Allyson R. Trunzer is a Toronto-based artist, influenced and inspired by different cultures, communities, creative realms.
She is a graduate of Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts (Drama Focus / Dance Award Recipient / Honors), and attended Ballet Creole’s Professional Training Program under direction of Patrick Parson.
Allyson’s professional performance career was debuted with Ballet Creole at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa in 2010.
Allyson was a performing member of Kashedance, directed by Kevin A. Ormsby, and Lua Shayenne Dance Company founded by Lua Shayenne, where she had the opportunity to work with many guest choreographers and perform at multiple festivals and events including Dusk Dances, Dance Ontario Weekend, Kuumba, Arts in The Parks, and Fall for Dance North at the Sony Centre. Allyson has also worked closely with Debbie Wilson (OMO Dance Company / Debbie Wilson Dance Projects), Jose Carret and Mercedes Bernardez (Danza Corpus / Cuba), Arsenio Andrade (Ryerson University / Cuba / Jamaica), and Alistair Graphine (La’Riatsila Dance Theatre).
Allyson attended programs at Earl Mosley’s Institute for the Arts (Kent, Connecticut), and The Independent Visa-Study Program at Peridance Capezio Centre in New York City. She was awarded the Access and Careers Development Grant in 2012 by the Ontario Arts Council which funded her studies in New York.
Allyson’s passion for arts in education has led her to teach and choreograph at schools in Toronto and the GTA including her alma mater Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, Mayfield Secondary School in Caledon, Ontario, and Sir McChesney George Secondary School in Barbuda, W.I.
She has collaborated with artists of different focuses, including recording artist Zaki Ibrahim, and newly emerging artist, MC Zogho.
Allyson aims to continue to develop her artistry through choreography and teaching, and collaborating with artists of different genres. She intends to aid in the development and implementation of arts and educational programs for youth, primarily in the Caribbean.
Her Afrofusion classes include a vigorous warm up, technical drills which focus on African / Caribbean styles, while fusing isolations, and polyrhythmic movement to the music of established and emerging Afrobeats artists.