Meet the Team that makes Artists’ Play!
Meet the Team that makes Artists’ Play!
Artistic Director/Instructor (Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Modern)
A professional dancer, choreographer and instructor in Toronto, Elizabeth is the Artistic Director and founder of Artists’ Play School of Dance and Company.
Elizabeth has created and performed in over thirty small works and produced four larger productions which premiered at festivals and showcases such as Series 8:08, Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFida), Atlantic Fringe Festival, Squiggfest, Toronto Fringe Festival 2008 and 2009, LABCAB Festival and her own productions, Artists’ Play…a Cabaret!.
Beyond her own productions, Elizabeth has performed with groups such as Corpus, Parahumans Dance Theatre, The International Tango Festival, with independent choreographers such as Siona Jackson and most recently, an aerial performance at Zero Gravity Circus. She has also acted in various theatre shows, performed with a comedy troupe and worked with independent films within Toronto.
Hailing from Manitoba, Elizabeth was trained classically at the Brandon School of Dance, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was mentored by Arnold Spohr. After training in Jazz, Modern and Contemporary at JazzArt, Grant MacEwan and the Banff Center of Fine Arts, she then went on to graduate from the George Brown Dance Diploma Program where she studied under Ballet Jorgen.
Elizabeth has toured England with Parahumans Dance Theatre, where she facilitated workshops for children in public schools. She has also worked for Arts for Children in public schools and was the dance instructor in the AFC Arts Adventure camp in 2007, besides creating and directing her own performing arts summer school. She has choreographed many musicals in high-schools and created in-depth performances for her students to perform at community events such as public school fun fairs, the Riverside BIA’s events and large scale year end performances for her own school. Elizabeth continues to educate herself through the Professional Development program at the National Ballet School of Canada.
Having been performing and teaching in the Riverdale/Leslieville area since 2003, she is thrilled to be sharing her love and knowledge of dance with children and adults alike at Artists’ Play School of Dance. Elizabeth is excited to maintain working within various schools and communities aiding with the introduction of professional dance and creative movement to children and youth.
General Manager/Instructor (Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz)
A professional dancer, instructor and musician, Jason is the Co-Artistic Director of Artists’ Play Dance Theatre school and company.
Jason co-choreographed and performed with Artists’ Play at The Atlantic Fringe Festival, fFIDA, Toronto International Dance Festival and various cabaret improvisations and performances. Other performances include the Fritz Helder and the Phantoms and Parahumans Dance Theatre. In television, Jason was aired on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation as an opening credit hip hop dancer.
Jason studied jazz, ballet and modern at Ryerson University and had the opportunity to work with David Earle, D.A. Hoskins, Mark Christman, Stelio Calagias and Nadia Potts. He was chosen to show work in the Ryerson Choreographic Works 2002 with his piece “Lost & Calling”. Having trained at various schools in the west since the age of 5, Jason acquired many styles which lead him to flourish in contemporary, hip hop and jazz.
Musically, Jason writes, plays and produces his own music for dance productions and for his own band, Along the Lines. His first piece for stage, ‘A City Reflection’ was showcased as part of Artists’ Play’s “Love & Life” in the 2007 Atlantic Fringe Festival. Since then Jason has created music for larger productions such as “The Reservation and “HeartSurge”.
Jason has choreographed various musicals for high schools and communities across Canada and continues to create work for dancers of all ages. He has taught creative movement at various schools in the GTA. Jason is thrilled to be sharing dance with children and adults as the instructor of Mighty Moves, Hip Hop and Modern Movement at Artists’ Play Dance Theatre.
Jennifer Fell received her professional dance training at George Brown College. She has been living and working as an independent artist in Toronto since 2001.
She has performed with such companies as Circus Orange, A2D2 Aerial Dance, LaRouge Entertainment, Koba Family Entertainment, La Belle Danse Baroque Company, Blue Ceiling Dance, and Goodness Gracious Fire Dancers.
Jennifer began teaching Ballet, Modern and Jazz at the Morée School of Dance. She has taught classes for Artists Play, The Swansea School of Dance, Turning Point Academy, George Brown College, Leslieville 80′s Babies, and is a Coach at Centre of Gravity Circus.
Rehearsal Director for the George Brown Dance Performance Ensemble since 2005, Jennifer also represents Ballet Jörgen Canada as Rehearsal Director for various youth casts in The Group of Seven Nutcracker.
Having toured to Barbados, Dubai, Bahrain, across America and Canada, Jennifer is happy to be home sharing the love of dance and aerial with all those eager to learn.