A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Andrew Hartley from Moncton, New Brunswick, collaborates regularly with emerging and established artists and has danced in work by Serge Bennathan, Sylvie Bouchard, Susie Burpee, Angela Blumberg, Allison Cummings, David Earle, DA Hoskins, Indrit Kasapi, Noémie Lafrance, Isabel Lewis, Meagan O’Shea, Simon Renaud, Michelle Silagy, Michael Trent, and Dan Wild. His choreographic work has been presented in Toronto and New Brunswick, most recently at Dancemakers as part of Older & Reckless. He teaches in the Young Dancers’ Program at the School of TDT and as guest faculty of DancEast Dance Centre de Danse in Moncton. He founded Common People with dance artist Emma Kerson, as a collective to support their creative voices. Common People has commissioned duets by Simon Renaud and Tedd Robinson.
Emma Kerson grew up in Halifax and graduated from Dalhousie University in 2008 with an Honours B.A. in English, before graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2011. As an independent, she has danced in work by an eclectic group of creators and choreographers including Julia Aplin, Patricia Beatty, Elizabeth Chitty, Jennifer Dallas, Robert Derosiers, David Earle, Michael Sean Marye, Sharon B. Moore, Peter Randazzo, Simon Renaud, and Menaka Thakkar. Her choreography has been presented throughout Alberta, Ontario, and the Maritimes. Emma teaches in the School of TDT’s Young Dancers’ Program, and most recently she has taught workshops via DanceWorks, the Toronto District School Board, and Tarragon Theatre. Excited to expand her artistic possibilities, Emma formed Common People with Andrew Hartley in 2014 as a vehicle to commission duets, the first from Simon Renaud in 2014, and the second from Tedd Robinson in 2015.