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Collette Murray


Collette Murray is a dance performer, instructor and community arts programmer. She holds a Sociology BA from University of Toronto, Honours BA in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity, a Certificate in Anti-Racist Research and Practice and is a MEd candidate at York University. Her performance background includes diverse genres across Caribbean Folk, traditional West African drum/dance and Afrobeat. During her study abroad in South Africa and Costa Rica she taught dance workshops. Engaged in the Caribbean and African arts community for over seventeen years, she continues to collaborate and train with master teachers abroad. In 2017, she performed in Senegal with Pape N’Diaye’s Les Enfant de Soleil. As dance faculty and guest choreographer among many youth performance groups and community arts organizations, her mobile dance education business (www.misscocomurray.com) offers classes/workshops, performance and consultation services. She is Artistic Director of Coco Collective, an intergenerational, multidisciplinary arts collective. She designs and delivers funded projects that make cultural arts accessible to marginalized communities. Murray supports Cultural Pluralism of the Arts Movement Ontario as a Research Assistant.


Collette Murray's Work


New Year, New Awakening

Soulful Messiah’s fifteenth year By Collette Murray

Ballet Creole opens the holidays by intersecting the Toronto theatre community and the NextSteps contemporary dance series with its annual seasonal ritual – Soulful Messiah. The performance is Artistic Director and Founder Patrick Parson’s choreographic concept of navigating different emotional stages of life and spirituality and how one copes through its peaks and valleys.