I was lucky enough to be one of the people who was around at the start of BTA. Vlad and I discussed what we felt was missing from the training of young artists and ways to bridge the gap. For me as a dancer it was a really special experience to be in a process with other professionals but also be the ones younger dancers could look up to and then let them into that process too. Being a choreographer for the first three shows, I believe, is what kickstarted my choreographic career, it gave me an outlet to create for a ‘concert world’ setting, and for this I will be forever grateful.
Julia Cratchley is a Toronto based dancer and choreographer originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario. Julia trained as a contemporary and classical artist in Vancouver, B.C. with Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Sheppard. Here she had the opportunity to work with internationally known choreographers including: Roberto Campanella, Emily Molnar, Serge Bennethon, and Robert Glumbek to name a few. She also had the chance to workshop with companies and choreographers such as [Bjm_danse] and O’vertigo in Montreal, Ballet B.C. in Vancouver, ProArteDanza in Toronto, Jill Johnston, and Sidra Bell in New York as well as companies in Europe. Most recently she has been to Belgium and New York to train in an intensive with the Batsheva company’s Gaga technique. Julia has been lucky enough to be a part of Toronto dance company Helix Dance Project for four seasons now, and has assisted Linda Garneau with the process of Rain, Verb.atim, UnEarth, and The Waiting Room. She was a dancer and choreographer for Bridge to Artists first three shows: Prima Volta, Senses, and On the Sawdust Trail. She was also a company member for Toes for Dance, Conteur Dance Company and Rutherford Movement Exchange. Julia has toured to New York and Dominican Republic with NYC choreographer Derrick Yanford. Julia became the artistic director of her own professional contemporary company TranscenDance Project in 2015 directing and choreographing the company’s first full interactive show, Eve of St. George, which premiered in December 2015.