Amelia Ehrhardt, photo by Yuula Benivolski

Amelia Ehrhardt, photo by Yuula Benivolski

AMELIA EHRHARDT, CURATOR

Amelia Ehrhardt is a dancer, choreographer, curator, and teacher. Her work deals with the parameters, possibilities, and working conditions of dancemaking. As the Curator of Dancemakers, Toronto, she uses seasonal programming as a kind of macro-choreography, and an artistic institution as a framework for change and hope.  Her work has taken shape in solo improvisation, group choreography, and vociferous use of the internet. Amelia's practice is deeply fed by her work as a teacher. She regularly teaches adult beginner dance but also guest teaches in pre-professional dance training programs (York University, Winnipeg's School of Contemporary Dancers) and the professional dance community. Amelia's teaching is rooted in a social justice oriented pedagogy that insists that a healthy experience and rigorous artistic/physical investigation do not need to be mutually exclusive.  Amelia's work has been supported in residence and presentation across Canada and in situations ranging from itinerant artist-run centres to large institutions. She is the founder of Flowchart: a Series of Performance (now housed at Dancemakers), a former Lover at the Toronto Dance Community Love-In and the inaugural Dance Curator at Summerworks Performance Festival.  She holds an honours BA in Dance Studies from York University and has trained independently in Montréal, New York, and Vienna. Amelia is a 2016 fellow of the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab, a participant in 8 DAYS: a Gathering of Canadian Choreographers, and a 2017 recipient of the danceWEB award. Amelia is based in Toronto and has never lived further than five kilometers from Lake Ontario. 

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 Frances Shakov, photo by Alexandra Shakov

Frances Shakov, photo by Alexandra Shakov

Frances Shakov, General Manager 

Frances is a cultural management specialist with several years of progressive and significant responsibilities in the arts, and with a passion for working with small- to mid-sized budget charitable performing arts organizations. With a toolbox of well-rounded core administration skills, she specializes in operations capacity building, financial management, strategic planning & implementing, public & private sector fund development, marketing communications and volunteer leadership relations. Prior to joining us in January 2016, Frances was the Operations Executive of the national arts education charity ArtsSmarts; the General Manager for Canada’s Ballet Jőrgen; Executive Director at STAF (now known as Generator); and Regent Park School of Music’s founding Executive Director. Tour experience includes trey anthony’s ‘Da Kink in My Hair to London UK; the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s first and only North American tour; and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s first US tour. With a comprehensive background in marketing communications and audience development, Frances was the Marketing Director at the Canadian Opera Company; Marketing Manager for the Bournemouth Symphony; the Marketing and Communications Director at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; and Marketing Officer-Theatre/Music at the National Arts Centre. She has developed and delivered many marketing, grant writing, budgeting and fund development workshops for independent artists in Toronto and Montreal; lectured Theatre Administration for three years at the University of Ottawa; and sat on grant assessment committees for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Theatre Ontario. Frances holds a BA Honours in Theatre from the University of Ottawa; a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration; and a Banff Management for Arts Administrators diploma.

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Tanya Bregstein, Production & Facilities Manager 

Tanya is a Toronto-based Production Manager, Technical Director and Lighting Designer. Prior to stepping into her role at Dancemakers, Tanya spent time working in various productions with many diverse roles, as well as freelancing for a variety of productions throughout her career. Over the last decade, she worked for companies such as Westbury National Show Systems, Production Resource Group, Christie Lites, Diesel Playhouse, Stage West, and at Canada’s Wonderland in the roles of Technical Director, Lighting Board Operator and Head Lighting Technician. Tanya spent several summers with Ontario Place in the role of Event Supervisor, and at Second City as a Stage Manager. She also spent two years abroad working with Carnival Cruise lines as a Production Lighting Technician. Tanya graduated from Sheridan College Theatre Arts – Technical Production program and completed a Certificate in Design at Ryerson.

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Banner photo Andrea Spaziani and Alicia Grant in Alicia's work "Chronic Need". Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh