Membership

Contemporary

Aeriosa Dance Society

Aeriosa creates unexpected dance. Aerial artists dance on urban architecture and in nature with athleticism and grace. Julia Taffe creates choreography that swings, swirls and lofts contemporary dance into the air.

Website: www.aeriosa.com

battery opera

battery opera was founded in 1995 by dancer/choreographer Lee Su-Feh and writer/singer David McIntosh. The work of battery opera interrogates the contemporary body as a site of intersecting and displaced cultures, histories and habits. battery opera celebrates the power of the human body to transform space, time and perception; a body that is at once fragile and powerful; a body that breathes, speaks, sings, thinks, moves, dances.

Website: www.batteryopera.com

Body Narratives

Founded in 2008, Body Narratives Collective (BNC) is a Vancouver based collective with an interdisciplinary focus. Co-directors Meghan Goodman and Julia Carr view the world through the lens of dance, but are committed to researching performance practices that integrate different artistic disciplines in order to discover something contemporary. BNC values the practice of dance as an art form involving interdisciplinary collaboration, research, creation, innovation, education and public presentation. BNC also produces performance events, workshops, auditions and creative focus groups.

Website: www.bodynarratives.com

Broken Rhythms Victoria Society

Broken Rhythms is a Victoria-based, registered not-for-profit dance company founded in 2011. The company was created to showcase the unique style of rhythmical contemporary, to provide local artists with performance and training opportunities, and to support and develop the Canadian arts community. Broken Rhythms has created and produced numerous original works that have toured all over Canada. They have been awarded five Pick of the Fringe awards, been shortlisted for Monday Magazine Best Dance Company, named as one of Toronto Star’s “can’t miss shows at the Toronto fringe”

Website: https://brokenrhythmsvictoria.com/

Co.ERASGA Dance

Founded by choreographer/dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino in 2000, Co.ERASGA has a distinguished international reputation of a singular vision of hybrid dance, diversity and collaborations of other artistic practice and multimedia. The contemporary dance company is founded on the principles of innovation, artistic integrity and social reflection. Our works explore such diverse and complex issues as the nature of gender and identity, ethnicity in a global world, the spiritual realm and freedom as integral parts of the human experience, and the nature of self in relation to the creation of art.

Website: www.companyerasgadance.ca

CollabArt Creations

CollabArt Creations is a contemporary dance company whose goal is to introduce innovative and exciting contemporary dance and visual arts to a broad range of audiences. The company is focused on making art more accessible to everyone. CollabArt, as its name suggests, collaborates with a variety of artists and performers to continuously create, expand and explore artistic expressions. Under the artistic direction of Kylah Powell (Leniuk), CollabArt Creations provides opportunities for professional and emerging artists to work together and produce eclectic forms of art.

Website: www.collabartcreations.weebly.com

Company 605

Based in Vancouver, Company 605 is dedicated to producing new dance work through a shared creative process. Inspired by the exchange between urban and contemporary dance, Company 605 places emphasis on movement innovation and physically demanding works, valuing collaboration as an essential tool for new directions in the form.Through constant collaboration with all involved artists and performers, Company 605 continues to push into new territories and awaken a fresh and exciting aesthetic, together building a highly athletic art form, with extreme physicality derived from the human experience.

Website: www.605collective.com/

Davida Monk

Davida Monk began dancing with Le Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa in 1985. She created work for the company, served as Assistant Artistic Director to Peter Boneham and was instrumental in the development of Le Groupe Dance Lab. She has danced the works of many Canadian choreographers, and her choreography has been seen across Canada, and in Europe. In 2004 Monk founded M-body through which she advances her own creations. Monk is Associate Professor Emerita of Dance (University of Calgary), and Artistic Director of Dancers' Studio West dedicated to choreographic and dance development.

Website: www.m-body.ca

Deanna Peters

Deanna Peters, aka Mutable Subject, creates, performs, teaches, produces + designs for the stage, screen, web, print, specific sites + beyond. It's all dance...

