Michael Crabb


Michael Crabb is a Toronto-based arts journalist, broadcaster and lecturer and has written about dance internationally for almost forty years. He was a CBC Radio producer and on-air host from 1981 through 2000. He is currently dance critic for The Toronto Star. | Michael Crabb [rédacteur invité] est journaliste, diffuseur et conférencier établit à Toronto, et il écrit sur la danse ici à l’étranger depuis près de quarante ans. Il a été réalisateur et animateur à la radio CBC de 1981 à 2000. Il est actuellement critique de danse pour The Toronto Star

Michael Crabb's Work

Confluences – On the Page

Shaped by the Times By Michael Crabb

Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreography by Elizabeth Kendall.


Malcolm is back! 

By Michael Crabb “AllOneWord” Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

Malcolm is back! For those unfamiliar with the dancer’s so far short but distinguished career, Malcolm made his stage debut at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in a November 2009 Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie program called “Living Dances”.


Lois Smith (1929-2011)

Lois Smith, The National Ballet of Canada’s (NBoC) first prima ballerina, died at her home in Sechelt, BC, on January 22nd after a…

Ballet Gloom or Bloom?

A Meditation on the State of the Art By Michael Crabb

Jennifer Homans’ best-selling book Apollo’s Angels mourns the demise of ballet. Many practitioners beg to differ. How is ballet doing?

Writer's Statement

By Michael Crabb

Malcolm is back!

By Michael Crabb

AllOneWord by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

Short Waves

By Michael Crabb, Samantha Mehra, Naomi Brand, Brittany Duggan

Lois Smith 1929-2011; Flamenco declared World Heritage Treasure by UNESCO; International choreography competition returns to Saint-Sauveur; John Hobday Arts Management Awards announced


An Extended Conversation 

By Michael Crabb “Beside Each Other”  Dreamwalker Dance Company

Andrea Nann’s collaborative relationship with Tragically Hip front man Gord Downey goes back at least a decade.

The Demise of Le Groupe Dance Lab

The End of An Era, Part 2 By Michael Crabb

Ottawa's Le Groupe Dance Lab, for more than twenty years a vital incubator of dance creativity under the artistic direction of Peter Boneham, closed permanently last summer.

The Demise of Le Groupe Dance Lab

The End of An Era, Part 1 By Michael Crabb

For those not watchful of events at Ottawa's Le Groupe Dance Lab, the July 31st announcement that it would be closing its doors forever came as a stunning shock.

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