Expect the unexpected

Wow! We were overwhelmed by audience responses from our one-night event Amuse-Bouche. We couldn't have hoped for a more divine evening.

Thank-you to each and every one of you who made this possible!




We warmly welcome you to join us in an unusual + delightful dance, food, music experience on FRI APRIL 13TH at the century old Aberthau Mansion in Vancouver.



Tickets include:

6 course amuse-bouche servings prepared by Chef Dylan Foss with wine pairings

Live classical music by Mark Atherton with piano accompaniement

New contemporary dance work by Desirée Dunbar in collaboration with the dancers

Dezza Dance Artists: Marc Arboleda, Rachel Helten, Garrick Jang, Jenna Kraychy, Kerstin Luettich, Linda Maschak, Linda Rosenheck, Derya Whaley-Kalaora, Glenna Wong & Lan Yook




Watch this sneak peek of our recent rehearsal at Aberthau Mansion with Mark Atherton and Marc Arboleda

A Message from the Artistic Director

Dear Dezza Dance Friend,

Allow me to entice you...

Amuse-Bouche is a playful collaboration with myself, Chef Dylan-Foss (who loves the challenge of creating a delicious, artful, sustainable and organic food menu) and the powerful yet gentle opera singer/ yoga instructor Mark Atherton.  The intergenerational dance cast shares the stage with singer, pianist and chef in this 60 minute contemporary dance production in the dining room and lounge of the Aberthau Mansion/ West Point Grey Community Centre in Vancouver.

I believe you will be delighted by our unusual mixture of gourmet food, live vocals (opera, musical theatre and jazz) and piano arrangements as well as contemporary dance choreography that features an intergenerational cast of professional dancers (myself included) and community dancers. 

My love of collaboration and my desire to win the hearts of both seasoned and new dance lovers, brings me outside the box to provide unique experiences for all involved. In the past I’ve collaborated with astronomers to present at the Tucson Planetarium, and more recently re-visited The Wizard of OZ in No Place Like Home, to whisk audiences through the rooms of the century old Aberthau Mansion.

Over the past year and a half I have hosted older adults Creative Collaborative Dance Workshops every Friday at Aberthau Mansion/ West Point Grey Community centre. From that, has grown a group of dedicated artists who have been stepping up their game with me in the realm of dance performance. I would like to personally thank the West Point Grey Community Association and Arts & Health for supporting these workshops.

I have brought together an ensemble of professionals including recent SFU dance graduates Rachel Helten, Jenna Kraychy, and Marc Arboleda and apprentice Derya Whaley-Kalaora (Arts Umbrella) with six older adult community dancers ranging in age from 55-70 years. This has been a win win scenario with the younger and older dancers learning from one another and enriching each others lives.

I warmly welcome you to join us in this one-night-only, full-blown, sensory extravaganza.


Desirée Dunbar,

Artistic Director/ Founder, Dezza Dance


Did we mention we absolutely love rehearsing and sharing our work with you at Aberthau Mansion? So many thanks to the West Point Grey Community Association, the staff and Vancouver Parks Board and to all who have made our residency possible!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Vancouver Park Board and West Point Grey Community Association