Canadian Contingency to Re:generations Conference in Birmingham, UK.
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Canadian Contingency to participate at Re:generations Conference in Birmingham, UK November 3-5, 2016

dance Immersion has been working over the past few years strategizing on various initiatives that foster exchange  between Canadian and UK artists. Thanks to the support from the Canada Council for the arts we will be bringing 22 Canadians to participate in UK's Re:generations Conference. This conference, provides an opportunity to raise the profile of Canadian dance artists from the African Diaspora by sharing artistic views, practices and performances during this  three-day event.
The Re:generations Conference is the UK’s only international platform dedicated to academic and artistic of shared practice, research and international perspectives in the field of Dance of the African Diaspora.
dance Immersion has chosen a group of intergenerational individuals/companies who represent different professional skill sets and experiences that form this contingency.  Senior and Emerging voices will represent in a diverse style of expressions that Canadians will bring to this conference.
Canadians who will participate include:  John Alleyne (Montreal), Ghislaine Dote with Roger Sinha (7 people - Montreal),  Jasmyn Fyffe (Jasmyn Fyffe Dance- 4 people- Toronto),  Esie Mensah- 4 people- Toronto), Kevin Ormsby (KasheDance - 5 people-Toronto) and Vivine Scarlett (Toronto)

Thank you Canada Council for the Arts for your support.
John Alleyne (Montreal)  was born in Barbados and immigrated to Canada in 1965. After graduating from The National Ballet School in Toronto in 1978, he joined the Stuttgart Ballet where he began his choreographic career, creating numerous compelling works for the Noverre workshop and the company’s repertoire. After his return to Canada in 1984, he joined The National Ballet of Canada as a First Soloist, accepting the position as the company’s resident choreographer from 1990 to 1992.  Alleyne was appointed Artistic Director of Ballet BC in 1992, where he created one act and full-length ballets to expand Ballet BC’s contemporary ballet repertoire. Alleyne implemented assertive outreach strategies for strengthening the company’s identity locally, nationally and internationally. He developed collaborative approaches to choreographing and presenting contemporary work, evolving a signature Ballet BC style, and actively encouraged artists from various mediums to partake in the spirit of creativity and innovative thought inherent within the company.  Dedicated to the development of his craft, Alleyne’s choreography is noted for its technical complexity and innovative expansion of the classical ballet lexicon. During his tenure at Ballet BC, Alleyne developed audience awareness and greater accessibility and appreciation of dance through numerous community outreach initiatives and educational programs, which directly supported the environment of innovation and creativity inside the company dynamic.
Ghislaine Dote (Montreal) - Originally from the Central African Republic, Ghislaine Koyere Dote is a dancer, choreographer and Composer. Since she completed her BA in contemporary dance in Montreal (2002) she has been a choreographer and composer of the music for her pieces. Her first piece L’amentation (2002) was praised by both Montreal and Toronto dance critics. Her solo piece, Performance (2004) caught the eye of Montreal dance critic and writer Aline Apoltolska. Male de femme (2006), a piece dedicated to women, touched the Montreal public.  In November 2007, she produced the event About Black Dance in which she premiered a new version of L’amentation entitled Variations sur Lamentation. As a dancer, Ghislaine’s broad view of dance has allowed her to have experience in both the contemporary field and the entertainment field. She has worked as an apprentice for the Van Grimde Corps Secret Company (fall 2004). In 2005, after being noticed by journalist and writer Aline Apoltolska, the latter asked her to perform and compose the music of Du vent, a dance and literature piece. She has also worked with company Flak (Jose Navas, 2007) and was recently hired by the Sinha Danse Company (Roger Sinha, 2007). Her experience in the entertainment field involves: Festival Just for Laughs, TVA Show, On a pas toute la soiree, Cirque du Soleil, African music group Laobe, and since 2008, Luc Plamondon’s Rock Opera Starmania.
Roger Sinha (Montreal) - was eight when he arrived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, he moved to Montreal and began rapidly fruitful collaborations in the arts community buzzing. He danced for Jean-Pierre Perreault in the famous work, Joe , and met several dancers and choreographers such as Hélène Blackburn, Tom Stroud, Pierre Paul Savoie and Daniel Soulières. In 1991, he created Sinha Danse and begins to develop a choreographic language which his Indian origins and Canadian culture challenge. In these creations unite, in fact, the mudras of Bharata Natyam (a native dance of southern India), martial arts and contemporary dance, creating hybrid choreography and so distinctive that he knows.  Roger Sinha, dancer, choreographer, director was born to an Armenian mother and an Indian father, but grew up in England and Canada with little comprehension of his Indian heritage. He describes himself as better acquainted with fish and chips than curry. Inspired by his own duality, Sinha's career traces cross-cultural tensions in East-West relations. Marrying the angularity, stamping and delicate hand gestures of the South Indian classical dance,bharatanatyam, with martial arts and the fluidity, emotionalism and staging of contemporary dance, his vigorous style is instantly recognizable.  In 1991 Roger Sinha founded his own company, Misrasena, which became Sinha Danse in 1999.

