Jessie Garon || Artistic Director
Jessie Garon is a contemporary dance artist who grew up on a family cattle and crop farm in Alberta. She is a graduate of the Edmonton School of Ballet and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Now based in Toronto, her work explores connectivity, and resilience through physical rigour and real-time decision making by the performer. She views movement as a love letter to the physical laws and emotional experiences that unite us all and the mystery of human connection. As a performer, she has had the pleasure of working with artists including Brandy Leary/Anandam Dance Theatre, Jennifer Dallas/Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects, Serge Bennathan, Lemi Ponifasio/MAU (New Zealand), and Danielle Agami/Ate9 Dance Company (USA), among others. Her work as a choreographer has been shown across the country, including the Theatre Centre in Toronto, the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary and Édifice Wilder Espace Danse in Montreal. Garon has enjoyed branching out into theatre productions, fashion shoots, film and figure skating. Currently she is choreographing numbers for world champion figure skaters Kurt Browning and Katelyn Osmond. With Vazari she seeks to bring new people to dance through creating original work, seeking out new partnerships and producing events such as their annual cabaret PLUNGE. Her journey as a choreographer and Artistic Director is currently being mentored by Gerry Trentham through his company lbs/sq”. Jessie continues to be active in her community as a member of the Intergalactic Arts Collective, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/East and the Choreographers Network.
Neesha Miljanovic || General Manager
Neesha De Souza Miljanovic was born and raised in Toronto as the middle of three daughters in a blended Portuguage/Indian family. She grew up dancing and is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) where she met AD, Jessie Garon, and worked with many notable choreographers including Serge Bennathan, Darryl Tracy, Christopher House, Sharon B. Moore, and Sasha Ivanochko. While there Neesha produced a student run show in her 2nd year, managed the student studio rental spaces, and was her graduating class’ representative and treasurer in her 3rd year. Following her graduation, Neesha began her career in hospitality and completed Humber College’s Event Planning program where she spent her 4th semester in France and Germany. Since 2015, Neesha and Jessie have worked alongside each other to create Vazari’s dynamic vision, including spearheading events such as the annual season fundraiser, PLUNGE: The Cabaret. In addition to her deep passion for and knowledge of the arts, her roles as an event planner and hospitality manager allow her to understand the importance of all aspects of a successful event or partnership and bring a fresh perspective to Vazari. She believes that the arts are an integral part of the human experience and is necessary for a healthy society. Her dream for Vazari is for it to expand into a widely-used platform for artists of all kinds to use for mentorship, evolution, and community reach. Neesha’s personal interests include advocating for social justice, becoming self-sustainable, and home organization. Currently, she is busy producing and planning for a new premiere from Vazari this spring!