Jamie Fascinato is an emerging artist in Toronto. She is currently in her last and fourth year at Ryerson University in the BFA Performance Dance program. Coming from a rigorous ballet and highland dancing background, Jamie is finding new ways to approach and carry dance within her body and others. Through this development she has been involved in many different summer programs including but not limited to Toronto Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive, Kenny Pearls Emerging Artist Intensive and ProArteDanza’s Summer Intensive. Through these programs Jamie has had the pleasure to work with Tori Mehaffey, Darryl Tracy, Rosemary James and many others. This summer 2018 she will be travelling to New York to study with VIM VIGOR in their summer intensive program to dive into the world of contemporary dance theatre.
Brianna Clarke is in her third year at Ryerson University for their Performance Dance BFA program and teaches regularly at Elite Danceworx as a faculty member. Her previous training includes 8 years of competitive dancing at Leeming Danceworks, where she worked closely with established choreographers such as Linda Garneau, Matt Luck, Stephanie Rutherford, Hani Abaza, David Norsworthy, and Kristen Carcone. Most notably, she has presented full length works by Emma Portner, Irena Ponizova, and Sophie Dupuis. Brianna has spent many summers participating in intensives including The School of Alberta Ballet, Arts Umbrella, Rutherford Movement Exchange, Ignite, Fresh, and NYCDA. She has completed multiple jazz and ballet exams at advanced levels and continues to strive for a balance of technique and artistry in her dancing.
Hannah Robertson began her training at Artsumbrella in Vancouver, B.C. under the direction of Artemis Gordon. Here she also had the opportunity to work with Gioconda Barbuto, Lesley Telford, Lara Barclay, Eric Beauchesne andmany others. After graduating from high school, Hannah moved to Toronto and began her BFA studies at Ryerson University. She has attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance for their Gaga focused summer intensive where she had the pleasure of working with Tom Weinberger, Bobbi Jene Smith, Alex Ketley among others. She has also had the pleasure of attending RUBBERBANDance Group’s summer intensive.
Shaina is an aspiring performing artist currently training at Ryerson University in the Performance Dance Program, with the graduating class of 2019. She is extremely fond of movement research, as well as exploratory artistic work involving physical and vocal components. Having worked with a wide variety of choreographers (including Tori Mehaffey and Matjash Mrozewski) she has a certain eagerness to embrace everything she has learned and put it into practice. Now working with Near & Far Projects, she believes she will be able to work vigorously as a creator, with some very inspiring and admirable individuals.
Marrin Jessome grew up in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia and began dancing at the age of 11. After realizing dance was her passion she moved to Toronto to continue pursuing her dream at Ryerson University in the Performance dance program. Marrin's interests lay in collaboration, inspiration from other artwork, and music.