Julia Sasso dances. Her professional career encompasses performance, choreography, teaching, mentorship, writing, life-long learning and unfolding. Sasso performed internationally with Toronto’s Dancemakers – 1984-2000 and was the company’s Assistant Artistic Director and principal teacher for a dozen years. With Dancemakers she was a featured performer in original works and repertoire by Carol Anderson, Serge Bennathan, Anna Blewchamp, Christopher House, James Kudelka, Bill James, Lar Lubovitch, Jean-Pierre Perreault and Doug Varone among others. 

She has appeared as a guest artist with Toronto Dance Theatre and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and in the work of many notable independent choreographers including Sarah Chase, Murray Darroch, Sasha Ivanochko, Danny Grossman and Claudia Moore. ‘one of perhaps a dozen contemporary modern dancers in Canada who is simply breathtaking in motion.’ (The Ottawa Citizen), she continues to create and perform independently. Sasso choreographs extensively for the concert stage as well as for feature film, theatre and television. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented throughout Canada, in the United States and abroad by Harbourfront Centre, the Canada Dance Festival, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, and DanceWorks among others. Her contribution to theatre and dancemaking in Toronto has been acknowledged with eight Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. 

Highly regarded as a teacher and mentor, Sasso engages with established, emergent and community-based projects. She is a Resident Choreographer and core faculty member of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program and teaches in York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. Her recently published reflections on the value of integrating somatic practices with traditional movement training methods can be found here.  


Photo: Craig Chambers