Anisa Tejpar - Panellist/Empowerment Through Life Long Learning
Since establishing her own commercial dance company, Hit & Run Dance Productions Inc. in 2004, Anisa Tejpar’s work has won over audiences and critics alike all over Canada. Considered one of Canada’s most exciting young entrepreneurs, the 34-year old pushes boundaries by bringing dance to her audiences in the most obscure, and surprising scenarios.
Anisa’s choreography is a seamless fusion of diverse elements. She bridges modern dance and classical ballet, uniting contemporary and urban styles. Always with humor, drama, or aesthetic beauty, her themes are clear and very inviting to any audience member, connoisseur, or not.
Trained at Canada's National Ballet School, Anisa first tried her hand at choreography as a student. After dancing with Toronto Dance Theatre, and independently in New York, she returned to Toronto, establishing herself as a freelance dancer and choreographer, dancing for companies such as ProArteDanza, The Chimera Project, and with choreographers Matjash Mrozewski, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, Ginette Laurin, Malgorzata Nowacka, Tone Talluega, Susan Cash, Valerie Calam, Robert Desrosiers, Karen Duplesis, Hanna Kiel and D.A. Hoskins. On the screen, Anisa has also appeared in film such as Save the Last Dance 2, From Time to Time, Swan Song, the television series The Strain and in music videos for the band 30 Seconds to Mars.
In 2004 Anisa created a privately commissioned work for the Rolling Stones, and Mick Jagger’s 62nd birthday. A breakthrough for Hit & Run Dance Productions, Anisa went on to make works for live performances of Moby, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco, and has created campaigns for NIKE, both in print, and online. With a client list that includes: PUMA, Courvoisier, Warner Bros., Remy Martin, Entertainment Tonight Canada, CTV, and Blackberry, Anisa’s works have been performed around Canada, France, and in China. On the fashion stage, Anisa has choreographed runway shows and models, for PUMA, Evan Biddell, and La Lingerie Francaise and Fashion sCares 2008. She is currently a contributor at M.A.C. Cosmetics where she is continually creating and overseeing in store animations to launch upcoming collections.
Beyond the commercial world, Anisa has created classical pieces for Orchestra Toronto, and for opening galas of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and film premieres such as Oscar nominated I Met the Walrus, as well asMy Hometown and Fugitive Pieces. Anisa co-choreographed the feature film Barney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver, and Dustin Hoffman. She is also currently the movement coach on the upcoming television series The Expanse as well as Steven Spielberg’s new show Minority Report and the Ubisoft video game Far Cry: Primal.
Beyond the stage, Anisa has choreographed fundraisers, parties, aerialists, and circus performers, as well as theatre productions. Whether in dance, theatre, film or commercial projects, Anisa is always seeking new challenges and collaborations.