Virginia is a performing artist, choreographer and educator. She shares her artistic practice through performance, teaching, community engaged dance and arts education. Virginia is of Irish and English descent. She was born in the United Kingdom and 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 multi media works. On returning, Virginia is grateful for time spent learning with dance artists Margaret Grenier and Elder Margaret Harris from the Dancers of Damelahamid.
Virginia also worked with Dr Tod Pelly DC and her interest has grown in the field of arts, health and medicine. She designs art and dance programs for high school and elementary students. Her performance work has recently been supported by Crossmaneuver, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture, PHT Creative Hub Cooperative, The Dance Centre, United Way Lower Mainland and New Works.