Amber Barton (she/her) was born and raised in Vancouver and continues to live, work, and play on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She has spent the majority of her life working in the arts as a professional contemporary dance artist, performing, choreographing, producing, and teaching dance for the past 20 years and received her professional dance training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC’s Mentor Programme, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. The foundation of her training is classical ballet which has been supplemented with modern, contemporary, and jazz dance techniques.
Amber is also one of the few Canadians to receive a full danceWEB scholarship to study at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria and the inaugural recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award awarded via The Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC. Amber was also the artistic and managing director of her own contemporary dance company, the response. from 2008-2021.
Amber continues to teach and choreograph contemporary dance throughout the lower mainland and also enjoys rehearsal direction and mentoring young and emerging dance artists. She is also a certified Yoga teacher and is currently training to become a Yoga therapist.