Holly is passionate about art, both as a creator and interpreter, with a focus in performance. She believes that art can inspire, education and catalyze transformation. Holly strives to create work that is accessible, evocative and provoking, drawing inspiration from human experience and self-reflection.
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Holly moved to Toronto in 1995 to study at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she graduated from the professional training program in 1998. Holly has since studied fire performance, Pochinko clown with Sue Morrison, and aerial dance including silks, rope, hoop, harness, bungee, static and dance trapeze. Holly began her aerial training with Sabrina Pringle in 2005 and has never looked back! Holly has also trained with various teachers across Canada, California and at The Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Holly has worked with various companies such as Free Flow Dance, Ballet Creole, Tweenies, Sally Morgan Dance Projects, Sarah Anne Johnson, Barbara Lindenberg, Tanglewood Family Entertainment, Dusk Dances, FFIDA, Goodness Gracious, Company Blonde, Zero Gravity Circus and Circus Orange as dancer, circus artist and administrator. Holly toured across Canada five years between 1999-2010 with the Fringe Festivals with Free Flow Dance and Femmes du Feu.
In 2003 Holly co-founded Femmes du Feu (FdF) with Lindsay Goodtimes, and is now sole artistic director. FdF have been creating contemporary circus work, both short form and full-length shows, from solo to large group of up to 5 performers, such as Airship, Rhubarb Festival 2011, and BIND, Rhubarb Festival 2015. FdF also have a focus on community engagement, producing Aer Time since 2010 at various locations around Ontario, and Circus Sessions (now in its third year) at Harbourfront Centre.
Holly is also an osteopath (DOMP), and a mother of two beautiful girls.