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B.F.A. (Hons), Dance, York University, 1975

Wendy Chiles is a gifted dance teacher and an established Graham teacher, and has had a long association with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She teaches in the Professional Training Program and the adult Contemporary Dance Classes.

Chiles began her dance training studying ballet, flamenco, jazz, and tap. Her post-secondary studies earned her a B.F.A. in dance from York University in Toronto.

For five years she was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she performed in the works of Patricia Beatty, David Earle, and Peter Randazzo. After dancing with the company, she continued to work as an independent dancer and as a guest artist in the Greater Toronto Area.
Highlights of her career include guest teaching and choreographing. In addition she was a member of the faculty at Unionville High School for the Performing Arts (dance) for 22 years.

Chiles had the honour to be invited to teach in South Korea in 2002. She returned to Seoul, Korea in 2013, 2014, and 2015, as a jury member and chair-person at the UNESCO-approved Korean International Modern Dance Competition. Most recently, she adjudicated for the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival, and taught the contemporary classes for DansEncorps’ Summer Dance Intensive.

Chiles believes in the many gifts that a dance training program can offer an individual. Beyond the health benefits implicit in the physical training of the body, dance can encourage self-awareness, and an awareness of the advantages that the arts offer to society and the community at large. Creativity, self-expression, and sensitivity to humanity are the essential elements that inspire Chiles’ teaching.