As a student dancer in 9 Bridge to Artists shows, I gained invaluable experience in all aspects of the productions, and I owe these incredible experiences to Vlad. We were expected to rehearse and put the show on stage within a few short weeks. The rigorous schedule from rehearsal to stage made me focus on the work and become very aware of the many details involved, like being aware of props required and to take care of them before and after the show. I was exposed to many different dance styles choreographed by different artists and had to learn to dance with challenging costuming like heavy skirts, masks, within bags of fabric, and once with a clown nose! A very important skill learned from the many BTA shows was how to do partnering and lifts, and how to execute them properly and safely. The entire experience working with Vlad and other choreographers in those 9 shows and over 20 performances has made me a smarter dancer, knowing what is expected of a theatre performance from start to finish. I am excited to be a part of more BTA shows in the future as a pre-professional, continuing my studies in dance at The Ailey School in NY, NY.
Aidan Tooth was born in Toronto, Ontario and has been dancing since she was 5 years old when her first teachers encouraged her passion and love for dance. She started competitive dance at the age of 7 and has been a high level competitive dancer since then, spending 6 years at studios in Toronto and Oshawa before joining Vlad’s Dance Company at the age of 13. Considering a career in dance, Aidan opted to audition for the acclaimed arts high school, the Etobicoke School of the Arts, where she was among a select few who gained acceptance into the dance program. When joining Vlad’s Dance Company, Aidan was excited to audition for Vlad’s pre-professional company Bridge to Artists in 2011. She has been a member of the company since then, performing in nine (Senses, On the Sawdust Trail, Checkmate, Imperfectly Perfect, Alice, Carmen, Notre Dame de Paris, The Village, and Muse) original BTA productions in Toronto and Ottawa, gaining incredible experiences from the brilliant and innovative Vlad and other dynamic choreographers. She has also performed with the newly acclaimed young choreographer Jade Whitney in her original production Fill Up and Get Out in 2013. Aidan was invited to attend the professional workshop of Ignite in the summer of 2015 in Toronto always looking for new training experiences. Aidan graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts in 2016, with honours and auditioned for the Ailey School in Manhattan. She was thrilled to be accepted to their Certificate Program in Dance and now is a full time student living in New York City. Only at Ailey for a few weeks, she auditioned for the school’s winter concert and out of the 86 students who auditioned, she was one of only 3 from first year to be selected to perform in the January Explosion, 2017.