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Holly Bright June 30, 2008

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Holly Bright

Holly Bright performs, choreographs, teaches, adjudicates contemporary dance festivals and facilitates movement with varied populations. She has guest taught at Cornish University Seattle, University of Akron, Ohio and The University of New Mexico, Las Cruces, and at various dance academies in Nanaimo, B.C, where she currently resides. She has worked with many choreographers and companies including; Senta Driver, Hanya Holm, Agnes de Mille, Nina Weiner, Maureen Fleming-Odo, Lynne Taylor Corbett in New York City , Helen Myers, New Mexico and Margie Gillis, Chick Snipper, Kokoro Dance, Judith Marcuse (film), Lee Eisler, Deborah Dunn, Judith Garay, Jennifer Mascall and Cheryl Prophet in Vancouver.

Her Musical Theatre choreographic background has been with experimental or original works; Euphemia (Akron, Ohio), The Spirit of Bleeker Street (NYC), A Good Person? (Malaspina University Theatre). She choreographed Hot Flashes with Theatre One (Nanaimo) and Heidi with Chemainus Theatre (Chemainus). She has performed as a “hot box dancer” in Guys and Dolls (Ohio) and thoroughly enjoyed creating the leading role in an original play, The Swing of Things (NYC).

Holly holds a BA in Dance and a BSc in Human Physiology, and is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. Holly is the Artistic and General Director for The Crimson Coast Dance Society in Nanaimo, BC. She curates their series, DANCE ON THE CRIMSON COAST, which presents professional dance performances and workshops throughout the year.


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