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We’re named after a giant tree–the sequoia.  Our programs deliver a SeQuoia eXperience.

Our Values

Kinship

All performances and interactive programs are designed to promote friendship, understanding, and compassion.

Collaboration

We go ``out and beyond the call of duty`` to build and establish new partnerships with communities and like-minded organizations.

Teamwork

Working together is integral to our methodologies, and practicing what we preach has been the foundation of our success.

Creativity

We have an athletic physical practice with imagination it its heart.

Athleticism

Our craft requires an elite level of physical fitness. As such, our dancers are inspiring creative athletes and role models.

Interactivity

All of our programming is interactive. In practice this means that performances are always balanced with outreaching programming, and workshops are similarly balanced with performances.

OUR METHODOLOGY

Our mission is to use contemporary dance to promote kinship, collaboration, and teamwork. We delivery and champion our mission by  bringing performances and interactive programming to both large and small communities around the world.

“What” and “How” we do what we do is fundamentally different than many dance companies.  First, we have a uniquely blended social-cultural mission.  We use dance to promote positive social values.  Second, the goal of our programming is to increase engagement and participation in art & culture because audiences and participants are actively engaged in an innovative and interactive environment that combines performances with workshops.

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LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Carmen graduated from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB and from London Contemporary Dance School. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training with master teachers, David and Satya Garrigues in Seattle.

Under Carmen's leadership, SQx performances and programs are delivering to 120 000 people across 9 countries in 2016.

Her independent work as well as that for SQx has received support from Stofnun Gunnars Gunnarssonar (Iceland), Tamarin Centre (Mauritius), Bergen Dansesenter (Norway), DansiT - Senter for Dansekunst i Sør-Trøndelag (Norway), USF Verftet (Norway), Province of British Columbia, Canada Council, British Columbia Arts Council, British Columbia Ministry of Finance and the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism, Columbia Basin Trust, Boeing, Hamber Foundation, Telus, Participaction Teen Challenge (Sponsored by Coca Cola), among others.

Carmen Moreira

Executive Director & Choreographer
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Josephine was born and raised in Regina, SK and was homeschooled from Kindergarten to Grade 12 before studying Chemistry at University of Regina (graduation date currently undetermined as she is balancing dancing professionally). For SQx, she has danced in Spain, Greece, and Canada.

She completed her training at Youth Ballet & Contemporary Dance of Saskatchewan, Alberta Ballet School, and London Contemporary Dance School (The Place).

Josephine was also an organ scholar at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Regina, and still plays occasionally at church services and weddings throughout the city when she is not travelling with SQx.

Josephine Craig Penner

Rehearsal Director & Co-Job Creation Partnership Supervisor
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Originally from Stonewall, MB, Katrina moved to Toronto to complete her BFA in Dance Performance at the Ryerson School of Performance. In her final year at Ryerson, Katrina was awarded the Pamela Hackett Award for Excellence in Dance, as well as a scholarship for achieving the highest GPA, and had the privilege of working alongside the Chair of the School of Performance, Dr. Peggy Shannon, as her research assistant. At the age of 11 Katrina moved into residence at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet to train in their professional program and went on to pursue further training at the Winnipeg School of Contemporary Dancers. Katrina has created and self-produced her work in Toronto on several occasions and has a passion for making contemporary dance accessible and inclusive for all. When she is not touring and performing with SQx, Katrina works as a health and wellness coach, and has been certified by Precision Nutrition.

Katrina Grogan-Kalnuk

Co-Job Creation Partnership Supervisor
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Vacant

Assistant Choreographer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Shannon Merritt, President

Bryan Woods, Vice-President

Mrs. Carole McKay-Bonin, Treasurer

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