Holly Harris


Holly Harris is a Winnipeg-based dance writer and composer who has worked across Canada with various choreographers including Rachel Browne, Ruth Cansfield, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Karen Kuzak, Katherine Labelle and Sharon B. Moore. In addition to The Dance Current, she also writes for Dance International and reviews dance, opera and classical music for the Winnipeg Free Press and Opera Canada. When we asked what keeps her writing about dance, she told us: “As a dance composer, I was privileged to be intimately involved in the process of making dance. As a dance writer, I am still intensely involved with the art form, but from a different perspective. It’s a joy to step inside so many wonderful dance artists’ worlds and discover what drives them to create.”

Holly Harris' Work


NAfro: Moving Inspirations Festival

By Holly Harris NAfro: Moving Inspirations Festival  NAfro Dance Productions

Ten years after being birthed by founding artistic director Casimiro Nhussi, Winnipeg’s NAfro Dance Productions has come of age.


Home Grown 

By Holly Harris Peter Quanz / Q Dance

As one of Winnipeg’s eagerly anticipated rites of spring, Q Dance’s annual presentation has quickly morphed into a season highlight for local dance lovers.  


New Work from the Heartland 

By Holly Harris Prairie Dance Circuit   Brian Webb, Robin Poitra, Davida Monk, Nicole Mion, Brent Lott

The Prairie Dance Circuit (PDC) produced a bounty harvest of five premieres with its second annual touring production by the same name.


A Spinning Vortex 

By Holly Harris “Wonderland” Shaun Hounsell, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet tumbled down the rabbit hole this spring with its highly anticipated world premiere of Shawn Hounsell’s Wonderland.

A Celebration of Dance and Dancers

By Holly Harris

Homeagain by Stephanie Ballard

Writer’s Statement

By Holly Harris

Tara Birtwhistle

Exiting the Stage By Holly Harris

Tara Birtwhistle, beloved dance artist of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, retires this month after an enviable career that has spanned two decades. “I feel very fulfilled, but at the same time I’m sad that it’s over,” she says.


A Celebration of Dance and Dancers 

By Holly Harris “Homeagain” Stephanie Ballard

They say you can’t go home again. But for Winnipeg choreographer Stephanie Ballard, “home” is always as close as the nearest dance studio or stage.

A Brooding Ethos

By Holly Harris

Brontë by Gaile Petursson-Hiley: Winnipeg: September 18-20, 2009


A Brooding Ethos 

By Holly Harris “Brontë” Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Mouvement/Winnipeg Dance Projects

Desperate lives often speak volumes. Winnipeg choreographer Gaile Petursson-Hiley gave voice to Victorian-era Brontë sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne whose passionate poetry and windswept novels such as “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre” inspired her newest full-length dance creation, “Brontë”.