Contemporary dance artist Michelle Silagy maintains a close relationship between her arts practice and teaching practice of 30 years. Her work has been presented in Amsterdam, The Arctic, New York, across Ontario, and in Toronto. She received her DanceAbility International Training from DA Founder Alito Alessi at ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna and Master Training in Uruguay and Mexico. Silagy’s extensive work with youth informs her engagement with artists of all disciplines. As director of The Young Dancers’ Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Silagy designs inclusive classes for children in relationship to live music. She teaches Pedagogy at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre [STDT]. She instigated WE Dance inclusive classes for adults, in partnership with STDT and Canada’s National Ballet School. She is a guest artist at Queen’s University and at The University of Toronto OSIE. She has written movement curriculum for The Royal Conservatory’s Learning through the Arts Program, teaching throughout Canada and in England. Silagy and Theatre Director Lynda Hill co-created Flying Hearts, a relaxed performance. Their Dora-nominated production premiered at the International Wee Festival 2018. Last fall, Silagy was a delegate as ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People 20th World Congress in Norway.
Thoughts About Art and Community
My Dance work quiet in nature, is found within the Independent Contemporary Dance Genre. My approach to sharing dance, fosters inclusion environments for individuals to express themselves creatively through movement. My work is shared and developed with children, families, school based teachers and with artists who are at various stages of their career: emergent, mid career and established. This approach means that my work is felt by multi-generational populations. Since 2008, I have dedicated a large part of my practice to dance inclusion and the right of every child and person to move in ways which both delight them and which view them as whole vibrant collaborators. I developed one of the first integrated creative movement classes for children in the city. And I have also held an inaugural DanceAbility 5 day Intensive in Toronto in 2018 for: Artists, Teachers, Students and individuals working in the Health Sector. My attention to inclusion in my practice, means I am working with the dance community to effect positive change in who can dance and how and where they wish to move.
Contemporary Dance Workshops and classes for all ages.
Areas of Expertise: Pedagogy in Best Practices in Sharing Dance with Youth in Schools and Communities
Dance Inclusion informed by DanceAbility International Methodology created by Ability Pioneer Alito Alessi.
Choreographic Development and Innovation rooted in Improvisational Scores and Mapping
Collaboration among Artists of varied Art Forms.