Saturday, January 17th & Sunday, January 18th 2015
The Dance Centre | 677 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
Doors at 7pm |Show at 7:30pm
SWEETT MOVES PRESENTS BATED BREATH: a dance theatre project showcasing a collective of established and emerging artists working in dance, theatre, music and the visual arts.
Artistic Director, Ashley Sweett curates a three-part performance sharing of selected solo and group choreography considered to reflect the parallels between the coming of age as her creative self and the cycle of respiratory breath required to be alive.
INHALATION: To breathe in and inspire. We are pure, inventive and curious.
BATED: With breath drawn in due to high emotions of anticipation.
We are heated, eager and anxious.
EXHALATION: To breathe out and release. We are confident, balanced and wise.
SWEETT MOVES has collaborated with more than twenty Vancouver artists and students of all ages that will share the stage to bring this passion project to life. BATED BREATH is for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Choreographer: Ashley Sweett
Dancers: Regan Calicetto, Krystin Clarke, Marissa Gold, Amelie Lavoie, Christine Stanley, Alyssa Tavares, Jamee Valin, Erin Walton
Producer, Artistic Director, Choreographer & Dancer
ASHLEY SWEETT is a dancer, choreographer and creative director. Her passion for the performing arts and entertainment industry became her primary focus at 4 years of age. She received countless awards and scholarships as a dancer and choreographer during and beyond her adolescent years. Ashley trained exclusively in various styles of dance and acting at numerous facilities, programs and festivals throughout North America including Affinity Dance, Langley Fine Arts, Goh Ballet Academy, The Source Dance Company, Modus Operandi, School Creative, Second City, ACT2, and more. She has trained and worked with various world renown performers and choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Kelly Konno, Devin Jamieson, Paul Becker, Megan Lawson, Christopher Micheal Jones, Erica Sobol, Jocelyn Peden, Vanessa Young, Geneen Georgiv, Joanne Pesusich, Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. Her ventures have steered her towards producing, directing, choreographing, dancing and acting for film/television, live stage shows and dance theatre. Ashley’s most recent endeavor is as the founder and artistic director for Sweett Moves dance company. She is also the creative director, head choreographer and a principal performer for The Lovers Cabaret (Vanessa Young). Ashley was the choreographer for Masquerave, a benefit party for Cirque du Soleil founder Guy LaLiberte’s One Drop charity. She was a choreographer on set shooting music videos for Hey Ocean’s “A Song About California” and Little India’s “Sleep.” Her work has been shown at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Roundhouse Performance Theatre, Vogue Theatre, Rickshaw Theatre and Electric Owl. Ashley is a member of The Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and The Dancer Transition Resource Centre. For more info on Ashley: click here.
BRITTNEY ANDERSON began her dancing career in Calgary Alberta. Her training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater and Modern has taken her around the world performing with The Calgary Dance Express. She also represented Canada in both Jazz and Tap at the Worlds in Riesa, Germany. Brittney was also in the hugely successful Tap Company M.A.D.D. Rhythms. In 2006, Brittney moved to Los Angeles to pursue her love of dance and further her training while attending classes at Millennium dance Complex and The Edge. Currently residing in Vancouver she teaches for various studios. Most recently Brittney was apart of Sara Dolan’s contemporary company O2 Dance. She performed with O2 for 2 years, performing in the sold out show: I.M The Seasons Of Love.
During her time with O2 she worked with Michale Fitzgerald for his February 28th 2012 concert date. She most recently performed a principle role in The Lovers Cabaret Bob Marley show.
Choreographers & Dancers
JAMEE VALIN is the founder and Artistic Director of Valence Movement (dance theatre). As an active member of the Canadian dance scene she also works for Give Me Brilliance, Sweett Moves Dance Collective and The Lovers Cabaret. Jamee trained at York University and George Brown College for Dance Performance Studies and Fine Arts Cultural Studies as well as mentored with Andrea Nann of Dreamwalker Dance Company, Claire French’s Project CPR and the Cultch Ignite Dance Mentorship with Josh Martin, Amber Funk Barton and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg. Her list of work includes performing and/or choreographing for companies and festivals like: Dusk Dances at Dancing on the Edge, BC BUDS, Vancouver Global Dance Project, Dime A Dozen, FRESH BLOOD (2012), Art For Impact, Toronto Youth Ballet Ensemble, Jay9 Dance Projects, GBD Ensemble, Diamond Tooth Gerties, EROS Thanatos & the Avant-Garde ~ The Cabaret Series, Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet, RS Divas, AMO Productions, SERIES 8:08, La Scala Opera Company, the Canadian Royal Opera Company, National Artist Program and more. Jamee was given the distinct pleasure of dancing for Tumbling into Light with Andrea Nann and Eroca Nicols at the Enwave Theatre and appeared in Dance: Made in Canada, 2011 and 2013. Miss Valin has self-produced two full length dance shows in Toronto, ON and created five short films in Vancouver, BC. In October 2013, Jamee began touring with a magic show and has now danced in eight of thirteen provinces/territories in Canada.
KRYSTIN CLARKE began her dance training at age 3 in Ballet in the RAD and Cecchetti syllabus as well as in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. She has had the opportunity to train in Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, and New York City. She has performed with the Alberta Ballet, Orchesis Modern Dance group, and as a guest performer for Feets Festival.
She holds an honors degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta as well as an Industrial Design degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her education greatly influences her choreography and passionate teaching style.
Krystin has had the opportunity to teach, choreograph and adjudicate across Western Canada for the past 15 years. Many of her students have continued on to become professional dancers across Canada and the U.S.A. Krystin is currently teaching in Vancouver B.C. where she continues to share her passion for dance and foster creativity in students.
