Growing up, I could never see myself as the dancer I am today without Vlad. He shaped me as a dancer, but more importantly, a person with a good work ethic and respect for my peers. When Vlad asked me to perform with BTA, it was an absolute yes, especially when I found out I was partnering with my old duet partner. Perfectly Imperfect was my first show right after graduating from college. It gave me the confidence to audition for what I wanted, as well as helped me work on partnering that would later help me in casting opportunities. After BTA, I joined Visceral Dance Chicago for two years, where I got to perform some amazing rep and work with some very talented dancers. I’m currently in Loveland, Ohio teaching all over North America and starting a small pop up company. BTA provides experiences unlike any other. The hands-on choreography process prepares you for what it is like in all professional settings. Vlad is a creator, a teacher, and most importantly a dreamer. He produces incredible work. Becoming part of his dream is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Cody Szarko is a native of Toronto, Canada. He started dancing at the age of 12, falling in love with the art. He pursued a more serious approach under the direction of Vlad at Vlad’s Dance Company in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Furthering his artistic ability, he obtained his BFA in dance at Point Park University with a concentration in Jazz. Upon completion of his degree, he was offered a contract with Visceral Dance Chicago, a contemporary dance company. Throughout his career, Cody has performed works by world renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Monica Cervantes, Alejandro Cerrudo, Robyn Mineko Williams, Sidra Bell, Jamy Meek, and Banning Boudin. He has performed and filmed with the band Celtic Thunder, performed for the Lions Club International as well in the Miss America Organization as a guest artist. When not performing, Cody flourishes in teaching movement across North America connecting body and mind through his movement language.