Ballet, Graham, Limon, Jazz, Burlesque, Contemporary, Physical Theatre
Singing (Mezzo Soprano)
Arts Event Coordinator/Strategist
Social Media Manager
Event and Venue Management
The Trebas Institute
Bachelor of Fine Arts Performance Dance
Toronto Metropolitan University
Intermediate Vocational Ballet Exam
Awarded with Merit
Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.
Select Burlesque Repertoire
Bride of Frankenstien
One Night Only
A Cheesecake in Paris
Justify My Love
Select Choreographic credits
La Dolce Vita
The Silent Goodbye
Portrait of a Scandal
The White Light Follies
How the West Was Swung
Meet Me at the Diner
Tiki in the Moonlight
Meanwhile Back at the Office
Diamonds and Daggers
Knox Harter is a multi-disciplinary performer, choreographer, instructor and creator based in Toronto.
Originally a classically trained dancer with a B.F.A. in Performance Dance from Metropolitan Toronto University (formerly Ryerson University), Knox Harter has extensive training in ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre in particular. Her early career consisted of regular national tours with Motus O Dance Theatre based in Stouffville and musicals with Curtain Call Players in Toronto. She happened upon burlesque by accident when she auditioned for Sophie Luxton and was taken on to do shows at Second City in Toronto. Knox was recruited by Laura Furtado, and began doing corporate entertainment in clubs, lounges and at high profile events as a cabaret dancer with Furtado’s company DivaGirl Entertainment. After winning a competition to become one of Carla Catherwood's "Bombshell Beauties", Knox met Pastel Supernova and became one of the original members of Love Letters Cabaret. It was at this time Knox met her business partner and founder of High Society Cabaret, Anna Jaeger, who goes by the stage name Belle Epoque. Knox inevitably left Love Letters Cabaret to focus on her role as an artistic director, choreographer and performer with High Society Cabaret. With High Society Cabaret, Knox was wearing multiple hats as she oversaw client entertainment bookings, a regular theatrical production and monthly burlesque shows.
High Society Cabaret was founded by co-artistic director Anna Jaeger in July of 2012 at Jezebel (last known as Ballet on Ossington in Toronto). Jaeger’s goal was to create a cabaret company that would perform regularly in venues and for clients in the decadence of vintage aesthetics. In High Society Cabaret’s second season, Knox, who had been dancing with the company since its creation, became artistic director and resident choreographer. With Knox on board, High Society Cabaret deviated from a variety show cabaret format to incorporate story arcs and specific themes into their one hour productions housed at Parlour on at Adelaide and John. As shows became too big for their home venue, High Society Cabaret began working with Revival Nightclub in the heart of Little Italy, performing their first scripted full length production, written by Knox in November 2016. Knox has written, choreographed, directed and produced 7 full length, multidisciplinary productions between 2016 and 2019. The only vintage cabaret of its kind in Toronto, High Society Cabaret aims to provide top tier entertainment. Performances are designed to stimulate the senses from every angle. The dancers move through the crowd, selecting guests to participate in the action on stage, creating an interactive and immersive atmosphere. The high energy, inspiring performances aim for the authenticity of any era, modernized for a current audience.
On top producing, performing and hosting with her own company, she has had the honour of working and performing for many great burlesque producers in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Germany. She has performed in numerous festivals including the London Burlesque Festival (UK), Toronto Burlesque Festival, Ottawa Burlesque Festival, Capital Tease Expo and the Montreal Burlesque Festival. In 2018, Knox was the producer and curator for one of the Toronto Burlesque Festival's shows called "Spellbound".
Other professional performances outside of burlesque include: the Canadian Opera Company, Second City Toronto, Kaeja d'Dance, City Dance Corps, Mastercard Fashion Week, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. Corporate clients have included The Flight Centre, Walmart, Nike, Volvo, Rotary International, Sleeman's, Make Up Forever, Fallsview Casino, The Broadview Hotel, The Drake Hotel, Casa Loma and MuchMusic.
During the pandemic, Knox maintained her physical training as a dancer and dove into writing. Knox was creating a wide variety of online content with video performances, teases, costumed looks in historical and vintage aesthetics, and behind the scenes documentation for her process, making posts daily on two to three online platforms behind a paywall. She is self-taught in photography, videography and media editing and had taken the pandemic as a chance to explore these new performance mediums.
In an effort to expand her skillset and employment possibilities, Knox enrolled at the Trebas Institute for Event and Venue Management, graduating with a diploma in the spring of 2023. Knox’s growing interest in arts entrepreneurship expanded, and she began taking odd creative jobs, including social media marketing, content creation, and website design. She also began taking office production jobs with nonprofit street festival organizations.
By late 2023, Knox soft launched a new entertainment company: Mayfly Creative Productions. New performances and productions quickly emerged under the new entertainment company. Knox also returned to teaching with Rouge Studio of Dance not only as an instructor, but as the studio manager for the Toronto location.
Knox is known for her emotional performances with dynamic movement and impressive physical ability. Her repertoire of acts consists of full and lively characters ranging from sweet and humorous to severe and sinister. Her intensity radiates into the audience for an engaging and thrilling spectacle. Be warned, she has been known to step past the fourth wall, making friends with patrons and creating unforgettable, and one-of-a-kind performance moments.
Currently, Knox is continuing to build the Mayfly brand and repertoire and performs regularly under the company's heading, She is also running regular classes out of Rouge Studio of Dance. By spring 2024, she is very excited to be entering a mentorship with ArtsBuild Ontario in the hopes of building a venue to support burlesque in Toronto.