A native of northern Michigan, Sarah studied classical piano and dance growing up before leaving home at the age of 13 to attend Canada’s National Ballet School. Upon graduating in 2006 she guested with Dutch National Ballet and then joined The National Ballet of Canada’s YOUdance apprentice program, the precursor to dancing as a member of NBOC through 2015. Proceeding her tenure with NBOC she spent a year based in NYC doing freelance and commercial work, which led to spending a season with BalletMet. Sarah has since pursued a freelance performance career alongside directing the ballet program for Company Dance Traverse under the directorship of Betsy Carr & Sue Buck. Sarah has enjoyed an array of engaging work as a Pivot Dancer Expert since the founding of the company. Sarah lives in NYC and has recently become a permanent faculty member of New York Dance Project as one of the rehearsal directors and continues to conduct private lessons, facilitates guided meditation, choreograph, and freelance perform.
Erika Labinowicz has completed her Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto and is now a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Ontario (COKO). She is certified in pre and post natal coaching (CPPC) as well as progressing ballet techniques (PBT). Since 2011 she has been training individuals 1:1, instructing group classes ranging from metabolic conditioning, balance and stability and pelvic floor health. As of 2019 she has been the strength and conditioning coach for the Lakeshore Swim Club and has also been teaching Pivot Dancer classes! Erika is passionate about teaching individuals fundamental and purposeful movement patterns that translate into strength, grace and ease in their everyday life.
Nathaniel is an LA-based actor, singer, and circus artist. A Yale graduate, he has performed in 55 countries without any major injuries and combines his education in theater, ballet, and circus to create movement-based characters and pieces. He loves teaching and regularly gives workshops on stage presence, intention-based movement, and skill integration.
Diana Eden is an 80 + traveler and writer with many stories to tell of her past life as a ballet dancer, a Broadway dancer, an actress and an award-winning Hollywood and Las Vegas costume designer. She was born in England, raised in Toronto, lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. In 2019 her memoir was published, titled Stars in Their Underwear: My Unpredictable Journey From Broadway Dancer to Costume Designer for some of Hollywood’s Biggest Stars. Residing in Las Vegas, she teaches at UNLV, is the contributing author for Journeywoman.com for over 80s’s travel, and makes appearances across the US to speak about everything from dance to costume design to life as an active octogenarian.
Tanya Berg is a Toronto-based ballet teacher, dance educator, and researcher. She holds a PhD in Dance Studies from York University and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program. Tanya currently teaches in the Faculty of Education and the Dance Department at York University, as well as the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Her current book project, published by Canadian Scholars Press, deals with interdisciplinary arts-based pedagogy in K-12 education. Tanya’s other academic publications are found in multiple journals, as well as the anthology Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education: Case Studies on Humanizing Dance Pedagogy. Tanya has presented her research annually at many international conferences. She is open to all platforms as a means to facilitate dancer education and she was recently interviewed on CBC radio, Facebook Live, and an online educational podcast.