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

Wendy Chiles is a gifted dance teacher who 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, and she is one of the most established Graham teachers in Canada. Her long-standing association with the School also includes the teaching of Dance History.

After obtaining her Honours B.F.A. in dance from York University, she continued her studies in Canada, New York, and the United Kingdom. She was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she performed in the works of Patricia Beatty, David Earle, and Peter Randazzo. As an active performing artist, Chiles expanded her range of abilities and worked in the fields of film and theatre.

Highlights of her career include guest teaching and choreographing throughout Greater Toronto. In addition, she was a member of the dance faculty at Unionville High School for the Performing Arts for 22 years, and she was integral in helping to implement the Arts Curriculum at the school.

Chiles had the honour to be invited to teach in South Korea in 2002, and she returned to Seoul in 2013, 2014, and 2015, as a jury member and chair person at the UNESCO-approved Korean International Modern Dance Competition. She has been a board member for Toronto Heritage Dance, and has adjudicated for Dance Festivals in Surrey, BC and Manitoba. In addition, she has been one of the guest artists for the DansEncorps’ Summer Dance Intensive, in Moncton NB. Chiles is pleased to volunteer for Dance Collection Danse.