Ann Tutt is a dancer, improviser and alternative movement specialist. Her approach to dance and movement is based on 28 years of studying, practicing and teaching the unique and essential work of Nehemia Cohen, the MItzvah Technique.



Ann grew up in the Saskatchewan prairie on Harvanamere, the family farm at Rouleau and later in Regina. Ensuing her early classical dance training, competitive horseback riding and long distance running she was introduced to Cohenís early work through modern dance training. She moved from Regina to Toronto to continue studying contemporary dance and the not-yet-birthed Mitzvah Technique. In 1984 she became one of Nehemia's first students to join the professional training program. Ann became a certified teacher and continued to observe and participate in this course and in essence the development of the technique throughout the schools duration.



As a movement specialist and dancer she has continued to explore alternative techniques including Klein Technique, Skinner Release Technique, Laban Technique, Continuum, Gabrielle Roth's Work, Body Mind Centering Yoga and Cohenís early influences Feldenkrais and The Alexander Technique as well as contact improvisation.



Ann teaches alternative technique classes that synthesize her comprehensive movement perspective. She has taught Master Classes across Canada and has worked with many dancers, actors and musicians as well as working remedially with extreme injuries and chronic conditions. In 2004 she launched a professional training program for The Mitzvah Technique ongoing in both Regina ,Sask. and Toronto, Ont.



As a dancer Ann has built her training and performance experience independently from within the professional community in Canada and the U.S.A. Since 1995 Ann refocused her attention on contemporary and experimental dance and dance theatre.


Ann has created installation-based choreography for the Performers Gallery, and in collaboration with sculptor Thalia Damianakis. She is also the founder of the Open Studio Project, a collaborative, process oriented project for theatre and movement improvisation and creation as well as creating site specific performance and improvisation, including Il Alidas for New Dance Horizons 2007 Secret Garden Tour.


Ann performed in Myth Productions, Big Man Jeremiah by Learie McNicolls and Julia Aplinsí A Wheel Ballet. In 2007, The Red Chair, created by Claudia Moore for Ann toured from M-DO, Toronto to Rouleau, Saskatchewan and New Dance Horizons, Blue Print Series. Ann also performed with Julia Aplin and The ImpulseLAB 2006-2007. She is currently in preparing to show her most recent solo creation in April 2008 at NDH,Blue Print Series.