ALYSSA TAVARES was born and raised in Langley, BC. where she discovered her love for dancing at the age of 7. It quickly became apparent that this was going to be her passion. Alyssa is trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet, tumbling, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre and tap. Alyssa is currently training under the direction of Joanne and Alex Pesusich in The Source Dance Company. She is also a member of the Vancouver based jazz crew, BODY, directed by Christie Lee Manning. Alyssa graduated from Langley Fine Arts School as a senior dance major. She was also a member of the schools dance company, “Esprit de Corps”, and traveled to Miami, Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to train and perform at the National High School Dance Festival. Alyssa has had the opportunity to perform at large events such as the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games, and the 2012 Grey Cup Halftime Show and Parade. Alyssa is an aspiring dancer who is fascinated with the art of dancing and performing; she hopes that her love and passion for dance will lead to great opportunities.
CHRISTINE STANLEY’s strong desire for music and movement started 16 years ago when she stepped foot into her first dance class; recognizing her passion for entertaining almost immediately. She would then go on to train in various styles including contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre and hip hop for the duration of her teenage years. Growing up just outside of Vancouver in Langley B.C. she practiced dedication to her art form by training intensively at Affinity Dance in Port Kells B.C. This is where she really found what she loved to do. She would then go on to train with a number of diverse choreographers at various conventions and classes. At this point, she started to explore choreographic components of art by creating pieces and setting them on dancers. This took her passion for creating to the next level, furthering her maturity as an artist. After Christine graduated from high school, she set out to train with The Source Dance Company for one season.
MARISA GOLD is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor with a passion for all things soulful. She began her creative journey at an early age, dancing up a storm and constantly choreographing in the living-room. Marisa’s creativity and love for performance was cultivated first at a local Fine Arts school in Langley BC and later at Simon Fraser University where she graduated with a BFA in dance. In her time at SFU, Marisa has had the opportunity to create and preform her own choreography as well as the work of choreographers such as: Noam Gagnon, Rob Kitsos, Jennifer Mascall, Vanessa Goodman, James Gnam and The 605 Collective. Marisa is also a cofounder of Mayce, an up and coming dance collective born out of SFU with whom she had the opportunity to perform in Seattle’s !2 Minutes Max. Marisa’s movement vocabulary draws from a variety of styes based mostly in modern techniques, ballet, contemporary and afro-contemporary methods. One of her most important artistic influences has been very deeply rooted in her Canadian and African-American background. Being of mixed race has enlightened Marisa in ways that have extremely affected both her choreography and her dancing. The pride she feels for her heritage fuels her passion for creation and performance. Marisa also enjoys being a teacher and inspiring the young dancers to express themselves through the art of movement.
REGAN CALICETTO has been dancing since the age of two with along side her Mom, former dancer for Janet Jackson. By the time Regan was 7yrs old she was training in RAD Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, And Acro. She found working one on one under the direction of Tara Jean Popowich pushed her career to a new level, soon finding herself in the position as Tara Jean’s assistant teacher. Some other amazing instructors she has worked closely with include Michelle Smith, Moses Asher Christen, Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, Megan Lawson and Sabrina Phillip and more. She believes her work with all these amazing dancers and instructors has allowed her to create her own unique style that is sought after by dancers everywhere. Dance has taken Regan around the world including Dance World Cup and other training opportunities. From Portugal to London her travels have always involved dance. Her semi professional training then moved her to work with Modus Operandi, The Underground Circus and Lux Dance Company. She has choreographed music videos, live shows and competition numbers that have won choreography awards at competitions through out B.C.
BENJAMIN RITTER grew up in a small town in Alberta, and began dancing at the age of seven. Starting out in hip hop and jazz, he quickly fell completely in love with dance and began to branch out into as many genres as possible. Immediately out of high school he began pursuing a professional career and moved to Vancouver, BC. There, Benjamin trained with the prestigious Source Dance Company for two years under the direction of Joanne Pesusich and was able to work with some of the city’s finest, including training with the award winning hip hop dance crew The Faculty- winning titles in both Canada and the USA.
Most recently, being recognized for his passion, drive, and versatility, he was awarded the incredible title of Elite Protege at the Pulse Dance Convention based out of New York City, which allows him to tour and train with some of the industry’s best choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Laurie-Ann Gibson, and Tessandra Chavez. Benjamin has also been featured in music videos for Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, danced for The Next Star’s finale winner Charlie and will appear on Package Deal, a tv show premiering on CityTv this fall. He also was honoured to have been in the winning piece choreographed by Erica Sobol this summer at the A.C.E. Awards in NYC.
Benjamin has trained in acting for film and television with Nadine Wright, and works with Numa Model Management.
MEAGHAN HEWITT McDONALD – I love to sing, and I am honoured to do so along side some of my dear friends here tonight. I am thankful for these people that enrich their community and the lives of others with the expression of their souls. My two favourite credits; Odysseus, “The Penelopiad”, Barbara Poggemiller/CCPA Freddie Mercury, “Lovers of Queen”, The Lovers Cabaret
Whether Brittany Buirs has a paintbrush or a pencil in her hand, letting her mind wander on a canvas has been an escape for her since she was a child. We are all unique in what we perceive as ‘art’ and Brittney is so excited to share her artwork for Bated Breath; a chance for others to see through her eyes and perspective. Surrounded by artists whether they are dancers, musicians, painters, writers; we all inspire each other and push each other to continue to grow in a positive direction towards our passionate perspectives; that is what Brittney call an artists’ community. Visit www.oceangypsea.com to find more of Brittany’s artwork and blogs!
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JADE CHONG– Defy Gravity Dance Company Dancer
KIRSTEN MCINNIS– Defy Gravity Dance Company Dancer