OUR TEAM: The All Bodies Dance Ensemble is comprised of dancers with and without disabilities. It is a diverse group of movers representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds and experience from professional dancers to those brand new to dance practice. We are an inclusive group that celebrates the unique contributions of every body and mines the endless possibilities for creativity in community.

Naomi Brand

naomi bio picNaomi is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer. Originally from Toronto, Naomi spent 10 years working and dancing in Calgary, before relocating to Vancouver in 2013. She holds both a BA (Dance) and an MFA (Drama) from the University of Calgary and a DanceAbility teaching certificate from founder Alito Alessi.  [wpex more="Read more" less="Read less"]Naomi has cultivated a unique artistic practice that spans work with professional artists, to community-engaged work with diverse populations.

She has performed in the works of Tania Alvarado, Noam Gagnon, Helen Husak, Melanie Kloetzel (kloetzel&co), Sharon Moore, Davida Monk (M-Body) and Jason Stroh among others and is an Associate Artist with projet bk. Her own choreography which ranges from works as a soloist, to large group ensemble pieces, have been featured in numerous venues and festivals across Canada as well as in Poland, Italy and Uruguay. Naomi was an instructor in the Dance Department at the University of Calgary from 2007 to 2012 and spent five seasons as Artistic Associate of MoMo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre. She is a contributing writer with The Dance Current and sits on the board of directors for The Training Society of Vancouver. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.[/wpex]

Mirae Rosner
10384274_10152805467926287_1959449404989018528_nMirae Rosner is a contemporary dance artist and expressive arts therapist who explores sensory play, spontaneous creativity, and improvisational scores for people and objects while engaging communities and instigating art in expected and unusual places. Born in Winning, Mirae moved with her family to Vancouver shortly after Expo ‘86 [wpex more="Read more" less="Read less"]and during high school, she competed nationally as a rhythmic gymnast. After acquiring a degree in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia, she returned to her first love, movement, and completed MainDance’s certificate program in contemporary dance. Mirae is a frequent collaborator with media, textile and sound artists and has worked on performances, installations, smart phone applications and participatory events both in Canada and abroad. Highlights include work with Dance Troupe Practice, Graffiti Research Lab (Canada and Germany), prOphecy Sun, Heidi Nagtegaal, and Sharon Kallis.  With Jesse Scott, she established the memelab, an interdisciplinary collective and art space. In order to deepen the interdisciplinary and community aspects of her practice, Mirae recently completed Expressive Arts Therapy at Langara College. She facilitates dance through All Bodies Dance Project, which she co-founded with Naomi Brand and Sarah Lapp, and the Carnegie Dance Troupe under the mentorship of Karen Jamieson. She is an artist-in-residence with the Vancouver Parks Board and as a member of Dance Troupe Practice, she creates with kids and adults at the Pandora Park Field House.  She is honored to live and work on the traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations.[/wpex]

Sarah Lapp

1063Sarah is a dance artist with a physical disability. She holds a certification in Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University. In 2010, Sarah developed choreography for Coca-Cola’s featured promotional wheelchair dance performances at the Torch Relay Celebrations as part of the Paralympic Games in Vancouver. [wpex more="Read more" less="Read less"]Sarah is a co-founder of the All Bodies Dance Project and the Administrator for the society and its projects in addition to her roles as dancer, choreographer, and mentor for the ensemble. Sarah has attended several workshops and intensive including: AXIS Dance Company Summer Intensive & Physically Integrated Teacher Training (California) Canadian Inclusive Dance Teacher Training (AB) DanceAbility Day with Alito Alessi (Oregon), Realwheels Theatre (BC), aerial dance classes with Kira Schaffer (BC) and dance classes with Naomi Brand (BC). In her offstage life, Sarah works as a Community Connector for the ConnecTra Society. Sarah and her husband, Matt Pregent are business owners of Wheelin’ Mobility, a 24-hour/on-call mobile repair service for wheelchairs and other mobility equipment. Sarah has made it her mission to be a catalyst for artists with disabilities to access professional training in Vancouver. Having experienced the power and benefits of integrated dance Sarah hopes to empower others to discover the best of their own capabilities.[/wpex]

Harmanie Taylor

191Harmanie is an integrated dance artist based in Vancouver, BC. Previously based in Edmonton, Harmanie has been actively involved in the integrated dance movement since 2006 as a dancer, performer, teacher, mentor, choreographer and organizer. She has had the pleasure of studying with such dance companies as AXIS Dance (USA), [wpex more="Read more" less="Read less"]Propeller Dance (Ottawa), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Amici Dance Theatre (UK), MoMo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre (Calgary), and DanceAbility International and is happy to be an extended member of CRIPSiE (Edmonton). She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Lethbridge and an Arts and Cultural Management certificate from MacEwan University. Harmanie was a participant in the Made in BC Community Engagement Mentorship program where she was mentored in facilitation by Naomi Brand and continues to develop her teaching practice with All Bodies. Harmanie loves integrated dance because it challenges to her to keep pushing herself and her body and the limitless possibilities that can be achieved through dance.[/wpex]

Carolina Bergonzoni

13282649_10156891120285545_1038030813_o copyCarolina is a Vancouver-based Italian dance artist, yoga teacher, and Philosophy scholar. She holds a BA and an MA in Philosophy, as well as an MA in Comparative Media Arts from Simon Fraser University. Since 2008, Carolina  has been teaching dance and philosophy for children and community. In 2011, she graduated as a [wpex more="Read more" less="Read less"]Dance Educator and Community Engagement Facilitator (Mousikè, Bologna - Italy). Since then, she has been working towards building a community of movers and thinkers with people from ages 0 to 99+ years old. She is excited to be the new artist-in-residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers. As a choreographer, she recently created site-specific works for Vancouver Fringe Festival, Dance in Vancouver, BC Buds, and Vines Arts Festival. She is a board members of Vines Art Festival, Raven Spirit Dance and Live Biennale. She loves moving bodies and the nature. [/wpex]

Rianne Švelnis

Rianne Svelnis - photo by Wendy DRianne Švelnis is a contemporary dance artist based in Vancouver, and a graduate of Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. Rianne sees dance as a primal language of expression; sacred, playful, political, [wpex more="Read more" less="Read less"]and an essential tool for cultural questioning and transformation. Rianne has danced in works by Kelly McInnes, Layla Marcelle Mrozowski, Justine Chambers, Zahra Shahab, Hailey McCloskey, Anna Kraulis, Damian Criollo-Villacis (Ecuador) and recently collaborated in an artistic residency with Areli Moran (Mexico). Before starting her training in dance, Rianne was a front-lines mental health and addictions worker in Vancouver's downtown eastside and co-founded and directed Swamp Theatre, an anti-oppression theatre group based in Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed methods.[/wpex]