Lori Straus


Lori Straus has an attendance certificate from her dance studio that proves she started dance when she was two. Over the next twenty years, she studied, competed in, and taught tap, jazz, and ballet. In 1996, she’d successfully auditioned for the first Canadian National Tap Team and competed at the World Tap Championships in Germany. Lori tapped with them again in 1997, and then interpreted for them in 1998. (She speaks German.) Now she’s a dance mom to two young boys, takes dance or singing classes as time allows, and loves writing about dance. You can learn more about her at loristrausdancewriter.com.

Lori Straus' Work

Writers & Readers

Shawn Hounsell is Always Crossing Boundaries

By Lori Straus

Shawn Hounsell, the choreographer of CBC’s Off Kilter, talks about the business of making dance for TV.


Shadows, Portraiture, Mime and Velvet

Four works old and new at 3,2,1 Dance! By Lori Straus

3,2,1 Dance! is a contemporary dance performance of four pieces, with choreography by Robert Desrosiers, Robert Glumbek, Jasmyn Fyffe and Tedd Robinson.


Can Choreography Really Change Music?

By Lori Straus petites danses

The concept behind Marie-Josée Chartier’s petites danses is a simple one: how does choreography change the way we hear music?


Liquid Leading

Breaking Ballroom Traditions By Lori Straus

The rules of ballroom dance have been evolving since day one. But, according to Burlington-based dancer and actor Trevor Copp, they’ve still a ways to go to before reflecting our current contemporary society.


A Natural Legend

Sleeping Beauty Reimagined for Families By Lori Straus The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty, perhaps one of the most beloved ballets of all, usually takes three to four hours to perform. Younger audiences can easily become bored, even at the most gorgeous and enthralling performance. Enter Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, with a shorter, reimagined version of this classic.


New Toronto Dance Festival Modelled After New York Example

A new dance festival makes its way to Toronto this fall, running from September 29 to October 1 at the 3000-seat Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.