Elise Tigges

Elise Tigges


Elise is an emerging dance artist based in Toronto. Originally from Vancouver, she moved to Toronto to continue her training at George Brown College’s dance program. She has since completed summer programs with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (Toronto), the Goh Ballet Academy (Vancouver), Colorado Ballet (Denver) and Alias Dance Project (Toronto). In 2015, she graduated from George Brown’s Dance Performance Preparation program, and is a 2017 graduate of the Dance Performance program. While at the school, she performed at Dance Ontario Weekend ’17, and various productions of Unleashed, through which she had the opportunity to work with artists such as Ryan Lee, Sharon Moore, Nicola Pantin, and Derek Sangster. Tigges currently works with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s education department, both administratively and in the studio. Outside of the studio, she has been working with The Dance Current since the spring of 2016 as a listing intern and contributor and is currently working towards an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Most recently, she has performed at New Blue Emerging Dance as a part of the Creative Crunch project. She has furthered her choreographic research through the creation two pieces for the George Brown Dance Ensemble program, one of which was presented in Toronto’s Lights Dance Festival.

Elise Tigges' Work


Outlining opportunity By Elise Tigges

Lola Rose Jenkins

Check it out

Mapping Choreography With the StageKeep App By Elise Tigges

Developed by two University of Toronto graduates, StageKeep aims to solve the choreographer’s problem of creating formations and communicating them to dancers.


Mutual Inspiration By Elise Tigges

The Scheitzbach brothers

On the Ground

Choose Your Own Adventure

By Elise Tigges

During a week-long festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront, an exciting schedule brought unique performances from around the world. Through dance, music, theatre and puppetry, children were exposed to stories and cultures, from right here at home to as far away as Australia and Norway.

On the Ground

TV's Tough Competitors

By Elise Tigges

Jenalyn Saraza-Pacheco and Luka Milacic-Perusina are a Toronto-based cabaret ballroom couple who are set to wow the audience in season two of World of Dance, a competitive dance TV series that airs on NBC (and CTV in Canada). After being cut in season one, they’re back and excited to challenge themselves.


Tracing Blackness By Elise Tigges

Mpoe Mogale on the weight of representation

STEM From Dance

STEM From Dance is a non-profit organization that combines dance and STEM to empower young girls and encourage them to pursue this predominately male field. It gives young women in low-income communities the opportunity to learn coding and discover a unique form of creativity.

Peter Kelly / Photo by Shakeil Rollock
On the Ground

Dancing with Emotion: Q & A with Peter Kelly

By Elise Tigges

Only two years out of the dance program at George Brown College (GBC) in Toronto, Peter Kelly has already found a growing place for himself in the Toronto dance community.


Dancing with Emotion: Peter Kelly By Elise Tigges

Emerging dancer and choreographer Peter Kelly


Collaborative Practice

Assemblée Internationale 2017 took place this year from April 30 through May 6 at Canada’s National Ballet School. This international event takes place every four years and brings together training schools from all over the world to collaborate, learn and create.

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