Hilary Maxwell is a dance artist and arts administrator based in Vancouver, BC. She holds a BA and MFA in Dance from the University of Calgary. Since 2011, she has worked as the Member Services Coordinator at The Dance Centre in Vancouver, where she handles member engagement and outreach coordination with students and seniors.
From 2007 – 2011, Hilary was a sessional instructor in the Department of Dance at the University of Calgary and the Artistic Associate at Dancers' Studio West in Calgary. As a dance artist, Hilary has worked for notable artists and companies such as Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe, Les Productions Figlio and Company 605 (Canada), W&M Physical Theatre (Canada/Poland), and German Jauregui (Belgium). She sits on the board of directors of the Training Society of Vancouver and All Bodies Dance Project. Hilary is also a contributing writer with Dance International Magazine.
Sowmya Bhaskar is a storyteller and a Human Resource executive with global experience across Asia and Canada. As a disabled person, she champions for the causes related to diversity and inclusion – both in corporate and social spaces. She loves various art forms – instrumental music, classical dance and storytelling and leverages these mediums to drive a positive change. Through her storytelling sessions, she engages people of all ages to rekindle their childhood memories. She has delivered keynote and motivational speeches at TEDx, technology industry consortium events, British High Commission, and volunteers as a ‘Knowledge philanthropist’ at Vantage Point. In the past she has worked for large corporate houses in the areas of organizational culture, change Initiatives, leadership and succession planning and E-Learning development and has managed grant funds as part of her CSR leadership role. When she is not busy with storytelling and volunteering, she consults for companies in Vancouver, BC in the HR space.
Leela Chinniah loves dance in all its forms. She began dancing with the All Bodies Dance Project in 2014 and the experience had a profound impact on her connection to dance and community engagement. Leela has decades of experience working in non-profit organizations committed to providing spaces for underrepresented voices, perspectives and stories, including 15 years as the Director of Programming Administration for Vancouver Co-op Radio. She has sat on various Boards of Directors over the years and feels privileged to serve the All Bodies Dance Project in this capacity at such an exciting time of growth. On most weekdays, Leela puts her MA in Conflict Analysis and Management to use as a family mediator assisting people navigate major life transitions with as much clarity, creativity and open-hearted communication as possible.