Why Dance and Movement Matter So Much

Nothing happens until something moves.

~Albert Einstein

Science, spirituality, art and our bodies tell us that we need to MOVE. In the winter of 2020, with a world caught in quarantine, the people at SpringWorks Festival and Little Shadow Productions got to talking. “What if we could help people stop working and get moving, even if for a few moments”? From that, our dance and movement wellness series was born. During this conversation, our movement instructors, some of the best of the world stage, film and television, discuss why we all must move. Our ability, size or disability does not matter. We must move our minds, our bodies and spirits for the health of everyone.

This event is presented as part of our “Share The Mic Monday’s” series.


Mon. April 19, 2021 8pm et/ 5pm pt

Approximately 1 hour including Q&A

This event will take place via Zoom

About The Panelists

Alexis Milligan is a movement director at The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick. She is on the steering committee for both the Atlantic Centre for Creativity, and the Canadian Network for Imagination and Creativity. Alexis lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her two kids, Timothy and Annika.

You can find Alexis at: https://canadiannetworkforimaginationandcreativity.com/


Called “The first Grenadian woman on Broadway…” Oneika Phillips’ credits include the Tony award winning productions Spongebob Squarepants and FELA! The Musical. Other Broadway credits include Amazing Grace, and as assistant to the choreographer on the critically acclaimed, Violet. Prior, Oneika found her voice as Anita in the 50th Anniversary International Tour of Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story, nominated for The West End’s Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, winning the Theatergoer’s Choice Award in the same category. She was also a cast member of the First and Second National/International tours of FELA! * Oneika is a former featured member of Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, where roots were laid for a professional career in Music Theatre. Other favorite theatre credits include Christopher Gattelli’s In Your Arms, a dance-based play, Tusk, a concert-theater experience that combines elements of film, puppetry, live music and theater, Jamaican writer Jermaine Rowe’s Children of the Blue Mountain and Leonora, directed by Antonio Minino, a Caribbean interpretation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. * Oneika’s newest onstage adventure is the revival of 1776, a musical that explores the founding of America, the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the flaws, contradictions and consequences of the document. The unconventional casting pushes the envelope of what diversity in casting can look like. A virtual workshop was completed early in the pandemic, the first of its kind for a Broadway bound production. Oneika considers herself an ambassador to her country and region and strives to be a voice for Caribbean representation in American Arts.

ALLISON PLAMONDON is a choreographer, director, and teacher and performer.

Originally from Edmonton, she has worked at some of the most exciting cultural institutions in North America includingMadison Square Garden, City Center, Symphony Space and La MaMa. Highlights in choreography include the Oscar-winning short film, Curfew as well as Holiday Inn at the Shaw Festival. Allison has taught at Broadway Dance Center,AMDA, Queens Theater, Randolph Academy and Sheridan College. 

Gabriella Sundar Singh is a Toronto-born actor, dancer, singer and musician of Indian and Sri-Lankan Tamil heritage. She completed her B.A.Hons. at the University of Guelph (Ontario) in Theatre Studies, achieved her Post-Graduate studies at Centennial College (Toronto) in Children’s Media, and graduated from the Acting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada (Montréal). She is a classically trained Bharathanatyam dancer (Classical South Indian dance), as well as a classically trained pianist and singer. 

Gabriella has performed at the Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake) for three seasons, most notably in 2019’s “The Russian Play,” by Hannah Moscovitch. She most recently choreographed Bharathanatyam, directed and performed in “Sisterhood,” also at the Shaw. You can watch her as “Chelsea” on Canada’s hit t.v. series “Kim’s Convenience,” on CBC and Netflix. 

Not quite what you’re looking for? As we continue to book additional workshops, I’d love to know what you’re curious about. What would you like to learn? The sky’s the limit! Drop me a line!

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

~Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
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