Crimson Coast Dance Society and Jennifer McLeish-Lewis co-production will come to Malaspina Theatre at VIU on September 29th at 8 pm.

Vancouver Island art aficionados will have the opportunity to see contemporary dance and hip-hop through the eyes of touring professionals and emerging local artists.

Soft Animal
choreography: Jennifer McLeish-Lewis
Dancers (R-L) Nicole Dupuis, Kathryn Carlberg, and Caitlin Brown
Photo by Yvonne Chew

As the season changes from the still and sultry nights of Summer to the vibrant colours and crisp air of Autumn, “Leaving Traces – New Dance Works” brings to Nanaimo fresh ideas from both seasoned professionals and bright young talent. This Crimson Coast Dance Society and Jennifer McLeish-Lewis co-production will come to Malaspina Theatre at VIU on September 29th at 8 pm. Tickets $18 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for students.

“Leaving Traces – New Dance Works” is an evening filled with breathtaking and innovative performances from a collaboration of studios, dancers and choreographers:

– Nanaimo’s Crimson Coast Dance Society
– Jennifer McLeish-Lewis
– Local, pre-professional choreographers from Nanaimo’s VIBE Dance.

We welcome Jennifer as a part time resident to Nanaimo!  She is a west coast-based contemporary dance artist working internationally. She has performed from as far away as Brussels to our

own back yard. McLeish-Lewis will have two pieces in the Nanaimo show – “Leaving Traces” choreographed by Daelik and performed by McLeish-Lewis and, “Soft Animal” choreographed by McLeish-Lewis – the work they do with stiletto’s is worth seeing.

The other choreographers – Voula Rounis, Melisa Jones, Dominique Saab, Chelsea Ikona – have been working hard to ensure their choreographed pieces are ready to showcase. “Leaving Traces” will create a bright, fresh take on hip-hop and modern pieces with the aid of gifted dancers and will show how much talent we have here on the central Island.

Don’t miss the Island’s own innovative collaboration happening right here in Nanaimo. The Malaspina Theatre is located at 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, on the campus of VIU. Check out for more details on this show and all that they do locally.


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