Here is a timeline from my Recent Projects.
ADJUDICATING: I was on the judging panel for DanceFest! We spent three days in the beautiful Thunder Bay auditorium to watch young artists share their passion for performance. Thank you DanceFest for having me back!
ASSISTING: I was invited to assist with The Performing Arts Project’s virtual auditions! Applicants joined us on Zoom to share their talents for the upcoming summer events Compass, Panorama, or Blueprint. Thank you to my TPAP family for having me!
CHOREOGRAPHING: I am rehearsing solo and group routines on my students at The Dance Institute for their upcoming competition season. If you are interested in seeing more of my choreography, check out my Choreographic Reel here!
PRODUCING: I will be producing a Toronto Fringe Festival show entitled “Phantasmagoria”, alongside my long-time creative partners at NEAR&FAR Projects! We are collecting donations to transform our creative vision into a live contemporary dance experience. If you have the means, please consider donating to our fundraiser here!
VIRTUAL TEACHING: Due to the Toronto Public Health restrictions, I was back to teaching online at The Dance Institute. My students worked very hard to continue their training, focusing on a theme each week.
MOVEMENT DIRECTION: At The Cornerstone Studio, I set a mini-musical version of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on my Musical Theatre students. They brought in their won costuming, and their parents came to watch. Bravo little ones! Poster design by Hannah Robertson
CHOREOGRAPHY: My piece “Hold on, let go” premiered at the Common Ground Dance Festival in North York, this October. Danced by students of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Conservatory of Dance & Music. Thank you to TOES FOR DANCE for producing the festival and to my dancers for their artistic voices! Photos by Aidan Tooth Photography.
INTERVIEW: I was featured on the Instagram account @taptitanstoday. Click here to hear the entire interview with Jalen from Tap Titans Today!
PHOTOGRAPHY: I collaborated with Mathieu Taillardas Photography to create this shot. Also involved: Rumi Jeraj (pictured), Bobby Markov and Rachael Liness.
CHOREOGRAPHING: I movement directed scenes for “Pandemic Play”, produced by Theatre44. This Zoom play streamed from Aug 19-22. I worked closely with actress Anna Kopacek to develop movement scenes to contemporary pop songs for the main character Frankie.
PODCASTING: Season 4 of my podcast “(Art)versations” launched in early August. New episodes come out every Monday! More about the podcast’s mission here (cover by Jan Marquez)
PERFORMING: I was a part of The Performing Arts Project’s 10th Company! I took classes in all domains of performance, and got the chance to rehearse original pieces with an incredible faculty of teachers. Photo is a still from Lynzy Lab Stewart’s “Hands”, danced by myself and Zachary Bastille.
TEACHING: I was on faculty at FRESH Outdoors, where I taught a warm-up and a Theatre Jazz class. Thank you David, Kristen, Renee and the entire team at Revival Dance Company! What a blast 🙂 Photo from @toesfordance Instagram
TEACHING: I taught jazz, lyrical and private classes on Zoom to the students of The Cornerstone Studio in Leslieville, Toronto. We finished up the season with a final combo and said our goodbye’s through screens. I am so incredibly proud of my students for the dedication and adaptability they showed during this insane dance season!!
TEACHING: I taught virtual Theatre Jazz classes at my former dance studio, Leeming Danceworks. Thank you Sharon for having me back, and thank you to the students for showing such passion through the screen!
PHOTOSHOOT: The amazing photographer Nestor Rivera Leos (IG: @mu_onn_) met up with me to shoot near the Humber River. Here are some highlight shots!
FILM: I experimented with suspended, slow movement while some episodes of BoJack Horseman play in the foreground. A full portfolio of films like these, directed by Rumi Jeraj, are located on his Instagram account @tvtimelapse . Big thanks to Rumi!
LIVESTREAM: On my Instagram Live, I streamed an improvisational tap dance session. Join me in this jam session – tap shoes are optional! Let’s jam and find the beat together!
WRITING: I was a guest writer on Madison Leonardo’s blog: S(p)eaking Truth Company. I shared my journey with my eating disorder and wrote about the steps I took to find peace. Link here to read.
PERFORMANCE: I made a compilation of my most recent performances (from the past two years). CLICK HERE to watch the video (please? it’s less than 3 mins!!)
LIVESTREAM: On my Instagram Live, I streamed an improvisational dance session for 28 minutes straight. Join me in this jam session by clicking the YouTube link here. Let’s jam and get weird together!
TEACHING: I taught jazz classes on Zoom to the students of Leeming Danceworks. So enjoyable to return virtually to the studio I grew up dancing at. Thank you Sharon Leeming Mann for having me!
INTERVIEW: I was featured in an article by A Dance Way of Life to speak about my podcast “(Art)versations”. CLICK HERE to read the whole article and watch clips. Thank you Nicole Descey for writing the feature!
FILM: I was a part of Dom Tersigni’s film “40” which captures 40 dancers using improvisation, edited together. Thank you Dom for asking me! CLICK HERE to watch.
