Young Dancers’ Program Director
B.A. (Hons), Drama, San Diego State University, California
M.F.A., Dance, York University
Contemporary dance artist Michelle Silagy maintains a close relationship between her arts practice and her teaching practice of 29 years. Her choreographic work has been presented in Amsterdam, Inuvik (above the Arctic Circle), New York, Ontario, Winnipeg, and several venues in Toronto including The Gardiner Museum, where she presented ReTrace, a multi-generational, multi-ability performance event. As a certified DanceAbility facilitator, Silagy has performed with DanceAbility Founder Alito Alessi at the ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna’s Museumsquartier, and at the Cultural Centre, Baja California, Mexico. Silagy is one of ten international artists chosen by Alessi for the inaugural Master DanceAbility Teacher Training, held in Montevideo and in Mexico City, in 2015.
Silagy received an M.F.A. in Dance from York University in 2016, and is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. As director of The Young Dancers’ Program and pedagogue at the School, Silagy facilitates inclusive creative movement classes, which foster dynamic movement invention in relationship to live music. She instigated WE Dance, inclusive dance sessions for adults, in partnership with the School of TDT and Canada’s National Ballet School, which have continued from 2017 to the present. She has also taught youth extensively in Toronto and throughout Ontario as an Ontario Arts Council Roster Artist; throughout Canada; and in London England, with The Royal Conservatory’s Learning through the Arts Program, where she has written and delivered movement curriculum, connecting movement with science, mathematics, and language, for ages 3 to 16.
Recently, Silagy and Theatre Direct Artistic Director Lynda Hill co-created Flying Hearts, a relaxed performance for children who are differently abled. Flying Hearts premiered at the International Wee Festival in 2018, and toured in Ontario and in Winnipeg in spring 2019. Silagy works in partnership with both Andrea Nann’s Dreamwalker Dance Company and Jumblies Theatre as an Inclusion Consultant and Dance Artist.