Big Collaboration

Collaboration ||

We are delighted to announce an incredible collaboration in between Lamondance and the Emmy-nominated composer and conductor Hal Beckett.

Hal Beckett is an award winning composer, conductor, and music producer based in Vancouver, B.C. 

Lamondance strives to support the local artists and we couldn’t be happier to have this amazing world renowned artist composer collaborating with the company.

Stay tuned for more information about this fantastic partnership.

About Hal Beckett

Hal Beckett lives music. The Emmy-nominated composer and conductor has, over 30 years, established himself as one of Western Canada’s most respected composers and music specialists. In his varied career he has composed music for film, television, animation, operatic and symphonic ensembles, dance productions, multimedia projects, and even an aircraft unveiling; conducted the string ensemble on Bryan Adams’ album “11”, Mariana’s Trench’s albums “Ever After” and “Astoria”; provided orchestral services for Michael Bublé’s hit album “Crazy Love, conducted an album of operatic arias with soprano Ariel Sung, conducted film scores for UniversalLionsgate, and 20th Century Fox, composed commissions for the Victoria Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, and Vancouver Chamber Choir, and produced 102 national anthems for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Hal also holds the position of Music Director with the Vancouver Film Orchestra, contracting and producing film scoring sessions for clients including Disney, Miramax, Gold Circle Films, ABC Television, Infinity Features, and Brightlight Pictures. For these and other projects, Hal’s production company, Beckett Music, provides musical services for any and all stages of production – from pre-records through to dub stage music editorial.

When not composing, Hal takes an active role in the Vancouver arts community – he’s a member of SOCAN, the Vancouver Post Alliance, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), the American Federation of Musicians (AF of M), an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), and served for many years on the regional board of directors for the Screen Composers’ Guild of Canada (SCGC), planning and participating in educational sessions and seminars. He has lectured on the topic of film music at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, and numerous other film and recording schools. Through the years he’s been a mentor to many young composers and engineers, building a strong network of colleagues within the community.

Working with Hal to achieve the highest quality results on all projects is the finest technical support team in the Pacific Northwest. Under Hal’s leadership, the team has become an efficient machine, effortlessly handling all musical aspects and technical details so clients need not worry.  Their expertise behind the scenes combined with Hal’s musical direction and professionalism result in an incomparably smooth and successful musical experience on any scale project.


Guest Choreographer Vanessa Goodman

We are happy to have Vanessa Goodman as our guest choreographer for season 8 2016/2016. 
Vanessa is a Vancouver based choreographer with a rich dance vocabulary and we are honored to have her sharing her knowledge with the dancers. 

Stay tuned for more updates on her creation process.

Vanessa's Bio: 
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.

Garden of Lights - A message to the world.

Last July Lamondance went to Brazil as a guest company for the opening of the International Dance Seminar as well to create a number for the closing ceremony of the festival. 

During their stay in Brasilia for 3 weeks the company had the experience to work with two other companies: Dance 2000 from Brasilia and Faces Ocultas from São Paulo in the creation of Gardens of Lights choreographed by our Artistic Director Davi Rodrigues.

Garden of lights - Brings the awareness to the world of the tragedy that 15 years ago happened in  New York City with the 9/11 attack leaving an eternal scar in the world.

"I was touched so deeply when I visit the 911 Memorial last June 2016 that my heart and soul wanted to speak". - Davi Rodrigues

 "Garden of Lights" a simple way to remember the 2,982 lives were taken away and a message to the world that life is short and there is no time for hate.

Here is a short video of the Creation that will also be remounted for Lamondance Season 8 here in Vancouver.




LMD's Dance Gala, is around the corner.

We are nothing without those around us - families, neighbours and friends. It’s important to show that the dance community is supportive of each other, bonding, connecting and creating opportunities to show that Dance is a powerful way to communicate and let our voices to be heard through art. We are very thankful of sharing the stage with talented dance groups from our community.

The Gala will take place at CapUniversity located in North Vancouver, Saturday 20th, 2016.

                                     Show Hostess  "The Unstoppable Conni Smudge"

Make sure to reserve your tickets at RNB Dance (604) 980 - 3040 for only $20 each.

Silent auction 6:00pm / Show time 7:00pm

Master Class with Zoe Scofield, Director of Zoe | Juniper

Hosted by Lamondance

 When: Friday, February 6th

10:00 - 12:00pm

Where: RNB Dance & Theatre Arts3355 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, V7K 2H4

tel: 604-980-3040

Cost: $15 (cash only)

Please send an email indicating your attendance to:info@lamondance.comDescription of Class:

Daily Technique Class:

zoe | juniper classes utilize a somatic approach to technique. Classes are physically rigorous, deep, and kinesthetically challenging; a space where product orientated results takes rest and active experience reins. Combining musicality, visual and physical metaphors in both improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancer’s potential.  

