Homebase: North Vancouver
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’s has danced with artists including Karen Jamieson, Serge Bennathan, Cornelius Fischer-Credo and the Dancers of Damelahimid. 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 is a founder of the VDCM Dance Collective and is artist in residence at the Dance Centre for 2022-23.
School Year: 23-24
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 35 minutes
Tech Requirements: Flat surface and sound system with blue tooth or plug in.
Available Formats: In Person
This piece was developed by Virginia as an interdisciplinary piece. The dance was choreographed in collaboration with the performer. The dance includes film footage shown on a monitor or projected footage which was taken during the Dance Lab on the rooftop of the Dance Centre. The performance centers around a character who has a mission to experience flight through kiting. The journey is filled with challenges leading to a transformation from the kite as the object of flight to the human body as the dancer achieves a sense of flight through movement. The piece includes audience engagement through workshops to create art for outdoor and indoor installations and art displays connected to the dance. The art projects are kites, windsocks and suncatchers created by the community. The art offers a more multi- sensory experience to the dances and also serves as additional access points to the choreography. The use of tulle is repeated from previous works as part of the scene and a prop reminiscent of a cloud. Performance includes audience participation warm up and dance improvisation. Art Materials: Landscape cloth, bamboo sticks, rice paper, craft wire, tape, staples Installation Art: Lumber posts, landscape cloth, wire
School Year: 23-24
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. The workshops can incorporate dance, drawing, photography and video.
School Year: 23-24
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.
Virginia has already demonstrated herself to be a dynamic, energetic and skilled dance educator. Notably, she shows the following strengths, among many other admirable attributes: 1) a deep passion for the arts, exemplified through artistic skill, and an enthusiasm for helping students discover their own confidence and creativity, 2) flexibility to adapt to a unique classroom arrangement and programming structure, 3) detailed and purposeful curriculum planning, able to cater original learning ou Stephen Goobie, Principal, Bodwell High School
THANK YOU! Your passion comes through your dance and it reminds us of why we do what we do. For the love of creation, expression, and connection. You have made a huge impact on me and the community. Karen Pighin,Community Arts and Culture Animator, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture
Virginia currently teaches students in a weekly course which focuses on the arts, creative output and community contribution. Virginia independently created the curriculum for this unique course, which has continuously evolved and grown since Virginia took the project lead. In previous terms, Virginia has also taught "Exploration of Dance & Movement". Regardless of the course she is teaching, Virginia has repeatedly demonstrated herself to be a dynamic, energetic and inspiring educator. Shannon Hare, B A., M.A., CPHR. Assistant Director: Enrichment Program