Legacy Project: Participants

© Michael Slobodian

Over fifty international participants are involved in the Legacy Project.  

Margie has chosen to work with high-calibre professional dancers because of their understanding and commitment to her legacy. These participants include dancers from companies such as José Navas/Compagnie Flak (Montreal), Marie Chouinard (Montreal), Anatomiae Occultii (New York), Ballet BC (Vancouver), Dancemakers Dance Company (Toronto) and KUNST-STOFF Productions (San Francisco/Europe).

The project was inspired by and has ongoing artistic affiliation with Alexandra Wells, founder of Springboard Danse Montréal.

The Legacy Project includes, but is not limited to the following performers. Each tour is unique depending on location and artist availability.

Adam Barruch (New York, NY)

Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, and later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts and at The Juilliard School. He is an artist-in-residence at the 92Y in 2016-2017 and founder of Anatomiae Occultii. www.anatomiaeoccultii.com

Élise Boileau (Montreal, QC)

Elise Boileau graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris before joining the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal. Since 2014 she has been part of the Quebec Dance community as a performer, rehearsal director and journalist.

Chelsea Bonosky (New York, NY)

Chelsea Bonosky is a dancer, activist and advocate based in New York City. Honored to collaborate with and assist Adam Barruch, work with Josh Beamish, Gabrielle Lamb and was a member of PUNCHDRUNK ‘Sleep No More.’  Community Actionist with Gibney Dance, Teaching Artist for ASTEP and Ambassador to Free Body Project.

Geneviève Boulet (Montreal, QC)

Geneviève graduated from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and worked with O Vertigo, Roger Sinha, Lina Cruz, Dany Desjardins and Roy Assaf (Israel). She has been a dancer with Destins Croisés since 2009. In addition, she is co-founder of the collective LA TRESSE where she acts as a choreographer and dancer. www.latresse.ca

Alexandra Caron (Montreal, QC)

Alexandra is a performer and dance teacher. She received her training at the School of Contemporary Dance in Montreal. Since then, her artistic career has led her to join the Legacy Project with the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, and to collaborate on different projects with Lumière Noire, pianist Zach Éli, and the Feux Follettes collective. Concerned about sharing and pedagogy, Alexandra has been teaching dance to children since 2009.

Isabel Cruz (Montreal, QC)

Isabel Cruz currently studies at l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec. She just started working with Margie Gillis as part of the Legacy Project. Her creative background has evolved through the years, including dance and music performance. Isabel is also interested and enjoys playing with choreography, design, painting, and photography, all of which she does for her own pleasure but as well as to serve her community. Isabel aims to reach a profound knowledge of dance’s breathtaking language in order to convey her feelings, ideas, and emotions through the practice, and consequently reach a level of communion both with herself and as a consequence with the audience.

Marc Daigle (Montreal, QC)

The Acadian contemporary dancer, Marc Daigle, began his career more than 3 decades ago with the Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa. He has danced for Montanaro, JP Perreault, Carbone 14, Red Rabbit Project and Margie Gillis since arriving in Montreal.

Daphne Fernberger (Frankfurt, Germany)

Daphne began her career with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, which led her to move to Germany to work with Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. She is currently freelance and continues to work with people and artists she loves! She received her BFA from The Juilliard School.

Cailtin Griffin (Vancouver, BC)

Caitlin is a performer, choreographer and teacher. She graduated from the Goh Ballet Academy in commonly called Vancouver, BC. She has worked independently and for companies and projects including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, MOVE: the company, and the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies under the direction of Jean Grand-Maitre. Caitlin is honoured to have joined Margie Gillis’ Legacy Project in 2016 and she continues to perform and tour with Margie Gillis while carrying the values of dance for resiliency into her role as an ambassador for the Huntington Disease community

Tessa Rae Kuz (Regina, SK)

Tessa Rae Kuz is from the Treaty 4 Territory of Regina, Saskatchewan and graduated from University X (formerly Ryerson) with a BFA in Performance Dance. She works as a dancer, educator and emerging choreographer in both the modern-contemporary and street dance scenes. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with Margie and the Legacy Project. © Daniel Paquet

Ruth Naomi Levin (Calgary, AB)

Ruth Naomi Levin is an independent dance artist currently based in Montreal, Canada. She holds an MFA in Dance from York University, is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and has performed and taught across North America. She is honoured to have been a member of the Margie Gillis Legacy Project since 2014 and thrilled to continue to work alongside such astounding artists and human beings as Ms Gillis and the other dancers of the project. She also teaches and facilitates transformation through embodiment through her company Embodied in Motion – www.embodiedinmotion.com

Kyana Lyne (Montreal, QC)

Kyana Lyne graduated from Ryerson University’s dance program in 2018. She has since worked in Montreal as a freelance dance artist and emerging choreographer for performance and film.


Hoor Malas (Montreal, QC)

Hoor is a Syrian dance and movement artist who recently moved to Montreal. She started dancing at the age of eight in the Ballet School in Damascus. She received a B.A in dance from the Higher Institute of Arts in Damascus-Syria and a diploma in contemporary dance from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds-UK. Hoor is currently working as a dancer, performer and choreographer in Montreal and in Syria. Find out more about Hoor: hoormalas.com


Lucy M. May (Montreal, QC)

Lucy M. May is a dance artist, teacher, and writer based in Montreal. Between 2009 and 2016, she was a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard. She dances to wonder after what binds micro to macro, macro to micro. www.lucymmay.com

Annmaria Mazzini (New York, NY)

Annmaria performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1999-2011, and remains on faculty at The Taylor School in New York City. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, her choreography has been presented by her company, Mazzini Dance Collective, at Carnegie Hall, Battery Dance Festival, and Cape Dance Festival, and in the short film The Pink Pony.

Sarah Murphy (NS)

Sarah Murphy received dance training from NCSA and The Juilliard School. Upon graduation in 2010 Sarah danced for Nederlands Dans Theatre II. Based in Den Haag, Sarah also worked as a freelance artist performing, creating and teaching throughout Europe and Asia until 2017. Sarah is currently based in Nova Scotia.​


Troy Ogilvie (New York, NY)

Troy Ogilvie performs solos by Margie Gillis, Itzik Galili, Roy Assaf, and Idan Sharabi; teaches improvisation; and is a creative director for The McKittrick Hotel’s SUPERCINEMA parties. She graduated with a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School.

Susan Paulson (Montreal, QC)

Montreal freelancer, Susan Paulson is honoured to be working with Margie Gillis.  She is the co-founder of Le Broke Lab and has worked with Dave St Pierre, Virginie Brunelle and Cas Public among others. www.lebrokelab.com

Alisia Pobega (Montreal, QC)

Alisia Pobega completed her dance training at L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for over 12 years, rising to a soloist ranking. She is currently an independent artist and works within the Montr al dance community as a dancer, a teacher and a rehearsal mistress. Along with Louis-Martin Charest, she shares the artistic directorship of LIBERAMAE performance & films.

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