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.
LIVESTREAM: I was a guest on Ellen Winter’s Instagram Livestream to promote her new track “Mantras”!! We talk about (Art)versations Podcast, the disgusting heatwave that came over Toronto/NYC that day, and why Ellen included a donation button to support Black Trans Femmes in the Arts. To watch the interview on YouTube, click here.
ASSISTING: I spent every Thursday in July assisting Rutherford Movement Exchange‘s summer intensive. The classes were taught over Zoom but the sharing and connection was still there. Thank you to our fearless leader Stephanie Rutherford for taking risks and always “finding the joy”!
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.
All photos by Alvin Collantes