Lamondance was established in 2009 by Lara Barclay and Monica Proenca as a Contemporary Training and Performance company for aspiring professional dancers. Directed by Davi Rodrigues, this two-year contemporary based training program offers dancers the opportunity to immerse themselves in original choreography and to experience the concept of working with a professional dance company. The director, instructors, and choreographers will bring their unique international experience and passion together to guide students toward a career in dance. As well as nurturing young Canadian talent, Lamondance also invites select Brazilian students to join the program to share their experience and knowledge in dance. This allows for a wonderful cultural exchange between Canadian and Brazilian dancers.
Former dancers have gone on to work with international companies such as "Batsheva Dance Company " (Tel Aviv, Israel), “São Paulo CIA de dança” (Brazil), “Divinadança” (Brazil), “Nordhausen ballet” (Germany), “Theater Osnabrück” (Germany), “Halle Opera House” (Germany), “Grazer Oper” (Austria), “Tanzkompanie Der Oper Graz” (Germany), Dresden Frankfurt Dance company, “Wen Wei Dance” (Canada) and Gainesville Ballet (USA), 45 Degrees by Cirque du Soleil, among others.
Lamondance has showcased their work in various local performances, festivals, and fundraisers including the Arts Umbrella Sunday performance series, Move; the company, Tanzart festival in Germany, Vancouver Global Dance project, Dancestreams, Art for impact, Vancity project, Lab Art Show, One night for 1 day and the Ignite Youth Festival.