Upon graduation from Bytom State Ballet School in Poland, Robert Glumbek joined The Great Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Warsaw as a soloist where he worked with choreographers including John Neumeier, Maurice Bejart, Hans Van Manen, John Butler, and Constantine Siergiejew. In 1987, Glumbek came to Canada and worked for a variety of companies – including Theatre Ballet of Canada in Ottawa with Larry Gradus, the Judith Marcuse Company in Vancouver; and Myth Productions with Learie McNichols - before dancing with Desrosiers Dance Theatre from 1990 – 2000 where he was instrumental in the creation of many roles. Robert worked with the Mannheim Ballett as dancer and ballet master from 2002 to 2004 and then returned to Canada in 2004 to work as an independent artist and choreographer. Glumbek has appeared in works independently. Robert became Artistic Associate of ProArteDanza in 2004 where he has since created a number of acclaimed original works. Robert has also created works for Mannheim Ballett, princess productions, Toronto Dance Theatre, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, CCDT, Arts Umbrella, Ryerson University and York University. He was a finalist in the Hanover Choreographic Competition and in the Stuttgart Choreographic Competition, is a recipient of the Now Magazine award for Best Dancer of the Year (2006), and has been honoured with both the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. Robert is a four-time Dora Mavor Moore nominee, and was the co-recipient with Roberto Campanella for their choreography of … in between … in 2010. Robert created Once Upon A Time for Szczecin Ballet in Poland, for which he was presented the Jon Jiepura award for best choreographer in Poland.
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Creative directors and choreographers of Dora Award winning dance company Gadfly. Co-founders of TUDS Festival of Urban Dance Culture. 3 times finalists for KM Hunter award in Dance by Ontario Arts Council (2013, 2014, 2015). Manifesto Award recipients for Innovation & Originality. Dance Ontario recipients for Innovation. Originally from Montreal, the creative duet represents a remarkable repertoire that has constantly been evolving through the years. They are captivating dancers, maverick choreographers, and most of all passionate professionals. Collectively, they are committed to increase the visibility of street dances and to educate the masses about the importance of being a Gadfly: Be unique, dare to question the established standards and INNOVATE.
Independent Dance Artist and Choreographer Ryan Lee graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers; Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Emily Molnar, Julia Sasso, Sharon B. Moore, Hanna Kiel, Stepĥen Pier, Tino Segal, Menaka Thakkar, Darryl Tracey, D.A Hoskins, and Guillaume Cote. Ryan has also been able to work with such companies as ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Keaja d’Dance, Anandam Dancetheatre, LarchaudDance, inDANCE, The Little Pear Conservatory, The Chimera Project, AKA Dance, Helix Dance Project and TOES for Dance. In 2011 Ryan was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble for In between by ProArteDanza. In 2014 Ryan was honoured with the Jack McAllister Award from Ryerson University for outstanding achievement.
Ryan has made choreographic works for ProArteDanza, Ballet Jorgen, Anandam DanceTheatre, The Emerging Artist Intensive, George Brown College, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and Dance Ontario. Ryan was recently invited to presented his work at the 2017 SummerWorks Festival. Ryan will be creating a new work on The School of Toronto Dance Theatre that will premiere May 2018.