Dance Adjudicators

Stage Dance

Alysa Pires

Choreographer Alysa Pires has created works for Ballet Kelowna, Citie Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Cadence Ballet, Ryerson University, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and more. Alysa was one of the 2017 winners of Northwest Dance Project’s International Choreographic Competition. Her company, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, made its critically acclaimed full-length debut with Exterminating Angel at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. Alysa is currently working with the National Ballet of Canada as part of their Choreographic Workshop. Upcoming projects the remounting of Exterminating Angel.

Alysa provided choreography and movement direction for The Women and War Project, a series of world premiere plays by Judith Thompson (CAN), Velina Hasu Houston (USA) and Timberlake Wertenbaker (UK) that toured through Greece in 2012. Her work in theatre also includes choreography for ten musicals as well as the first workshop of a new commission for the Los Angeles Opera. In 2014, Alysa represented Canada in Glasgow, Scotland as part of the Tin Forest Theatre Festival in celebration of the Commonwealth Games.

She has remounted two works for the Emerging Artist Intensives in Toronto: Valkyria (Winter 2013, Winter 2016) and …keeping in mind they may be behind you (Summer 2014). Alysa was one of four choreographers selected from a pool of international applicants for DanceEast’s ChoreoLab in Ipswich, England. Here she developed i am vertical, which received its Canadian premiere as part of the 2015 dance:made in Canada Festival.

During her 2015/2016 residency at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, Alysa created three new works for her company including Exterminating Angel, a NOW Magazine Critic’s Pick and one of the Torontoist’s Highlights of Fringe.

Alysa is a Honours BFA graduate from the Ryerson School of Performance and was the recipient of the 2015 Jack McAllister Award, which recognizes alumni accomplishment in the professional world. For more information, visit www.alysapires.com or follow Alysa on social media @alysapires or @alysapiresdanceprojects.

 

Classical Ballet and Modern Dance

Ivana Ho

Ivana Ho graduated from The National Ballet School of Prague, Czech Republic before embarking on her career with many ballet companies throughout Europe and Canada including Ontario Ballet Theatre, Ballet BC and Ballet Victoria. She was part of an international cast in the musical The Rocky Horror show with Kaleidoscope theatre and recently choreographed musical Cabaret for a local theatre company.

Ivana is an accomplished choreographer creating dance works for films, musicals and dance schools around Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Over the years she has developed unique approach to her students stemming from strict years in the post-communist Czech Republic and from years of extensive performing and teaching in Canada. She always tries to find ways to bring out individual’s strengths in class and on stage. Ivana is the Director of Bohemia Ballet Company and collaborates regularly with Vancouver Island Symphony creating a new repertoire with live music and dance.