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website last updated Dec 2019

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Teaching / Educational Outreach

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2017 - ongoing

York University - Toronto, Ontario

Assistant Professor | Department of Dance

Teaching Graduate Courses:

Video Dance & Intermedial Performance,

Initiating, Forming and Performing Choreography,

Selected Topics in Dance Studies - 'Intersections of Dance & Visual Art'

Undergrad Courses:

2nd year Choreography & 3rd year Performance

2019  Video Pool Media Arts Center -  June 29, 2019

4hr Motion Capture With Ease Workshop (Winnipeg, Mb)

2016 - 2017 

MAWA - Mentoring Artists For Women's Art

Mentor in the Foundation Mentorship Program

 

2016  Video Pool Media Arts Center -  Dec 3, 2016

4hr Interactive Video & Performance Master Class (Winnipeg, Mb)

2016  Platform - Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts 

Active Research Lecture Series - September 19, 2016

2016  SAW Video / Canada Dance Festival -  June 11, 2016

4hr Interactive Video & Performance Master Class (Ottawa, Ontario) 

 

2016 Plug In ICA - Education Program -

Led performance workshops as part of three concurrent exhibitions

"Further Than I Can Throw A Stone | Moon Rehearsal Tape | L'homelette" 

with students from General Wolfe School, Elmwood High School, Balmoral Hall,

Maples Collegiate, Fort Richmond Collegiate, and West Kildonan High School (Winnipeg)

throughout March 2016

 

2016  Individual Instruction - Isadora Software tutorials with Danielle Sturk (Winnipeg, Mb)

 

2016  University of Winnipeg | Institute for Women & Gender Studies - Guest Lecture in Shawna Dempsey's 'Sex, Sexuality, Gender and Audio Visual Culture' class - February 4th, 2016

 

2015  SummerWorks Festival - Guest lecture as part of S.L.I.P program / mentor to Harsharan Sidhu (Toronto, Ontario)

 

2015  SummerWorks Festival - 4hr Video & Performance Master Class (Toronto, Ontario)

 

2015  Syracuse University | Transmedia Department - Guest Lecture in Dr. Boryana Rossa Advanced Video Class (Syracuse, New York)

 

2015  Good Women Dance Collective - professional contemporary class April 2, 3, 7 & 9 (Edmonton, Alberta)

 

2015 Expanse Festival| Good Women Dance Collective ( Edmonton, Alberta)

Led and planned a workshop called “Media & Performance”, co-taught sections with artist: Jaymez Jansen

 

2015 Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers - professional company class from March 2 - 6

 

2015 TheDancePost.org - taught a series of professional contemporary dance technique classes - open to the Winnipeg community - Jan 20 to Feb 26 - Tuesdays and Thursdays

 

2013 - 2014 ACI – Arts and Cultural Industries mentor for emerging composer Scott Jodoin - interested in video / performance and music. Over the seven month mentorship program we created a video / music work together that premiered at Ground Swell New Music Series in Winnipeg; throughout the process discussed cross-disciplinary collaboration in dance, moving image and music.

 

2013 Graffiti Art Programming Inc. 40ft x 8 ft Mural in Portage La Prairie - Designed and facilitated with Kevin Olafson- Created the mural with fifteen youth from four high schools in the region. Final location on the The Friendship Centre in Portage La Prairie, Mb.

 

2013 Young Lungs Dance Exchange mentor for emerging choreographers Rachelle Bourget & Sarah Helmer

 

2011- 2013 The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Junior Intensive Program - Choreographer | Individual Coach for 15 – 19 yr old students (modern dance). Created six works different works over three years; four solos, a quartet, as well as two group works, one of eight and one of eleven dancers. The works were performed at the annual Manitoba Dance Festival, select works were also performed at the RWB year end Dance Spectrum.

 

2013 Crimson Coast Dance Society (Nanaimo, BC) | Capitol Theatre ( Moncton, New Brunswick)

 Workshop “Demystifying Video in Performance” For media artists and dancers, co-taught software section with lighting designer / Isadora video artist: Hugh Conacher

 

2012  Graffiti Art Programming Inc. two 30ft x 8 ft outdoor murals for Polson Elementary School - Designed and facilitated with Kevin Olafson - created with community and full school involvement - 150 students

 

2011 Icelandic Arts Academy Guest Lecturer in Second Year class called TIME, professor: Hekla Dögg Jónsdottir

 

2010 TRANSART INSTITUTE – MFA in New Media Thesis Advisor for 2nd year student (Video | Performance)

 

2010 OCHO Y MEDIO Artist Talk | Lecture | software demonstration “Media and Performance” (Video | Audio | Interactive tech)  For professional artists and dancers. Taught 3 x 3hr workshops in Quito, Guayaquil and Manta, Ecuador w/ a translator Co-taught software section with lighting designer / Isadora video artist: Hugh Conacher

 

2010 Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art | Authoring Action (Video | performance)

Devised and taught a one-week interdisciplinary art workshop called “Seeing and Being Scene” with Authoring Action a 15-19 yr old youth creative writing and spoken word arts program. Project facilitated with writer / filmmaker: Nathan Ross Freeman Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 

 2005-2010 Royal Conservatory of Music program “Learning Through The Arts

Guest Artist in Public Schools I have taught math, science and social studies through visual arts and dance in 13 different schools in Winnipeg School Division #1, St. James School Division as well as the Manitoba Expansion School District. Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 as well as specialized English Additional Language classes and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome classrooms

 

2010 Nordic Arts Alliance | Minnesota State University Moorhead Guest Artist

Devised a lecture performance about my solo AVATAR, opening dialogue about social media with students from film and theatre departments Moorehead, Minnesota

 

2009 University of Winnipeg | School of Contemporary Dancers Faciliated and led a session on costume painting with 3rd year BA honors in dance students

 

2010 West End Cultural Center | 'Songscape Workshop' bringing together visual art and music (Painting | drawing | video) Facilitated / assisted lead artist Sharon Johnston interpret the music of Greg MacPherson with youth ages 12-17 over one week.

 

2008 – 2012 The Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Modern dance instructor)

Taught during the General Program’s Summer School, August 2008. Taught classes with youth aged 15 – 20, occasional substitute teacher at the RWB

 

2002 – 2006 Graffiti Art Programming Inc. Evening and weekends Visual Art and Dance instructor (Painting | drawing | dance) Planned and taught drop-in programs for inner city youth at Turtle Island Centre, North End Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

2007 Winnipeg School Division #1 “Interpreting Visual Art Through Dance” (Devised and taught teachers’ workshop) Brought in as a consultant to devise and teach a workshop for 20 public school teachers on interpreting visual art through dance. Full day workshop Victory Albert School, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

2006 Graffiti Art Gallery | Manitoba Public Insurance (Facilitated the painting and design of two murals) Completed with youth ages 6-14 from Art City and Rossbrook House, Winnipeg

 

2003 Canada Council for the Arts | Graffiti Gallery | Terminus 1525.ca One-week community art residency (dance) 1 of 11 artists in residence at Tadoule Lake Reservation in Northern Manitoba

 

2004 – 2011 Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancer’s General Program & Junior Professional Program (Occaisional Substitute teacher)

 

2003 Paul-Andre Fortier Danse Creation Junior rehearsal directrice. Sisler High School, Winnipeg

 

2003 Mamawiwichitata Center Inc. Hip Hop assistant-instructor for youth with Dammecia Hall Winnipeg, Mb.

 

2001 - 2003 Art City Volunteered over 200hrs community outreach through programming in Winnipeg’s West End (Visual Arts)

 

 

photo above from SummerWorks Festival 2015

photo: Marc J Chalifoux