Alida Esmail (Liquid Lead Dancing)


Contact Info

Email address
Website address
Resides in
English Montreal

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Experience working with

  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • Senior Citizens

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • No


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
As professional dancers with a combined 50+ yrs of experience, Trevor, Jeff, and I became concerned with the way partner dancing was perpetuating gender and cultural stereotypes rooted in antiquated paradigms. After experimenting with different roles on the dance floor, we took to the TED stage in 2015 to share Liquid Lead Dancing, a reimagined system of partner dancing that removes gender from the equation. We continue to develop the practice and share it with the world!

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

Liquid Lead creates spaces where individuals of all genders can feel empowered, included, and free to express themselves fully by re-examining the lead/follow relationship dynamics in partner dancing. Educational settings, regardless of their dance-specific nature or not, are the place to open discussion and reflection on topics of high relevance and interest in society at large (such as, critically analyzing gender biases, consent, toxic masculinity, touch), whilst encouraging new perspectives to join the table. We use Liquid Lead as an example to get the juices flowing. We offer a mix of motivational talks, dance demonstrations, interactive dance workshops, and facilitated discussions. All activities can be tailored for different groups and adapted for dancers of all levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced).


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