Meredith Blackmore is a dancer, language teacher, and visual artist .
Her first arts training, from age 9-13, was at The National Ballet School. After the world of classical dance, she studied Kathak that taught her about storytelling, Salsa that freed her hips, and Modern with David Earle who champions roots, wings, and arms that circle the earth.
The line between the world of visual arts and of dance is continuously blurring. These worlds have come together for Meredith in live painting, including at a TIFF opening party and an Aretha Franklin concert. She painted the winning portrait of dancer Rex Harrington on Bravo! TV’s Star Portraits. She danced for glass artist Jerre Davidson who produced sculptures based on her computerized movements. Hamilton Supercrawl featured Meredith as a performance artist, dancing on the streets in a cardboard box. And Guelph’s Short&Sweet, curated by Katie Ewald, has featured her quirky combos of sculpture and movement.For seven years, Meredith ran Studio here, an art studio where people of all ages could connect to their creative selves. She is honoured to now do this work through dance at Guelph Youth Dance Training Program, additionally she part of the 2022 Artistic Residency with Guelph Dance.
Her favourite costume is one with fringe on the sleeves. Her favourite question is, “Shall we?”