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.

Guest Choreographers

Season 10 2018/2018

 Kirsten Wicklund / Vancouver - Ballet BC Artist

Kirsten Wicklund / Vancouver - Ballet BC Artist

Kirsten Wicklund studied at Goh Ballet Academy and received scholarships for study at American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, PNB, and The Washington Ballet. Awards include; the Vancouver Foundation Arts Study Award, the Vancouver Ballet Society’s Memorial Scholarship, the Mary Day Artistry Award at the Youth American Grand Prix in NYC and was the only Canadian to place in the Top 12 Women. She has danced with The Washington Ballet, Alonzo King’s choreographic workshop, created works for Dances for a Small Stage, and the Dance Deck Series. She continues to choreograph, teach workshops and adjudicates across Canada and the US. Kirsten joined Ballet BC in 2014 where she has been privileged to dance works by Lesley Telford, Medhi Walerski, William Forsythe, Emmanuel Gat, Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Soto, Johan Inger, Walter Mateini, Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, and others. Kirsten appreciates the collaborative nature of Ballet BC and the opportunity to create new works as well as continue performing the company’s existing repertoire. Kirsten is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys studying and practicing a variety movement languages.  Kirsten is in pursuit of creating and hopes to explore many different avenues within the performing arts.

 Noam Gagnon / Vancouver - Vision Impure

Noam Gagnon / Vancouver - Vision Impure

Noam Gagnon is an acclaimed choreographer and dance artist. Over the course of his career he has helped lead Canadian dance to the forefront of the international stage.

As co-artistic director and choreographer for The Holy Body Tattoo, Noam created work to worldwide critical and audience acclaim. our brief eternity toured internationally, including performances at the Sydney Opera House and the Barbican in London, winning the Dora Mavor Moore award for Best Ensemble Performance in dance. Circa, winner of the inaugural Alcan Performing Arts Award, was performed over one hundred times all around the world. monumental, the company’s largest and most ambitious piece, premiered in Ottawa in 2005, touring across Canada and the USA. In 2016 monumental was remounted with a score performed live by post-rock collective Godspeed You, Black Emperor!. Heralded as "an almighty revelation" by The Guardian UK and "surely one of the defining dance works of the 21st century" by the Adelaide Advertiser South Australia, the show toured to critical acclaim in Vancouver (PuSh Festival), Adelaide (Adelaide Festival), Montreal (Place Des Arts), Quebec City (Grand Theatre de Quebec), Toronto (Luminato Festival), Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival), and New York (BAM).  2017-2017 monumental is still touring internationally.

To nurture a more personal and individual artistic vision, Noam founded Vision Impure as a satellite company of The Holy Body Tattoo in 2006. As Vision Impure’s artistic director, he continues to reshape the dance landscape with his achingly intimate and powerful works. Noam has created, choreographed and performed full-length works for Vision Impure including The Vision Impure (winner of The Isadora Award for Excellence in Performance), Thank You, You’re Not Welcome and  This Crazy Show. Noam is regularly commissioned by dance artists and companies and has collaborated with celebrated artists including Nigel Charnock, Daniel Léveillé, The Tiger Lillies, Steven Gilmore and William Morrison. Noam Gagnon is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.

 Alysa Pires / Toronto -

Alysa Pires / Toronto -

Choreographer Alysa Pires has created works for Ballet Kelowna, Ballet Edmonton (Citie Ballet), Ballet Jorgen, Ryerson University, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and more. Alysa was one of the 2017 winners of Northwest Dance Project’s International Choreographic Competition. Her company, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, made its critically acclaimed full-length debut with Exterminating Angel at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. Alysa spent two seasons working with the National Ballet of Canada as part of their Choreographic Workshop. The resulting ballet, In Between, premiered as part of FIVE CREATIONS in January 2018 and was subsequently performed at NBOC’s Gala in June. Upcoming projects including the remounting of In Between by Ballet Kelowna and New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute. Alysa is a Honours BFA graduate from the Ryerson School of Performance and was the recipient of the 2015 Jack McAllister Award. For more information, visit www.alysapires.com or follow Alysa on social media @alysapiresdanceprojects.

