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Allison Elizabeth Burns gives dance a voice and promotes creative collaborations in the nonprofit sector through classes, workshops, and lectures. She instructs traditional dance classes in ballet, modern, and hip hop - plus has developed a gentle Introduction to Contemporary Dance course designed for anyone to explore their own personal style, body and movement. She is an active lecturer and host at festivals, conference roundtables, pre and post-concert events, and developed a learning and networking event for Arts Network Ottawa to promote building virtual connections and collaborations in the arts.
“What a sublime workshop! Allison was so wonderful in creating a safe and welcoming space for exploration of movement and body.” - Kathy Slamen, workshop participant
Along with your typical Ballet and Modern dance classes, Allison Burns as teaches a gentle introduction to contemporary dance that she developed herself. It is designed for anyone who has been curious about the style, or movement in general. There is absolutely no dance experience required, just curiosity about what that brilliant body of yours can do!
The classes offer a refinement of basic contemporary dance technique, and a new way of thinking about movements and sensations. There is a focus on connecting to the entire body, drawing awareness and control and exploring a new relationship to the floor. The practice is largely based on improvisation. The skills taught here can be used in other forms of dance, and performing arts.