Healthy Dance Canada's BIPOC Advocacy Working Group is pleased to announce the runner-up for the Healthy Dancer Canada BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship 2023, Lucia Llano!
Lucía Llano was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia where she trained at MISI - School of Musical Theatre. She graduated with honours from York University with a BFA in Dance. As a student, she performed with the York Dance Ensemble and was awarded the Dance Department Fund and the Kondor AMPD Awards. Lucía continued her professional development upon graduation and participated in the Kenny Pearl, ProArte Danza and most recently the Deltebre Dansa Summer Intensive in Spain. She has worked with choreographers such as Mateo Galindo Torres, Dave Wilson, Nina Milanovski and Sophie Dow. In 2022, she danced in Jessie Reyez's music video ‘Mutual Friend’ choreographed by Martha Hart and most recently enjoyed working with hART Dance Company. Lucía is a lifelong learner who aspires to grow as a performance artist and promote movement education in Toronto and her home country.
Thank you to The Fifth Dance for supporting this year's runner-up! Healthy Dancer Canada and The Fifth Dance are thrilled to assist with Lucia's development and career aspirations. Follow Lucia on Instagram: @maluciallano. Learn more about the BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship.
Healthy Dance Canada's BIPOC Advocacy Working Group is pleased to announce the winner of the Healthy Dancer Canada BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship 2023. Congratulations to Bryn Bridgen!
Bryn is an Indigenous freelance dance artist based in Vancouver BC. As an emerging artist, Bryn has most recently worked for local dance company Dance//Novella, under the direction of Brandon Lee Alley and Racheal Prince. She was a performer in their newest work “STANCE” presented at The Polygon Art Gallery, and is also a dancer in their full-length work “When The Walls Come Down” most recently performed in the Sound Off Festival 2023, The Dance Centres International Dance Day 2023, and VIDF 2022. Bryn’s professional training includes the GibneyPRO Pilot Program 2022 directed by Alexandra Wells, Gilbert T. Small II and Bret Yamanaka, the Modus Operandi Link Program directed by Kate Franklin, David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen, and Lamondance under the direction of Davi Rodrigues and mentorship of Racheal Prince. Throughout her training, she has performed works by Rena Butler + Maleek Washington, Laja Field, Noam Gagnon, Richard Walters, Kirsten Wicklund and others. She has also worked with a variety of teachers including Beverley Bagg, Crystal Costa, Francesca Dominguez, Kevin Shannon, Nicolas Ventura and Zina Zinchenko among many others. Bryn will be returning to GibneyPRO in New York City for the 2023/2024 season.
Healthy Dancer Canada is thrilled to be able to assist with Bryn's development and career aspirations. Follow Bryn on Instagram: @brynbridgen. Learn more about the BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship.
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