Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Here in Toronto it may not feel like fall yet but the back to school adds and pumpkin everything say differently. I’m enjoying the thought that I actually don’t have to go back to school and can instead fill my time with smaller daily accomplishments. There are a few things I am looking forward to in the next few months which I’d love to share with you.

After taking the later part of the summer off to travel and hang out with family I am happy to get back in the studio (Yay!) This fall I will be entering a final development stage for my solo work Always With Me. I am hoping to present the finished piece in early 2016 so stay tuned!

This month I am also back in the studio with my good friend Aria Evans to continue working on our duet In This Room. After taking some time away we are excited to revisit this monstrosity of a piece and to continue artistically discovering and defining what our friendship really means.

Together we are also going to be teaching a workshop for Expect Theatre. We will be facilitating one of the workshops for the participants of their emerging arts program Beats + Intentions, which we ourselves were a part of in 2014. We are really looking forward to meeting these young artists and talking to them about our awesome experience in the program.

Finally I am going to be performing at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on October 3rd. . I will be performing in Brandy Leary’s Glaciology. I am looking forward to being a part of a very large scale version of this work which I have seen performed in the past. More details on this performance to follow soon!

And to top off all that fun professional stuff, we are moving! Yes our little family is packing up and shipping off to a lovely new place which we are very excited about. So between rehearsals and application writing I’m trying to squeeze in packing whenever I can. Should make for an eventful beginning of the season.

Happy fall everyone!

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Photo Shoot with Elli Garlin

A few weeks ago I teamed up with the super talented photographer and wonderful friend of mine Elli Garlin to do some new shots for the portfolio. You know you need an update when your most recent headshots show you with short blonde hair! Needles to say we had so much fun and I am in love with her work. You’ll notice that the website has been updated to showcase many of the awesome photos we created together. Below are a few of my absolute favourites! 
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Kojira at The Toronto Fringe!

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We are less than two weeks away until opening night for Random Acts of Dance’s show Kojira at the Toronto Fringe Festival! Have you gotten your tickets yet? The Fringe is always so much fun and we are all so looking forward to being a part of it! We are presenting a triple bill of dance performances including two quartets; one choreographed by each of RAD’s artistic directors, Liisa Smith and Julie Grant, as well as a solo work choreographed and performed by Julie.

You have SEVEN opportunities to catch the show:

Friday July 3 @ 5:45pm
Saturday July 4 @ 5:15pm
Tuesday July 7 @ 9:00pm
Wednesday July 8 @ 12:00pm
Thursday July 9 @ 11:00pm
Saturday July 11 @ 5:45pm
Sunday July 12 @ 5:15pm

If you sadly won’t be able to attend, but would love to still offer support, please considering donating to our CanadaHelps fundraising campaign. For every donation received we are entered in a chance to win $10,000 (imagine the show we could create with THAT!)

Highlights from Nature of Things

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Dance Ontario DanceWeekend was so much fun! I was honoured to dance for Tziporah Productions and am happy to share a video of the show as well as some of my favourite photos from rehearsals. Photos and videos were all taken by Aria Evans.

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Ontario DanceWeekend with Tziporah Productions

Dance Ontario DanceWeekend is only days away! I’ve been working with Tziporah Productions on a remount of their piece Nature of Things. The work is about the mating rituals of birds and its similarities with human mating rituals. This is told through a fusion of dance styles such as jazz, african and contemporary as well as theatre. We are just one of the many amazing dance acts taking place throughout the three day festival. What makes it even better is that the entire event is pay what you can!

Take a peak at our teaser video below and then come check us out on Saturday the 17th at 6pm at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre. It’s going to be a great weekend!