Choreographers season 8 2016/2017 


We are proud to have guests choreographers and INSTRUCTORS being part of this union that provides an enriching experience that makes Lamondance a unique and distinct Dance Program.


Shauna Elton

Shauna Elton has been active in the dance community for over 20years. She was a company member and resident choreographer with Le Groupe Dance Lab under the Artistic Direction of Peter Boneham for 9 years. Throughout her career she has performed the works of numerous acclaimed choreographers across Canada and abroad including: Tedd Robinson, Michael Trent, Peter Bingham, Linda Goudreau, Helen Blackburn, Damion Munoz, Meg Stuart, Sasha Waltz, Davida Monk, Tom Stroud, Julia Sasso, and Wayne McGregor, among others.

Her choreography has been showcased in the Canada Dance Festival, Dusk Dances, Studio A series at Le Groupe Dance Lab, The Ottawa Council for the Arts, Dance in Vancouver, The Vancouver International Dance Festival, WCD 35th Anniversary Gala, Dances for a Small Stage and 12 Minutes Max. She also teaches professional and pre-professional classes for Working Class and as a sessional instructor for the Contemporary dance program at Simon Fraser University.


Vanessa Goodman

Photo by David Cooper

Photo by David Cooper

Vanessa Goodman is a Vancouver-based dance artist who creates independently as Action at a Distance, is Co-Artistic Director of The Contingency Plan and is an artistic associate with Small Stage. She received her early training in Toronto from Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, PBJ Dance Projects and Etobicoke School for the Arts. Vanessa holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and continues her training locally and abroad, including intensives with the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel and the Hofesh Schechter Company in England. Vanessa was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre which supported her first full-length work, "What Belongs to You". 

Independently she has interpreted works for Wild Excursions Performance (Conrad Alexandrowicz), Justine A. Chambers, Jennifer Clarke Projects, dumb instrument dance (Ziyian Kwan), the plastic orchid factory (James Gnam), Restless Productions (Claire French and James Maxwell), Mascall Dance (Jennifer Mascall), Julia Sasso, Holly Small and Judith Marcuse. Since 2006 she has been a company member with Dancers Dancing, where she has had the pleasure of working with artistic director Judith Garay and other prestigious Canadian choreographers. 

Vanessa has been commissioned to create works for the Dancing on the Edge Festival, The Gwaii Trust, Vancouver Biennale and the SFU Dance Program (2010/11/13/15). Most recently her work has been presented locally and nationally by The Canada Dance Festival, The Magnetic North Festival, The Dance Centre, Dance in Vancouver, Dances for a Small Stage, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Modulus Festival, The Chutzpah Festival, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Dance Allsorts. Vanessa has facilitated workshops and master classes throughout BC and in Toronto. She is also certified Method PMI Pilates instructor.


Guest Choreographers season 2015/2016

Dario Dinuzzi

Dario is originally from Italy, a permanent resident of Canada, and currently an independent dance artist based in Vancouver. Before his career as a professional dancer, he was performing as a juggler and flame spitter in southern Italy.

Dario has worked for twelve years as a professional dancer in contemporary ballet companies, including Aterballetto (Reggio Emilia), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Montreal), and Ballet BC (Vancouver). During these years he had the opportunity to connect and interact with artists coming from diverse cultures. Each of them has left a strong mark in his dancing and understanding of movement. To name a few: Gioconda Barbuto, Serge Bennathan, Mauro Bigonzetti, Aszure Burton, Stijn Cellis, Jacopo Godani, Jiri Kylian, Johan Inger, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Walter Matteini, Emily Molnar, Kevin O’Day, Medhi Walerski… among others.

His passion for movement has inspired him to continually investigate, explore and express himself through the language of dance . In 2007 he choreographs his first short piece and since then he continues to cultivate and enrich his creative side. His choreographies have been presented in Italy, Canada and US.

Since his move to Vancouver in 2010 he developed skills as a ballet teacher and coach. He has currently taught at national and international level including: Ballet BC, ArtsUmbrella, Modus Operandi, Lamondance (Vancouver, BC), Ballet Preljocaj(France), Ballet Basel (Switzerland), Ballet Mannheim (Germany), SUNY (Purchase, NY).

In this phase of his career Dario is focusing on developing further his training. Gaga (Aya Israeli, Doug Letheren, Yaara Moses, Shahar Biniamini), Hofesh Shechter ( Bruno Guillore, Maeva Berthelot, Sam Coren, Philip Hulford, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai) , 605 Collective, James O’Hara, Johannes Wieland and Evangelous Poulinas, are

some of the atitsts and languages he has been exposed to including vertical dance and circus training.

He is currently Artist in Residence with Ballet BC and board member at Cada/West


Shannon Moreno

Shannon Moreno was born in Vancouver, Canada and studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional School and the Rudra Bejart Ballet in Switzerland. Shannon has worked as a dancer with the Gothenberg Opera Ballet in Sweden,the Deutsch Oper am Rhein in Germany, LinkDance and Wen Wei Dance in Vancouver Canada. She has worked with choreographers, such as Christopher Bruce, Mats Ek, Richard Wherlock, Maurice Bejart, Youri Vamos, Robert North,Peter Bingham, David Earle, and Judith Marcuse. She has worked in Canada, Germany and Brazil as an Independent Teacher, Dancer and Choreographer. In 2003, she established Science Friction (SF), with Co-Artistic Director, Farley Johansson, to create and present contemporary dance.


David Norsworthy

DAVID NORSWORTHY, a Toronto-born dance artist and entrepreneur, graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2013. Over the past few years, he has had the honor of dancing works of Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor and José Limón. He has been privileged to perform and tour with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), Camille A. Brown and Dancers (NY, USA), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), ZviDance (NY, USA), Jonah Bokaer (NY, USA), Brian Brooks Moving Co (NY, USA), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden), Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden) and Andersson Dance (Stockholm, Sweden). He has presented his choreography at the Dumbo Dance Festival and Wave Rising Series (New York). Teaching highlights include a master class for the performers of Billy Elliot on Broadway, a creative brainstorming workshop at the US Naval College and an arts empowerment workshop for disadvantaged youth at the Umoja Youth Centre in Tanzania. In 2015, the NY Times described David as "intense... yet vulnerable". He is the founder of FRESH Dance Intensive (freshdanceintensive.com) and the co-founder of TOES FOR DANCE (toesfordance.ca).


 Past guests

Amy Lattimore - Cirque du Soleil

Mark Pawsey - Cirque du Soleil

Heather Dotto

Heather Laura Gray

Helen Walkley

Jennifer Mascal - Mascall Dance

ChristieLee Manning

Zoe Scofield

Farley Johansson - Science Friction

Adam Mackinnon

Stu Ignez

Cassilene Abranches - Grupo Corpo

Erica Trivett

Cristina Bucci - Nutricionist

Krista Hassen - RNB Dance

Chris Wong - Culturally Defined