DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2008 Grant Recipient
Contemporary Dance Winner
Paige Culley is a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Rossland in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia . A graduate of Rossland Secondary School, she has received ten years of dance training including programs at the Steps Dance Centre and McKay School of Dance in Trail, B.C., as well as summer sessions at Move: The Company and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver . She will use her Hnatyshyn Foundation grant to continue her training at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she has just completed her first year in the three-year Professional Training Program.
According to Patricia Fraser, Artistic Director of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, "Paige is already an excellent performer; she is dynamic, versatile and physical, with a very beautiful quality in her movement. The faculty find her a joy to work with." Adds her teacher of improvisation: "Paige brings a rich and quiet focus and presence to her work. She immerses herself in every activity, seeking out the detail and allowing unexpected movement choices to emerge. Her curiosity and desire will take her far."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation contemporary dance jury, composed of Brent Lott, Judith Garay and Marie Beaulieu, praised Paige's strong technique, ease of movement and beautiful lines. "She has a performance quality that is dynamic and completely engaging. She demonstrates excellent technique, a wide dynamic range, a resilient and integrated physicality and maturity beyond her years. She shows great potential for her future career."