Join us on Sunday April 25th, 2021 for our first YC Next Gen Workshop
2pm - 3pm: Contemporary with Chiara Ghizzardi
3pm - 4pm: Contemporary with Zachary Seto
4pm-5pm: Contemporary with Caitlyn Gillespie
Chiara has been a dancer for as long as she can remember and fell in love with all types of movement at a very young age. She grew up dancing at Performance Dance Academy in Guelph for a majority of her years until graduating high school. At the studio she was very fortunate to work with and alongside various talented teachers, choreographers and dancers in various genres. She became passionate about choreography and improvisation work alongside her training in and out of the studio. Throughout her years of competitive dancing, she was awarded various overalls, scholarships and recognitions for her dancing and self-choreography.
Chiara started teaching classes and choreography in and around Guelph after graduating high school in 2017 and was one of the Captains of the Gryphon’s DancePak at the University of Guelph from 2018 to 2021 after joining the team in 2017. She was awarded top choreography awards at university dance competitions against other university teams throughout Ontario and helped lead the team to various top overall team victories. Working with and alongside many talented dancers and choreographers on the Guelph DancePak are some of her most valuable and cherished moments throughout her university experience while studying Biomedical sciences.
Chiara’s choreography was recognized and awarded at the Young Creator’s Challenge in June 2019 when co-choreographing with her older sister, and again after winning 1st place in April 2020 with her own solo choreography. In June 2019, she and her sister were recognized for their work at the Young Creator’s Challenge with the opportunity to create a piece for Choreo Ball in Toronto amongst other talented choreographers. They were able to create and perform in their piece “Let Me Out!” at the winter Choreo Ball in 2020, and it was a deeply treasured experience and opportunity. Chiara is continuously inspired by movement through various art forms, people and life experiences and falls more in love with dancing and creating each day. She is excited to continue making connections with other humans through her art and to continue exploring the never-ending wonders and joys of dance and creativity. She is grateful for this experience and cannot wait to dance with everyone!
Zachary Nolan Seto is an emerging dancer, choreographer and filmmaker from Mississauga, Ontario. Zachary has danced competitively for the last 10 years with Watts School of Dance, training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Musical Theatre. He is currently enrolled in the Cawthra Park Secondary Regional Arts Program majoring in Dance with a focus on Ballet and the José Limón Modern technique. Zachary is also part of the Cawthra Park Repertoire ensemble where he has performed at various events and showcases including Colleen Snell’s Frog In Hand, Stories In The Woods, Mississauga Dancing With The Stars.
Zachary is committed to continually growing his craft and is also pursuing classes in Gaga, Improvisation, 5 Rhythms and Capoeira.
Zachary travelled to Mexico with Five Star Dance Company to perform at the Barceló Maya Grand Resort. He has received numerous overall awards, scholarships and participated in various dance intensives such as The Protégé Movement in Toronto. He was awarded the prestigious Jacque Foesier Youth Award by Dance Ontario in 2020, and recently recognized for his first feature film, The Artist at the 2020 PAMA Development Voice Art Exhibit.
As a choreographer, Zachary is passionate about sharing stories through movement. He creates pieces that speak to the human spirit and touches on various social and cultural issues. Zachary was awarded 1st & 2nd place for choreography (Ages 12-14) by Young Creators in 2019 and the opportunity to collaborate with Hollywood Jade. He went on to receive the award of Top Choreographer across all ages (14-22+) in 2020 by Young Creators and was the youngest ever winner to receive this title at the age of 15. Zachary is open for opportunities to co-create with other artists and enjoys teaching at studios across the GTA.
Caitlyn is an up and coming dancer and an emerging choreographer from Toronto. She
completed her competitive dance training at Dance Fusion and is a member of Proper
Etiquette Jazz Funk Company. She spent the 2018/19 season as an Intrigue Dance
Intensive assistant, and as an assistant for choreographer Chad McCall.
Caitlyn has been a back-up dancer for several performing artists, including Toronto
singer Nadia Stone, and has been featured in music videos such as ‘Top Love’ and
‘Exhaused’ and in a video for JDX Creative (Jeff Dimitriou). Her other recent
performance credits include “As Within, So Without,” New Blue Dance Festival, “the F
word” (Toronto Fringe Festival), “Revolt” (Christina Digiuseppe), “Gridlock” (Larchaud
Dance Project), Lost Is Found, the PanAm & Parapan Games.
Now also pursuing her interest as a choreographer Caitlyn was thrilled to have her
work debut at ChoreoBall Toronto Summer Edition 2019. She has also presented
pieces in Elevate Toronto, March For Her Toronto, Choreoball Winter Edition, Young
Creators Challenge, and the opening/closing shows of many Intrigue Dance Intensive
weekends as well as Intrigue’s Nationals.
Check out her website to see what she’s up to!