Crimson Coast Dance

Staff & Board

Crimson Coast Dance operates with the dedicated support of our AD, Staff, and volunteer Board of Directors

Holly Bright, Artistic Director

Holly Bright is a performer and dance educator.  She holds a BA in Dance, BSc in Human Physiology, is certified  in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis,  Gyrokinesis/Gyrotonic movement systems and Thai Massage. Holly founded Crimson Coast Dance Society (Nanaimo, 1998), an organization that supports creation and presentation of professional dance programming.

In 2010, Holly was awarded The City Of Nanaimo’s Honour In Culture Award for her contributions to the cultural fabric of the arts in Nanaimo.  Her youth program, Body Talk, was nominated for a 2015 Business Achievement Award for Cultural Vitality. In 2016 Holly was selected for one of two annual John Hobday Awards offered through the Canada Council for the Arts by the Saidye Bronfman Family to acknowledge her work as an arts manager and to support her desire to cultivate cultural knowledge of Indigenous people, protocols, and their arts and artists — especially those of Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Teaching credits include; Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, The University of Akron, Ohio, The University of New Mexico, Las Cruces, and various B.C. dance academies in Nanaimo. Holly has danced with artists including; Susanna Hood, Margie Gillis (Montreal) Judith Adams (U.K), Senta Driver, Hanya Holm, Agnes de Mille, Nina Weiner, Maureen Fleming-Odo, Lynne Taylor Corbett (New York City), Helen Myers (New Mexico), Chick Snipper, Kokoro Dance, Judith Marcuse (film), Lee Eisler, Deborah Dunn, Judith Garay, Jennifer Mascall and Cheryl Prophet (Vancouver). 

In her role as artistic director for Crimson Coast. Dance Society, Holly has choreographed solo works as well as works for dance professionals, dance students, and community dance projects for which she draws on her experience with Harry Streep and Stephan Koplowitz (NYC).

Musical Theatre choreographic background includes Euphemia (Akron, Ohio), The Spirit of Bleeker Street (NYC), A Good Person? (Malaspina University Theatre), Hot Flashes (Theatre One, Nanaimo), Heidi and South Pacific (Chemainus Theatre), Rocky Horror Picture Show and All Grown Up (Schmooze Productions, Nanaimo).  She has performed in Guys and Dolls (Ohio), and created the lead role in an original musical, The Swing of Things (NYC).

Image credit: Jamie Black

Jamie Black

Jamie Black IS A Little Bird. She flies into an event with a top hat and tails, bow tie, and this look in her eye. With an air of mischief and a knack for capturing the moment, this Hummingbird brings Joy and Magic wherever she goes.  Capturing live stories and producing them within minutes or mere days. She takes stories and makes them known, taking massive action to make a difference in the world through the Arts and Nature.  Jamie’s mission is to regenerate resilience the way Nature intended, and it’s working. Learn more about what Jamie is up to at

Board of Directors

President | Lynda Adams

Lynda is a freelance theatre/dance artist, educator, keynote speaker, adjudicator and passionate board member (CCDS, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Dance Alliance, Theatre Alberta).  She has a Masters’ Degree in Choreology from the Laban Centre in London, England and has taught in theatre departments at the U of A, MacEwan University, UBC, Douglas College, Red Deer College and for many adult and youth organizations. 

Lynda has directed, choreographed, dramaturged and/or coached over 100 productions across Canada.  She has received numerous awards including an Edmonton Theatre Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography and was selected as one of 25 Most Influential Artists in Alberta by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in 2016.  During the past decade, Lynda has been creating community engagement interdisciplinary works, involving up to 200 people, including The Canola Project, which was selected for NYC’s League of Professional Theatre Women’s “30 Plays for 30 Years”.  Since transplanting herself from Alberta to the incredibly arts vibrant city of Nanaimo, Lynda continues to teach, sit on boards, adjudicate, create art and present keynote addresses in both Alberta and BC!

Vice President | Dee Street

Dee is a consultant who supports businesses with planning, administration and fundraising.  Drawing on a diverse career including over 15 years of corporate HR experience, Dee now supports non-profit organizations with their fundraising and is currently supporting Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation and North Vancouver Museum and Archives new building initiative.

