Rhythm is for Everyone co-creates courageous spaces for self-expression and honest dialogue using rhythm, movement and spoken word. We work with youth and adults of all ages to heal, explore equity, ignite cross-cultural dialogue and engage leadership. We prioritize creating opportunities for youth who are impacted by racism and discrimination. As a learning organization, we understand that continuous education and consistent effort are required to practice anti-racism and participate in Truth & Reconciliation. We acknowledge our diverse community partners and allies who help us to continue growing, learning and improving.
Over the past 12 years we've supported students to express through rhythm and movement in over 40 elementary and high schools within:
York Region (YRDSB) Durham Region (DSB, DCDSB), Clarington (KPRDSB) Peel Region (PDSB), Espoo, Finland (ESBO) and Helsinki, Finland (Rudolf Steiner).
It's been an honour to work with other schools and organizations including;
York University, University of Waterloo, Canadian Mental Health Association, ParaSport Ontario, e-CAMP MENTORing, Girl Guides of Canada, Children's Aid of Society of Durham Region, Markham Seniors Activity Centre, Aurora Seniors Centre, Girls Inc., YRDSB Quest Conference, Luminato Festival, Hillside Festival
Elisha MacMillan is a dancer, storyteller, sociologist and certified Co-Active Coach. Her career led her to tour internationally as a performing artist and study rhythm and movement while living in: West Africa (Guinea and Mali), Brazil and Mexico. She founded Rhythm is for Everyone in 2009 and is passionate about education and the arts.
"At the centre of my work is an unwavering intention to support youth and strengthen community connection, while contributing to making Canada a more equitable and peaceful place. As a white-presenting Canadian settler of Scottish, Jamaican and West African descent, themes of identity, belonging and racism are close to my heart."