Rhythm is for Everyone uses drum and dance as tools for self-expression, relieving stress and fostering connection. 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 mixed-ancestry dancer, sociologist, equity arts educator and certified Co-Active Coach. Growing up living with her grandparents she experienced the importance of intergenerational connection and story-sharing. Elisha believes that drum and dance are powerful tools to foster connection and celebrate uniqueness. Her ancestral lineage spans from Scotland and Europe to Jamaica and West Africa.
Elisha has studied drum and dance for 20 years which led her to live in West Africa, Ethiopia and Brazil. She had a full-time career performing alongside established artists from across the African continent, touring nationally and internationally from 2005-2009. She founded Rhythm is for Everyone in 2009 and co-founded the InterGenerational Hub with Dr. Leroy Clarke in 2020.