Syreeta Hector is a dance artist and educator in Toronto, Ontario. As a highly accomplished performer, Syreeta has worked for internationally recognized companies like Adelheid Dance Projects, Citadel + Compagnie, and Toronto Dance Theatre. She has collaborated with artists like Sook-Yin Lee, Deborah Hay, and Fauxhemian Films.
She is a proud graduate of The National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has achieved her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University. As a recipient of numerous arts council grants, Syreeta has been fortunate enough to continue her studies in movement, choreography, and education by extensively studying in New York City.
With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Syreeta is developing two new creations.
Her work called “Black Ballerina” focuses on the dualities within ones identity, along with Syreeta’s blackness and indigeneity in relationship to classical ballet. The short version of this solo gained recognition at the SummerWorks Festival in 2019. Here, the piece won the Stratford Festival Lab Award for Research and Creation. At this time, the solo was also invited to undergo a residency with Workspacebrussels, and the Kaaitheater in Brussels, Belgium. Currently, the development of “Black Ballerina” is taking place through the support of the RBC Creators in Residence at Canadian Stage.
“Unknown Marrow” is her second solo creation in development. The piece will examine Syreeta’s Afro-Indigenous family ancestry, landscape and language. “In the Life” will include ethnographic research, movement creation on stage, as well as a dance film. The piece hopes to premiere in the 2022/2023 season.
In addition to collaborating and creating on numerous dance projects, Syreeta is a contract faculty member at York University. Here, she teaches modern dance technique within the undergraduate program.