Meet Emilio Colalillo


Instructor, Performer & Choreographer

Emilio Colalillo is a Toronto based professional dancer and choreographer. Colalillo studied classical ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary where he received his BFA degree in Dance from Ryerson University. As a dancer he has toured the world internationally with Corpus Dance Projects, Creativiva, A2D2 and his own company EMiMOTION to Europe, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean and North America.


He has danced for the Canadian Opera Company as a lead dancer in "La Traviata", performed for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, 7Sould, Nick Jonas and Jason Derulo at the Much Music Video Awards. Colalillo has worked and performed for many contemporary choreographers including; Newton Moraes, William Yong, Hanna Kiel, Colin Connor and Marie Josee Chartier. Dance is his passion which led him to explore his creativity and become a choreographer.


 He choreographs for EMiMOTION, a contemporary based dance company known for their avant garde and experimental approach. Colalillo has choreographed 5 full length dance works known for his use of physicality, emotion and post humanistic nature. Colalillo is the winner of the Paula Citron Award at Fresh Blood 2013 for his choreography of his duet "Avadita". He has also choreographer for major events such as The North American Special Events Awards and Miss Universe Canada. Colalillo is inspired by his Italian culture and incorporates some commedia dell'arte in his works.


Colalillo also enjoys teaching and inspiring the youth. He has choreographed for Innovative Musical Theatre for their theatre program choreographing Footloose and Shrek The Musical. Colalillo has also choreographed Aladdin, Alice In Wonderland, The Little Prince and Pinnochio which toured internationally with Creativiva. Colalillo directs and choreographs dance films and also created a series called EMiMOTION Minutes of short dance films. Colalillo continues to create works for all types of audiences and is receiving his Masters degree at York University. He has also worked in California, travelling his work to contemporary festivals in Los Angeles and danced the role of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet the contemporary ballet and for their short film by Contempo Arts Productions.


 Colalillo continues to explore dance and technology where he is researching more about intermedial work with use of projections and video mapping that he incorporates into his works.