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LEG UP! ARTISTS PROFILE

 

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Meet the incredibly talented Jenna Kraychy and come see her new quintet at Leg Up! opening March 2nd in Vancouver

Jenna Kraychy began her dance training at age four in Calgary, Canada where she has studied Ballet and various Contemporary dance techniques. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, has completed various RAD Ballet Examinations, and has had a wide variety of performance and training opportunities across North America and Europe. 

During her time at Simon Fraser University, Jenna had the opportunity to learn and perform repertoire by many esteemed dance artists including Crystal Pite, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre (Israel), Judith Garay (Dancers Dancing), and Lesley Telford (NDT/Arts Umbrella) among many others. 

In July 2017, Jenna participated in OpenFLR Summer Dance Intensive (Florence, Italy) where she gained exposure to the European dance community. There, she took part in a creative process with Christopher Evans (Hofesh Shechter Company, Gecko Physical Theatre Company) and workshops from other international artists including: Jenia Kasatkina (Countertechnique), Shumpei Nemoto, Dorotea Saykaly, and Jasmine Ellis.  

Jenna is currently working with Dezza Dance in Vancouver, Canada under the direction of Desirèe Dunbar. She is also working on various choreographic projects premiering in Spring 2018. jennakraychy.com

Photo: David Cooper

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Ready to be inspired by South America dance vibes? Rachel Helten is jumping off a plane to present a new solo work.

Rachel Helten is a Vancouver based dance artist, choreographer, and teacher. In 2016, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Simon Fraser University. She has an affinity for collaborative and interdisciplinary methods. In like manner she has been blessed to be a part of processes from a vast array of artists such as -Desirée Dunbar, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Judith Garay, Rob Kitsos, Crystal Pite, The Plastic Orchid Factory, Vanessa Goodman, Emmalena Fredriksson, Gioconda Barbuto, Wen Wei Wang, Sarah Chase, Heather Myers, The East Vancouver Opera, The Lovers Cabaret and Dorothea Saykaly. Among such impactful experiences Rachel gleaned insight from teaching dance at an art therapy centre in Quito, Ecuador. In addition, she trained in Florence, Italy in a process facilitated by emminent dance innovators from around the world. In the past two months she has been granted the gift to explore the energies of South America in Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. In her last month there she trained and collaborated with artists in Buenos Aires. Rachel created this work responding to these frequencies, landscapes and terrain. While unearthing the stories that live within her she honours the colours of the people and the wisdom of nature that inspire her movement. Rachel would like to express deep gratitude to Dezza Dance for the fortuity to nurture her expression and share these stories. Furthermore, she extends her profound appreciation to her family and friends for their love and support and for all those who have helped shape who she is today.


 

Ready to be inspired?

Tickets $20 (including tax & service charges) | $25 cash only at door | Group rate available upon request

CHOREOGRAPHY: Marc Arboleda, Rachel Helten, Jenna Kraychy, Juan Villegas, Warehaus Dance Collective & Derya Whaley-Kalaora

PHOTOS: DAVID COOPER

Get an up close experience of pure energy embodied as five talented choreographers bring their latest creations to the stage.

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Join us Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (near Fraser and East 61st). $20 in advance or $25 cash only at the door. Limited seating. Show starts at 8PM and is approximately one hour in duration. No intermission.

Dezza Dance and Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre partner to support the work of Vancouver emerging dance artists. Join us for the fourth annual installment of Leg Up! Past artists include: Akeisha de baat, Megan Hunter, Sofija Polovina, Sophie Brassard, Carly Davis, Megan Friesen, OURO Collective & Desi Rekrut.

Choreographers for LEg Up! 2018 are: Marc Arboleda, Rachel Helten, Jenna Kraychy, Juan Villegas, Warehaus Dance Collective & Derya Whaley-Kalaora.

 

Questions? Please contact us at dezzadance@gmail.com.

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