Staff

Amy Hampton
Executive Director

Amy Hampton

“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.

Goreti Cardoso
Program Manager

Originally from Brazil, Goreti Cardoso started her passion for arts and culture at a young age. At 16, she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Tourism to explore the different cultural heritages around the world and three years later, she started dancing professionally. After four years as a Brazilian dance instructor, Goreti began teaching in Toronto and performing, choreographing, and directing her first dance company and studio, and founded and produced the first Brazilian dance congress in Toronto, the “Brazilian Beat: Canada Dance Congress”. Her passion, enthusiasm, and vision have earned her the praise of the dance communities around Canada and her students. In 2016, Goreti’s academic graduate research project (Attracting Creative Talent to Toronto: The Experiences of Immigrant Artists) allowed her to learn the challenges and barriers faced by immigrant artists in Toronto. Consequently, her passion and determination to support the multicultural community of dancers in Toronto grew, even more, determining new career goals. In addition to working with numerous artists and arts organizations, in the last years,Goreti has planned and produced many tv shows, street festivals, concerts, parades, workshops, and conferences

Alan Faigal
Outreach Coordinator

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.

Julie McLachlan
Membership Coordinator

Julie McLachlan

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.

 

 

 
 

Jaedyn Richards
Administrative Assistant

Jaedyn Richards is currently a high school student attending St. Augustine Catholic High School. She began working at Dance Ontario as a CO-OP student in May 2021 and became Administrative Assistant in June.
Jaedyn Richards has been dancing for the last 12 years and is currently a full company member at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater. Jaedyn has been able to  perform at Dance Ontario DanceWeekend 2018-2019 and
all around Ontario as she tours with the CCDT's Company during the year. Throughout Jaedyn's  4 years at CCDT she has performed works by several renowned choreographers such as Roderick George, Hanna Kiel, Gioconda Barbuto, Alyssa Martin, Jera Wolfe, Jennifer Archibald, Apolonia Velasquez, Deborah Lundmark, and many more.