Desirée Dunbar, Artistic Director
Desirée Dunbar has dedicated over twenty-five years to dance and her genuine, playful and passionate approach has touched the hearts of students and audience members worldwide. She originated Dezza Dance in 2013.
While on scholarship at the University of Arizona in Tucson to study choreography, she developed GUSH, a movement method incorporating authentic movement & energy work as performance training for dancers. Dancers explored this method in her MFA thesis project The Astro Dance presented at the Flandrau Planetarium in Tucson, AZ, 2012. She received her Master of Fine Art degree in 2012.
She continues to be inspired by her older adults classes including the Creative Collaborations weekly classes at Trout lake and West Point Grey Community Centres. Students 55 years and up are facilitates by Ms. Dunbar in her GUSH authentic movement method. She was invited to present her findings at the National Dance Education Organization Conference in Dallas,Texas (2017).
She mentors emerging dance artists in projects Catalyst Dance and LegUp! Dance Project in partnership with Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre and West Point Grey Community Centre.
She is a celebrated community builder, uniting dancers from the professional, community and cultural realms. She originated and directed Startdance Recreational Dance Company, Connecting Community Dance Series and LINK Community Dance Concert in partnership with Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre & Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre from 2000-2010 and is currently back producing LINK 2016.
Desirée resonated with dance legend Martha Graham’s movements early on in her dancing career and has gone on to be one of few Canadians to teach the traditional technique. She has had the pleasure of instructing at various schools including Simon Fraser University, University of Arizona, Centre National de la Danse (Paris, France) and Trintity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (London, UK).
She has had the honor of dancing in principal roles of over twenty new works by esteemed Canadian choreographers including Serge Bennathan, Anik Bouvrette and David Earle while a member of Judith Garay’s Dancers Dancing Repertory Company since 2000.