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About Maureen Shea...

Maureen was born to Hop. She instigated the Grasshoppa Dance Exchange in 2002 and has led and participated in countless Hops and Dance Farms in Ottawa as well as in Toronto, Montreal, and Italy. She is an active independent dance artist based in Ottawa.

Maureen was introduced to dance as a child through the Margaret Morris Method, a spirited 20th century modern dance form including technique and improvisation. She attended Canterbury High School (Ottawa), graduating from the Dance Department in 1989. In 2001, she graduated from the Professional Modern Dance Performance Training Program at The School of Dance (Ottawa).

Maureen has subsequently travelled and trained with numerous inspiring movers in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, contact dance and experiential anatomy methods. These include: Peter Boneham (Le Groupe Dance Lab), Sylvie Desrosiers, Andrew Harwood and Nancy Stark Smith. Bread and Puppet Theater are a major influence, and since her first contact with the company in 1999, continue to inform her work.

As a performer, Maureen presently dances for choreographers Sylvie Desrosiers and Marc Boivin (for AHHA productions). She creates and tours her own work, most notably, 'City project' which has been performed in theatres, school auditioriums and on the streets. 'City project' is interested in the relationship between movement reasearch and social action and includes audience participation.

As an arts educator, she has toured her performance project, 'Social movements' in rural schools throughout Ontario. At the moment she is crafting, 'Les Arbres', a performance project that explores our roots and structure with the Grade 6 students at Gabrielle Roy school (Ottawa).

Maureen teaches Pilates at the Pilates Space.

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