Website: mutablesubject.ca

Donna Redlick Dance

Donna Redlick is a independent choreographer, dance educator and Certified Movement Analyst (Laban/Bartenieff Studies) dedicated to researching with a somatic and philosophical approach to movement. Donna Redlick Dance is committed to creating works from the "lived" experience; "Sensitive to the human condition, and the idea of the self, I believe that we are in a constant state of reflecting, being and becoming. How we are and become in our environments, whether natural or urban, is a curiosity for me.” Donna's work has been presented in Canada and the UK at various festivals and venues.

Website: www.donnaredlick.com

dumb instrument Dance

dumb instrument Dance is a collage of activities performed by Ziyian Kwan and her alter persona, akaSuzi (a.k.a. under Ziyian): a collection of commissioned works that Ziyian has performed over the last 2 decades, a point of departure for her experiments with choreography and a conduit for other than usual dance actions with various interlopers. ‘i am my heart’s dumb instrument’- Denton Welch

Website: www.dumbinstrumentdance.com

Emmalena Fredriksson

Emmalena Fredriksson is a dance artist from Sweden, currently based in Vancouver. Since graduating from SEAD in 2008, she has presented choreographic work, performed and taught internationally, including as an artist in residence with Daghdha Dance Company in Ireland (2009-2010) and as an Associate Lecturer in Choreography at Falmouth University, UK (2011-2013). Emmalena holds an MFA degree from SFU and is inspired by contemporary notions of choreography as a relational practice and continues to explore dance in an expanded field, for the stage, the art gallery and social events.

Website: www.emmalena.se

Foolish Operations Society

Foolish Operations is a non-profit society creating and discovering new dance experiences where professionals and non-professionals, young and old alike are capable, make choices and solve problems, lead and follow, create and collaborate. Our work is inter-generational, inter-subjective, place-based, and often involves families. We celebrate children as agents of their own creative choices. We explore the power of play to re-shape reality through dance and related arts in performances, installations, workshops and classes. We research and develop the field of community engaged arts and dance

Website: foolishoperations.org/

Gemma Crowe

Gemma Crowe completed her Bachelor of Art’s degree Majoring in Dance. Crowe moved to Vancouver to pursue work in the Film Industry, completing the Digital Film Production Program at Langara College and an internship in New York City with The think/feel Reel. The value of Dance as art remains of paramount importance to Crowe as she emerges in Vancouver’s Dance community actively choreographing and performing, devoted to integrating collaborative artists of varying mediums. She pursues movement as a practice, an art and through the medium of film, fueling her engagement with the world around her

Website: http://gprojectworks.wix.com/gemma

Greer Whillans

Greer Whillans is a Canadian born professional dancer, choreographer, actor, and model. She has received great accolades for her choreography showcased in many of the Source Dance Company’s productions. A sought after instructor, she was principal dancer for the Vancouver WE Day events in 2013, 2014 & 2015. She teaches frequently at Vancouver’s top Drop-in studio Harbour Dance Centre. Her breadth of experience includes performing in Film, Theatre productions, and industrials. She can also be seen in television ads for Apple, Budlight, Verizon, Campbell’s Soups, Kohler and Mattel Games.

Website: www.greerwhillans.com

Helen Walkley

Contemporary dance artist, certified Laban Movement Analyst and registered Somatic Movement Educator Helen Walkley has created, performed and taught for over 30 years throughout North America and Europe. In 02/03 she was an inaugural Artist in Residence at the Dance Centre in Vancouver, and 03/04 she was Artist in Residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby. She completed and performed her solo, "How is Sleep Beautiful?" as Artist in Residence at the Dance Centre in October 2010. Her most recent work, a trio, "air filled with promise" premiered at EDAM in May of 2014.

Website: www.helenwalkley.com

Idan Cohen

Idan Cohen is a Choreographer and an Opera director. Cohen holds a BA in Choreography and an MA in Dance- Choreography from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Born and raised in Israel, Kibbutz Mizra, Cohen was trained as a classical piano player. He was awarded scholarships and grants for international master workshops from the age of 8. Cohen went on to receive a scholarship to study theater and fine arts at the Art Colony in Israel’s Negev, and graduated with honors. Idan danced for 7 seasons with the world-renowned KCDC in Israel and formed his own award winning company in 2006.

