Allison Elizabeth Burns
Building connections through dance
Choreographer / Performer / Educator / Producer
“A true artist. She imbues each tiny movement with meaning and purpose; entwining story with choreography to create something so gripping and unique…”
- Guifré Bantjes-Ràfols, actor/creator
"Delightful and mesmerizing. Allison Burns is a gorgeous dancer, exemplifying poetry in motion"
- Allan Mackey, On Stage
Allison Elizabeth Burns is a compassionate performing arts professional with a strong commitment to public engagement in dance. She excels in developing community, being recognized for the ability to create digestible dialogue about dance, and a welcoming atmosphere for audience members.
Allison is a choreographer, performer, educator, and producer based in her hometown of Ottawa. She spent a decade working and studying in Montreal, where she graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Contemporary Dance with distinction.
Allison has choreographed and performed in multidisciplinary projects, dance works, and commissions. Recent creations involve polarizing groups, feminist issues, immortal hedonists, and time travel. Her work has been presented at various festivals including the Alberta Dance Festival, and dance: made in canada. She has performed in choreographic works by Noémie Lafrance, Jérôme Bel, and Renata Soutter (Propeller Dance), among others, and has toured North America.
As a passionate dance advocate, she promotes dance awareness and comprehension through workshops, talks, and podcasts. She founded, produced and hosted the dance podcast, Dirty Feet, conducting and archiving hundreds of interviews with dance artists around the world.
Allison self-produces evocative contemporary dance and produces showcases that celebrate the work of local dance artists featuring a variety styles. She is a co-founder and former artistic producer of the Bouge d’ici Dance Festival in Montreal, and has produced showcases at the Ottawa Dance Directive, Arts Court Theatre, and the Gladstone Theatre in Ottawa.