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Collette Murray

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Collette Murray is a dance performer, instructor and community arts programmer. She holds a Sociology BA from University of Toronto, Honours BA in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity, a Certificate in Anti-Racist Research and Practice and is a MEd candidate at York University. Her performance background includes diverse genres across Caribbean Folk, traditional West African drum/dance and Afrobeat. During her study abroad in South Africa and Costa Rica she taught dance workshops. Engaged in the Caribbean and African arts community for over seventeen years, she continues to collaborate and train with master teachers abroad. In 2017, she performed in Senegal with Pape N’Diaye’s Les Enfant de Soleil. As dance faculty and guest choreographer among many youth performance groups and community arts organizations, her mobile dance education business (www.misscocomurray.com) offers classes/workshops, performance and consultation services. She is Artistic Director of Coco Collective, an intergenerational, multidisciplinary arts collective. She designs and delivers funded projects that make cultural arts accessible to marginalized communities. Murray supports Cultural Pluralism of the Arts Movement Ontario as a Research Assistant.

 

Collette Murray's Work

 

The Roots and Realities of Colourism

Esie Mensah’s Shades: What is Colour? By Collette Murray

Rooted in the fractured phenomenon of shadeism or colourism, Shades: What is Colour? engages with the discrimination deeply embedded in global communities of colour.

Holla! Natasha Powell's Vernacular

By Collette Murray

As artistic director of Holla Jazz, Natasha Powell is informed by social dance and communal dance practices of African-American jazz, hip hop and house dance. But instead of replicating first-generation jazz or lindy hop, her movement style is an evolution of these forms.

 
Writers & Readers

Who Tells and Cries Our Freedom?

By Collette Murray

A student-choreographed routine included dancers wearing slave and master outfits and an attempted tribal dance in dashikis and coloured “Afro” wigs to disco movements. This was April 2018, and the performance held in Barrie, Ontario, sparked a controversial social media reaction on cultural ethics.

Practice

Fundamentals By Collette Murray

The directors of Nu-DanCe reimagine dance training

 

New Year, New Awakening

Soulful Messiah’s fifteenth year By Collette Murray

Ballet Creole opens the holidays by intersecting the Toronto theatre community and the NextSteps contemporary dance series with its annual seasonal ritual – Soulful Messiah. The performance is Artistic Director and Founder Patrick Parson’s choreographic concept of navigating different emotional stages of life and spirituality and how one copes through its peaks and valleys.

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