Known for wearing multiple hats, ALVIN COLLANTES has been active member of the Toronto Dance Community for over six years as a performer, educator, photographer, choreographer and event producer.
Alvin has been a collaborator for a few Toronto dance companies including Frog In Hand, Hit & Run Productions, TOES for dance. As a solo artist, he has been a guest performer for International Dance Day, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Toronto's Original Choreographer's Ball and Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche Festival. In 2016, His improvisation video "My Love for Techno" was recently featured in Sia's media page to promote her newest single "Move Your Body."
In 2013, Alvin founded "Short Dances", a monthly presentation of solo works geared towards local emerging and professional artists in Toronto. He has also hosted his own workshops and events such as The Workshop Room and "Night Swim" with Mary-Dora Bloch Hansen. He also hosts a series of classes bringing Gaga/People & Gaga/Dancers to the Toronto audience.
As a photographer, he has been fortunate to have photographed over 150 dancers, choreographers and companies in Toronto and all over the world to develop promotional materials. The highlights of his career include photographing Batsheva Dance Company and The Youth Ensemble (TLV), Maslool Professional Dance Training (TLV), Hasadna Dance Workshop (TLV), Sidra Bell Dance New York (NY), Bridge To Artists (TO), Transcendance Project (TO), and Toes for Dance (TO). His recent work "Evelyn Hart Photo Essay" was featured in The Dance Current's October 2016 issue.
Alvin has been a guest teacher in the past five years teaching contemporary dance and improvisation to thousands of students in over 50+ dance studios across Canada. He currently works with youth dancers setting choreographic works using improvisation tools to further cultivate their contemporary dance vocabulary. Alvin is a recipient of Ontario Arts Council's Skills & Careers Development Grant for Artists of Colour and Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant to support his studies in Gaga: Ohad Naharin's Movement Language in Tel Aviv, Israel.