Why We Started

The Alias Dance Project International Summer Intensive is dedicated to providing progressive opportunities for exceptional dance training, research, development, and a platform for presentation. Our vision is to stimulate the development of a new dance culture in Canada. The workshop leaders and class disciplines are carefully curated to offer an affluent program of alternative dance training methods, providing structures for learning that are inclusive of dance artists from all disciplines. They are selected not only for their extraordinary aptitude as artists and teachers, but for their artistic practices being aligned with Alias’ mandate. They are each accomplished artists and educators; they have a unique approach to movement that breaks convention; they are open to exploration and collaboration; they are sensitive and humble; they strive to encourage artistic growth; and they are unexpected.

The Alias Dance Project International Summer Intensive is brought to you by, Artistic Director and Curator, Lauren Cook, with Programming and Management Support from Assistant Artistic Director, Caitlin Amodeo

Lauren Cook is the Artistic Director of Alias Dance Project, a choreographer, teacher, performer and owner of The Cornerstone Studio. Cook graduated from Ryerson’s Theatre Performance Dance Program in 2005, and since has been on a quest to make more sustainable dancing opportunities for herself, her company and her community. Since becoming Artistic Director in 2012, Lauren has self-produced several theatre and site-specific productions, and showcased her work across Canada. She has worked with notable choreographers such as: Emanuel Jouthe, Heidi Strauss, David Earle, Darryl Tracey, Apolonia Velasquez, Ofilio Portillo, Allen Kaeja, Troy Feldman, Susie Burpee, Valerie Calam, Emmanuelle Le Phan and more. Lauren continuously commits to opening herself to new information in order to truly represent ‘contemporary’ art and performance, studying across Canada and Europe in disciplines such as Street Dance, Parkour, Classical dance forms and alternative techniques. As a teacher, Lauren is currently part time faculty at Ryerson University, and an Artistic Mentor for the Toronto District School Board.

Caitlin Amodeo is an Ottawa born dance artist, teacher and administrator. Shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University in 2011, Caitlin was invited by Lauren Cook to train with Alias Dance Project, joining the company later that year. Caitlin has worked with many incredible choreographers including: David Earle, Heidi Strauss, Darryl Tracy, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbeck, Sharon Moore, Ryan Lee, Troy Feldman, Allen Kaeja, Ofilio Portillo, Emmanuelle Le Phan, Valerie Calam, Apolonia Velasquez, Lauren Cook, Hanna Kiel, Kate Nankervis, and Francesca Chudnoff. Caitlin is a teacher and the manager of The Cornerstone Studio, and in 2015 was an Artist in Residence through TDSB Creates. Recent performances include: slowly I forget by Lauren Cook, in between by Francesca Chudnoff, and a new commissioned work by Hanna Kiel, presented as a part of Alias’ Animating Historic Spaces.