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Lesandra Dodson

Lesandra Dodson, currently living in Fredericton and originally from Vancouver, began her formative training in Dance Studies at Simon Fraser University. In 1990, after graduating from the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, she danced with Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa. Lesandra returned to Winnipeg in 1991 to become a company member with Dance Collective, Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers and Trip Dance Company, of which she is a founding member. In 2000, she moved to Toronto to work independently as a choreographer. Over the next few years she participated numerous times as a choreographer at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under Artistic Director, Peter Boneham, an experience integral to her choreographic education. Lesandra has performed and created in Asia, Europe, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
 
Over the years, Lesandra's interest in choreography and the marriage of different artistic mediums has generated several multidisciplinary and video/film productions including works for Bravo!, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Global TV and Pix Chix Productions. Other live performances include Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers Profile Performance Series, WCD's 35th Anniversary Festival, Le Groupe Dance Lab, Canada Dance Festival, WCD's New Creation Series, Dancemakers Presents and the DanceWorks Series.
 
Lesandra maintains a strong relationship with many of the professional training programs across Canada and abroad, choreographing numerous works on the students. She was Co-Artistic Director and choreographer-in-residence for the newly formed Tilt sound + motion dance company under the umbrella of the Canadian Children's Dance Theatre in Toronto from 2002-2005.

Lesandra’s creation on Mocean Dance is You Tackle a Staircase Face On (2007).

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