AMBER FUNK BARTON: artistic director + choreographer
Born and raised in Vancouver, Amber received her training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, The Banff Centre Dance Training and Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Program. Upon completion of her training, she established herself as a professional dance artist in Vancouver and has danced for various companies and choreographers, including: Joe Laughlin (Joe INK), Gail Lotenberg (LINK dance), Judith Marcuse (Judith Marcuse Projects), Lola MacLaughlin (Lola Dance), Martha Carter (Marta Marta Productions), Jennifer Mascall (Mascall Dance), Day Helesic (MovEnt), Lee su-feh (battery opera), Karen Jamieson (Karen Jamieson) Dance Company), Josh Beamish (MOVE: the company), Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Ruckus Company Productions, Adam Shankman, Mark Godden, Marla Eist, Jennifer Clarke, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Wang, Cori Caulfield, Lina Fitzner and Heather Laura Gray. She has also been featured as a guest artist with 605 Collective.
As a choreographer Amber has had her work presented in various venues in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales and the NW New Works Festival in Seattle, WA. In 2005, Amber was named the inaugural recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award which led to her first production, Threefold, co-produced with The Dance Centre. In 2014, Amber had the immense privilege of collaborating with Director Mindy Parfitt and the theatre company Horseshoes & Hand Grenades to choreograph for the Jessie Award winning production of This Stays in the Room.
Amber has been a guest teacher for Drive Dance Centre’s Scholarship Program, Harbour Dance, The Source Dance Company, iNDUSTRY Dance Training Program, the Training Society of Vancouver (Working Class), Arts Umbrella, Victoria Academy of Dance, The Landing Dance Centre and Avant Dance Company, where she teaches regularly on staff. She was also a mentor for The Cultch’s IGNITE! Youth Mentorship Program in dance from 2012-2014. Amber has been invited to set works for the students of Dancestreams, Modus Operandi, Arts Umbrella, Pro Arte Dance, The Landing Dance Centre, Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts and Coastal City Ballet.
In 2008, Amber established her own Vancouver based contemporary dance company, the response.