Meet the Artist: Meryem Alaoui

“It’s an invitation to experience dance introspectively.”

Take 5 minutes to meet dancer-choreographer and somatic mover Meryem Alaoui! 



Artistic Director of Jasad Dance Projects, Meryem Alaoui is a dancer-choreographer from Morocco, living in Toronto. Her work is often an invitation towards a softer and sensorial experience of dance. A graduate of the School of TDT, she has danced for multiple choreographers, including Amanda Acorn. Her choreographic works have been shown in Ontario and Quebec. In 2019, she created a solo for Sonia Rodriguez, principal dancer at the NBoC. Meryem has received residency support nationally and internationally, and funding from the CCA, the OAC and the TAC. She also enjoys being involved in arts-education and community arts projects.

Learn more and see videos of Meryem’s past work at

Meryem is a participant in the Coaching for Dance Artists program, which began as a partnership between Ontario Presents and La danse sur les routes du Québec. The program is designed to support the promotion of dance artists from Indigenous and racialized communities through coaching, facilitating communications, and organizing meetings between the artists and presenters in Ontario and Québec.