Amanda Donato

Contemporary for Dancers

10.05.+12.05.22, 14:00 – 15:30
16.05.22, 12:00 – 13:30

Training for Dancers

Bio 

Amanda Donato is a dancer, choreographer, educator and forever student from Toronto, Canada. She grew up training/competing at Art & Soul Dance Company until the age of 18, and continued to build her professional career whilst attaining her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University). In 2014, she took a year to attend Conteur Dance Academy (Founded by Eryn Waltman). She has danced for companies such as Bridge to Artists, Helix Dance Project and Gadfly Urban Repertory Company, as well as performed in works by Cora Kozaris, Ryan Lee, Kelly Shaw, Caroline Torti (Hallowed Grounds), Brandon Croisetiere and Akira Uchida. She has trained, worked and performed across Canada, the U.S, Tel Aviv, Cairo, and Berlin (where she is now based). She also has extensive experience teaching, choreographing and adjudicating within the Competitive Dance sector in North America. Amanda has choreographed for Rupi Kaur, and assisted Hani Abaza on the Egyptian musical film “Coco Chanel” starring Sherihan. Her teaching and choreographic practice is informed deeply by her vast love for music, dynamic/intelligent movement, and stimulating visuals on stage and on film. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor (2015, Yoga Tree Studios).

Class description

Amanda teaches an engaging and structured Contemporary dance class with a strong emphasis on bodily awareness, transitions through space, and musicality. The class begins with a thorough warm-up in the center, and continues into exercises to prime the body for dynamic choreography. The main portion of the class is usually dedicated to a combination that works to challenge cognitive efficiency, rhythm, and artistic agency. Amanda’s choreography involves grounded/technical transitions, groove, and floorwork. Her classes are geared to reinforcing versatility, intelligence, and refreshing performance qualities.