Ainsley Hillyard is an Edmonton-based performer, choreographer and educator working in dance and theatre. 

She earned her Diploma in dance from Grant MacEwan College and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from The School of Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with The University of Winnipeg.

Ainsley has been with the Good Women Dance Collective since its inception and was a fundamental player in the organization formally incorporating in 2009. Ainsley commits much of her time and energy supporting the organization administratively and artistically.

As an independent artist, Ainsley has choreographed for several theatre companies. Select choreography credits include; Cardiac Shadow with Northern Light Theatre (Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography to the Good Women Dance Collective), The Otherand Bears(Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography) with Pyretic Productions; Ursa Major (Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography) and Snoutwith Catch The Keys Productions, 9 Parts of Desire with The Maggie Tree, Jack and the Beanstalkwith Alberta Opera and assistant choreographer for Hadestownat the Citadel.

Ainsley also enjoys performing as a theatre artist, select credits include Wish with Northern Light Theatre (Sterling nomination, Outstanding actress in a lead role), Shakespeare’s Will with Thou art here theatre and Cardiac Shadow with Northern Light Theatre.

She and her French bulldog Jezebel, co-created Jezebel, at the Still Point, (Bumblebear productions) a performance where Jezebel and Ainsley travel through space, trying to figure out how to time travel so that Jezebel never has to die.

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