Michelle Crossman - Producer
Michelle is the creator and ongoing producer of Let The Elephants Dance, an event that was inspired by her cousin Laura who lost her battle with depression and anxiety in 2015. Mental health awareness has been an important topic of focus in Michelle's life for a many years and has always been an issue close to her heart. When the unimaginable happened, she knew she could not stay silent any longer. Michelle’s goal is to inspire others to keep fighting, and share your stories - they all deserve to be heard.
Expressing through art and dance has always been Michelle's saviour in difficult times, which is why bringing Let The Elephants Dance together seemed like a natural progression to help others. From producer, to choreographer, to host and everything in between Michelle is extremely passionate about the arts and about mental health awareness. She is a firm believer that through dance, one can express themselves when words fail. Let The Elephants Dance will continue to be shared through Michelle with as many performers in our community as possible.
If you want to join Michelle on this journey to help end the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, you can send in a proposal when submissions open, you can also make donations at anytime (follow our donations section on the bottom of the home page), and please do not hesitate to contact us to find out other ways to be involved.
Below is a video from her very first solo created for this event, "Chasing Cars" performed in March 2016 at Dancemakers.
Special thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters , and venue for the last 4 years: The Glenn Gould Studio
The following have contributed their choreography, music, or poetry to one or more of our events:
Dark Dance's: Alison Bradley & Linnen Doung, Alexia Monardo, Jan Valiquette, Emilio Colalillo, Amy Lintunen, Genevieve Fullerton, Andrea Godin, Bo Lam, Jessica Ford, Tinesha Wilson, Trishya Perera, Alyson Miller, Tyler Angel, Derick Robinson, Vicki Fletcher, Raelynn Chase, Jade Whitney, Christina Digiuseppe, Jasmyn Fyffe, Lianne Tammi, Chris Gallina, Mike Gallant, Caddy Superville, Arrival Music Group's: Temi and Schyler London, Tariq Chin, Leah Cameron, Sharlan Cuffy, Adam Martino, Shavar Blackwood, Hillary McCarrel, Run The Flex's: Nicole Rosove & Aaron Aquino, Marko Dacosta, Natalie Chung, Erin Jacobson, Ashlyn Kuy, The Dance Ability Movement, Alayna Kellet, Kaitlin Kawam, Christopher Knowles, Teniya Brooks, Kahvontah Slaughter, Brelene Laskoski, Matthew Morales, Jordan Sterling, Jessica Mannara, Indiana Mehta, Sarah Hoekstra, Kyra Mastro, Johnny Tran, Giulia Guadagni, Kiriana Stanton.