Acting, Voice, Movement, Performance
With a career spanning Canada, Australia, and the United States, Frances is a butoh dancer, performance artist, emcee, producer, dramaturge, choreographer, director, and teacher. Through Vibrance: Centre for Voice and Movement, Frances works with actors and non-actors to overcome personal barriers to achievement, and develop skills in presence, voice, movement, and performance.
Frances holds a BFA in Physical Theatre Performance through Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, with a focus on writing, dramaturgy, directing, and multidisciplinary performance, and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, specialising in mental health, chronic pain, and neuro. Frances is Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, holds an Associate Performer Diploma (ATCL) with Trinity College, London, UK, and is a certified Speech Arts Teacher with Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Toronto, Canada. Trained in Reiki, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), she is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer's Association (VASTA).
Frances formed United We Dance to create dances throughout Brisbane CBD to bring the community together in support of marriage equality. United was then invited to perform at Brisbane’s mental health day. She co-designed a performance and modified acrobatics pilot program for children with cerebral palsy through the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. She has emceed and programmed several events such as Alchemy, a monthly showcase of spoken word poetry, dance, circus, burlesque, and music for Brisbane Square Library; Bang on a Boa an annual fundraiser for the acquired rain injury organisation Synapse; Lost Movements, a bi-monthly “happening” of street art, music, burlesque, body art, and dance; and celebration of The Female Form, an annual art showcase organised by the painter Vanessa Swift. She co-created the steering committee for and served as the first president of BLP, bringing art, entertainment, education, and community events centred around alternative lifestyles in Queensland.
When she isn’t teaching or building her own creative practice, Frances trains and competes as a triathlete.
Founder and Owner of 123 Steps Ahead, Vibrance's Canadian Partner
Since preschool, Natalie's journey with dance and theatre has been her passion. After completing her studies in Theatre and Dance in Vancouver and Montreal, Natalie gained further knowledge and experience in early childhood education.
123 Steps Ahead is the realisation of her vision for an inclusive dance program for children, 18 months and older. Successfully implemented by preschools, daycares, The English Montreal School Board, and March of Dimes Canada, Natalie is excited to bring her program to the United States.
Natalie describes it as an incredible journey to bring to life the dream of creating a program for kids of all abilities that democratises dance and contributes to their development and self-esteem. The dream continues as the program expands to meet the needs of children with a variety of musculoskeletal and sensory processing diagnoses.