Laura Barcelo is a Calgary-based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her love of performance was nurtured at young age through membership with the Corps Bara Youth Dance Company and apprenticeship with the Corps Bara Professional Company. With a Distinguished Artist Award, Laura obtained her BA in Psychology with minors in Dance, Neuroscience and Social Witness Ministry from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Laura recently spent the summer in New York City training under Yin Yue Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Ensemble, Kidd Pivot, MADBOOTS Dance, Steps on Broadway and Peridance. In addition to teaching and directing rehearsals for the Crossings Youth Dance Company, Laura performs as a freelance dance artist in Calgary. Most notably are her previous seasons with Corps Bara Dance Theatre, the 34th & 35th Annual Alberta Dance Festivals (2015), Missa Gaia with the Calgary Multicultural Choir (2016), MPACT Motion (2016), and Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists. Laura is excited to be back for her fourth season with Corps Bara!
Kyra Newton hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary dance and Sociology from Simon Fraser University. She has taken part in several professional dance programs such as Shen Wei Dance Arts, Hofesh Shechter, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Arts Umbrella. Kyra had the opportunity to perform with La Caravan Dance Theatre in the world premiere of Fihi Ma Fihi in 2016. She has also performed in several shows over the past year and half since moving to Calgary, including Montage, Collide, and her own showcases of performance art with a collective of artists. Kyra also teaches dance professionally at a local studio and recreation Centre.
Born and raised in Calgary, Valentia Dimitriou is an independent dance professional who has been training in Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Physical Theatre. Dimitriou is a 2014 BA Alumni of the University of Calgary, Department of Dance, Concentration in Choreography & Performance with Distinction. Dimitriou has also studied at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center New York, Toronto Dance Theatre, Transformations Danse Montreal and ImpulsTanz International Dans Festival Vienna. In the past year, Valentia has appeared in Coming of Age (SeSol Dance Projects), Exoskeletal (Kyrsten Blair – Crosscurrents), Human APPlication (Tina Guthrie – Crosscurrents), Collide (Rufino Rodriguez - Project Oswald), BZed Series Phase 4 (J-SIK Movements), Microscopic Stage (Sylvie Moquin) and Fear (DSW Dance Action Lab), where she worked extensively for 8 weeks under the choreographers and mentors of the Dance Action Group. She was most recently in Winnipeg assisting Davida Monk with the Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers. Valentia is currently teaching full time, preparing for a project with J-SIK Movements in the spring of 2017 and with Corps Bara Dance Theatre in the fall of 2017.
Sylvie Moquin is a dance artist and choreographer currently based in Calgary. She received her BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University in Toronto and moved to Calgary to attend the Professional Training Program with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. In Toronto, she worked extensively with Rock Bottom Movement Dance Company and has also worked as a company member with Corps Bara Dance Theatre. She has performed in shows such as Fresh Blood, Dance: made in Canada Festival, Dance Montage, CrossCurrents, Footprints, Ignite! Festival, Absence, the 34th Annual Alberta Dance Festival, and the Variety Pack Cabaret. Sylvie was part of the Lab Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) with Dancers’ Studio West where she took part in the Dance Action Lab 2015: Mythbehavin’, and performed in works by Helen Husak, Mark Ikeda, and Deanne Walsh. Her most recent choreographic explorations include presenting work at Dance Montage, CrossCurrents 2015, NextFest Festival in Edmonton, Footprints, the Annual Alberta Dance Festival 2015, and the Dance Series at Ignite! Festival 2016. In September, she presented her newest work Zdiakos on twelve dancers at the Annual Alberta Dance Festival. Sylvie recently spent time studying contemporary dance in Vienna at its international dance festival - Impulstanz. She is eager to continue furthering herself as an artist, performer, and choreographer in the Calgary arts community.
Beth Durnie is an emerging contemporary ballet dancer who has been raised in the Calgary dance scene. She has performed with Alberta Ballet, The Moscow Ballet, and Crossings Youth Dance Company in Times Square New York City. This past summer Beth had the opportunity to study with Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco and is currently training with recently retired professional dancers, Yukichi and Galien Hattori, and Tara Williamson.
Caitlin Unrau grew up in Calgary and started dancing at the age of four at Crossings Dance. Her love of performance and contemporary dance was fed from a young age by participating in Corps Bara Youth Dance Company for seven years, Corps Bara Professional Company for one, and SURGE by W&M Dance for one year as well. Caitlin has had the pleasure of being in Deanna Witwer’s piece in Alberta Dance Festival in 2015 with the CB Professional Company. While with SURGE, Caitlin also had the opportunity of attending a Hofesh Shechter workshop. She now trains under Wojtek Mochniej, Melissa Monteros, and Marie-France Forcier in contemporary dance while working on her Double Major in Kinesiology and Dance at University of Calgary. Caitlin performed as a part of Montage in Kyrsten Blair’s piece in 2016. She is also looking forward to performing in Dance at Noon and Dance at Night 2017 at the University. She looks forward to being an apprentice with Corps Bara for a second season.