“a guerilla girl of dance” The Toronto Star
Amy Hampton is a graduate of L'École Supérieure de Danse du Québec and was a member of Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, performing works by international choreographers in both Quebec and France. She has performed nationally and internationally with CORPUS and has danced with many Toronto companies including The Chimera Project, Kaeja d’Dance, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, Anandam Dance Theatre and Larchaud Dance Project. Independently, she has originated roles in works by Kathleen Rea, William Yong, Lydia Wagerer, Keiko Ninomiya, Lincoln Shand and Michael Caldwell and participated in a three-year collaboration between choreographer Robert Desrosiers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. She has appeared in a variety of dance films as well as music videos by Feist, Ash Koley and the Swallows. In 2007, Amy founded AKA Dance with Keiko Ninomiya. The company has since performed at Tokyo’s Dance Ga Mitai International Series, Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge, the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, LuminaTO and Dusk Dances and its work for young audiences toured throughout Ontario. Amy is a certified Pilates instructor and is active in the community as a teacher, rehearsal director and administrator. She has worked with a range of artists and companies as an administrator including DNA Theatre, The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications (CAPIC), The Chimera Project, Green Tea Collective and the Suzana da Camara band. Amy has been with Dance Ontario since 2010 and is thrilled to be taking on the role of Executive Director.
Alan Faigal is an educator and community animator who teaches for Ryerson University's Early Childhood Studies Program. Alan’s dance training has been in Hip Hop and Urban based genres. He studies and performs Bollywood Dance under the direction of Lopa Sarkar of Divine Heritage Artistry. Pedagogy centers on family support and social justice. His mentorship of practicum students includes the cultivation of self and professional identity. Alan is also the National Youth Outreach Director for Culture Shock Canada, in that role he has designed and implemented community dance programs for ages 2.5 to 18 all across Southern Ontario. Alan has been a movement specialist in the fitness/wellness industry for over 17 years. As a canfitpro PRO trainer he trains and certifies group fitness instructors. He has recently become an ambassador for the Masala Bhangra Workout. Dance floors and academic lecture halls are avenues for his dynamic teaching methods.
Holding her BFA in dance from York University, Julie McLachlan is a Toronto-based dance performer, choreographer and dance instructor. Julie has had the privilege of performing for Stand Up Dance, Le Groupe Apogee and is currently dancing with Love Letters Cabaret. Julie has presented choreography in The Chimera Project’s Fresh Blood and The Toronto Fringe Festival. Recently at ImpulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria, Julie took part in workshops with world-renowned teachers and connected with dance artists from all over the world. As a retired competitive gymnast, Julie is also a certified gymnastics coach and specializes in teaching young dancers acrobatic skills.