a e r i o s a  d a n c e  s o c i e t y


Photo Credit: Brian Finke

The mission of Aeriosa Dance Society is to create unexpected experiences of dance.  We do this by dancing in non-traditional environments and proposing unusual performance scenarios to artists and audiences alike. Our mandate is to produce dance and movement-based performance events for the general public and to offer workshops and other educational activities in dance and other performing arts to the community.

Our vision melds artistic practice, athletic discipline and thoughtful risk management to reveal unusual perspectives of human existence in natural social and built environments. Aeriosa dancers inhabit public space, creating choreography on location in relation to architecture and landscape. Aeriosa transforms urban neighbourhoods into theatres and explores wild environments as dramatic stages for live dance. Aeriosa often rehearses and performs outdoors offering people from all walks of life the opportunity to witness dancers at work, presenting free admission performances. Aeriosa connects with audiences, communities and peers through talkback sessions, educational workshops, internships and creative residencies.

Aeriosa flourishes under the artistic direction of Julia Taffe, a dancer, choreographer, and ACMG certified Rock Guide. Ms. Taffe was named a Mountain Culture Hero by Washington DC based NGO The Mountain Institute in 2003. In 2012 the Canadian Dance Assembly presented Ms. Taffe with the inaugural i love dance/j’aime la dance Innovation Award at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.



Since 2001, Ms. Taffe has led her team of dancers and riggers through many high profile commission projects including:

  • Let’s Dance - Opening Celebrations of the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver 2001

  • On Earth - Banff Centre for Mountain Culture, at the 2002 Banff Mountain Summit commissioned in honour of UN International Year of the Mountains

  • On Earth in Montreal - Cirque du Soleil Headquarters, Cité des Arts du Cirque 2002

  • On Earth at Taipei City Hall - Taiwan, 5th International Taipei Arts Festival 2002

  • On Earth in Aspen - The Mountain Institute, Wheeler Opera House, Colorado 2003

  • Open Jam - Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Gastown Free Series 2006

  • Hornby Street & In the Rotunda - Vancouver Art Gallery FUSE 2006

  • Stone:drift - a full-length stage performance at Yukon Arts Centre 2007

  • One Icy Urban Spire - Library Square South Plaza Vancouver Cultural Olympiad 2008

  • Inspired by Place - Mountain Square, Whistler Winter Arts Festival 2009

  • In Situ at Library Square - presented with Vancouver Cultural Olympiad 2010

  • Fanfare for the Kinnear Building - Banff Centre for the Arts 2010

  • Serendipity - Vancouver Block Building (sponsored by Downtown Vancouver) 2010

  • Cold Hands Warm Heart Too - Winterruption Festival, Under the Granville Bridge 2011

  • Thunderbird - with Eagle Song Dancers of Squamish, Dancing on the Edge Festival 2011

  • Thunderbird - with Eagle Song Dancers, Canada Place Illuminares Lantern Festival 2011

  • Being – a full-length work for the 10th birthday of the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 2011

  • The Boulders Climbing Gym Opening - Saanich BC 2011

  • Topping Off - Toronto’s 58 storey L Tower designed by architect Daniel Libeskind 2012


Photo Credit: Tim Matheson


Aeriosa Dance Society
Vancouver, BC Canada

Artistic Director
Julia Taffe

For information,
send e-mail to:  Aeriosa Dance Society



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