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Dancers Dancing is continually working to develop a voice which reflects our contemporary environment. Formed in July 1999, Dancers Dancing is dedicated to bringing exciting dance to as many and as varied audiences as possible. Selected by Artistic Director, Judith Garay, the eclectic repertoire of the company exhibits technical excellence and offers the diverse artistic visions from a variety of distinguished choreographers. The repertoire currently speaks of the emotional intensity of love and loss, the magic of fantasy and the lightness of comedy while combining grace with raw physicality. Strong in passion, the works of Dancers Dancing can be experienced on a purely visceral level, as well as on an emotional, spiritual and/or intellectual level.

Dancers Dancing has received both critical and audience acclaim at home in Vancouver and on tour throughout British Columbia. By taking appealing, engaging and stimulating works on tour, Dancers Dancing is interfacing with new communities and developing awareness and interest in contemporary dance.

Dancers Dancing would like to extend a special thank you to all of our sponsors.


   dancers dancing personnels

     Artistic Director: Judith Garay

Dancers: Vanessa Goodman, Bevin Poole, Antonio Somera
Stage Manager/Technical Director: Jessica Chambers
Photography: David Cooper, Daniel Collins and Greg Ehlers
Video: Flick Harrisons, Clancy Dennehy and David Cooper
Accountant:  Troy Gebhart


   board of directors

     President: Mary-Elizabeth Jane Manley

Vice President: James W Felter
Secretary: Jennifer Lord
Treasurer: Eric Donald Garay
Member-at-Large: Jennifer Harwood, Kymm Girgulis


   judith garay  artistic director and choreographer


Judith Garay, a native of British Columbia, has been the Artistic Director of dancersdancing since its formation in 1999. She is a graduate of the London School of Contemporary Dance, a former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and currently holds a faculty position at Simon Fraser University in the School for the Contemporary Arts. Judith began choreographing regularly in 1979 and has created more than forty dances which have been presented in Canada, the US, and Holland. As Artistic Director of dancersdancing she has commissioned works and acquired existing works from emerging and senior choreographers. Her choreography has toured in British Columbia with dancersdancing to many communities that have not seen professional dance in more than a decade. She has created and/or reconstructed her choreography for dancersdancing including Entangled Extensions (2000), Reckless Cascade (1999), Place of Dreams (2001), Interface (1999), Quicksilver (2002), Ice (2003), Frost (2004), TWO (2004), Trio of Duets (2005), ONE, The Catwalk (2006), TWO, The Late Edition (2007), Extra, Extra, Preview (2007), Untitled Solo (2007), Sunshowers (2008), and Happiness (2008).

   vanessa goodman


Vanessa Goodman holds a BFA in Dance from SFU and is a founding member of The Contingency Plan dance collective. Vanessa has worked for Dancers Dancing since 2006. She has performed in works by Serge Bennathan, Justine A. Chambers, Judith Garay, James Gnam, Rob Kitsos, Anthony Morgan, Simone Orlando and Santee Smith. Vanessa teaches and choreographs locally.

   bevin poole


Bevin received her BFA in Dance from SFU. As a company member with Dancers Dancing since 2008 she has performed in works by Judith Garay, Rob Kitsos, Serge Bennathan and Simone Orlando. Bevin has performed independently with Vancouver Opera, Co. Erasga and will join The Plastic Orchid Factory for a new creation in 2011.

   Antonio Somera


Antonio Somera is a quirky interpreter who has recently finished his BFA in contemporary dance at SFU. During his degree he apprenticed with The 605 Collective, Amber Funk Barton and Dancers Dancing. In 2011, Antonio performed the work of Noam Gagnon for Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge Festival. Since 2014 he has worked with Dancers Dancing performing in The Fine Line ~ twisted angels and 20.20.20. Antonio works closely with Katie DeVries, Desiree Dunbar and Kimberley Stevenson. As a choreographer, Antonio collaborates with a small emerging collective, MAYCE that performed at 12 Minutes Max in Seattle and Vancouver. Antonio aspires to merge the vigorous traits of hip-hop culture and the virtuosity techniques of contemporary forms into his practice and performance.





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