Desirée Dunbar, Artistic Director
Desirée Dunbar, MFA is award-winning dancer, choreographer and holistic health practitioner. Her mission is in empowering others to feel happy, healthy and whole while unleashing their creative potential and finding more purpose and fulfillment.
Desirée’s dance career has taken her around the globe performing, teaching and researching. Based in Vancouver, she keeps her feet on the ground by rooting into the community, culture and land in which she lives through her offerings.
She is the founder and Artistic Director of Dezza Dance non-profit society in which she mentors emerging professional dancers in Catalyst Mentorship and the annual Leg Up! Contemporary Dance Concert.
Her Collaborative Creative Dance Workshops for Older Adults enhance social connection, embodied wisdom and artistry in elderhood and are supported by Arts & Health, Healthy Aging for Seniors and both Trout Lake Community and West Point Grey Community Associations.
A uniquely intergenerational dance ensemble has developed through her residency at West Point Grey Community Centre. Under Desirée’s direction she merges her ties to the professional, pre-professional and community dance circuits to offer the community presentations that are accessible and transformative.
The Dezza Dance Intergenerational Ensemble is currently in creation for Deep Roots which invites the question of how we reconcile the triumphs and injustices of the myriad of cultures that live within us and those that have occurred in the place in which we now live.
Desirée Dunbar’s authentic movement method helps surpass superficial desires, attitudes and beliefs and discover where inner resolution is needed.
She believes that dancing is the antidote to a variety of mental issues and can bring new equilibrium.
She is the creator of the Secret Garden Society School offering empowerment programs to women through Moon Temples, Sweat Lodge retreats and special immersion programs.