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Malgorzata Nowacka-May

Artistic Director

Born into a family of artists in Warsaw, Poland, Nowacka-May studied visual arts with her parents and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) which informs the strong visual aspect of her creations. Her training includes The School of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre (New York), Bengt Jörgen’s School of Classical and Contemporary Dance (Toronto), and with Elizabeth Langley (Montreal).

Nowacka-May’s works have been critically acclaimed as “most exciting” and “most original in Canada” (The Globe and Mail) and garnered accolades including Top 10 performances of the year in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, NOW and FASHION. Her recognition also includes Best of International Dance Festival, the Paula Citron fFIDA Award, Toronto Emerging Artist Award, The Globe and Mail’s Most Fearless Change of Direction Award, the Dance Ontario Commission, and Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Award. Her work was performed at the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), as part of the DanceWorks Mainstage series (Toronto), Dance Victoria (Victoria), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Tangente (Montreal), Soon Young’s showcase (New York) and Lila Lopez International Dance Festival (Mexico City,Puebla), among others. Many of her contemporary ballets have been on the Ballet Jorgen Canada’s touring repertoire since 2010

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