Social Growl Dance (SGD) is a Toronto-based contemporary dance company established in 2012, to support the development, and performance of large ensemble contemporary dance creations by Artistic Director and Choreographer Riley Sims. SGD produces well-crafted works of art representing the human experience; stirring emotion and triggering thought andreflection. SGD collaborates with dance artists from Quebec for each creation. This cross-provincial pollination of artistic ideas from different cities and cultures has had a beneficial influence on our creative process.

Since its inception, the company has premiered three full-evening creations, and three half-evening creations. Sims has also created commissioned creations for numerous artists and organizations including Dance Ontario (Old New Borrowed Blue, 2019) Winnipeg's Nova Dance Collective (Judy and the Reckless, 2015) and Quebec's Collectif Dans Ta Face (We Do It To Ourselves, 2016). Since 2015, the company has hosted the annual Social Growl Summer Workshop & Creation Lab, a workshop curated for Emerging Dancers that focuses on interpretation and stage presence. In 2019, Social Growl introduced a Workshop & Creation Lab for Professional Dancers.

Social Growl has presented work at The Citadel: The Ross Centre for Dance (Amorous Playlist, 2019), The Arts And Letters Club of Toronto (Drunk On Fiction, 2017), Ottawa's Dark Horse Dance Projects Festival (Ode Parade, 2017), the SummerWorks Performance Festival (Are You Still Coming Tonight?, 2015) Fresh Blood Dance Festival (Pretending To Listen Until I Can Talk About Myself Again, 2014), Gallery 1313 (For Morgan, 2013) and at Dance Matters (Everything We’ve Ever, 2012). The company currently works with six dancers on a project-to-project basis including graduates from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Ottawa’s The School of Dance, LADMMI (L'école de danse contemporaine), and L'école de danse de Québec.

Sims’ first full length work Are You Still Coming Tonight? premiered in December 2014 at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto,Canada. Are You Still Coming Tonight? received two residencies for creation in 2014. The first at Centre Q in Quyon, Quebec with Sims’ mentor Tedd Robinson (10 Gates Dancing / National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist) and the second with Toronto theatre company lemonTree Creations. In August 2015 Social Growl's remount of Are You Still Coming Tonight? at the SummerWorks Performance Festival was awarded with the Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation.

In 2015, Social Growl was selected to be the Dance Matters 2016/2017 Commission and Residency artist. This collaboration with Dance Matters presented Drunk On Fiction which premiered at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto from February 8th - 11th, 2017.

In 2018, Social Growl received a three week creation residency in Berlin, Germany at Studio 142 for Amorous Playlist part of the Bright Nights 18/19 Season presented by Citadel + Compagnie. Amorous Playlist is the third full-evening creation by Artistic Director Riley Sims featuring dance artists from Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Quebec City. Amorous Playlist featured live music by Blunt Chunks and premiered March 27th - 30th, 2019 at The Citadel.

In November 2016 the company was officially incorporated as Social Growl Dance Inc.



  • Social Growl recipient of an international 3-week creation residency for Amorous Playlist in Berlin, Germany at Studio 142, June 2018

  • Riley Sims selected for Dance Ontario Creative Partnerships Commission 2017/2018

  • Social Growl Dance selected to be the Dance Matters Commission and Residency Artist, 2017

  • Recipient of 'Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation' for Are You Still Coming Tonight? at SummerWorks Performance Festival, 2015