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Virginia Duivenvoorden

Discipline: Dance
Homebase: North Vancouver
Languages: English
Grant Eligibility: Eligible to apply for AIC

Virginia shares her artistic practice through performance, teaching, community engaged dance and arts education. Virginia is of Irish and English descent and born in the United Kingdom. She came to Coast Salish Territory with her family as a one year old. Educated in dance at Arts Umbrella and SFU, Virginia started her performing arts career by dancing with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company and interpreting solos by choreographers Serge Bennathan and Cornelius Fischer-Credo. Virginia’s choreography and movement practice began to develop while she was completing a BA in dance and performance at the European Dance Development Centre. The program in Arnhem, Netherlands later became Master of Choreography at ArtEZ University of the Arts. She danced in the Audio Visual Experimental Festival in Arnhem while living in the Netherlands, collaborating on dance, installation, video and multimedia works. Virginia enjoys co creating with students and sharing the joy of movement with all grades.

Classroom Residency(ies)

Contact Me: 778-688-0613, Email

Dance and Lyrics

School Year: 22-23

The approach we took was studying favourite lyrics, pulling out single words and sentences, separating them out of context. Then we're reflecting on them while choosing specific sentences and words. We were illustrating words and even incorporating the words into a live performance. Getting a presentation ready right away was a great strategy to really test the students in their knowledge, abilities and skills sets when it comes to performing on stage. By the third class we were able to sit back and watch three diverse interpretations of songs with lyrics that were meaningful to the students. They learned it's possible to create new connections to songs that they admired and enjoyed. The presentations allow students have their own input and interpretations shared and valued amongst their peers.

In the Frame

School Year: 22-23

Using a film technique called storyboarding we will create living pictures that tell stories with movement. The students learn through reflections on what they see and share.


School Year: 22-23

Creating handmade kites in small teams and windsocks to keep a lookout for the wind. The workshop explores elements of weather and nature. The natural world inspires the movement.

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