Website: www.idan-cohen.com

Jeanette Kotowich

Jeanette Kotowich is a Vancouver based professional contemporary Aboriginal dance artist. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, BC. Jeanette has been a seasonal dancer with Dancers of Damelhamaid (since 2013), Raven Spirit Dance (since 2010), and Compaigni V’ni Dansi (since 2009). Honoring her Cree Métis heritage as a source of inspiration and reference point in her work, Jeanette is passionate about investigating a blend of contemporary and indigenous culture and knowledge.

Website: www.movementhealing.ca

Jenn Edwards

Jenn is a contemporary dancer, teacher, choreographer and emerging dance writer. Born and raised in Vancouver, she earned a BFA in dance from Simon Fraser University in 2010. With Philippa Myler and Jennifer Aoki she founded Triadic Dance Works, and from 2012 to 2015 she toured the world with Flowmotion Dance Company, based in Vienna and Berlin. Jenn has also performed with Diskordanse, Compagnie Tauschfuhlung (Austria), The Troika Collective, and in works by Patricia Allison, Natalie Gan and Carolyn Schmidt. Her works have been presented at 12 Minutes Max, BLOOM and Fusion Festival in Berlin.

Website: www.jennedwardsdances.com

Jenna Mazur

Jenna Mazur is an independent dance artist currently training with Modus Operandi, led by co-artistic directors Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. She has performed in works by such artists and companies as Emmaleena Fredriksson, Vanessa Goodman, Karissa Barry, Serge Bennathan, Company 605, and Out Innerspace. Jenna explores dance on screen as a vehicle for her physical practice, and enjoys experimenting with sound, video and photo editing software. Her projects are informed by her knowledge and studies in visual art, creative writing and digital media.

Website: https://jennamazur.wixsite.com/228jmzx

jo leslie

Jo is a dance and theatre artist from Montreal via Toronto. An established dancer/choreographer in the 80s/90s she toured her solo work, cofounded Studio 303, spearheaded performed improvisation and taught widely (LADMMI, Concordia,studio 303...). She then transitioned into work in theatre and new opera as a movement director, choreographer and assistant director - NAC, Stratford, Caravan, regionals.... Jo was principal movement teacher and coach at the National Theatre School for 10 years. Emotional bravery and rigorous imagination infuse her dramaturgy and direction. Jo is also a writer

Joe Ink

Led by Artistic Director, Joe Laughlin, Joe Ink was founded in 1995 and has built a reputation for its versatility, creating provocative, witty and lyrical work. Described as “wickedly sophisticated,” “unusual,” and “daring,” this Vancouver dance company speaks in a movement language all its own. Artistic excellence and generosity of spirit permeate all of Joe Ink’s activities. The company’s mission is to inspire, empower and motivate people through the medium of dance, pushing the edge creatively and artistically as professional artists while also strengthening community through dance.

Website: http://joeink.ca/

Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY

Founded in 2005, by its Artistic Director, Josh Beamish, MOVE: the company is a contemporary dance company based in Vancouver, BC committed to the creation and performance of original choreographic works by emerging and established artists, and pays tribute to creations of the past. The company's principle focus is developing contemporary dance artists in Vancouver and throughout BC, and collaborates with artists from other forms, including music, spoken word and theatre. Dedicated to the presentation of new and challenging works, MOVE promises to provide engaging performance experiences.

Website: www.joshuabeamish.com

Juan Villegas

Juan is a Colombian Canadian dance artist, who has performed in both Vancouver and Toronto and has worked in dance, performance art, and video. He works with improvisation and collaboration, and he is interested in traditional and nontraditional performance spaces. He is drawn to full bodied movement that is fused with emotional connectedness. Juan has a post-baccalaureate diploma in contemporary dance from Simon Fraser University and a degree in industrial design from Emily Carr University.

Judith Garay

Artistic Director of Dancers Dancing since 1999. Faculty member at Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts, Dance Area, since 1992.

Website: www.dancersdancing.com

Karen Jamieson Dance Co.

KJD was formed in 1983 to support the practice, creation and production of contemporary dance under the artistic direction of Karen Jamieson. KJD creates dance within the mainstream of stage production and in alternate arenas. Distinctly west coast, KJD has continued to evolve a body of work focused on redefining dance and its place and function in contemporary life. Major themes in the work produced by this company have been works exploring dance as mythic thinking, cross-cultural dialogue with First Nations artists and thinkers, and site specific work.

