Virginia Duivenvoorden

Virginia Duivenvoorden 
Choreographer, Dance Artist, Educator

Biography

 Virginia’s interdisciplinary approach has been forged in the heat of managing multiple projects from start to finish. She recently produced Dance on the Shore as result of a residency at Marc's Madness Dance in North Vancouver. She also was invited as artist in residence at Parkgate Community Centre. Through the Artstarts Mentorship program Virginia was recently able to work with  dancer and choreographer Kim Sato. She teaches in North Vancouver working with all ages. Her early performance  experiences include dancing  with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company and solos created for her by Serge Bennathan and Cornelius Fischer-Credo. Performance credits include site  specific works  at  the  National Gallery of Canada  and  the  Museum of  Civilization in  Ottawa  as  well as  the  Museum  of  Anthropology in  Vancouver.  

Virginia is grateful to have danced as guest artist with the Dancers of Damelahamid and to have learned with Elder Margaret Harris  and  Chief  Kenneth Harris. . She graduated with a BA from the European Dance Development Centre, part of the ArtEz University of the Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands. In Arnhem, her process developed and gained momentum amongst an international community of dancers, artists and master teachers. Virginia's journey has been enriched through sharing it with husband Frank and their two children.   Virginia  invites participants, collaborators and audience to discover the passion in all of us to apply our signature style in creative, collaborative and fun projects that celebrate and connect communities. Fabric , lettering, design, voice, paper, music, creative writing and theatre are all aspects of her practice that weave through the dance. Virginia enjoys teaching and inviting her students to co create with artistic work that is dynamic, creative and adaptable to a variety of settings. The design of each class is generating the results of her broad body of knowledge regarding physical conditioning, body awareness and tension relief. Some of the recurrent themes in her work include transformation, contrasts, conflict resolution, resurrection and love.