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Helen Walkley June 29, 2008

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As a practicing dance artist and teacher who works in a myriad of contexts and populations, Rudolf Laban’s language for movement  feeds my soul and mind and infuses all my processes.

Helen Walkley




Movement Patterning with Helen Walkley, at Yoga on 7th


Helen Walkley is an independent performer, choreographer, improviser and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. She has also lived and worked extensively in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. Her work has been funded by the Canada Council, BC Cultural Services, the Canadian Embassy in Bonn and the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions. She has performed at the New York Improvisation Festival and Dance Theater Workshop/NY, the American Dance Festival, On the Boards/Seattle, Danceworks/Toronto, the Edge Festival and the Dance Centre/Vancouver, Tangente/Montreal, Danslab/Amsterdam and the Tanzfabrik/Berlin.  She is also a certified Laban Movement Analyst and registered Somatic Movement Educator and has an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University. She has taught at Simon Fraser University, the University of Calgary, Virginia CommonWealth University and the Laban Institute for Movement Studies/NY. She was on faculty at the School for New Dance Development in the Amsterdam from 1991 – 94. From 1995 -2000 she was a core faculty member of the Main Dance Bridging Program in Vancouver. In 2002/03 she was an inaugural Artist in Residence at the Dance Centre in Vancouver and 03/04 she was an Artist in Residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby. She completed and performed a larger solo work, How is Sleep Beautiful? as Artist in Residence at the Dance Centre in October 2010.  Helen was commissioned by the Zagreb Dance Centre (Zagrebački Plesni Centar) to create a piece which premièred in the Zagreb Dance Festival in May 2011.

Photos (c) Chris Randle, 2010


Cheryl Prophet June 29, 2008

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As a dance educator, LMA is a constant source of inspiration. It provides me with additional approaches and methodologies for dance/movement training and its underlying philosophy resonates with my own beliefs about educating the whole person and acknowledging the creative and expressive potential within each individual.

Cheryl Prophet
BFA York University


Cheryl is a dance educator, choreographer and Certified Movement Analyst. She has been involved in the professional dance community in Canada for thirty-four years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Formerly from Montreal, she performed and toured nationally and internationally with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Fortier Danse Creation and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, and throughout the ‘80s was active in the Montreal dance scene as a dancer and choreographer. Since relocating to Vancouver in 1989, she has been on the dance faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and is a practicing choreographer. Her choreography has been presented locally, nationally and internationally.

As a Senior Lecturer at the School, she is primarily involved in educating and training dance students in performance and creative-based courses. She teaches all levels of contemporary dance technique, body conditioning for dancers, dance improvisation, choreography and dance/movement analysis. Traditional modern dance techniques, Pilates, Yoga, dance science and somatic approaches to movement training inform her teaching.

She is a regular assessor for the Canada Council for the Arts and serves as a board member for Mascall Dance and Dancers Dancing Dance Company.