staff member ShaunAmyot: ORIGIN8

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Shaun Amyot completed his early training at The School of Dance before entering the Post-Secondary Program at NBS. In his final year, he was awarded a Canada Council Grant to travel in Europe. This led to an exciting dance career with the Nederlands Dans Theater under the direction of Jiri Kylian and Ballett Frankfurt with William Forsythe. During this time he was a part of countless world premieres originating roles in ballets by not only Kylian and Forsythe but also Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Hans Van Manen, Amanda Miller, Ed Wubbe and many others. Shaun then switched gears to musical theatre where he further developed his craft. His diversity of talents allowed him to be cast as an ensemble member, dance captain, assistant choreographer and principal artist. Favourite musical theatre roles include Amos in Chicago on Broadway and Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd for Canstage. He is also in the Oscar winning movie musical Chicago. During his time at NBS, Shaun has staged works by master choreographers Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier and William Forsythe and assisted Aszure Barton, Matjash Mrozewski and Demis Volpi on their creations for the school. As a choreographer, Shaun has produced works for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the San Francisco Ballet School and NBS; most notably STREAM, a live streamed dance work created in collaboration with Michael Schumacher that saw dancers from the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam join the international cast present in Toronto for the Assemblée Internationale 2013.

Photo credit: William Biafore