Born and raised in Guelph ON, Drew Berry is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary performance artist and teacher. Her mediums include dance, theatre, photography, videography, and classical piano. In 2016, Drew joined Rock Bottom Movement as a company member and since has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Canadian Stage, Canada’s National Ballet Open Space Program, and Toronto Dance Theatre as well as performing in five full-length works. Her most recent production with Rock Bottom Movement, hollow mountain, was awarded two Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. Drew performed in the ensemble of No Woman’s Land, by Jaberi Dance Theatre co-presented by DanceWorks, which was nominated for 5 Dora Mavor Moore awards and will be touring Ontario in spring 2021. Drew also works with Kaeja d’Dance as a dancer, marketing & development assistant, photographer/ videographer and over the last 3 years has been working closely with Karen Kaeja as a scribe, documenting her latest project which is set to premiere in 2021.Other collaborators include Frog in Hand, Emma Kerson, Nico Al Ajillio, Irma Villafuerte, Kate Hilliard, Opera 5, Alias Dance Project, Nostos Collective. Film/TV Credits include: Titans TV series (Netflix), Stevie (Alter Ego Films), Mary Kills People (Global), Reign (The CW), and A Nutcracker Christmas (Hallmark). Drew is on faculty at Centennial College teaching Ballet and Choreography and is working for Quinte Ballet School of Canada as their Social Media Manager. Drew grew up training at Anna Marie Oliver School of Dance in Guelph, completed her post-graduate training at Quinte Ballet School of Canada, and holds her BFA (Honours) from the Performance Dance program at Ryerson University.
Rowen is currently completing her BFA Honours at York University in the joint National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Rowen trained in modern and contemporary technique forms while performing with the Guelph Youth Dance Company in which she had the opportunity to perform nationally and internationally, including a China tour in 2016. Rowen participated in the 2019/20 York Dance Ensemble where she was able to work with renowned choreographers and dance artists such as Susan Lee, Raine Madison, and Sophie Goyette-Hamels. In June 2019, Rowen premiered her piece disparu in the Guelph Dance Festival’s Emerging Artists Program. She has had the opportunity to train with Iratxe Ansa of Metamorphosis Method and Hannes Langolf at the b12 festival in Berlin, Germany. Upon graduation Rowen will continue to work as a performer, choreographer and teacher.
After graduating from York University’s Dance Program, Janet Johnson spent six years in Toronto. While there she co-founded the eclectic company, Pedestrian Waltz Dance Project, whose work was performed on rooftops, art galleries, sidewalks as well as at the Canada Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival and in DanceWorks’ Mainstage series.
Since 1994 Janet has been choreographing independently of PWDP through various commissions and with the financial assistance from the Laidlaw Foundation and in 2011 formed her own dance company, Portal Dance Project. Janet has had the pleasure of presenting her choreography at such forums as the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Peterborough New Dance Series and DanceWorks Dance Series. Janet has danced for a number of diverse Toronto-based choreographers & since moving to Guelph, DanceTheatre David Earle (1998-2012), Toronto choreographers; Sue Lee, Karen Kaeja, Kathleen Rea & Montreal choreographer Suzanne Miller.
Janet has been living in the Guelph area since 1995 where she actively pursues outreach dance efforts through teaching. Janet has been a resident modern dance teacher in Guelph, McMaster University’s Centre for Dance, George Brown, University of Waterloo and is a frequent recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Arts in Education Grant.
Since 1998 Janet has been co-founder and co-artistic director of the successful Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival and co-founded the GYDTP in 2006. Janet Johnson and partner Catrina von Radecki were nominated for the YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction award in 2007 for their contribution to Arts and Culture in Guelph. Janet received her masters in dance in 2010 & became certified in both Conditioning-with- Imagery & Gyrokinesis in 2014. Janet is also the proud mother of four children.
Catrina graduated with a BFA in dance from Concordia University (Montreal) in 1992. She has studied and taught at the innovative European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem Holland and Düsseldorf, Germany as well as independently in Montreal, Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph.
She has danced for the international renowned Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montreal), Dance Alliance (Germany) and various independent choreographers (Montreal, Guelph).
Catrina is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Guelph Dance Festival, which is now in its 21st year. Catrina is the Co-Artistic Director of Guelph Youth Dance and is the Managing Director of the the GYD training program.
Catrina was awarded the YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction award in 2008 for her contribution to Arts and Culture in Guelph.
Catrina is a certified Open Source Forms teacher, after three years of summer training in Seattle Washington with Stephanie Skura. Open Source Forms focuses on cross-fertilizations and deep commonalities of Skinner Releasing Technique and creative process, guided by the philosophy that the source of creativity and wisdom is available in each of us.
In the summer of 2019 Catrina completed the one-week Summer Institute for Dance Teachers at the Creative Dance Centre in Seattle where she was learning the BrainDance Methodology. Catrina is excited to bring all these new inspiring methods to her classes!
Kelly Steadman began her dance training at Royal City School of Ballet and later became a graduate of Ryerson University’s B.F.A. program in Dance and Theatre Studies. Shortly after graduation she extended her training in both Argentina and Taiwan. She is a founding member of Fall On Your Feet Movement Collective and an active member of the Dancetheatre David Earle community. Kelly has worked independently with various acclaimed Canadian choreographers, as well as created works for local dance students. She has a sincere enthusiasm for seeing her students succeed by discovering their unique potential through expressive movement. She is honoured to be welcomed as a teacher for the Guelph Youth Dance Training Program.