Since 2006, Kelli Wray has been the facilitator of Meditation In MOVEment, held Uptown SJ, inviting others to enjoy the freedom of barefoot dancing. These workshops have been offered at Elizabeth Fry Society Retreats allowing women to discover empowerment through dance. Kelli is an Interpretive Dancer, sharing the art of storytelling through movement. She's collaborated with talented musicians, dancing bodies, and gifted poet. She finds inspiration through Modern dance workshops, yoga, tai chi and African drumming & dance. She recently presented work in collaboration with Clyde Wray for Canada's 150 celebrations The Bridge Project with Solo Chicken Productions representing the journey of Black Loyalists. She performed at the opening of photographer Jim Des Rivières exhibit Winged Tapestries, Moths At Large Sept 2015 NB Museum. She danced the opening for The Women Of Distinction Awards held NB Museum 2015 and Marco Polo Cruise Terminal 2016. She’s worked with choreographer Marcia Dysart in A Girl Adrift In Man’s Work, performing this excerpt from Molly Kool tribute Under Sail with Connection Dance Works at Contact East PEI 2015.
Kelli completed MOVE residency with Canadian renowned choreographer Peggy Baker performing group installation piece at Beaverbrook Art Gallery March 2014. She has performed in Clyde A. Wray productions The Wind and Excuse Me Lord But I Didn't Hear You held Imperial Theatre. In 2010 she collaborated and performed at the Acadian Games Ceremonies Harbour Station for the lowering of the Acadian flag. Kelli continues to share her craft in performances at annual festivals including Your History Can Begin Today In Black & White sponsored by PRUDE Inc, SJ Contemporary Dance Festival, and with Rondos Dance Theatre. Kelli enjoys the creative process of layering movements with motion and continues to evolve the artistry of storytelling through dance.
Originally from Halifax Nova Scotia, Julian Czenze dived into dance at the age of 4. After almost 10 years of it taking more and more importance he moved to Montreal in 2009 to study at École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec. During his time there, he was taught by Samuel Abramian and Olivier Wecxsteen, among others; he danced in creations by James Gregg, Mario Radacovsky, Susan Gaudreau and Sophie-Estel Fernandez. Wanting to go deeper into contemporary dance he enrolled in a DEC in performance at École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal. He had the opportunity to dance the repertoire of Hélène Blackburn and Marie Chouinard, In addition to original works by Angélique Willkie, Darryl Tracy, Deborah Dunn, Parts+Labour_Danse, Sam Coren, Alan Lake and Germán Jauregui. After graduation in 2017, he intends to develop his choreographic voice and explore the possible relations that exist within human lives and the relation between the audience and performers.
Stephanie Mitro is a dancer from Toronto, Ontario with a focus in contemporary, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, acrobatics and hip hop dance. She graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA degree in Theatre Performance Dance in 2008, completed the Professional Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in 2009 and performed events for many choreographers and dance companies on the West and East Coast. As a choreographer, professional performance groups, competitive studios, workshops, schools and dance festivals have presented her work across Canada. She is the co-founder of Votive Dance Company in Halifax. She has performed in different festivals across Canada with Votive Dance and has danced in the commercial field as well.
Kathleen Doherty is a dancer, choreographer, improviser and teacher based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After completing her Bachelor's of Commerce degree at Saint Mary's University (Halifax), Kathleen moved to Calgary to attend Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program. Upon returning to Halifax in 2012, Kathleen co-founded Votive Dance, and has worked as Artistic Director since its inception. She is a founder and co-director of Verge, a music and dance ensemble and also works as administrative Director with Kinetic Studio, and as General Manager with suddenlyLISTEN Music. Recently, Kathleen has enjoyed creative and performance opportunities with Votive Dance, Mocean Dance, Kinetic Studio, Connection Dance Works, The Atlantic Dance Residency, Alberta Dance Festival, Kara Friesen, Verge and Caravan Theatre.
Kathleen enjoys teaching jazz and modern throughout Halifax, mainly as the primary jazz instructor with The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Kathleen completed a movement research residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland this past June, and she will create a full length work inspired by her time and experiences there, to be presented in Halifax in March 2018 by the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
Kate Henderson is 16 years old and attends Kennebecasis Valley High School. She has been studying dance for 9 years at KidSing Performance School. She has participated in several musicals with KVHS and KV Players and has presented choreography at Emerge and various dance competitions. She would like to thank her family and dance school for all of their support as well as Connection Dance Works for giving her this opportunity.