Brianna began her training in Ottawa before moving to Toronto to gain a BFA in Performance Dance at Ryerson University. Her creative practice centers around storytelling and how musical, physical and textual narratives shape characters onstage. At Ryerson, Brianna performed works by Hanna Kiel, Hassan El-Amin, Alysa Pires, and Dylan Crossman of the Merce Cunningham Trust. She has worked with Near&Far Projects as a company artist, has judged for dance competitions across Ontario, and was on teaching faculty at the highly-praised Elite Danceworx. Participating in intensives has helped Brianna further develop her technique. She has recently studied Gaga in NYC, attended The Performing Arts Project in North Carolina, and trained in the Metamorphosis Method of Spain. Brianna has passed her ADAPT Jazz and RAD Advanced 2 Ballet examinations. She is an Aquarius and dreams of working on Broadway.
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!
All photos by Alvin Collantes