CHOREOGRAPHY: I made a compilation of my recent choreographic projects. CLICK HERE to watch. (please? – it’s only 3 minutes long!)
PODCAST: Season 3 of my podcast (Art)versations kicked off October 5th! There will be new episodes every Monday, with all new creators. Tune in to hear about how artists are handling the arts industry in the time of a pandemic. CLICK HERE for more info.
PERFORMANCE: I danced in Kaitlyn Seibold’s piece “Strap” as a part of The Playground Project’s works in progress showing. Dancing in Woodbine Park was spectacular and returning to performing for a live audience was even better.
TEACHING: I started teaching dance camp at The Cornerstone Studio. Getting back to teaching (under COVID-19 protocols of course) has been… well… an adjustment, but I’m so grateful to be able to share my passion for dance with young artists.
LIVESTREAM: I was a guest on Ellen Winter‘s Instagram Livestream to promote her new track “Mantras”!! We talk about (Art)versations Podcast, the disgusting heatwave that came over Toronto/NYC that day, and why Ellen included a donation button to support Black Trans Femmes in the Arts. To watch the interview on YouTube, click here.
ASSISTING: I spent every Thursday in July assisting Rutherford Movement Exchange‘s summer intensive. The classes were taught over Zoom but the sharing and connection was still there. Thank you to our fearless leader Stephanie Rutherford for taking risks and always “finding the joy”!
INTERVIEW: The DanceBUG Show had me on their live stream to talk about how I got my start in dance and my time at Ryerson University, with a special performance of my choreography. To watch the whole interview on YouTube, click here.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Before the COVID-19 quarantine took away live shows, I was choreographing a new play written by William Flood as a part of the New Voices Festival at Ryerson University. The festival transferred to an online version with a live stream that happened on May 5. Check out the rehearsal footage and official website here.
Poster design by Evelyn Hodgson.
I GRADUATED UNIVERSITY! After electronically submitting my thesis about podcasting artistic conversations, I can now say I have BFA in Performance Dance. I’m so grateful for all I’ve learned at Ryerson’s School of Performance!
FILM: “Afternoon of a Frog” was a quick project I put together after hearing about Isaac Powell’s tree frogs in quarantine. I wondered how they were feeling in isolation. Interpret as you like! Check out the Youtube link here.
PODCAST: I was happy to announce that my podcast (Art)versations is back with new episodes and new guests! When the COVID-19 quarantine began, I realized discussion about art was needed more than ever. Check out (Art)versations here!
PERFORMING: During my final show at Ryerson, I created and performed a piece called “Love is Dead” wherein I asked the audience to play a game of Mad Libs. When the text was filled in, an audience member came onstage to recite while I improvised movement. The piece was completely different every night which excited me to stay present and loose in my performance. Photos by Maxim Bortnowski; Lighting by Robbie Savage-Herington; Pictured above: Celina D’Orazio.
PODCAST: I was a guest on Verified along with Vania Raquel and Kahvontay Slaughter, hosted by Vanessa Henry. We talk about being an artist in Toronto, turning a hobby into a passion, and even touch upon the popularity of TikTok!! Check out the podcast episode on Apple here and on YouTube here.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Deivan Steele and I workshopped an excerpt from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, centering around the relationship between Miranda and Caliban. It was performed as a part of a Works in Progress showing, curated by Melanie Old. Big thank you to our performers: Emma Llewellyn & Bobby Markov. Photos by Maxim Bortnowski
PERFORMING: Kaitlyn Seibold choreographed a piece for a Works in Progress showing, curated by Melanie Old. Myself, Evan Webb, Margaux Labossiere, and Maria Riano performed. Photos by Maxim Bortnowski
TEACHING: Theatre Jazz master classes at Leeming Danceworks in Ottawa. It was so nice returning to the studio I grew up in. Thank you to Sharon Leeming Mann for running such a wonderful environment for young artists!
FILM: “Crossed Wires”. Miscommunication is a topic so understandable when you place a telephone between two people. Evan Webb and I explored this through improvisational movement. Video link here.
I was a guest on the Mountain Movers Podcast, hosted by Jake Myles. Thanks for having me, Jake! Link here.
“Not with a bang, but with a whimper” by Alysa Pires (Ryerson Dances 2019)
My classmates and I performed this piece for 8 different audiences, and each time I found new discoveries and opportunities in the movement. It was enjoyable to work on a piece for 2.5 months before sharing it with the Toronto community. I am grateful to have had this piece to close off my final year at Ryerson.
Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Miranda & Caliban workshop
I have been collaborating on a project with my friend Deivan Steele for about half a year now. We organized a 3-day workshop to finally put our concepts into fruition and invited some of our good friends to help. Using material from The Tempest by William Shakepeare, we developed movement for each character and began writing original text. We both exercised the idea of “complete theatre” wherein music, dance and acting can mutually exist onstage. Huge thank you to Maddy Hodges, Sarah Nelson, Judy Luo, Rumi Jeraj and Bobby Markov for being our generous guinea pigs!!