Allison Cummings is a performer/choreographer/art maker, who produces her artistic work under the umbrella name Sore for Punching You. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals across Canada since 1996 including The Theatre Centre, Hysteria, Edgy Women/Montreal, Toronto Dance Theatre’s ‘Four at the Winch’, SummerWorks, M:ST Performative Art Festival, 7a -11d, Canada Dance Festival, Fluid Festival, Moving Pictures Festival w/ Trinity Square Video, Older and Reckless, School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Porch View Dances, Bright Nights (Citadel et Cie) among others. Internationally her work has been presented in Accra, Ghana, and Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. She has self produced her own multidisciplinary full length works, Quiver ’02, Clutch ’06, Devouring Lions ’09, Final Savage Land ’13 and Exhale ’18 at various venues in Toronto. She is the recipient of multiple arts grants and awards including The John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship, California 2012, Chalmers Professional Development 2010, The Toronto Emerging Artist Award in Dance 2000 and was shortlisted for the K.M Hunter Award 2006 and 2008.
Heidi loves to brighten a person’s day, whether that’s with a chat, a cup of tea, or by checking things off a to-do list. Her favourite work environment involves surrounding herself with creative people while managing their administrative needs, and she is thrilled to now be doing this for Moonhorse Dance Theatre. Her resume includes lighting design for theatre and opera, working in film as the assistant to the producer, managing a retail boutique, and managing a shop that makes custom footwear for film and television. Her passions also include decorative paper planning, playing D&D, tap dancing, bike riding, and hanging out with her awesome hubby and teenage daughter. You should totally meet them (and you will, at Older and Reckless!).
ORIN T. MCREY
Manager of Marketing and Social Media
Orin channels her passion for communication and story telling through her multifaceted career as an interdisciplinary performer, movement facilitator, host, and Social Media/Communications Manager. She revels in facilitating experiences that foster empowerment and play while nurturing connections to both community and the Earth. Her desire to give back to community has guided her into leadership roles she has been proud to stand in: MC for Shine Dance Festival; Dance Educator for Luminesque Dance, iDance, BAMDance and KasheDance; Co-Facilitator for Her Tribal Roots youth residencies; and Social Media Manager for various individuals and organizations. Since moving to Tkaronto she has joined KasheDance as a company member and launched her sensual embodiment classes LUSH FLUX. Find her on IG @orintmcrey for more!
Michelle Silagy is a Toronto-based dance artist. Her choreography has been presented in Amsterdam, Inuvik, New York, Canada and in Toronto venues including The Gardiner Museum, where she presented ReTrace a multi-generational performance. A Certified DanceAbility [DA] International Advanced Facilitator, Silagy trained and performed with DA Founder Alito Alessi at the ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, and in Mexico and Uruguay. Silagy’s extensive work with youth informs her desire to create with artists through playful collaboration. As former director of 32 years for The Young Dancers’ Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (recently renamed The Dance Arts Institute), Silagy facilitated creative movement and inclusive classes for children and instigated inclusive dance for adults, in partnership with Canada’s National Ballet School. Silagy has written and delivered curricula connecting movement with oral and written language, for The Royal Conservatory of Music throughout Canada and in London, England. Silagy and Director Lynda Hill co-created Dora Nominated Flying Hearts, a relaxed performance, which premiered at the International Wee Festival and toured in Ontario and Winnipeg in the Spring of 2019. Silagy continues to work with Andrea Nann’s Dreamwalker Dance Company’s multi-faceted approach to sharing practice(s) which brings together Communities, Indigenous Teachings, and Art and Educational Practitioners. Silagy is developing, The Reverie Duets, a work celebrating the gifts of contemporary dancers and dancers who possess an extra set of Chromosome 21. The Reverie Duets Project is generously funded by The Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council. Silagy is thrilled to be part of coordinating Moonhorse Dance Theatre’s Dance Encounters which she believes is best defined and joyfully felt by being there.