Graham McKelvie was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he began his training with Hazel Ann Olson at the Saskatoon School of Ballet. He continued his training as a scholarship student at Canada's National Ballet School and then in the professional training program at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. In 1988 he joined the Toronto Dance Theatre as a full company member, quickly establishing himself in the company’s repertoire, dancing in works by choreographers such as David Earle, Trish Beatty, James Kudelka and Christopher House.
Mr. McKelvie was, until 2011, a principal dancer with Coleman et Lemieux et Compagnie. One of Toronto’s foremost contemporary companies, C.L.C is dedicated to producing the works of Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, founders of C.L.C and of James Kudelka, formerly artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada. The Kudelka Project, focus of the 2009/2010 season, featured revivals of James Kudelka’s best known contemporary works, 15 Heterosexual Duets and In Paradisum and toured nationally and internationally.
Mr. McKelvie continues his longstanding relationship of over 25 years with Toronto Dance Theatre co-founders David Earle and Trish Beatty, and continues to be inspired by the ideals of the founders, rooted in modernism and exemplified the work of their great mentors, Martha Graham and Jose Limon.
Other choreographic notables Mr. McKelvie has worked with include Roberto Campanella’s ProArteDanza, D.A Hoskins, Holly Small, Naoko Murakoshi, Doug Verone, N.Y.C, Vancouver’s Judith Marcuse and Toru Shimazaki of Japan.
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