Meet the team:
Artistic Team

Candice Irwin
Festival Director

Hi, I’m Candice! I’m an emerging artist working in dance, film, and performance art. I am originally from Victoria, B.C. and moved to Toronto to study dance at York University. Since graduating, I have started two creative groups: Body Stories and us arts collective. Your Dance Fest is my newest project and I am so excited to share it with you all!

As a creator I make live performance, video and installation work. I also often collaborate with theatre makers, musicians and live art performers. Places you may have seen my work include The Toronto Fringe Festival, The SummerWorks Performance Festival, The Chimera Project;s FRESH BLOOD, Dance Matters and 60X60 Dance Toronto. 

As a performer, I have had the privilege of working with artist including Anandam Dancetheatre, Susie Burpee, Expect Theatre, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Keiko Kitano, Random Acts of Dance (RAD) and Tziporah Productions. 

As well as being a performer and creator, I also work in education and arts administration. I have worked as an educator for the Toronto District School Board, the Harbourfront Centre, Travelling Stage, and Kaeja d’Dance. As an administrator I have worked for Hub 14, Ontario School of Ballet, Canadian Dance Assembly, and Healthy Dancer Canada.

Aria Evans
Artistic Team

Aria Evans is an multidisciplinary artist working in film, dance creation and performance. Since completing her BFA in 2012 Aria is co-Artistic Director of hub14 and Artistic Director of The Go To Company. Aria's endeavours have been supported by the Canada, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils. She has toured with company Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, created work commissioned by the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, performed for the Indspire awards, participated and performed in works by Penny Chouchie, Julia Sasso, Peggy Baker, Sandra Laronde and Jock Soto, Michael Greyeyes, Susan Lee, Constance Cooke and Expect Theatre, to name a few. She has presented her own choreographic work with SummerWorks - Dance Series, The Toronto Fringe, the University of Toronto Scarborough, FRESH BLOOD, the Gardiner Museum, the Harbourfront Centre’s Next Step Series, Series 808 and Dance Ontario, Long Winter, Labspace Studio and many more. 

Aria’s work in video dance has led her to being Kaeja d’Dance’s resident videographer and editor. Independently she has collaborated with many of Toronto’s leading dance artists and organizations like Ryerson University, The Banff Centre, Dance Matters, CDA-ADC and Pulse Dance Conference. Aria does videography and editing for Hop To It Productions whose documentaries premier on Network Television where Aria has associate producer, editor, photographer and videographer credits.

Julie Grant
RAD Co-Artistic Director

Julie Grant has developed her artistry through training in ballet and contemporary dance forms. Most notably at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Springboard Danse Montreal, and York University where she attained a BFA Honours degree in dance.

Grant's work, Biome was performed at both the Toronto and Saskatoon Fringe Festivals 2010 to critical acclaim.

As an interpreter Grant has collaborated with a range of emerging and established choreographers including Laura Bolender, Caitlin Brown, Andrea deKeijzer, Danièle Desnoyers/Carré de Lombes Danse, Colleen Freidman, Danny Grossman, Gabby Kamino, Emma Kate Millar, Liisa Murray, and Julia Sasso.

As a performer, choreographer, and teacher, Julie Grant pursues an interest in exploring dynamically charged physical movement vocabulary.

Emma Letki
Artistic Team

HI! I'm Emma, a dance lover living in Toronto. Over the past few years my work as an arts administrator has taken me to some wonderful companies including Dancemakers, The Toronto Community Love-In, Canadian Stage, World Stage, Julia Sasso Dances, Coleman Lemieux Compagnie, and 3Fall Dance Company.

I am passionate about making art and dance accessible to the public, while still being relevant and meaningful.

I have co-produced and choreographed three shows at the Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals (Life Games, Pluto’s Revenge, and Thumped!) and have created short solos and collaborative works shown at the Eco-Arts and Media Festival, the Wind Down Festival, and the iMix festival.

Liisa Smith
RAD Co-Artistic Director

Saskatchewan-born Liisa Smith (CADA-ON) is a Toronto-based performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has had the privilege of working with artists such as Peggy Baker, Darcey Callison, Karissa Fyrrar, Alicia Grant, Julie Grant, Kaeja d’Dance, Viv Moore, and Dave Wilson. After living in Pakistan and Switzerland during her high school years, Liisa continues to travel internationally, teaching with the International Schools Theatre Association. Liisa received an Honours BFA in Dance from York University and founded random acts of dance. Interest in spontaneous composition and fusing dance forms, has led to Liisa's diverse physicality in her creative and pedagogical pursuits.