SAVANNAH BODDY

B.F.A. Hons., Dance, B. Ed., OCT

With a passion for creating and inspiring, Savannah Boddy combines her school teaching experience with her professional dance background to design exciting and engaging dance classes. She aspires to create a nurturing, body-positive environment within her classes so students can feel safe to learn, explore and express themselves. Savannah often integrates storytelling and imaginative play into her curriculum, especially with young dancers.

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Her love of dance has lead her to many streams of the industry including performance, choreography, stage management and teaching. As a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s professional training program, Savannah has had the opportunity to work with many renowned choreographers including Peggy Baker, Danny Grossman, Christopher House, Julia Sasso and Darryl Tracy. Upon graduation from The School of TDT in 2008, she became very involved in the Toronto dance community. Her professional performance credits include works by Rebecca Carney, Diana Groenendijk, Karen Kaeja, Caroline Niklas- Gordon, and Meagan O’Shea. Other contributions to Toronto dance include being a part of Merge Dance Zine and the Kaeja Emerging Artist Project, as well as conducting movement and dance workshops for summer camps and day care centres.

In 2006 Savannah was hired to teach young dancers by Pia Bouman School, making her the youngest teacher on staff at the time. She continued to be part of the teaching staff there until 2012. She has also had the pleasure of teaching at Swansea School of Dance, among other schools in Toronto. Savannah has always had an avid interest in education and is especially excited about integrating dance into Toronto classrooms. She has developed and implemented original workshops for primary and junior students, as well as for school teachers in the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board that are focused on promoting literacy through dance. Savannah is committed to bridging the gap between academic education and the arts; she has an honours degree in dance from York University, a Bachelor of Education degree as an artist in community education from Queen's University, is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and currently teaches for the Toronto District School Board.