Dancer + Athlete Biographies
BONNIE KIM is a dance professional and freelance writer. She trained at Claude Watson School for the Arts and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has performed with numerous artists and companies including Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, Peter Chin and Claudia Moore. A multiple Dora Award nominee and grant recipient, Bonnie was named one of “Toronto’s top five dancers” by Eye Weekly. Bonnie is a highly-regarded contemporary dance teacher, rehearsal director, outside eye and mentor, and was Rehearsal and Associate Director of Dancemakers for nine years. Bonnie has been published in the Dance Current, Eye Weekly, Toronto Star and Toronto Life magazine. emmandbee.wordpress.com
STEPHANIE JAMESON represented Canada in the sport of field hockey for over ten years, during which time she also completed a BHK at the University of British Columbia. She holds the record as Canada’s most capped female field hockey player, having played in 168 senior international matches, including 3 Commonwealth Games, 3 Pan American Games, and 2 Olympic Qualifying tournaments. After making her transition from elite sport in 2012, she completed a Masters in Sport Management at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, and is now working as a High Performance Athlete Development Advisor at Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.
CHRISTOPHER BODY is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. After a fifteen-year dance career, during which he was a First Soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and performed principal roles on Broadway, he went back to school, earning an Honors Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto followed by a Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Currently, Chris is now Physician Assistant (PA), General Surgery, Toronto General Hospital.
DENISE BENNING-REID is a National, World, and Olympic Team Member, Denise was one of Canada’s top pairs figure skaters competing in three World Championships and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games with partner Lyndon Johnston. After retiring from competition, she earned a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor with a major in Sports Administration. She is honoured to be a member of the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame and the Skate Canada – Western Ontario Hall of Fame.
Denise has organized a wide variety of sport, entertainment, corporate, and special events, with over 20 years of event management experience including Kraft Hockeyville, Kraft Celebration Tour, Petro Canada FACE Summit, Stars on Ice, and two major festivals for Skate Canada – Light Up London at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships and Canada Skates! 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
GARFIELD ANDREWS is a movement specialist physiotherapist with an extensive background in dance/ musical theatre and athletics. He has competed and performed nationally and internationally from the dance-floor to the diving board. These stages permit him an intimate understanding of elite sport and dance art. Throughout his career, he found that physiotherapy to be the medical discipline most beneficial. Consequently, post partial retirement, Garfield pursued and achieved a Masters of Physiotherapy. He now splits his time between the clinic/ sport coverage and dance related rehabilitation.
JOSH GOLD is a student-athlete at the University of Toronto, where he swims for the varsity swimming team while pursuing an undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Josh has been swimming competitively since the age of seven and over the years has competed at various provincial, national and international competitions. Holding dual Canadian-Estonian citizenship, Josh is hoping to represent Estonia at this summer’s World Student Games in Taiwan, and will also be competing in the July Maccabiah Games in Israel. Following this Josh looks to wrap up his swimming career and pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University.