ProArteDanza is completely indebted to a group of dedicated, passionate (and overworked) volunteers without whom, all would be lost:
Krista Kerr (chair) Cathy Lace (director) Joanna Ivey (co-founder, secretary) Susan Colbert Wright (director) Moze Mossanen (director)
John Ottmann’s career spans 28 years and encompasses the roles and responsibilities of a dancer, choreographer, teacher, rehearsal director and artistic director. He has garnered a reputation as a highly versatile dance artist and inspiring mentor known for pushing and crossing the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance. A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Ottmann has worked with numerous companies including the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet British Columbia, Fortier Danse Créations, Holy Body Tattoo, Mascall Dance and he co-founded the collective, Quorum. Ottmann has also taught and/or rehearsal directed for organizations including: Random Dance, Cirque du Soleil (“ZAIA”), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, BJM Danse, La La La Human Steps, Coleman Lemieux Company, Compangnie Marie Chouinard, O Vertigo Danse, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theater, Ballet BC, Dutch National Ballet, Transformation Danse, Main Dance Bridging Program, Simon Fraser University, LADMMI. Ottmann’s choreographic work has been shown at The Canada Dance Festival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Fringe Festival Montreal, Dancing on the Edge Festival, and the National Ballet of Canada choreographic workshop. Ottmann served as the Artistic Director of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada where he implemented his progressive approach to teaching and mentoring dancers. Presently he is also a course director at York University and working on a MFA degree in dramaturgy for dance.
Melissa JJ Moore is a Toronto based choreographer and producer. JJ is originally from Burlington, Ontario, where she began her training. She then pursued her post secondary education at Ryerson University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Dance Performance. JJ took her creative skills to the TV and Film industry from the moment to she moved to Toronto. She enjoyed many years as a commercial dancer contributing to TV shows and films, such as; The L.A. Complex, I, Martin Short Goes Home, Lost Girl, Silent Hill, Skins, The Strain, Bomb Girls, Much Music Video Awards, The Next Step as well as commercials, music videos and live events. JJ’s love of choreography started at a young age. She choreographed her first official project at the age of 13 where she alone set a 40-person community holiday musical. Since then, she learned much about the industry acting as associate choreographer under Amy Wright with many projects, such as; The Next Step, IIFA, Lost Girl, Wingin It, The Town Christmas Forgot, Happy Town and many more. For 6 years JJ was the resident choreographer for St Andrew’s College, working under Broadway and West End director, William Scoular, choreographing many musicals such as; Spring Awakening, Grease, Lord of the Flies, A Chorus Line, Crazy For You as well as many original works. Her most recent credits include choreographing 60 episodes of Family Channel’s hit show, Backstage. JJ not only choreographed for Backstage but also cast all dancers and supported the entire project as one of the show’s consulting producers for both season 1 & 2. She also recently co-choreographed with Roberto Campanella Hallmark’s, A Nutcracker Christmas with Amy Acker, Sasha Radetsky and dancers from the National Ballet of Canada. JJ has earned the reputation of being strategically organized from casting to shooting and delivering the creative team’s vision.
Johanna Bergfelt was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. She has an extensive performance background beginning with Östgötabaletten in Sweden where she worked for six years. She later joined Norrdans, and Barents Dance Ensemble. She came to Canada in 2000 and was a dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre for six years. She has worked with numerous choreographers and companies including Kate Alton, Louis Laberge-Côté and ProArteDanza to name a few. Ms. Bergfelt has been nominated three times for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. She teaches regularly at Canada’s National Ballet School, In Studio, GMD, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Toronto Dance Theatre.