Website: www.kjdance.ca

Lamondance

Lamondance (LMD) is a Post Secondary training and performing contemporary dance company for aspiring professional dancers. The program offers a comprehensive education that prepares students for a lifetime career in the performing arts. Our program set out to create ‘thinking dancers’ who are highly educated and knowledgeable as well as versatile, creative, and technically accomplished. Lamondance develops performance skills that will enable the artistic interpretation of a variety of dance styles and choreographic demands. LMD is directed by Davi Rodrigues.

Website: www.lamondance.com

Layla Casper

Les Productions Figlio

Founded by Artistic Director and choreographer Serge Bennathan, Les Productions Figlio is a production house devoted to the creation of artistic works that break creative barriers; our projects encompass theatre, dance, music, multi-media, visual art and literary works. Through imagination, humanity, poetry and humor, Les Productions Figlio aims to use art to reach out to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Website: www.lesproductionsfiglio.ca

Lesley Telford

Lesley Telford is a Vancouver-born choreographer, performer and teacher. She danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Nacho Duato´s Compañia Nacional de Danza and Netherlands Dans Theater 1. As a choreographer she has created for NDT, Compañia Nacional de Danza, Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Vorpommern, Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella as well as creating independent projects through her company Inverso Productions. She has a Master of Arts in Cultural Production with the University of Salzburg.

Website: lesleytelford.com

Link Dance Foundation

LINK Dance was founded by New York-born choreographer Gail Lotenberg in 2000 as a creation and performance company specializing in collaborative and interactive contemporary dance works. LINK Dance has gained a national reputation out of its successful outreach program Breakfast Dances which offers informal, informative presentations of dance over breakfast, touring to the Yukon, BC, across Canada and to New York City. Other ventures include the Somatic Scientific Project, a collaborative research project between dancers and scientists.

Website: www.linkdance.ca

Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien

Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien is an emerging choreographer in Vancouver, BC. She holds a BFA (Hons.) in Dance from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts where she studied with Judith Garay, Henry Daniel, Rob Kitsos, Cheryl Prophet and Marla Eist. As a choreographer her work has been presented at multiple venues, including Project CPR (Choreographic Practice and Research), 12 Minutes Max (The Dance Centre), Dance Allsorts (New Works), ROMP! Festival of Dance (Victoria), ASCENSION 2013/ 2014 (SFU Woodward’s), Launch! Festival, and Ignite Youth Festival.

Website: mpattersonobrien.com

Mascall Dance

The overall artistic objective of Mascall Dance is to provide a forum for research, creation, performance, education, documentation and dissemination of contemporary dance and related disciplines. The company is concerned with dance as an art form and with its significance to our culture. While Mascall Dance primarily develops and promotes the work of choreographer Jennifer Mascall, the company also places a high priority on mentoring emerging artists and new choreographers.

Website: www.mascalldance.ca

Olivia C. Davies

Community-Engaged Dance Artist, Independent Choreographer, Facilitator, Co-Founder of MataDanze Collective

I create and perform Contemporary Aboriginal dance-theatre productions that are explorations into shared history, personal legacy, and blood memory. I believe we share a common thread of human experience. We begin from a place of certainty and then follow down paths of choice and direction. I want to recognize this theme as a reflection of personal experience along the journey from life to death. My choreography speaks to the vulnerability of the human.

Website: www.oliviacdavies.ca

Olivia Shaffer

Olivia Shaffer is an independent dance artist, performer and improviser based in Vancouver, BC. Her formative training includes 10 years of Cecchetti Ballet and a BFA in Dance from SFU's School for Contemporary Arts. Her ongoing training includes Contact Improvisation, somatic-based dance practices and Pilates. As a freelance dance artist Olivia has recently had the pleasure of working on projects directed by Peter Bingham/EDAM Dance, Helen Walkley, Alvin Tolentino/Co. ERASGA, Starr Muranko//Starrwind Dance Projects and Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance.