        Our classes are physically rigorous, deep, and intellectually challenging; a space where ambition takes rest and active experience reins the foreground.  With a somatic approach to technique we move between layering set exercises with structured improvisation inspired by a variety of contemporary dance styles: gaga, ballet, spiraldynamik and yoga.  Physical metaphors shape our improvisations, allowing the body to explore its inherent dynamic sensations made tangible and precise.  As a teacher, it is my desire to help you foster a body that is available, aware and in command of its’ senses, intuitive and wise. Class is the space for beginning again with a full understanding of where we come from.  Class is the space and time for practice and practice takes a sincere commitment, compassion and concentration in order to move past habit, embrace new challenges and reveal one’s true dancing and artistic self.

    My class utilizes my experience in Gaga, ballet, QiGong, and lead improvisation as a way to move beyond rigid technique and form as an end in of itself; to make available/accessible each person’s inherent physical language, capability and dynamics. I combine visual, sensational and physical metaphors in both improvisation and structured form as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancers potential- as a physical and performing body.


ZOE SCOFIELD studied ballet and modern dance at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Boston. She has danced with Prometheus Dance and Bill James among other choreographers in Toronto, Boston and Seattle. Scofield has received the Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University, Artist Trusts GAP Grant and Artist Fellowship Award, Seattle Magazine’s Spotlight Award, The Strangers Genius Award short list, Alpert Award Residency and the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Award. As collaborators, Scofield and Shuey have shown their work at Howard House, SOFA Gallery, Soil Gallery, TBA Festival and the Tacoma Art Museum.zoe | juniper was co-founded by choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey for the creation of dance, video installations and photography works. Their collaboration began in 2004 with I am nothing without you for On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival, and eventually led to the formation of their company in 2006. Since then their work has been presented/commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, On the Boards, Bumbershoot, SCUBA 2007, Bates Dance Festival, PICA’s TBA Festival, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, Spoleto Festival, Columbia College, PuSh Festival, Edge Festival/GloAtl, Wesleyan University, Spectrum Dance Theater, American Realness Festival, Dance Theater Workshop/NYLA, World Music/CRASHArts, Frye Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center, Trafo House of Contemporary Art, Body Festival, Southern Lights Dance and The Myrna Loy Center. Zoe, Juniper and composer/musician Morgan Henderson were the co- creators of the Secret of Gold Festival in 2006, an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in Arlington, WA. The company has received funding from the Artist Trust, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Project, National Performance Network, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Dance Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony, MAD AIR, and the Mellon Foundation.

Video Material:

R N B Dance & Theatre Arts

The reveal of the Name of LMD's new Show 2015

We are thrilled to announce the name of our new show that will premiere in June at the Dance Centre.

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting show that we are creating for you -

"Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.”
Joseph Conrad
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Watch this video to find out 

"It's important to allow the new to come but always keeping your roots grounded." - Davi Rodrigues

At Lamondance Creativity is explored to the maximum, pushing barriers that allow the dancers to go beyond their limits.

The Company has been working really hard with the creation process of "Entre Vento e Areia" a full length piece by Davi Rodrigues, part of Lamondance's New show, premiere in June 2015 at the Dance Centre.

Entre Vento e Areia - (Within Sand and Wind),  Is about the spice-trading route that linked India to Central Asia. The story of crossing desert; a link between fiction and reality myths and truths about this mysterious place that can controls Life and Death.

“E.V.A has been my new adventure … I'm always deeply connected with my creations I like to reinvent my self transforming movements into new possibilities that way, I can connect Dancers, movements, Audience in one unique and special moment in space.
The desert always fascinates me, the power there is so solid and unique, it’s a place of great solemnity and mystery - To Create E.V.A (Entre Vento e Areia) I found a driving force (The Desert), something that inspires me, something that will create the identity of the piece. 
Being a story teller makes everything way more challenging, I’m a perfectionist when comes to it; I want the audience to embark with the dancers in this journey that will last forever in their memories, and this is one of the greatest thing about Lamondance where freedom and creativity are explored at the maximum; We want to reinvent ourselves, delivering a great quality training to our talented dancers.

"The Most important thing is to allow your self to discover new paths, movements and ideas. It’s important to let the new to come but always keeping your roots grounded.” - Davi Rodrigues /Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer

Here is an excerpt of the E.V.A performed at Vancity Project Show case 11, last November Friday 14th.

"Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired." (Martha Graham)