branch 2017

Faculty BIos

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Brian Solomon



Dancer/choreographer Heidi Strauss began training with Denise Vitali; in her teenage years Sudbury School of Dance was her second home. She is one of co-founders of Sudbury’s earthdancers and is now the artistic director of adelheid, a company she began in 2008. adelheid’s work looks at interaction between different people and groupings of people, with a specific interest in the situation of performance and how we consider each other (audience & performer) within that construct. Heidi was dance artist in residence at the Factory Theatre (2008-2012) and a resident artist at the Theatre Centre (2013-16). Her award-winning work has toured nationally. Heidi has choreographed for Toronto Dance Theatre, The Frankfurt Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, Volcano theatre, and the Stratford Festival. She has given workshops across Canada, and in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Singapore. Heidi received the KM Hunter Award for Dance (2012).



Lauren Foy




Megan English has been fostering movement experiences for people of all ages for over fifteen years through her performance, education and therapy practices. Originally from Sudbury, Megan is a graduate of York University’s Dance Department. Notable dance works include The Nell Shipman Project and This Dance is Mic’d, both developed in residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Megan has performed the works of diverse dance artists both in Canada and the UK, including The Kiss by Tino Sehgal. Since moving to Hamilton, Ontario in 2012, she has been developing her approach to performance improvisation in collaboration with musician Dale Morningstar (Dinner is Ruined). Her choreography, Big Hill, was presented at Dusk Dances Hamilton 2015. She performed her work, Send Music, at the Hamilton Fringe Festival in 2016. Megan is the Dance Animator for the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. She has developed Dance Movement Therapy programs for diverse clinical settings, and has a private practice serving Hamilton and Toronto.









Mikaela Demers



Multiple Dora and Gemini Award nominated Brian Solomon is of Anishnaabe and Irish descent, from the Northern Ontario community of Shebahonaning-Killarney. Solomon is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has an MA in Performance from the Laban Center (UK). He has presented his multidisciplinary works across Canada, and in Berlin, Ingolstadt, Bamberg, Seville, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and London. Solomon has performed for a multitude of companies and creators from Canada, the USA and Europe. He has taught for many arts institutions and companies, including one of Europe's foremost universities for acting, H.F.S. Ernst Busch, Berlin.





Heidi strauss







Lauren Foy is a Sudbury-based choreographer, dancer and instructor. She majored in dance during high school and continued her training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, graduating as a bursary student from the Professional Training Program in 2002. In 2009, Lauren formed elleQ dance factory, to support her choreographic work, and since then created 2 full length shows, including “The Imagination Project”, which was supported by the Ontario Arts Council. Lauren is often a choreographer and guest performer for the earthdancers, having worked with the company for over 10 years. Her work has been featured in local music videos, for bands such as Pistol George Warren and Night Terrors, and in Greenboot’s award winning short film Dancing is Meaningless. Lauren also worked on the play Rearview as a movement consultant at Le Théatre du Nouvel Ontario for their 45th anniversary season. She is currently working on a project for cello and dance, called Cello Steps, for summer 2017.





Megan English





Mikaela Demers is an emerging artist originally from Northern Ontario and who graduated from York University’s BFA Dance Program. She has been a member of earthdancers and Lila Ensemble and worked with Denise Vitali, Vanessa Jane Kimmons, Allen Kaeja, Love Letters Cabaret, Dave Wilson, and Fernando Troya. Demers has also worked with The Dance Current, the Harbourfront Centre, Manifesto Festival, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Kaeja D’dance, adelheid, Tribal Crackling Wind and SummerWorks in administration, front of house and assisting in the rehearsal process. Demers has choreographed half a dozen live works, produced her first show in the spring of 2016 and has also established an interest in dance film through producing a number of short projects. Her current creative process is based on the physical study of vision and its ability to produce relationships and affect our concept of space. Currently, Demers is co-developing a work with Will Hamilton titled maelstrom to be presented in the New Blue Festival, developing and curating a spring gallery show and producing a blog and podcast.