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Colleen Snell currently works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations in a number of roles. She is an instructor with the Living Arts Centre, Fresh Dance Intensive and Conteur Dance. She is an advanced actor-combatant with Fight Directors Canada, a writer with the Dance Current and a participant in the National Ballet of Canada’s Emerging Dance Critics program. Colleen’s most notable ongoing artistic involvement is with Frog in Hand, a multidisciplinary site specific performance group she co-founded in 2012. With Frog in Hand, Colleen has devised and performed multidisciplinary work with musicians, spoken word poets, actors, fight directors, visual artists and martial artists. Commissions include: Springboard Danse 2015, the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, the Off the Wall Project, Night/Shift Waterloo, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Massive Party, and the Guelph Dance Festival. In 2016 Frog in Hand was shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation’s Artist of Choice Awards. Colleen also works freelance, dancing for Dancemakers (Toronto Nuit Blanche), the Toronto Love-In, Alysa Pires Dance Projects (Toronto Fringe), and TOES for Dance, among others. In August 2016 Colleen was delighted to participate in the Banff Centre’s choreographic lab, moderated by Michael Schumacher and Stephan Laks. Colleen trained in Toronto (CCDT), in Montreal (EDCM), and in England, where she completed a Masters Degree at the London Contemporary Dance School. Colleen’s first full-length production, Creature, will premiere in October 2016 at the Small Arms Building, a heritage factory in Etobicoke. Creature is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Ray Khelawan has been dancing Ballroom and Latin styles for 10 years. She has danced various styles including Belly dancing, Bollywood, Hawaiian and Country Line Dancing. She has an honors degree in American Ballroom and Latin dance from Joy of Dance Studio in Toronto. She has taught in various places like the YMCA of Greater Toronto, Blueheel Dance Studio, Dance to the Rhythm and Arthur Murray Dance Studio. She is currently teaching at The Salsa Club in Streetsville, Mississauga. She has competed at an amateur level, and performed in many venues, including The Old Mill, The Madison, Ryerson Theatre, the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, Famee Furlane, and Le Dome. Currently, she enjoys social dancing and teaching people how to dance, and believes in the joy and happiness that dance brings to people's lives.
Hilary is a Toronto-based professional dancer, actor, singer, and arts educator. She studied Music Theatre Performance at St. Clair College in Windsor, and her work since then has landed her roles in theatre, television, film, commercials, and music videos. Some performance highlights include opening for Elton John and Sara Bareilles at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, and touring a full-length contemporary dance show across Dubai. Hilary also shares her love for the arts as a dance and drama instructor, teaching classes at studios, public and private schools, and community groups across the GTA.
Clara has been intensively training in bellydancing the past 10 years. In 2007, she was accepted by The Rhythm of the Nile Dance Company under the direction of native Egyptian, Nada El Masriya. There, she specialized in Egyptian Folklore and performed with them for 2 years. She performed with BellyUp’s professional troupe, Ala Nar for 3 years and studied with the masters of bellydance in Egypt at the Nile Festival including Mahmoud Reda, Farida, Mona El Said, and Nour. She has completed Hadia’s Teacher Training in Bellydancing and is also certified as a Sexy Fit Instructor through DivaGirl Fitness. She became passionate about Latin dancing and Zumba so obtained her certification in Zumba Level 1 and 2, Toning, and Step. She also learned Polynesian dance through Pacific Magic and dabbled in hip hop and ballroom. Her strengths are her grace and ability to feel and interpret the music, as well as, her genuine love and passion of this dance. She is a generous teacher, open to sharing her knowledge with her students. Her background in nursing ensures that classes are safe and ergonomically correct and she loves to instill a sense of accomplishment for the students in every class, no matter what their skill level.