Bridge to Artists is a contemporary dance company, founded by Vlad, that allows young dancers to collaborate with professional dancers in an intimate rehearsal process. At age 15, I was able to participate in BTA as a student and experience its unique process, a combination of physicality, artistry, and creativity. I have performed in seven BTA productions, each of which is a masterpiece of its own. At age 17, I was able to work as a professional, a different experience for me, rehearsing with the younger cast and seeing how professional and motivated they were to create was exhilarating. I can proudly say that BTA has helped me evolve as a dancer and helped shape me into the artist I am today. This experience gave me the opportunity to collaborate and perform with a wide range of talent instilling: work ethic, discipline, instincts, and emotional connections, all traits that have developed from the process of BTA. I am continuing my training with the BFA program at SUNY Purchase College in New York City, enjoying building upon the strong foundation BTA has offered. I highly recommend this company to other dancers looking to learn in a professional atmosphere, from brilliant choreographers, and recognise self-growth as an artist.
Christina Kotsopoulos is originally from Markham, Ontario and trained at Vlad’s Dance Company for 14 years. She began her dancing career at the age of 3 and has competed in all genres of dance. At a young age, Christina was a cast member in “Pop it”, a popular YTV program aimed at teaching young kids how to dance hip-hop. At the age of 12, she had the privilege of performing in her first professional show with The Helix Dance Project, Verbatim. In 2013, she performed in the Big Ticket Concert as one of the Family Channel’s “Lego Girls” and was featured in Kim Davis’s music video “One Day”. Christina has also taken part in The Next Star, Fever After Dark, and the OTF Sick Kids Gala, Into the Past. During her many years as a competitive dancer, Christina won numerous regional dance titles and awards in Canada and the United States. She was crowned ADA’s “America’s Dancer of the Year” in 2014. Christina studies at SUNY Purchase College, where she is working towards her BFA at the Conservatory of Dance. At Purchase College, she has worked with Taryn Russell, Dylan Crossman, Aszure Barton, and many other prominent choreographers. She completed a semester dancing in Amsterdam where she was chosen to study abroad. During this experience, Christina got the opportunity to learn from many European choreographers. She attributes all her success in the dance world to her hard work, dedication, training, and the one and only Vlad. She has taken part in many BTA shows and is excited to take part in future performances.