Dance Electoral Region
The Dance region will elect one Councillor.
◄ Back to Council Elections 2018
Read Sharon's Statement
Representing the needs of dancers in Canada is a responsibility that requires a person who has personally experienced all of the conditions under which our constituents work. We represent not only the Ballet, but also dancers working in a variety of circumstances, from Indie Dance to industrials, from one-offs to seasons, and from two-hour rehearsals to multi-year creation periods. We have one policy (DOT) and one Councillor to cover numerous work circumstances. And our dance community requires a person who understands it all.
I have been fortunate to tour to more than 300 cities in 30 plus countries on five continents, working within several disciplines. I’ve done production/stage management and lighting for companies ranging from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to small indie companies. I’ve worked in venues ranging from 200-seat black boxes to 6,000-seat opera houses and open-air concert stages and in conjunction with a wide variety of professional unions and associations. Our dancers deserve somebody who understands the needs of their circumstances, and I am confident that I "get it." I can speak to their needs effectively at Council. I aim to make Equity an association that dancers want to be part of.
Read Jon's Statement
Equity Dancers deserve a Councillor who lives professional movement and understands policy inside and out. A Dance Councillor must also know how the details of contracts affects the very body we move with each day. The risks taken with our body are very unique and can happen in a wide plurality of practice. As your Councillor I will work to connect the range of dance voices in our membership and share them with Equity staff and the broader community.
I have had an 18 year professional career in dance as a b-boy, choreographer, producer, community advocacy, producing some of the largest urban dance experiences in Canada (World of Dance, Manifesto, KOD), full length theatrical presentation work and aslo battling with my multi-world championship crew, Supernaturalz. Additionally, for 3 years I have been your Dance Outreach Consultant at Equity (danceequity.com).
As your Dance Councillor, I will work to ensure the voice of dance members in Ballet and independent dance are heard, as well as for access to membership for diverse forms of practice. In addition I will advocate for changes to our professional development program, to better support our dance members career development and to support member/community engaged learning experiences.
Empowering movement spaces with the Not in OUR Space! campaign is essential to our support change for safe dance space. I will work to support a broader listening, information access and engagement with dance community around safe & respectful workspaces.
Read Bill's Statement
I have been a proud member of Equity for nearly 35 years, and I was honoured to be part of Council representing the dance community from 2012–15. The most important thing I realized while being on Council was how Council needed to govern and really be the voice for all members, rather than the just the voices who speak out.
Going forward and if elected, I would put a priority into reaching out to the dance community, with hopes of establishing confident communication, so voices from all sectors of dance can speak openly and allow me to examine and advocate any changes to bylaws, creating new words that would reflect our actions of today.
As an educator of dance, I would also look forward to engaging with the young aspirants who will soon be entering membership into Equity and help give them an understanding of who Equity is. My love and passion for dance and theatre came from teachers who instructed, insisted, and inspired me. The three (Is) are my values and belief for the arts.
I would look forward to joining the Safe and Respectful Workplaces Task Force, as I am already a trained member for the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Association. As a Director/Choreographer, I would like to rejoin the Directors, Choreographers, and Fight Directors Committee, and I am also interested in the Mental Health Research Committee.
Thank you for your consideration. I hope you’ll give me another chance to represent you on Council.
Read Jenna's Statement
My name is Jenna Savella and I have been a longstanding member of Equity. I have been elected over the past five years to represent the Dancers and uphold the Collective Agreement as an Equity Deputy at the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. It feels like a natural progression for me to run for Equity Council.
I have learned so much in my role as Deputy, not only about my fellow dancers, but also about the inner workings of management and the Association. My experience in this position has only increased my interest in what Equity has the power to do and change, not only in my company, but across all disciplines in arts and culture across Canada. The Not in OUR Space! campaign is one example of change that has been incredibly important and encouraging to all artists.
In the next three years it will be important to continue to empower our voices to stand up for what is right and continue to update polices in companies and communities where our members are supported. I would love the opportunity to be a part of this change and bring my passion for my art form to Council.