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.
Addo Platform, co-directed by Nicolas Ventura and Margarida Macieira, is an artistic apparatus that creates opportunities for varied artistic fields. It is focused on transforming and enlightening communities by hosting events that bring together local artists and international commuters. Addo Platform runs dance workshops, performances, exhibitions, residencies, classes, online marketing opportunities & a range of others: from an online network, where artists can share their visions, to physical occasions where knowledge and artistic ideas are cultivated.
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.
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.
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”
C. Meredith Kalaman
Meredith Kalaman is a contemporary dance artist committed to contributing to choreographers' artistic visions as a source for their visions to be communicated, connected and shared with audiences. Meredith is interested in performing and creating work that investigates and re-imagines the human experience through narration, humor and wit. By exposing our inner-most realities of our personal stories, whether real or imagined, she aims to connect, inspire and transform the human experience beyond what we experience to be possible, leaving viewers with new considerations of the world we live in.
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.
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.
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.
DanceHouse connects Vancouver audiences and the local arts community to the international world of dance by presenting exceptional companies that are recognized for their excellence, innovation, and international reputation. Over the past ten seasons, DanceHouse has presented vibrant and inspiring companies from Canada and around the world. In addition to the performances on stage, DanceHouse offers a suite of engagement opportunities and a chance for members of the general public and the local artistic community to engage with the presented artists and their work.
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.
Deanna Peters, aka Mutable Subject, creates, performs, teaches, produces + designs for the stage, screen, web, print, specific sites + beyond. It's all dance...
Under the artistic direction of Desirée Dunbar, Dezza Dance's aim is to connect community and enhance creativity through Contemporary Dance, Collaborative Creative Dance & GUSH workshops, intergenerational programs and performances. Dezza Dance is committed to artistic excellence and innovation.
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.
EDAM Performing Arts Society
EDAM is a contemporary dance company under the artistic directorship of Peter Bingham. EDAM's mandate is to provide a stable and fertile environment for the development of contemporary dance. EDAM supports many possibilities for creative expression within the kinetic arts through the creation and production of choreography and through the practice and presentation of the art of improvisation. In addition to producing its own work, EDAM presents the work of guest choreographers and encourages collaborative projects with artists working in other disciplines.
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.
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.
Frost + Cherry Productions
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
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.
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.
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.
Founded in Madrid in 2012 by Lesley Telford, Inverso is now Vancouver-based. It is a platform for exchange, creating dance through the lens of other art forms. This platform aims to develop collaborative ventures with other artists and arts organizations in performances, mediation and dialogue. Inverso's collaborations have involved the visual arts, text and literature, theatre, film, music and science.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Artistic Director of Dancers Dancing since 1999. Faculty member at Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts, Dance Area, since 1992.
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.
Kinesis Dance somatheatro
Kinesis Dance provides creative opportunities to professional and apprentice dance artists and artisans through rehearsals, workshops and public presentations. Kinesis Dance also regularly presents new contemporary dance productions locally, nationally and internationally through a variety of education and cultural exchange programs.
Hybrid dance/theatre works: creation and performance.
Dance improvisation: practice and teaching.
Thinking/Writing/Performing at the intersection of theory, art, culture, law.
Performative encounters in academic spaces
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.
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.
Lesley Telford / Inverso Productions
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natalie Tin Yin Gan
Natalie Tin Yin Gan is a dance/interdisciplinary artist making and playing on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueum, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She has been known to return from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore. She has played basketball, played piano, played mahjong, played brave, played white, played yellow, and played an iguana in her theatre stage debut in 2004. She is a late sleeper, a late riser, a late bloomer, a latecomer, and a late-night snacker. She is co-Artistic Director of Hong Kong Exile and Artist-in-Residence at the PuSh Festival.
O.DELA ARTS/Olivia C. Davies
Olivia C. Davies is a Contemporary Canadian dance artist, and Artistic Director of O.DELA ARTS. She honours her mixed French Canadian, Welsh, Anishinaabe heritage in her practice. Her work often explores the emotional and political relationships between people and places and has been presented across Canada in Ontario, Québec, and BC since 2004.
Olivia Shaffer is a performing artist, choreographer, and movement teacher from Vancouver. She has a BFA in dance from SFU, and a dedicated practice in somatic studies, improvisation and Contact Improvisation (CI). Olivia performs with EDAM Dance and works as a freelance dancer with other contemporary dance companies. Her artistic creations are rooted in her passion for embodied performance. Olivia teaches CI, contemporary dance and Matwork Pilates.
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre is devoted to creating contemporary dance and dance on screen with distinct integrity and artistry. Out Innerspace is determined to be innovative yet accessible, to push beyond traditional aesthetics and forms with unreserved ingenuity. Through research and experimentation Out Innerspace recognizes the importance of challenging our preconceptions of what can be expected, experienced and expounded in contemporary dance. Artistic Directors David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen are entering their twelfth year of creative partnership.
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 +
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Voirelia, Dance, Psychology, & Philosophy Hub
Voirelia is a hub for dance, psychology, and philosophy. We create and present contemporary dance & art works inspired by these disciplines. We have a specific interest in existential philosophy, which emphasizes creation of personal meaning and authentic self-expression. We bring together dancers, photographers, painters, psychologists, musicians, scientists, and other curious people. We create & present workshops, talks, educational events, original contemporary dance/contemporized pointe works, dance jams, and interdisciplinary events. We are always interested in new collaborations.
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.
Wen Wei Dance
Wen Wei Dance’s work reflects a multiplicity of dance and social experiences. Each creation is influenced by the evolution of personal identity, and strives to reflect the underlying experience of social, cultural and personal development. Wen Wei Dance creates provocative performances of a distinctive trans-cultural sensibility. With a highly individual style, Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang fuses precise choreography with stunning visual design and music, turning each work into a rich and unique world.