ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ALLISON TOFFAN
Allison Toffan has established herself as a leader in the Canadian tap dance scene by consistently stirring up momentum as a producer, curator, dancer and choreographer. Her mentors include world-renowned tap dance artists Heather Cornell, Brenda Bufalino, and Max Pollak.
Her work has been presented at Fall For Dance North, Dusk Dances, The Edwards Summer Music Series, Toronto Body Percussion Festival, TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, and the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival. Other career highlights include: 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, TapCity (NYC) and Vancouver International Tap Festival with Lisa La Touche, Festival Dance Encore with Tasha Lawson, Montreal Tap Festival’s Rhythm Lives! with Tanya Knights alongside living legend Arthur Duncan, and establishing the Toronto Rhythm Initiative [TRI] - a platform Allison created to voice the artistry of Toronto’s tap dancers in collaboration with live music.
Teaching credits include: Artist in Residence - Ottawa Rhythm Initiative, Dance Faculty at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, Montreal Tap Festival, Vancouver International Tap Festival, BC Performing Arts Festival, Manitoba Dance Festival, Eastern Canadian Tap Conference, MOVE and The Dance Project conventions, as well as multiple workshops across Canada.
Other notable projects include The Big Band Tap Revue - created with Toronto Jazz
Orchestra’s Artistic Director Josh Grossman, co-produced by Soraya Peerbaye and
directed by Emmy Award winner Ted Louis Levy, and dancing on the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed video game Cuphead, nominated for a 2018 Juno award for best orchestration.
Allison was thrilled to bring the vision of the Toronto International Tap Dance Festival to fruition June of 2017. The inaugural festival marked the official launch of Toffan Rhythm Projects - bridging the goals, mandates, and facilitation of her professional body of work rooted in collaboration, creation, curation, and community development.
Allison is currently working on plans for the 2020 Toronto International Tap Dance Festival. Stay tuned for more updates, and news on other upcoming projects!