Soraya Peerbaye is an arts consultant specializing in creative, career and community development for dance artists. She has served as the Dance Officer at the Toronto Arts Council, as well the Equity Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts, advocating for artists of colour and diasporic artistic and cultural practices. She currently works on an ongoing basis as an advisor with adelheid, Anandam DanceTheatre and Dreamwalker Dance Company; she also supports the development of Compañia Carmen Romero, The Triana Project (flamenco), Mafa Makhubalo (gumboot), Allison Toffan (tap), Bageshree Vaze (kathak) and was the producer of the inaugural Body Percussion Festival. She also serves as a creative collaborator with artists such as Sharada K. Eswar and Nova Bhattacharya, and companies such as The Independent Aunties. Soraya is a poet and the author of Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009), nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for first poetry collection. Her second collection, Tell, will be released by Pedlar Press in the fall of 2015. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from York University and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.

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