Marissa Trarback


Marissa Trarback, originally from a small town in Northern Alberta, moved to Toronto four years ago in pursuit of higher education at York University.  A published short-story writer in four Canadian anthologies, she spends her spare time writing, reading and taking advantage of the Toronto dance scene. Currently a double major at York University in both dance and creative writing, Marissa has been dancing, in a variety of styles and genres, for over 15 years, and she has been writing for even longer.  

Marissa Trarback's Work

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Fresh Air By Marissa Trarback

Finding focus for Dusk Dances

Penelope Reed Doob / Photo courtesy of Dance Collection Danse

Remembering Penelope Reed Doob

Penelope Reed Doob, an influential dance scholar, historian and critic, died March 11, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.


Remembering Tap Dancing William “Bill” Orlowski

William “Bill” Orlowski, one of the greatest Canadian tap dancers and choreographers, died October 22, 2016.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

A Medley of Magic and Madness

By Marissa Trarback

Before a single dancer appears on stage opening night at The National Ballet of Canada’s production of Giselle, a medley of magic and madness already fills the air.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Forget the Sylph: Where’s Effie?

By Marissa Trarback

In the midst of The National Ballet of Canada’s beautifully rendered performance of La Sylphide at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, one might just wonder: where is Effie?