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FREE EVENT!

About

EveryBODY Dance Party is a socially distanced event for families to come together with their community to celebrate the relief from pandemic restrictions with a 1-hour event that embraces dance as a form of joyful exercise.  Participants will be led by professional dancers in diverse bodies, through choreography that is accessible to all body types and abilities as well as interactive skits and activities that will educate about the body positivity/neutrality movement. This event will leave everyone filled with a sense of joy and self-love.

Everybody Dances.  It is celebratory in nature and connects us all. By promoting exercise that is based in joyful movement, we encourage a body positive and anti-diet mentality that is led by example. The impact this event could have on future generations, is unmeasurable.  A community coming together to reassure children that they are valid and weight is not equivalent to worth, can inspire a life free from disordered eating patterns and a holistic relationship with exercise. 

When will it take place?

Our event will have 8 performances that take place August 26 & 27 at 11:30, 2:00, 4:30 & 7pm.

Where will it take place?

Our venue will be located at the South-East corner of Christie Pits Park (immediately outside Christie Subway Station.

Meet The Team

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Greg Carruthers
Performer/Divisor

Greg (he/him) is a Toronto-based Choreographer, Actor and body-positive activist (@EveryBODYonStage). Hailing from Bradford, Ontario, Greg studied Music Theatre Performance at St. Lawrence College. As a Choreographer, Greg’s work has toured to Dubai and won a BroadwayWorld Award for the Toronto production of Disney’s Mary Poppins which ran for over 200 performances. Greg is passionate about inspiring young performers and has had the opportunity to choreograph at Sheridan College (Pippin, 2021) and the University of Toronto's Hart House Theatre (Legally Blonde, 2020). He has served as resident Director/Choreographer for Canada’s Wonderland and co-wrote and directed the "Patron's Pick" of the Toronto Fringe Festival's KidsFest. As a performer, Greg was most recently seen on the US tour of Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical and has had the opportunity to develop many new musicals throughout his career. 

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Sierra Holder
Performer/Divisor

Sierra (she/her) was born and raised in what is colonially known as Ottawa, ON but is now creating a home and community in Tkaronto. She is a graduate of Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program and is Creative Associate, Educator and Co-Founder of "Diva Day International". She is passionate about telling stories that are truthful, human, challenging, and joyous. Sierra has performed on stages across Canada including YPT, Theatre Aquarius, TIFT, Ross Petty Panto as well as on screen with FX, Netflix and Disney Channel. She is so excited to continue learning as she navigates the world and the theatre industry and is interested in creating art that asks questions, that is inclusive and collaborative rather than exclusionary and that celebrates the lived experiences of diverse human beings.

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Brittany Banks
Educational Advisor/Divisor

Brittany (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist from Prince Edward Island, now based in Toronto. Her background is in musical theatre performance, directing, and choreography, with an emphasis on collective creation, devised, and physical theatre practices. Her choreography and movement work has been featured in productions at the Charlottetown Festival, National Arts Centre, Sheridan College, Harbourfront Theatre, The Guild, Victoria Playhouse, and more. She has also directed productions such as Anne & Gilbert, How To Be a Lady, Grease, Footloose, Fame, High School Musical, and Go-Go Beach. Brittany is a proud graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island, an alumnus of Randolph College, and has studied directing and physical theatre under the mentorship of the Ostrenko Brothers in Austria, at the New International Performing Arts Institute. Brittany is passionate about working with the next generation of performers, and for the past 15 years has worked as a dance instructor and theatre educator. In 2018, she established the Youth Actors Lab, a program bringing high-quality acting training to youth in Prince Edward Island. Brittany is committed to creating safe, inclusive spaces, and is thrilled to work with the community!