Abby is a Vancouver-based dance artist, originally from Saskatchewan. Growing up training at Dance Innovations in Yorkton, SK she participated in and completed many ADAPT Jazz and Tap exams and RAD Ballet exams and in 2014 was grateful to travel with her studio to be a part of Western Canada’s Tap Team and compete in IDO’s World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany. Abby moved to Vancouver in 2015 to train with The Source Dance Company and during that time she also apprenticed in Heather Laura Gray’s full-length contemporary dance theatre piece ‘The Tunnel’ and presented and performed her own choreography in Source’s ‘Fairytales, Fables & Folklore’ show. After completing 2 years with The Source, Abby moved to New York City to train as a part of Broadway Dance Centre’s International Student Visa Program. She learned from artists such as Cat Cogliandro, Hayden J Frederick, Emily Greenwell and Val ‘Ms Vee’ Ho, and performed in a piece by Nijawwon Matthews in BDC’s Student Showcase. While in New York City Abby also participated in the Movement Invention Project’s summer intensive and worked closely with Francesca Harper, Jeff Docimo, and Stephanie Batten Bland as well as other MIP faculty. Shortly after that she returned to Vancouver and found her place training with Modus Operandi (directed by Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin), where she has been for the past two years. Most recently, Abby was a dancer in Sydney Kwan’s ‘Hear Me’ music video (directed by Tamara Black and choreographed by Chanel Lacasse), showcased her short dance film ‘Summer Wind’ in MO’s 2020 Sunset Screening, choreographed for The Source Dance Company’s ‘What Happens in Vegas’ show and continues to perform with Modus Operandi at various festivals such as Dance in Vancouver and Vancouver International Dance Festival. Abby worked with Shine as a Crew Member in 2019 and 2021 and is so excited to be back with the team.
Role & years :
Crew since 2019Office Assistant since 2021
Coffee or Tea? :
When I'm not dancing, I love:
Cooking, board games, and photography!
Song you danced your favourite routine to:
One of my last years competing we did a jazz group to a medley of Prince songs! It was SO fun!