Moore creates as a choreographer, director, and movement coach for dance, film, theatre, and circus. She is an award-winning creator and performer working for companies around the world. In both 2010 and 2011 she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new choreography. In 2007 she became the first Canadian honoured with a Bessie Schönberg Choreographic Award Residency at The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

While studying theatre at the age of 17, Moore discovered dance and went on to graduate as a full scholarship student from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. A former member of Contemporary Dancers of Canada under the direction of Tedd Robinson, she is now a choreographer sought after for her highly textured and intensely magnetic theatre of movement. Flavoured by her understanding of theatre and her experience as an actor, her work has forged a unique approach to the creative process as it applies to dance movement.

Her dance film The Hunt, made in association with Montreal’s Mouvement Perpétuel, was nominated in 2006 for the Jury Prize at the Dance on Camera Film Festival in New York. It has screened in over 30 countries.

Moore and artistic partner Derek Aasland ran the choreographic research and creation unit on the Sony Pictures/Impact Films/Davies Films release of Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Together they run Cinetic Creations, a company that serves the film industry as a specialty movement/choreography design and direction unit, creating large-scale, picture-wide movement worlds.

In 2007 Moore and Aasland created their first full-evening circus show, Le Livre des souhaits, which played at Cirque de Soleil’s home big top, LA TOHU centre for circus in Montreal, to a sold-out run, and traveled to CIRCA, an international circus festival in Auch, France. Recently their new circus show La Vie En Swing premiered at LA TOHU and was “CBC’s #1 not to be missed show in Montreal”.

In 2012-13 Moore taught composition and improvisation at The Lewis Center for the Performing Arts at Princeton University. While there she enjoyed a creative residency, researching material for her next full evening work, War-cake, for dancer Brendan Wyatt, and another full evening show, Mr. Leftovers, for dancer Jillian Peever. Moore is a proud member of ACTRA, TAPA, and CADA.

Julia Sasso
Recognized as “one of the foremost dance artists in the country” (The Dance Current), Julia Sasso is an established choreographer, performer, master teacher, and artistic mentor. She performed internationally with Toronto’s Dancemakers for 16 seasons and was Assistant Artistic Director and principal company teacher for a dozen years.

She has created extensively for the concert stage as well as for feature film, theatre, and television. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented by the Canada Dance Festival, Dancemakers, Harbourfront Centre, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, among others, throughout Canada, in the United States, and abroad.

Highly regarded as a teacher of contemporary dance techniques, Sasso has taught at distinguished learning centres worldwide. She is a faculty member in The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program and York University’s Department of Dance.

Darryl Tracy
Darryl Tracy is a Toronto-based independent dance artist (choreographer, interpreter, teacher, and producer). He is a senior faculty member at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and as a dancer has created roles by many of Canada’s leading choreographers. He and Heidi Strauss were co-artistic directors of Four Chambers dance projects from 1999-2006, commissioning duets from choreographers including Conrad Alexandrowicz, Marie-Josée Chartier, Sarah Chase, Yvonne Coutts, Lesandra Dodson, Sylvain Émard, and Julia Sasso; their duet created by Italian-based company Deja Donne garnered them a nomination in performance for the prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award. In 2004, Tracy was nominated top dancer in Toronto by NOW magazine, and he was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Award in 2013.

Tracy was part of the company Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal for over four years, dancing and touring in Émard’s Temps de chien. He has created over 32 of his own works through commissions and self-produced events. Most recently, he has choreographed for École de danse contemporain de Montréal, George Brown College, L’Espace du Mouvement (Montreal), Park Avenue Dance Company (Rochester, NY), and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. In September 2010, he created and self-produced Inherencies and other Disorders to sold-out audiences in Toronto. Additionally Tracy produced vital signs, a show in which he and Strauss reunited in September of 2013, with two remounts (Coutts and Émard) and two new works by Ginette Laurin and Strauss. Tracy has been touring with Mocean Dance (Halifax) in works by Lesandra Dodson for the past year. He sits on the Board of adelheid dance projects, and he works part-time as a neuro-based rehabilitation physiotherapist.