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Why Dance and Movement Matter So Much

featuring Alexis Milligan, Allison Plamondon and Gabriella Sundar Singh

Mon April 19 @ 8PM

Science, spirituality, art and our bodies tell us that we need to MOVE. In the winter of 2020, with a world caught in quarantine, the people at SpringWorks Festival and Little Shadow Productions got to talking. “What if we could help people stop working and get moving, even if for a few moments”? From that, our dance and movement wellness series was born. During this conversation, our movement instructors, some of the best of the world stage, film and television, discuss why we all must move. Our ability, size or disability does not matter. We must move our minds, our bodies and spirits for the health of everyone.

This free event is presented with Little Shadow Productions

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Alexis Milligan is a movement director at The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick. She is on the steering committee for both the Atlantic Centre for Creativity, and the Canadian Network for Imagination and Creativity. Alexis lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her two kids, Timothy and Annika.


You can also find Alexis at

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Ablasika Phillips has been a community group fitness instructor for the past 8 years specializing in Zumba/Dance Fitness and Cardio. “Sika” has been a fashion designer on NYC for over 20 years. Having shifting her focus to helping others as a health aid, she finds creative inspiration and compassion everywhere. Living in Queens, NY, she is the mother of two beautiful and happy children.


Allison Plamondon is a choreographer, director, and teacher and performer.

Originally from Edmonton, she has worked at some of the most exciting cultural institutions in North America includingMadison Square Garden, City Center, Symphony Space and La MaMa. Highlights in choreography include the Oscar-winning short film, Curfew as well as Holiday Inn at the Shaw Festival. Allison has taught at Broadway Dance Center,AMDA, Queens Theater, Randolph Academy and Sheridan College. 

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Gabriella Sundar Singh is a Toronto-born actor, dancer, singer and musician of Indian and Sri-Lankan Tamil heritage. She completed her B.A.Hons. at the University of Guelph (Ontario) in Theatre Studies, achieved her Post-Graduate studies at Centennial College (Toronto) in Children’s Media, and graduated from the Acting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada (Montréal). She is a classically trained Bharathanatyam dancer (Classical South Indian dance), as well as a classically trained pianist and singer. 

Gabriella has performed at the Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake) for three seasons, most notably in 2019’s “The Russian Play,” by Hannah Moscovitch. She most recently choreographed Bharathanatyam, directed and performed in “Sisterhood,” also at the Shaw. You can watch her as “Chelsea” on Canada’s hit t.v. series “Kim’s Convenience,” on CBC and Netflix. 

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