Vanessa Zeoli


Vanessa Zeoli has been dancing and writing for as long as she can remember. Beginning her training in ballet, jazz and tap at an early age, she has since gone on to study contemporary and kathak dance. Zeoli specialized in art history at the University of Toronto where she became interested in bridging the gap between dance and visual art disciplines. She is an editorial intern at The Dance Current.

Vanessa Zeoli's Work


Coming full circle By Vanessa Zeoli

Jera Wolfe, in his third season with Red Sky Performance, talk about the opportunity to inform Canada’s next generation of ballet dancers and what he has upcoming.

On the Ground

Embodying Our Alliances

By Vanessa Zeoli

This September, Harbourfront Centre rolled out the 2017/18 season of NextSteps: Canada’s Contemporary Dance Series that features companies and artists from across the country. The sixth season premiered with The Apology Project, an inter-arts work produced in association with Toronto’s pounds per square inch performance (lbs/sq”). The performances examines the bitter tensions between oppressor and oppressed, citing shame as the root cause of violence and suggesting embodied action, rather than language, as means to reconciliation.

Dancing to the Same Beat

To celebrate its fortieth anniversary this year, Fédération Culturelle Canadienne-Française (FCCF) presented a video series, in collaboration with Unis TV, highlighting French Canadian arts and culture. In video featuring dance, three performing artists from differing generations and regions in Canada presented their own choreography to the same piece of music - Julie Duguay, Elise Page and Yvon “Crazy Smooth” Soglo.

Unified Gestures

Toronto-based visual artist Katie Lyle and dancer-choreographer Shelby Wright made Movements for a Room in 2016, the video explores questions that arise during artistic collaboration.

The Artist Within

A behind-the-scenes look at Winnipeg-based GeNie Baffoe’s new work on the balancing acts required for an artist’s career

Participants at Don’t Forget the Money! forum presented by Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery / Photo by Jayne Wilkinson

Don't Forget the Money!

Don’t Forget the Money! is the first in a new series of forums presented by Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery called Working with Concepts. The public discussion was aimed at navigating the unique labour processes in the interaction of artistic discipline of dance and various contemporary art contexts.

Battle, presented by TUDS, at DanceWeekend'17 : Photo courtesy of Dance Ontario.jpg

Developing and Showcasing Dance in Ontario

Two recent events in Toronto allowed the Ontario dance community to come together to support and mentor the next generation of dancers while also showcasing the diversity of the current dance scene in the province.