Tanja, fluidly slipping between roles as a dance artist, choreographer, educator, and expressive arts instructor, has a creative practice exploring embodied transformation and inclusive ways of seeing. Her training in gymnastics, ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, contact improvisation, theatre, choreography, voice, and yoga, includes studies with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, U Calgary, Maindance, EDAM, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Kokoro, Mascall Dance, Minako Seki, Davida Monk, Dancemakers/Susan Rethorst, Marie-Josée Chartier, and Tom Stroud. Tanja has also studied with many butoh artists, including GooSayTen (Itto Morita), Joan Laage, Yoshito Ohno, Kokoro (Jay Hirabayashi), Minako Seki, Denise Fujiwara, Su-En, Yukio Waguri, Lori Otani, and Cheryl Flaharty.
Academically, in 2010 she graduated with Honours from U Winnipeg from the Department of Theatre and Film, in 2012 she received her MFA from UBC-Okanagan, and in 2017 received her Bachelor of Education form U Winnipeg.
Over the years, with her stage career, she has danced the works of Melissa Monteros, Michèle Moss, Allara Gooliaff, Cornelius Fischer-Credo, Wojceich Mochniej, Helen Walkley, Chick Snipper, Holly Bright, Hawaii’s Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, inner fish performance company, Alexandra Elliott, and Andraea Sartison, with many of her own choreographies presented locally with Young Lungs Dance Exchange, and nationally. Recent projects also include dancing for Lise McMillan, Sarah Anne Johnson, Jolene Bailie, Natasha Torres Garner, and Mia van Leeuwen.
She has received numerous grants for her dance practice, and has sat on Juries for local arts councils. In 2013, Tanja debuted Encounters Of The Man Kind, a mythopoetic investigation of men and intimacy, inviting audiences to look at the relations between space and the body. Tanja’s current dance research explores relationships with nature and intrinsic wildness. In this capacity in the summer of 2017, she presented her latest dance work, Holy Wild, as surreal experiencing of our relationships to wilderness, a diptych of wayfinding.
She maintains a teaching practice, including past posts with UBC-Okanagan, U Winnipeg, Monica’s Danz Gym, Osborne Street Dance Club, and Engaging Fusion (formerly Learning Through The Arts). Currently she is delighted to share her love of movement with Winnipeg School Division, Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Institute (WHEAT), Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP), RWB, and PTE.