Margie Gillis

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Internationally acclaimed modern choreographer/dancer, Margie Gillis has been creating original works for over forty years.

In 1979, Margie was invited to teach and lecture in China, thus becoming the first artist from the West to introduce modern dance after the Cultural Revolution. Two years later the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation was created with the mission to present and support her work. Her repertoire now includes more than one hundred creations, which she performs as solos, duets and group works.

Touring has taken Margie to Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East, as well as North and South America. In parallel to her solo work Margie collaborates on projects initiated by her peers. She has worked with some of the most important dance artists and companies of her time such as Les Grand Ballets Canadiens, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.

Teaching and mentoring are important aspects of her career. With Margie’s unique approach of “Dancing from the Inside Out”, she offers workshops for dance professionals and students alike.
Margie Gillis is a socially committed artist. She lectures on dance and the role of art in society. She has been spokesperson for a number of organizations dedicated to the fight against AIDS, as well as OXFAM and the Planned Parenthood Foundation. She is a fierce defender of environmental causes.



Awards & Honours


Distinguished Artist Award (Dancer/ Choreographer) from the Montreal 2017 International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).


Officer of the Order of Canada


Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation

Recipient, Homage Prize from Artistes pour la paix (with Yvon Deschamps)


Knight of the Ordre national du Québec


MAD Spirit Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Actions by an Artist, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York

Walter Carsen Prize, Canada Council for the Arts


American Dance Guild Award


Career Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


Gemini Prize for Best Performing Artist on Film


Member of the Order of Canada

Honorary title of Cultural Ambassador (Québec)

Honorary title of Cultural Ambassador (Canada)

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