“Everything that I know, I have learned through dance.”
I am a contemporary Aboriginal dance artist. I hold my Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in contemporary dance) from Simon Fraser University, BC. Honouring my Cree Métis heritage (originally from Saskatchewan) as a source of inspiration and reference point in my work, I am passionate about investigating a blend of contemporary and Indigenous practices. I am an ongoing company dancer with Dancers of Damelahamid, Raven Spirit Dance, and V’ni Dansi. I am an active member of the Full Circle First Nations Performing Arts Ensemble and the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. I consider myself a hybrid dance artist, because I practice many forms of traditional and contemporary dance.
I have been dancing in the Aboriginal Arts community since 2009. I have been dancing since a very young age, growing up in a competitive studio setting. I have had my difficulties along the way and there where many times that I almost gave up my passion for dance. Those insecurities fell away, when I connected with the Aboriginal dance community. Dance in my adult life has become my healing, my identity and my way of life. Everything that I know, I have learned through dance. The joy of moving my body gives me purpose, and facilitates my artistic expression.
I celebrate my prairie heritage through my passion for sharing the spirit and the joy of Métis culture & dance. As a contemporary dance artist, my practice is expressed through contemporary movement with an Aboriginal perspective/worldview. Since 2013, I have also been learning to dance in the traditional West Coast (Gitxsan) style.
Jeanette Kotowich is a Metis/Cree dancer from Saskatchewan working in Vancouver, B.C.