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[photo: Michelle Peek]

Georgia Simms, a U of G alumnus, is a dance artist, choreographer and facilitator who is passionate about performance, communication and wellbeing.

She is actively experimenting with arts-based approaches for civic engagement and knowledge mobilization, and offers learning experiences that are physical, emotional and energetic. 

While always dedicated to the dance studio, Georgia is also drawn to the academic realm and completed her degrees in International Development and Geography with a focus on environmental governance. She also worked as a Research Associate with the Water Policy and Governance Group at the University of Waterloo.

In seeking to combine her interests, she decided to investigate the field of art for social change, opting to study briefly at the International Centre for Art for Social Change at Simon Fraser University. These experiences, paired with her ongoing apprenticeship with accomplished and socially-conscious modern dance artists at Dancetheatre David Earle, have inspired her investigations into the intersection of social science, humanities and arts practice. Her site-specific choreography, informed by her research into protecting water sources, has been presented around the St. George’s fountain and in the Market Square splash pad in downtown Guelph. 

Her current initiatives with the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the University of Guelph represent a synthesis of her experiences and her strong belief in the power of art to inspire, heal and transform.