Ainsley Hillyard started her professional training in Edmonton, Alberta obtaining her diploma in dance from Grant MacEwan College under the instruction of Brian Webb and Heidi Bunting. She furthered her studies obtaining her Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree at the school of contemporary dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg. Ainsley has danced in projects for Mile Zero and recently took up the role of Education Coordinator for their Artist in Residency Programs in Edmonton public schools. Ainsley has also worked for Heidi Bunting Dance, Linda Turnbull, Tania Alvarado, Raena Waddell and Surreal SoReal Theatre on various creative processes. Recently, Ainsley has enjoyed crossing disciplines, directing the Samuel Beckett movement based play “Quad” for Surreal SoReal Theatre as well as choreographing for “Night Time” by Cowardly Kiss Theatre. Ainsley received the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award at Nextfest 2010 and was also awarded the Realtors New Work Development award from Expanse movement arts festival 2012. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work in an expanding and intensifying dance community like Edmonton.

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