Olivia Shaffer is a choreographer, performing artist, and movement teacher based in Vancouver, Canada.
As a choreographer and improviser, Olivia creates embodied, presence-based performance. She is currently developing a solo about the mental deterioration of a loved one, to premiere in November 2019. Her work has been presented by The Dance Centre's 12 Minutes Max, Shooting Gallery Performance Series, In the House Festival, BLOOM and Art for Impact.
As a freelance dance artist, Olivia performs with Peter Bingham/EDAM Dance, Alvin Tolentino/Co. ERASGA, Delia Brett & Daelik/MACHiNENOiSY, Gail Lotenburg/LINK Dance, Donna Redlick/Donna Redlick Dance, and Starr Muranko/Starrwind Dance Projects.
She teaches dance and improvisation including Contact Improvisation (CI) at EDAM Dance and other cultural institutions for professional, pre-professional and community dancers. She is a Certified Pilates Mat instructor and teaches weekly classes at False Creek Community Centre and Ron Zalko Fitness & Yoga.
Olivia is the Assistant to the Artistic Director at EDAM Dance. She holds a BFA and a Liberal Arts Certificate from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.
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