Meet the Dance Victoria Team

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Stephen White

Stephen White Executive Producer

Stephen is responsible for programming the Dance at the Royal series with Bernard Sauvé and for residencies at Dance Victoria Studios. He is also the primary fundraiser for the organization. Before Dance Victoria, Stephen worked creatively as a playwright, actor, theatre director, teacher, television producer, and as a grants officer at the BC Arts Council. He was also involved in promotions and festival productions. Stephen loves working with the team at Dance Victoria, programming and building community, and supporting the work of creative artists and watching their growth.

In terms of life lessons, he has learned to trust his instincts and that collaboration builds stronger programs. “I am not always the smartest person in the room.” In his leisure time, Stephen enjoys yoga, fitness, cooking, travelling, reading and wine. One of his favourite dance companies is Aspen Santa Fe Ballet - the dancers and Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker and Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty. He thinks Ailey’s Revelations is a masterwork and he’s a huge fan of Crystal Pite. “To think she’s from Victoria!” He thinks Ballet BC’s dancers are remarkable and he loves the Brazilian company Grupo Corpo which he and Bernard are trying to get to Victoria.

Bernard Sauve

Bernard Sauvé General Manager

Bernard is responsible for programming, development and fundraising in collaboration with Stephen White. Before joining Dance Victoria, Bernard was co-founder of Eponymous in Vancouver, assisting arts organizations and artists working in Canadian dance, film, music theatre and the visual arts. He was also a Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. He is passionate about bringing exciting live dance performances for the public in Victoria.

His work life has taught him to be “true to yourself and follow your heart.” He follows the advice of his father who told him to “do something you love in your life.” In his free time, he enjoys being in nature under big open skies. Bernard is a fan of choreographer William Forsythe’s work. He saw Ballet BC perform his Enemy in the Figure and was at the edge of his seat for the whole piece. “It was so riveting.”

Shireen McNeilage

Shireen McNeilage Operations Manager

Shireen is responsible for studio and office operations, studio rental management, website and database management, ticketing coordination, and volunteers. Before joining Dance Victoria, she worked in touring logistics for performing arts for a year, and as a theatre stage manager for 15 years, mostly in Sydney, Australia. As Operations Manager, she experiences joy from all the people Dance Victoria touches: from subscribers to volunteers, sponsors to donors, local artists to visiting dance artists. “They appreciate and value Dance Victoria and frequently tell us so.”

About her work she says that “helping to support, make and share art is the best job I can have.” In her leisure time, Shireen sings with the Victoria Choral Society, plays tennis with her husband, and enjoys walking among trees. Her favourite dance company is ALONZO KING LINES BALLET from San Francisco. “We presented them in 2017 and they were captivating - strong, precise, and elegant.”

Tracy Smith

Tracy Smith Marketing Manager

Tracy manages all marketing, advertising and promotions for Dance Victoria’s presentations, programs and events. She liaises with media for show previews and advertising, writes Dance Victoria’s publications, and works closely with graphic designer Clint Hutzulak of Rayola Creative. Tracy owns her own freelance business, WordSmith Communications, offering creative and business writing services to a range of industries from not-for-profits to high tech companies. With her Honours degree in Dance and Masters in Language and Professional Writing, the opportunity to use her skills and experience at Dance Victoria has been dreamy.

Her work experiences have taught her the importance of working with a team that you respect and love. Tracy enjoys yoga, running and challenging herself to complete half and full marathons. She also loves hiking, travelling, vegan cooking and spending time with her family. Tracy admires Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, for her gorgeous ballet technique and for diversifying the art form.

Holly Vivian

Holly Vivian Production Manager

Holly coordinates all production and logistics elements including lighting, crew, transportation, hotel and backstage hospitality. She works with visiting companies to create successful performances and experiences. Holly has been involved in production and stage management and lighting design for several organizations including: TEDxVictoria; the Royal McPherson Theatre Society; Pacific Opera Victoria; Kaleidoscope Theatre; Blue Bridge Theatre; Victoria Academy of Ballet; Electra Productions; Canadian College of Performing Arts; Raino Dance; Suddenly Dance ROMP! Festival and more. She values her work colleagues at Dance Victoria whom she treasures as friends. She finds the work interesting and enjoys creating positive, welcoming experiences for the companies Dance Victoria brings to Victoria.

Life has taught her that “there’s always time to create a positive experience for someone, even as we are working to achieve something big under tight timeframes.” In her leisure time, she likes hiking, cycling, sailing, multi-disciplinary art, swing dance, strategy board games, peaceful nights at home with her husband over dinner, music and a nice glass of red wine.

A favourite dance performance was Ballet Hispanico’s Con Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales, “I loved the vibrancy of the piece, and Ballet Hispanico’s warmth and excellence extended in all directions, including backstage, which always adds personally to the positive memory of a production.”

Kiera Shaw

Kiera Shaw Studios and Administration Assistant

Kiera is responsible for communicating with studio renters, facility upkeep, and other administrative tasks. Before joining Dance Victoria, Kiera divided her time between Victoria, Toronto, and Israel. As a project-based freelancer, she wears many hats including: dancer, choreographer, teacher, stage manager, and lighting designer. Through her work, she has learned that co-creating fuels creativity: “Collaboration can create experiences that go far beyond our individual imagination.”

Kiera is passionate about all the ways the human body can celebrate the joy of moving. In her leisure time, she enjoys adventuring and exploring outside while hiking, walking, and cycling. When indoors, she loves experimenting with new recipes, playing board games, and dancing in the kitchen.

She was forever changed when she first saw Echad Mi Yodea by Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company: “I’m continually fascinated by their movement language, gaga, and the visceral kinetic power of their dancers.”

Julie Collins

Julie Collins Bookkeeper

Julie is responsible for vendor payments, customer billing and payments, processing donations, and financial reporting. She was a Chartered Professional Accountant before leaving the workforce for eight years to stay at home with her children. At Dance Victoria, she enjoys seeing the passion that everyone has for the organization. Life has taught her the importance of prioritization and organization. In her free time, she relishes spending time with her family and working on their small farm.