Website: www.oliviashaffer.ca

Polymer Dance

If you want progressive training and creative performances improvising, Polymer Dance is for you! We offer contemporary dance technique classes twice a week, one for beginners and one for intermediate/advanced dancers. We also work with ensemble structured improvisation and perform at a mix of traditional and non-traditional venues a few times a year. Classes taught by Miriam Esquitín and other professional teachers.
Age range: 16 +

Website: polymerdance.com

Ralph Escamillan

Born in Brampton, ON, Ralph started his training at age 14 at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC. His passion for training has exposed him to a plethora of dance styles making him a truly versatile dance artist. A graduate of Contemporary Training Program Modus Operandi he’s worked with Gadfly Collective (Toronto), Inlayers (Calgary), Kinesis Dance Somatheatro and in 2014 apprenticed with Kidd Pivot. His current contracts include Vancouver-based companies Out Innerspace Theatre, Co- Erasga Dance, Company 605 and Wen Wei Dance.

Website: ralphescamillan.com/

SFU School for the Contemporary Arts Dance Program

The SFU School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) Dance program provides the unique opportunity to study, create and perform dance within a collaborative, interdisciplinary department. The program features a variety of courses that include: dance technique and composition, choreography, repertory and performance, and the history and aesthetics of dance. This is enriched by courses in improvisation, experiential anatomy and body conditioning, and dance/movement analysis.

Website: www.sfu.ca/sca/programs/dance

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is an award-winning, multi-purpose community arts facility located in Burnaby. The municipal building is named after internationally acclaimed painter Jack Shadbolt and his wife, Doris Shadbolt, curator, author and art educator. Offering a variety of dance programs for all ages and levels of ability, the Shadbolt's approach to teaching dance is non-competitive, fostering individuality and creative learning. Ideas and concepts are brought into the studio supporting process oriented learning, and valuing diversity, individuality and personal expression.

Shay Kuebler Radical System Arts

Shay Kuebler Radical System Art aims to expand the art of physical performance through the lens of Artistic Director Shay Kuebler and a versatile amorphous language of dance, martial arts, theatre, music and other forms. Utilizing both film and stage as mediums to promote, disseminate and enhance performance art. Blending multiple genres of art, the company aims to push the boundaries of physical performance and is constantly researching and redeveloping its artistic form to reach new audiences, while furthering the potential for performance and choreographic innovation.

Website: shaykuebler.com

the response.

Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director, Amber Funk Barton, the response. is a registered Canadian charitable organization. the response. is a project based contemporary dance company dedicated to challenging how contemporary dance can be made, shown and perceived. It is a home for its founder and director to create new work that balances artistic resonance and physical spectacle. Inspired by the ability of the human body, its physical potential and its emotional make-up the response.

Website: www.responsedance.com

Training Society of Vancouver

TSV strives to cultivate excellence and sustainability in professional contemporary dance training. In partnership with The Dance Centre, TSV runs the Working Class program, offering drop-in technique classes open to professional and advanced-level dancers. Classes are held M/W/F, 10:00-11:30am at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Visit the TSV website for more information.

Website: www.trainingsocietyofvancouver.ca/

Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance

Action at a Distance Dance Society is a Vancouver-based contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of choreographer Vanessa Goodman. The priority of the company is to foster work that reflects the human condition, using dance to decode contemporary experience. It is the company’s goal to create immersive environments, working towards facilitating an engrossing experience for those who witness the work.

Website: http://actionatadistance.ca/

Vision Impure

Employing themes of vision and perception, Vision Impure - led by artistic director Noam Gagnon - creates performances that explore the intricacies of human relationships and the dynamic tension that move us. Vision Impure reflects the intimate concerns, ideas and attitudes that shape our relationships to ourselves and each other. Working from an ambition to create novel expressions, and indelible experiences in its audiences, its works strive to locate a sense of conscience and hope through intense physicality and deeply sought courage.

Website: www.visionimpure.org

Walking Bear Productions

We create, produce, and perform original works spanning the disciplines of dance, theatre, and media arts. We began collaborating in 2010. Our first full-length collaboration, PARADISE IS JAGGED premiered in 2013. We are currently working on two more evening length dance dramas, PRIMORDIAL and SPANISH TRILOGY. As performing artists, we are concerned with creating a language---through movement, words, and visual effects-- that reflects the raw potency of human life. We take the performative act seriously, and strive to create performances that are meaningful, beautiful, and true.

Website: www.walkingbear.ca