The CatchingART dancers will be presenting new works this November by:
Charla is currently teaching at the Juilliard School, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, the Metropolitan Opera, Ballet Hispanico, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Previously, she was the artistic director of Ballet Manhattan and the rehearsal director of the American Repertory Ballet. As a choreographer, Charla created several modern ballets for Ballet Manhattan and American Repertory Ballet; staged works for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, American Repertory Ballet, Washington Ballet and Goucher College. She also created roles for Alvin Ailey, Robert Cohan, Daniel Ezralow, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Margot Sappington and Robert North.
Alex trained at the the Palucca School in Dresden before a performing career with the National Theatre in Weimar, Ballet Theatre de Bordeaux, Nevada Dance Theatre and Oregon Ballet Theatre as well as guest artist with a myriad of civic ballet companies in Alabama, California, New Mexico and Texas. Alex is currently working with Ballet Idaho under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos where he serves as ballet master and choreographer for the company. He has worked over the past 10 years as artistic director/choreographer/ballet master with artists from the Alberta Ballet (Canada), Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Compania Naional de Danza (Mexico) and Joven Ballet de Jalisco (Mexico). He is also Artistic Director for Ballet Pro Musica.
Megan performed and taught extensively both nationally and internationally. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Film from the University of California at Berkeley and later graduate training at New York University in Dance Therapy. In New York City she was a principal dancer in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as well as in the companies of Lucinda Childs, Douglas Dunn, and Kenneth King. She has been teaching and choreographing contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University in the School of Contemporary Arts since 2000 as well as in local studios and schools.
Choreographer-in-residence, Ms. Arnold attended the National Ballet School of Canada where she received the prestigious Peter Dwyer Award and Honours standing on her Intermediate and Advanced Cecchetti Ballet Examinations. Upon graduation, she danced with several small companies before joining the National Ballet of Canada from 1992-1995. In 1996, Ms. Arnold joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and quickly rose to First Soloist. She danced a wide and eclectic variety of principal and soloist roles from Concerto Barocco, Nutcracker, Queen of Spades, Giselle and Symphony of Songs to name a few. She was also a favourite muse for many choreographers and worked with such names as Eduoard Lock, Shawn Hounsell, O’had Naharin, Jiri Kylian and Kevin O’Day. 2003 brought Ms. Arnold to Ballet BC where she danced an extensive array of principal roles, from the Woman in Conversation Piece, Tatiana in Faerie Queen, Stella in Streetcar Named Desire and her most notable and last, Carmen in February 2007 and where she was also company teacher from 2004-08. Currently, Ms. Arnold is a sought after teacher for both classical and contemporary as well as adjudicating at dance festival competitions. There are plans to see her choreographing for both Ballet Victoria & Coastal City Ballet in this next year’s season.
Artistic Director, Ms. Sherman graduated from the Pretoria Technikon School for the Performing Arts in South Africa. From there, she went on to dance professionally with the NAPAC Ballet Company in Durban, where she had the opportunity to work with many of the innovators of South African modern and neo-classical dance, as well as perform in all the traditional ballet classics. In South Africa as a student, Astrid’s choreographic work was selected for the ”Dance Umbrella” Choreographic Festival, and she was asked to choreograph for the professional production of “Gracie & Vera” in Johannesburg. Since immigrating to Canada in 1997, she has been able to fulfill her commitment of using dance to affect change through choreography and collaboration with Cecil Hershler of Education without Borders for the “Global Arts Festival”, “World Kindness Festivals” and ”Woza” performances as well as working closely with Canadian composer Michael Conway Baker for various commemorative pieces. In 2010 she was commissioned by The Cottage Farm Society to create and choreograph a full length work depicting the agony of mental illness in the work: “From Shadow to Light” at the Chan Theatre in Vancouver. In addition to developing dance performances for current issues within our communities, Ms. Sherman has choreographed for numerous “Canada Day” celebration presentations, the opening of the North Vancouver Pier, and a host of community events.