Jasmyn Fyffe (Toronto) - is making her mark on the Toronto dance scene as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.  A choreographer described as “Alvin Ailey meets street dancer,” (Allan Ferguson – Director: Nelly Furtado Music Video), her work is created within a movement style that is an eclectic blend of her versatile training background while maintaining a strong contemporary foundation. Jasmyn has performed in the touring musical UMOJA and has danced for Grammy Award winning artist Nelly Furtado. In 2012, Jasmyn was nominated for the first ever Young Center Dance Awards, she sits on the faculty for the Toronto Pre-professional Scholarship Dance Program (Lindsay Ritter) and was delighted to be a guest choreographer and Mentor for Dare to Dance 2012 and proudly had the opportunity to dance in Washington, D.C. at an inaugural event.  Most recently, one of Jasmyn Fyffe's works entitled 'Pulse', was selected to be presented in the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival this past June and was quite successfully remounted for the show! This year Ms. Fyffe has also co-choreographed and co-produced the highly the dance-theatre show “Gimme One Riddim” with fellow choreographer Natasha Powell and will be remounting the show in early 2014.   “She’s a young artist whose body of work is developing in a style all her own.” (Sway magazine – Anya Wassenberg) 

Esie Mensah (Toronto) - is a Canadian multi-disciplinary performing artist and choreographer. Since successfully graduating from George Brown in 2007 Esie has built an extensive resume becoming the most successful student since the inception of the Commercial Dance program. Her immense talent, larger than life stage presence and personality have captivated audiences all around the world. She continues to be one of the most sought after dancers in the industry with appearances in the Walt Disney “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”, Coca Cola’s “Freestyle” commercial and Shawn Desman's movie Alive. Esie has danced with industry icons Janelle Monae , Marianas Trench, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, Jully Black, Deborah Cox, Anjulie and Cascada.  Her Afro House choreography debuted on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Recently she’s choreographed a music video for Blake McGrath’s new single “Heaven”. In 2012 she partnered with World Vision Canada to choreograph a youth musical about the economic imbalances in our society entitled “The Other Side of the River”. She was the recipient of the 2014 Black Canadian Best Contemporary Dance Act. She has performed on stage with the hit South African musical Umoja and spent six months in China performing on live television with recording artists across the country. Esie is the co-choreographer of Artists in Motion, and a fan favorite of the traditional African company Lua Shayenne & Co."

Kevin A. Ormsby (Toronto) -  Artistic Director of KasheDance, works independently as an Arts Marketing Consultant, dance teacher, choreographer, and movement coach. He started his training at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in the Dance and Drama Departments and continued his career with Ballet Creole, Ron A. Taylor Dance among others in Toronto and has performed in the works of Ron K. Brown, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Gesel Mason and Allison Cummings. A company member with Garth Fagan Dance (New York) for six years, Kevin further developed his artistry and passion for dance. He is the Dance Animateur at the Living Arts Centre, a Consultant for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), and a member of Wind in the Leaves Collective. A passionate advocate of Dance Education, writing and outreach, he has presented papers and sat on panels in the US, Caribbean, Canada and has been published in “ Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come” (2012). He is on the Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Committee and also lends his efforts as Chair of the Dance Companies’ Standing Council at Canadian Dance Assembly.

Vivine Scarlett (Toronto) - is an administrator, choreographer, and instructor, whose artistic goals and aspirations are rooted in the love of dance. She is Founder and Program Director for dance Immersion, an organization that presents, produces and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora while providing a number of diverse programs for children and adults.  As former Artistic Director and performing member of the Usafiri Dance & Drum Ensemble, Vivine created and presented works in both traditional influenced African and contemporary African dance styles. Vivine’s contributions to the field of dance are generated from an energy that has fuelled her passion leading her on a journey for over 34 years of giving and serving through the arts.  Drawn to all kinds of dance expressions and movement, Ms. Scarlett’s passion has manifested many experiences that have served Canadian artists of African descent with opportunities that have laid a foundation for continued growth and representation.  Vivine is the recipient of the 2011 Planet Africa Heritage Award received for her contributions.   In 2008 she received a Chalmers Arts Fellowships to work with youth in Ghana, West Africa. Her choreographic endeavours in the theatre production of "The Adventures of a Black Girl in search of God" won her a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2002 and her work in "The Freedom of dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela" received a Dora nomination in 2003. Ms. Scarlett is the 2005 K.M. Hunter Dance Artist award winner and has taught for numerous institutions and organizations throughout Canada.  She continues her creative explorations as a freelance choreographer.

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