Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson is a Franco-Ontarian dance artist and writer from Orléans, Ontario. She is a graduate of The Quinte Ballet School of Canada and The School of Dance's Post-Secondary Dance Programme. During her time there she was fortunate to work with notable Canadian dance artists and choreographers including Sylvie Desrosiers, Peter Boneham, Heidi Strauss, Emmanuel Jouthe, Serge Bennathan, Peggy Baker and Darryl Tracy, and had the chance to begin creating her own choreography.
Since graduating, Elizabeth performed pieces by Robert Desrosiers and Yvonne Coutts in Canada Dance Festival 2016’s 50 Dancer Project and Young Professionals Showcase, as well as working with Benoit Lachambre of Par B.L.eux on That choreographs us, Wakefield artist Jordan Samonas’ on the north, and co-artistic director of Propeller Dance Shara Weaver on site-specific work. She has created and performed trio Trans/mission 12510 for Dark Horse Dance Projects with Lois Chan and Jessica Hotte, her solo floating leg & gather arms as guest artist to The School of Dance, and her duet Letters to My Friend, inspired by the parameters of Alice Munro’s writing, at The Movement Gallery. Elizabeth produced, directed, wrote and choreographed in TAKE UP SPACE presents little dances / petites danses in support of Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre, which took place at Ottawa’s The Art House Cafe this January.
Currently taking part in Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program, Elizabeth has participated in the University of Calgary’s Dance Montage and initiated a project of site-specific improvisation entitled Open, Wide & Relentless Series. Her writing has been published by The Dance Current, Polar Expressions Publishing, RockStar Magazine and River of Words, to name a few, and serves as creative impetus for and in her dancemaking.
Taylor Ritchie is an accomplished emerging performer and dance teacher. Growing up in Calgary, she explored a wide variety of dance styles and completed her RAD Advanced 1 Ballet exam. Her passions led her to the University of Calgary, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, with a concentration in choreography and performance with distinction. During this time, Taylor worked with distinguished choreographers and teachers including Melanie Kloetzel, Davida Monk, Wojciech Mochniej, Milan Kozanek, and Louis Laberge-Cote. After taking six months to travel abroad and complete a certificate in discipleship through Youth With A Mission, Taylor has returned to the Calgary dance community. Performing with Kloetzel&Co., Ember Dance Company, and Corps Bara, Taylor is blessed to continue pursuing her passions in a multitude of avenues.
Heidi Schmidtke began training at Crossings Dance, Calgary, in ballet, contemporary and modern styles, supplementing her training with the Alberta Ballet summer intensive. Heidi danced for seven seasons with Corps Bara’s former youth company, which offered her many opportunities to perform various pieces and study with many experienced choreographers. While at Crossings, Heidi achieved her Advanced 2 RAD ballet exam which allowed her to follow one of her greatest dreams. The Genée International Ballet Competition in 2015 took her to London England where she was inspired by the Royal Academy of Dance to study ballet full time. Heidi was accepted into the Goh ballet Academy’s youth performance company where she performed in the productions of the Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf and the Beijing Arts Festival in China. Heidi then joined Ballet Jorgen’s junior company summer intensive where she studied under Ballet Jorgen faculty, company members and guest choreographers Gadfly and Mafa Makhubalo. When Heidi returned to Calgary she started training with the O2 training program and performed at the Rocky Mountain Salsa Gala, the Alberta Culture days event, and in a music video for an emerging pop artist. Heidi is excited to join Corps Bara Dance Theatre for its 2017/18 season.
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’s former youth dance company for seven years, Corps Bara Dance Theatre for two, and SURGE by W&M Dance for one year as well. Caitlin also had the pleasure of being in Deanna Witwer’s piece in Alberta Dance Festival 2015 as part of Corps Bara, and while with SURGE, Caitlin had the rare opportunity to attend a Hofesh Shechter workshop. She now trains under Wojtek Mochniej, Melissa Monteros, Melanie Kloetzel, 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 also performed in Dance at Noon and Dance at Night 2017 at the University. Caitlin is currently looking forward to participating in Melanie Kloetzel's piece in Mainstage at U of C.She looks forward to her third season with Corps Bara.