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Spenser McRae

Founder/Co-Director

 Spenser McRae began dancing at the age of two and trained as a competitive dancer at Premiere Dance Inc. in a wide variety of styles. She holds a BA Dance Degree from the University of Calgary and, following graduation, she completed a pre-professional training program with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. She found a deep connection to all things jazz which influenced her own unique style. She then moved abroad to Edinburgh for two years where she continued to perform and teach, as well as volunteer at the Royal National Institute for the Blind, where she led dance classes for sight-impaired adults. In August 2014 Spenser was accepted as one of six interns to take part in the Glasgow Commonwealth Dance Exchange with Ombetja Yehinga Organisation’s dance troupe in Namibia. She taught and trained with Namibia’s only professional dance company and, collaboratively, they created a piece about gender-based violence which was performed around the country to educate youth about this prevalent issue. More recently, Spenser completed the Arts Management Post-Graduate program at Humber College in Toronto, and within the last year she worked as an administrative intern with Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, and an editorial intern with The Dance Current.

She is currently an administrator and dance teacher at Innovative Rhythm Dance Studios in Etobicoke, and she also continues to discover ways to share her passion with others as a freelance guest teacher and choreographer.

 

 

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Mahesh Halkeri

Co-Director

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Mahesh began dancing at the age of five with his roots in indigenous folk dance and yogic movements. He began his early training with his mother, Chetana Halkeri - a professional folk dancer -  and was later introduced to further styles such as contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and ballet. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Mumbai University, Mahesh moved to Toronto and received his Post Graduate Certificates in Event Management and Arts Management. He gained valuable experience working for reputable arts organizations, such as Dancemakers, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, and Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, where he was given the opportunity to contribute his passion for the arts and events. Last summer, Mahesh performed in Canada’s biennial repertory festival dance made in Canada in the world premiere of a new contemporary work “Welcome to our Home – Tangled”, directed and choreographed by Hanna Kiel.

He is currently researching body-consciousness movement to develop an integrative movement healing practice which combines the chakra energy system, sacred geometry and natural light.