contemporary floor work

Thompson’s movement practice draws upon and includes a variety of contemporary styles including jazz, modern, house, hiphop and acrobatics.


“In this highly physical and fast-moving class we will engage in a dynamic warm up infused with yoga/dynamic stretching and placing ourselves on all fours to warm the body and focus the mind. We’ll move across the floor with various techniques to take us in and out of the floor, focused on building core strength and stamina. We’ll build to include more contemporary and animalistic jumps and rotational/off-axis maneuvers with a focus on head/tail awareness and use of spine for sequential movement. We’ll continue building to a larger phrase work that challenges the body’s balance, stamina, dynamics, spatial use and inverse positions.  Be prepared to sweat lots, and consider wearing clothing that covers the skin as well as knee pads to protect in anticipation of floor work.”

Originally from Barrie, Ontario, Canada, Kylie holds an honours degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University. She has performed in contemporary and commercial works by Hanna Kiel, Gadfly Dance Company, Keren Rosenberg (IL), Mate Meszaros (HU) Marie Lambin, Ljuba Castot (US), Jennifer Mote, Vanessa Li, Rebecca Zizek and more. Her choreography has been presented at the Dance: Made in Canada Festival, VideoSkin Film Festival (Yukon), 40North Film Fest (San Diego, CA) Toronto Fringe, New Blue Festival, The Garage, The Canadian National Exhibition, Fresh Blood, Dance Matters and Toronto Original Choreographer’s Ball. In 2017 she formed Kylie Thompson Dance which continues to function as a project-based dance theatre company. She is also part of the recently formed COALCollective. She is a passionate educator, having shared at over 50 studios and conventions across Canada.


Contemporary Partnering

"This workshop will explore ways to carry, give weight, counterweight, find common axis, and move together in space. Through tasks and phrases we will work to increase our physical awareness in connection to a partner, developing the ability to trust the other in their alertness and availability. We will focus on mechanics to multiply and expand the pathways and movements of a body through space. This workshop will progress from simple exercises of receiving weight, to more complex and dynamic partnering, to a final combination."

Kirsten Sullivan is a Toronto based freelance artist, a recent graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance, and the 2017 recipient of the Lipson Family Endowment Award honouring excellence in performance and choreography. She has worked with prominent companies and artists including Alias Dance Project, RubberbanDance Group, Kaeja D’dance, VIM VIGOR, Heidi Strauss, Gadfly, Robert Glumbek, ACE Dance Theatre, Jessie Garon (Vazari Dance Projects), Kylie Thompson, NorthFoot Movement and Frog In Hand. Kirsten is the recipient of the 2018/2019 New Blue Creative Risk residency with Kaeja D’dance, and the resident choreographer for Release Dance Project. Kirsten is currently working with Peggy Baker Dance Projects as an RBC emerging artist for their 2019/2020 season.


Alyssa Martin is a Toronto-based choreographer and the Artistic Director of Rock Bottom Movement, an absurd dance theatre company she created in 2012. She presents her work as part of individually produced shows and festivals in both Canada and the US including the Women in Dance Leadership Conference, Dance Ontario, Fresh Blood, SpringWorks, Dance Matters, Fringe and 60x60. Alyssa has created new work for Ryerson University’s dance program, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and The Garage Collective. She has been a guest choreographer at Ryerson Theatre School for the past three years choreographing two productions of “Cinderella” as well as “The Holiday Show” directed by Peggy Shannon. She also choreographed “CRUSHED”, a new full-length contemporary dance-theatre work as part of Ryerson’s Choreographic Lab project, organized by Vicki St.Denys. She collaborated as a choreographer on theatre-creator David Bernstein’s queer pantomime, “Cherry Corsage” and has also created work with visual artists, Christopher Lacroix and Andrea Pelletier. She has worked as a guest artist with Quinte Ballet School, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, Toronto District School Board and Young People’s Theatre.

Alyssa is the recipient of the Kenny Pearl Award and has been featured as an emerging talent in Dance Current Magazine. She most recently completed a choreographic residency with Toronto Dance Theatre and is currently in process creating a new full length work with Rock Bottom Movement set to premiere in May 2016. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Dance Program with a BFA Honours and has supplemented her training with programs in New York, Montreal and Toronto.


We are pleased to announce that Ryan will be leading a creation workshop at exude!

Ryan Lee is a BFA graduate from Ryerson University. He has worked with renowned choreographers and companies; Emily Molnar, Mauro Astolfi, Kevin O’Day, Matjash Mrozewski, Julia, Sasso, Sharon B. Moore, Hanna Kiel, Stephen Pier, Tino Segal, D.A. Hoskins, Guillaume Côté, Toronto Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, inDance, and The Chimera Project. This is Ryan’s eleventh season with ProArteDanza. Ryan has made works for ProArteDanza, Anandam Dancetheatre, CCDT, The Emerging Artist Intensive, Ryerson University, George Brown College and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Ryan has recently started The Platform, a Toronto based collective with collaborators Anisa Tejpar and Benjamin Landsberg. The Platform will present a new creation for Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend in January 2020.  


Site Specific Training with Colleen Snell!
This workshop will explore the possibilities of site-specific dance at Dovercourt House.
After this workshop, students will be able to: 
  • Identify the creative potential of a space through aspects such as architecture, use, lighting, colour, history ("site evaluation")
  • Understand audience placement, and grasp the basics of audience interaction/moving an audience through spaces
  • Define what it means to "frame" a site-specific dance by crafting audience perspective - using distance, proximity/intimacy and depth of a space (how this is different from proscenium work).
  • Collaboratively devise a site-specific work
  • Explain and understand a variety of of site-specific approaches including: promenade-style, immersive, interactive (audience choice-making), site-sensitive

Video:  https://www.froginhand.com/site-specific-workshops

As the co-artistic founder of Frog in Hand Colleen works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations in a variety of roles including: educator, choreographer, collaborator, outside eye, fight director and performer.  Colleen devises and performs collaborative work with musicians, spoken word poets, actors, fight directors, visual artists and martial artists. She trained in Toronto (CCDT), in Montreal (EDCM), and in England at the London Contemporary Dance School. She is an advanced actor-combatant (FDC), a writer with the Dance Current, and an avid arts educator.  Her collaborative choreographic process and work is highly regarded, as is her work in improvisation and site specific production.  Guided by Colleen's vision of collaboration, Frog in Hand has received support from the Port Credit Village Foundation, City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Federal Government. She regularly choreographs, and dances with a variety of Toronto based dance theatre and stage combat productions.‚Äč