Mentoring Emerging Dance Artists with Alexandra Elliott

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For this workshop, Alexandra Elliott, contemporary dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Alexandra Elliott Dance, will offer formal and informal mentorships to emerging dance artists on the practical side of being a dance artist.

Alex will cover questions such as: what do I do after I graduate? How do I write a grant and what would I write one for? How do I approach choreographers I want to work with? How do I find out about dance workshops or classes I should be attending across Canada? How do I find non-dance work that is appropriate for me while I’m trying to be a dance artist? How do I deal with the mental and emotional ups and downs of being an emerging dance artist?

This three-part workshop will include:

1) Get Up and Move: a facilitated warm up

2) Talking about the practical side: a) grants b) side jobs c) training c) mental/emotional/physical ups and downs

3) Meditation, mindfulness, and positive forward thinking

What to bring:

  • Clothes to move in/warm clothes to sit in
  • Paper/journal
  • Pens/ pencils
  • Your planner/agenda
  • A computer (laptop is ideal; however, a tablet or phone will work)
  • Yoga mat/something padded to sit on the floor


***If you are not a dancer but are interested in taking this workshop, please contact!


Early bird price is $40 until January 15. Regular price is $60.


About Alexandra Elliott:

Photo by Leif Norman

Alexandra Elliott is a dancer and choreographer who has studied with mentors and teachers such as Tedd Robinson (ONT), Susie Burpee (ONT), Heather Bishop (MB), and more. She considers herself a creative facilitator and strives to pass on the limitless knowledge and experience she has been fortunate to gain from master teachers. Alex has studied meditation and yoga for over 20 years and recognizes the value that mindfulness has for practicing artists.

“Alexandra Elliott choreographs with extraordinary clarity of form and intent. She investigates her germinal idea unwaveringly, with remarkable movement invention and moments of delightful surprise. Her performance is richly qualitative and authentic.”

-William (Bill) Evans, choreographer, performer, teacher, administrator, writer, movement analyst and founder of Bill Evans Dance Company

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Movement Practise

One Monday per month, Young Lungs Dance Exchange invites all movers and thinkers to learn new skills, experience alternative pathways, and engage in dialogue. Titled Movement Practice, the event is a time to dance and discuss in a comfortable, inclusive environment. 
Every session a different guest is invited to share whatever they are inspired to share about movement practise, each bringing their own unique knowledge, experience, and level of inquiry to the floor. 
Movement Practice is open to all ages, levels and abilities. All folks are invited to participate in whatever way they are comfortable with, free of judgement. 
The two-hour sessions are a free, monthly gathering to support movement practise and community sharing. We begin with 20 minute warm up of stream of consciousness movement where we let our bodies move freely through the space. After that the guest will begin to share. The guest is not asked to share something specific. Only to share something at all. This might look like just talking, or moving, or offering an idea or method to try. Then at the end, we sit in a circle and have some discussion and wrap up. 
There is no dress code, however movement-ready wear is ideal.  
The space is accessible. 
All ages welcome.  
We accept pocket change if you’re able for the studio rental.