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Alysa Pires

Choreographer Alysa Pires has created works for Ballet Jorgen, Citie Ballet (Edmonton, AB), Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cadence Ballet, Ryerson University, Dancestreams, Victoria Academy of Ballet, McMaster Dance Company, Helix Dance Theatre, the Parahumans, and her own company Alysa Pires Dance Projects, which made its critically acclaimed full-length debut at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival.

Her work in theatre includes choreography for ten musicals, a series of world premiere plays by Judith Thompson (CAN), Velina Hasu Houston (USA) and Timberlake Wertenbaker (UK) that toured through Greece (The Women and War Project) and the first workshop of a new commission for the Los Angeles Opera. In July 2014, Alysa represented Canada and performed as part of the Tin Forest Theatre Festival in Glasgow, Scotland in celebration of the Commonwealth Games.

Her work ...keeping in mind they may be behind you was reimagined for the 2014 Emerging Artist Intensive in Toronto. Alysa was the sole North American and the only female selected from a pool of international applicants as one of four choreographers to participate in DanceEast's ChoreoLab in Ipswich, UK in April of 2013, where she developed “i am vertical.” The work received its Canadian premiere at the 2015 dance:made in Canada Festival.

Upcoming projects include a new commission for Citie Ballet in Edmonton and The National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Workshop. Alysa was the Heliconian Club of Toronto’s 2015-2016 Dancer-in-Residence. She is an Honours BFA graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. For more information go to or follow Alysa on Twitter and Instagram: @alysapires