“A Day in the Life” with Toronto Dance Artist Cody Berry

Cody Berry, Azhadegamiganan gaye Bashkinegaabo Anishinaabewinikaazo, Waasii ododeman, is a self-taught and trained dancer who hails from Lac La Croix First Nation. Cody grew up dancing traditional, and later taught himself hip hop and contemporary, then later trained in ballet and eventually found a home to share and further grow his gifts, at Conteur Academy — under the direction of Eryn Waltman. Cody embodies Anishinaabe Inaadiziwin (way of being) which encompasses utilizing his gift of dance and expression, as well as following teachings of humility, respect, love, courage, wisdom, honesty and truth, through his work — his dancing and choreography. Cody shares and bridges understanding between worlds through his truths — his interpretations, his emotions, his stories, his commentary, his ideas, and his culture, through dance. Cody has danced with Red Sky Performance, Larchaud Dance Project, Frog In Hand, and has danced at the Aboriginal Achievement Awards, as well as Indigenous Day Live. His first work premiered last year at New Blue Dance Festival. He recently finished training with Apolonia Velasquez in her new program DLVR City. 
- By Jessica Atatise, Family Member/ Lac La Croix, FN

Cody Berry - After my sister’s performance with Outside Looking In, an accredited dance program for Indigenous youth. Pictured with my sister and the founder of Outside Looking In, Tracy Smith.
Cody Berry – After my sister’s performance with Outside Looking In, an accredited dance program for Indigenous youth. Pictured with my sister and the founder of Outside Looking In, Tracy Smith.
Cody Berry - Frog In Hand Summer Company photo shoot with Krista Newey. Photographed by Tavia Christina.
Cody Berry – Frog In Hand Summer Company photo shoot with Krista Newey. Photographed by Tavia Christina.
Attending art exhibits — work by Andy Fabo.
Attending art exhibits — work by Andy Fabo.
My favourite place to think, research, and catch up on emails — my backyard.
My favourite place to think, research, and catch up on emails — my backyard.
Catching up with friends/previous classmates on Toronto Island.
Catching up with friends/previous classmates on Toronto Island.
Dress run of “Heart of Matter” by Frog In Hand Company for Toronto Fringe Festival. Photo by Nettie Seip.
Dress run of “Heart of Matter” by Frog In Hand Company for Toronto Fringe Festival. Photo by Nettie Seip.

What ‘hood are you in?

Currently I’m Queen St. W and moving to North York.

What do you do?

I’m a Dance Artist

What are you currently working on?

I recently finished working with Frog In Hand as a company dancer/collaborator in the production titled “Heart of Matter” for the Toronto Fringe. It played July 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, and 13th / 9:30-10:30 pm at Trinity Saint Paul’s United Church.

Where can we find your work?

Fall for Dance North, October 2nd–6th @ Ryerson Theatre

Native Earth Performing Arts Weesageechak 32 Festival, November 13th -23rd

 

 

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