Choreographers season 9 2017/2018


Heather Laura Gray Heather has created, produced and directed a multitude of choreographic works for the stage and screen in a variety of styles and disciplines. After over 20 years of professional dancing, acting and singing Heather places her focus on creating original live performances and film. Her latest full length contemporary dance piece THE TUNNEL premiered through New Works in 2017 and she has been commissioned by the response dance company to create a new piece for Workspace III. She has danced for choreographers: Amber Funk Barton, Claire French, Judith Garay, Martha Carter and Crystal Pite to name a few. Heather recently choreographed the Lifetime Biopic "Britney Ever After" and The CW Network's “iZombie” (seasons 2,3,4). Her work has been shown at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance All Sorts, Pop Up Dances, Dances for a Small Stage, The Dance Centre (Vancouver), Eco Fashion Week and Soundbites Festival in New York City. Read more


Heather Dotto is a diverse performer trained in many forms of dance and theatre at Caulfield School of Dance. With a sharp focus for detail and an undeniable love of attention, Heather has been fortunate to turn her passion for performing into a career and lifestyle she adores. Following graduation, Heather immediately began dancing for Josh Beamish’s Move: the Company in 2005. For the following seven years she performed, toured and grew to be artistically involved in many new creations by Director, Josh Beamish. Within the company Heather also performed works by: Simone Orlando, Amber Funk-Barton, Susan Mensinger, and Danny Austin. After seeing stages all over the world (Shanghai, Singapore, New York, England, Brazil, Bangkok, Seattle, Los Angeles, Toronto, Nanaimo) Heather planted her feet back in Vancouver and has enjoyed working with many members of the dance community on new creations and remounts. A selection being: Vision Impure, mmHop, Coriograph Theatre, Heather Laura Gray, Caitlin Griffin, Lamondance. As of 2012 she has found a new home with the incredible talents of Joe Laughlin in his company Joe Ink. She began her journey into his charismatic work when she joined the cast of his Retrospective: 25 Years show. Heather spent the next three years with Joe, Kevin Tookey and Gioconda Barbuto making, performing and touring “4our”. While working with all of these celebrated choreographers, Heather’s teaching and choreographing career was nurtured at K&S Dance Productions since 2006. She is now the head of the contemporary program and has received many accolades at the local and provincial level. In 2009, Heather made her professional choreographic debut as one of the invited collaborators involved in the creation of MOVE: the company’s “The Cell”. Soon after, she premiered the solo “Gift” at Chop Shop in Seattle. Heather loves sharing her experience with the next generation of professionals, she teaches and makes new works for many of the training programs in Vancouver; The Source, Harbour Dance Centre’s ITP, and most recently, Lamondance. In 2017, Heather engaged in two new creations of her own, seeded by Small Stage. She feels this is only beginning of her career in dance and will continue to create and dream big for many years to come! Currently, she is working with Joe Ink on a new creation to premier in 2019.


Guest Teachers Season 9


Erica Trivett was trained at the Goh Ballet Academy. She was a finalist at the 1991 Prix de Lausanne, was awarded by Critics Choice Tanz International, most promising young dancer in Switzerland (1999) and best female performer in Denmark  (2002). Erica danced as a soloist with Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Gulbenkian Balllet (Portugal). She began free-lancing in 2000 in Swtizerland, France, Greece, Denmark and eventually based herself in Brussels for 7 years. She continued to travel and free-lance in and outside of Belgium and studied to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner in Paris, France.

Erica has been teaching workshops in the Feldenkrais Method as well as Ballet and Contemporary classes for schools and companies internationally and locally. 

She returned to Vancouver, Canada in 2010 to continue her interests in dance, movement and health. Erica completed 5 years of studies at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice and is currently working on a thesis. She has a manual practice at West Coast Osteopathy and Wellness. 

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Julio Fuentes

Julio is no stranger to the performing arts and has been singing since the age of 4. Originally from the Philippines, he belongs to a family of performers and grew up exposed to show business thanks to his parents. Although dance came late in his life at the age of 19, Julio immediately fell in love with it and started training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hiphop. He has had the privilege of performing, coaching, choreographing, and adjudicating all over the USA, Canada, Europe, Guam, and the Philippines. 

He has also recently broken into the musical theatre scene and has been part of the cast of In The Heights and Mary Poppins (Arts Club, Vancouver), the world premiere of The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary), and was cast in the role of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid (Align Entertainment, Vancouver). He also has been cast in the upcoming productions of Beauty & The Beast and Mamma Mia in Vancouver and Edmonton. 

Julio is a co-director and founder of The Aviary, a performance-based company which started in September 2014 and is based out of Harbour Dance Centre.

Choreographers season 8 2016/2017 

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

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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

David Norsworthy

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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).

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.

 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