Dee has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Ryerson University and is certified as a Canadian Human Resource Professional in British Columbia. She moved to Ladysmith, BC in March 2018 from Vancouver and likes to hike, golf and explore the island in her spare time.

Secretary | Rebecca Woytiuk

Rebecca Woytiuk is an arts administrator from Edmonton, AB. Dancing from a young age, she trained as a stage manager and worked backstage for opera, theatre and dance in Vancouver, Toronto and London, UK for over 10 years. Currently, she serves on the CCDS Board as well as on the Nanaimo Fringe Festival Board as Treasurer, and works as administrator for the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo. She enjoys teamwork and collaboration because they give every player the opportunity to contribute their best selves and skills. She is a graduate of York and McEwan Universities.

Treasurer | Lori Sorenson

 Lori Sorensen has a history of varied work experiences ranging from restaurant  management, art gallery attendant, to technical work op position in Ceramics. Lori teaches  children’s art classes and practices art making on a daily basis. She has a BA in Theatre and  Physical Education from VIU, (2010), a BFA from ECUAD (2010), and a MEDL from VIU (2016). A  perennial student, Lori is currently studying Earth Sciences, Creative Writing and Sculpture at  VIU. 

Lori has a keen interest in the environment and the health of the Earth. Involvement in  community is very important to her as a means of contributing to society and as an artist. She is  nurturing and loves; children, dancing, music, gardening, cooking, theatre and carpentry,  among other things. Extremely family oriented she believes that creativity needs to be part of  daily routine to encourage well-being. She is passionate about the great outdoors, and when  she is not too busy creating, or working, she thrives on spending time peacefully enjoying  nature.

Director At Large | Tania Amaral

Born and raised in Mozambique (South East Africa), Tania is a dancer, teacher, researcher for dances & culture from Africa, cultural activist, curious, traveler and enthusiastic person. She was also for a decade a Pharmacist, which she gave up to become a full-time dancer and researcher for dances from Africa. She has already lived in Portugal, Cape Verde (West Africa) and now Canada. 

She works full time in this dance concept/ style called Afro Fusion Sharqi Dance that she created in 2015 when she was still living in Mozambique. A fusion dance style between different elements of the dance culture of Africa (from folklore to traditional and urban). This dance brings together the dance elements of Africa (from North to South, East to West and Central). This is about creating bridges that connect Africa’s diversity. It is about unification. Since she moved to Canada, she has been teaching and performing Afro Fusion Sharqi Dance in many different places around British Columbia (Vancouver, Nelson, Nanaimo, Kelowna, and Lillooet) but also outside of BC, as in Montreal and even USA (Portland, Las Vegas, Seattle).

She completed her studies at Datura Dance School in Portland (USA) and become the first Mozambican and African to become a Certified Datura Dance Style Teacher by Rachel Brice. She also completed with success an Introduction to Laban Movement Studies with Helen Walkley. She also started her studies to become a Dance Certify Teacher by IDTS (International Dance Teaching Standard’s Program). In 2021, she became a member of the International Dance Council CID by UNESCO. 

In April 2019 the dance concept Afro Fusion Sharqi Dance was officially patented pending and in 2020 become a Trade Marketing. She is now finishing AFSD Manual in English so students around the world can embrace this new dance style. All the details regarding what this dance form is entails, the mission, vision & aspirations and values & principles are possible to be found on her website

Director At Large | Karen Bannister

Karen Bannister is the Director, Destination Marketing for Tourism Vancouver Island; responsible for leading programs that increase the profitability and sustainability of the regions’ tourism economy. Prior to this role, she held various positions in performing arts administration, including most notably seven seasons with Shaw Festival Theatre in marketing, individual and corporate fundraising. Karen is a graduate of the Income Manager’s program (Cultural Careers Council of Ontario and the University of Waterloo), Queen’s University (BAH, Dramatic Arts), and Brock University (MA, Studies in Comparative Literature and Art). She is a Nanaimo resident, and mother of three children. Karen enjoys reading, creative writing, pilates, swimming and camping in BC’s wilderness.

Director At Large | Daryl Collerman