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.
Johanna Bergfelt, a native of Sweden, graduated from The Royal Swedish Ballet School in 1989. She has an extensive performance background beginning with Östgötabaletten, where she worked for six years, and later joined Norrdans and the Barents Dance Ensemble. Since coming to Canada in 2000, Johanna has worked with Pro Arte Danza, The Chimera Project, Kaeja d’Dance, Kathleen Rea, Santee Smith, Darcey Callison, Louis Laberge Cote, Kate Alton, Holly Small, William Yong, and the Toronto Dance Theatre, where she was a company dancer for six years. Johanna has been nominated three times for a Dora Mavor Moore Award.
Johanna’s teaching career started while working with the Barents Dance Ensemble, where she taught the company classes. In Toronto, Johanna teaches at In Studio, Dance-Teq, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, and GMD. In 2011, Johanna joined Canada’s National Ballet School, where she teaches Modern Dance in the Professional Ballet Program as well as the Teacher Training Program. She is also a Pilates Instructor at the Pilates Process.