Elke Schroeder is a Toronto-based Canadian dance artist. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2005, she has worked with Lucy Rupert /Blue Ceiling Dance, Alias Dance Project, TILT Sound + Motion, Catalyst Dance Company, Lindsay Ritter Dance and with choreographers Jenn Goodwin, Amanda Acorn, Susie Burpee, Andrea Nann, and Daryl C. Tracy (among others). Currently, she is creating solo works for her company, One Animal Movement.
Elke’s diverse movement background includes dance of many styles, floorwork, acrobatics, yoga (Octopus Garden Teachers Training and Mentorship programs graduate), functional movement and martial arts. Her greatest influence is the Fighting Monkey Practice, a task-based, longevity-driven practice created by Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea (RootlessRoot). A close student of Jozef and Linda, Elke is a recognized FM instructor. In addition, she owes much credit to her other main teachers for inspiration: David Zambrano (creator of Flying Low), Iñaki Azpillaga (Ultima Vez) and Peter Jasko (Les Slovaks).
A passionate teacher, Elke has taught for organizations such as Spirit Loft (Toronto), Toronto Dance Community Love-in, L’Artère Danse (Québec), the University of Calgary, Movati (Barrhaven), Alias Dance Company (Toronto), YYoga (Brussels), Jane Clapp/Movement for Trauma (Toronto), YMI Dancers (Toronto) and Mosaic Yoga (Toronto). She is still an active creator and performer of contemporary dance and travels her work throughout Canada and abroad.
Darryl Tracy is a Toronto-based independent dance artist (choreographer, interpreter, teacher, and producer). He is a senior faculty member at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and as a dancer has created roles by many of Canada’s leading choreographers. He and Heidi Strauss were co-artistic directors of Four Chambers dance projects from 1999-2006, commissioning duets from choreographers including Conrad Alexandrowicz, Marie-Josée Chartier, Sarah Chase, Yvonne Coutts, Lesandra Dodson, Sylvain Émard, and Julia Sasso; their duet created by Italian-based company Deja Donne garnered them a nomination in performance for the prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award. In 2004, Tracy was nominated top dancer in Toronto by NOW magazine, and he was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Award in 2013.
Tracy was part of the company Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal for over four years, dancing and touring in Émard’s Temps de chien. He has created over 32 of his own works through commissions and self-produced events. Most recently, he has choreographed for Connection Dance (Saint John), École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, The School of Dance (Ottawa), and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
His most recent professional works have been performance art installations and video shorts, seen at Rhubarb Festival, Inside Out Festival, and Nuit Rose Festival. He premiered two new works in October 2017 at The Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB.
Tracy sits on the Board of adelheid dance projects, and he works part-time as a neuro-based rehabilitation physiotherapist with Physio-Logic and University Health Network (Lyndhurst Centre).