Dancing from the inside out: « My approach to dance and choreography is based on listening to the different connections that exist between the spirit and the body. This is the natural kinetic process whereby our inner landscape translates into electric impulses that transmit to the muscles the information as to how and with what quality to move. » -Margie Gillis



1. Master classes for dance students and dance professionals

Length: 1 to 2 hours
This master class is designed to encourage the dancer to rediscover the wisdom of the body as well as to reconnect with the curiosity and awe that initiate and inspire movement. The work in class strives to increase openness for continued
experimentation, exploration and understanding through movement. The dancer is sensitized to the links between his/her thoughts, emotions and body. Emphasis is on observing the natural kinetic process: how our “inner landscape”, generated by electric impulses, is expressed in the muscles through movement.

2. Dancing from the Inside Out Workshops

Length: from 2 hours to 2 weeks – upon request.
According to the level of the group, whether professional dancers or amateurs. The
subjects explored may include:

  • Dancing from the inside out by listening to the body’s intelligence, the body’s soul;
  • Relating to sound, relating to music;
  • Creating movement, dance, ritual;
  • The choreographer-dancer-public relationship: points of view and interrelations;
  • Using architecture and space;
  • The link between an idea and its manifestation;
  • Relating to the basic concepts in dance: line, form, articulation, balance, position, etc.;
  • Relating to qualities and textures: fluidity, rigidity, strength, softness;
  • Neuromuscular responses to emotions, colors, ideas, and their embodiment;
  • Health/the neuromuscular system: listening to the body (support techniques for health, troubleshooting, injury prevention, and convalescence);
  • Art, passion, performance techniques (with support for individual or group challenges);
  • Risk-taking dynamics: yes, no, how, and safety;
  • Responsibility towards and for creativity: freedom, art, self, and the audience;
  • Putting to work the body’s intelligence;
  • Simplicity as a principle for creativity and health;
  • The creator as listener.

3. Conferences

Length: 20 minutes to 1 hour
Margie Gillis’ artistic and pedagogic approach is articulated around the concept of dancing from the inside out. In her conferences, she details the different facets of this notion for all types of audiences: amateurs, dance and health professionals, students, actors, etc. An exchange with the audience usually develops, ending with a Questions and Answers period.

4. Lecture-Demonstrations

Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
In these presentations, Ms. Gillis begins by dancing 2 or 3 short pieces from her repertoire. She then gives a talk on a theme chosen in collaboration with the host organization. (See below for description and technical specifications).

5. Classes for non-dancers

Length: 90 minutes
Adapted for non-professionals who are interested in movement, this format provides an opportunity for participants to develop an awareness of their potential through « dancing from the inside out ». Through use of “games” and choreographic motifs, the learning process is playful and stimulating.

6. Questions and Answers

Length: 20 to 45 minutes
A popular format in school systems and venues other than performances. These periods allow for the public to deepen its relationship to dance by directing questions to the artist about different aspects of her work.


Workshops and master classes:

1. Resilience • A resilient floor (a floor that absorbs shocks) to protect from injuries to the joints.

Note: Many floors are not resilient and are dangerous for dancing in bare feet, falling or rolling on the floor. Dance schools are generally equipped with resilient floors.

2. Surface • Floors must be covered with a « Marley » (a floor covering specifically designed for dance) or the equivalent (exercise carpet). Please contact us to check if the floor has the necessary requirements.

3. Adequate space • The studio or room must be sufficiently large for participants to move freely (running, jumping, rolling, etc.) The space must be free of usual furniture (chairs, tables, etc.). At least, the furniture should be placed in order, along the edge of the room, so as to be out of the way and not endanger the participants or impede their movements.

4. Sound • A sound system equipped with a CD player powerful enough to fill the space.

5. Temperature • The space must be adequately heated and ventilated. This aspect is essential to the participants’ good health.



6. If the conference includes a dance demonstration, the notes referring to the quality of the floor are applicable. Please communicate with us ahead of time in order to validate the space and floor requirements.

7. A microphone is usually necessary, unless the conference takes place in a standard classroom, and the number of participants is less than 30.