Riley Sims

Riley is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre's Professional Training program in Contemporary Dance and the Musical Theatre program at Wexford School for the Arts.

Since graduating from TDT, Riley has danced for numerous choreographers, including Tedd Robinson, Noam Gagnon, Andrew Turner, Yvonne Coutts and Darryl Tracy.

He has performed in a remoung of Danny Grossman's Triptych for Older and Reckless and the Bravofact film Unseen Spaces, choreographed by Allen Kaeja. In 2012, Riley had the pleasure of performing in Dances for Youth by Youth, a project mentored by Peter Boneham and Sylvie Desosiers in Ottawa. He is currently a company member of Ottawa Dance Directive under the artistic direction of Yvonne Coutts. Since joining the company, Riley has had the opportunity to perform at the Canada Dance Festival (2012).

Riley presents his own work under his company name Social Growl Dance. Since its inception in 2012, Social Growl Dance has presented work in Toronto at Dance Matters and the SummerWorks Festival opening night party (2013).

Most recently, Riley was commissioned by visual artist Melody-Blue Lassen to create For Morgan, his latest piece with Social Growl Dance. For Morgan premiered in October 2013 as part of R.I.P. Morgan Freeman an exhibition curated by Klassen at Galery 1313. Riley has also choreographed for Wexford School for the Arts and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts Kid's Program.

Upcoming projects include Facets, a new world premiere from Tedd Robinson in May of 2015 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.


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