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Alyssa Martin is a Canadian choreographer based in Toronto. She trained at Ryerson Theatre School, graduating in 2013 with her BFA Honours. Upon graduating, Alyssa made the transition into full-time choreography and began creating full-evening works for Rock Bottom Movement, the absurdist dance-theatre company she founded in her third year of study. She has toured her works to festivals both locally and internationally, and produced numerous mixed-bills and full-length works in Toronto theatres. Highlights of her choreographic works include: “MANIA,” which was invited to present at the Women in Dance Leadership Conference in Louisiana; “art,” a theatre piece which premiered at Dance Matters in Toronto; “CRUSHED,” a work created for the dance majors as part of Ryerson University’s Choreographic Lab; and most recently, “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS,” which made it’s first appearance at the Fleck Dance Theatre as part of Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend. “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS” has since been invited to show at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, New York as part of the Spring Movement Festival. It will then be developed into an evening-length work which will be performed in Toronto in May, 2016.
Additionally, Alyssa has created work for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and The Garage Collective. She has been a guest choreographer at RTS for the past three years, choreographing two productions of “Cinderella” as well as “The Holiday Show.” She collaborated as a choreographer on theatre-creator David Bernstein’s queer pantomime, “Cherry Corsage,” and has also created work with visual artists Christopher Lacroix and Andrea Pelletier. She has worked as a guest artist with Quinte Ballet School, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, Toronto District School Board and Young People’s Theatre, and currently teaches Musical Theatre at Ryerson University as a part-time instructor. Alyssa is the recipient of the 2013 Kenny Pearl Award and has been featured as an emerging talent in Dance Current Magazine. She recently completed the Emerging Voices Project, a choreographic residency with Toronto Dance Theatre. You can get a window into Alyssa’s choreographic work at rockbottommovement.com.