Tannis Hugill - MC

Tannis is a registered Dance movement and Drama Therapist, Spiritual Director and creator of ritual theatre. Initially a choreographer, she brings over twenty-five years’ experience of healing through the arts to her work with individuals, groups, adolescents and adults, especially those with trauma, eating problems, and addictions. She has co-coordinated a hospital eating disorder program, taught on the university level, performed and taught in the US and Europe, and directed a theatre company of disabled and non-disabled actors.

Since she moved to Vancouver from Berkeley in 2001 she has been an Artist in Residence for the Vancouver School board, taught at Tooba Centre for Physical Theatre, Main Dance and Sourcepoint School for Shiatsu, and has served as Clinical Supervisor for Pacifica Treatment Centre. In addition to seeing clients for therapy and spiritual direction, she teaches Authentic Movement, Ecstatic Body Postures, Moving Prayer and leads Community Movement Rituals. She and Su-Feh Lee have received a Dance-Lab Grant from the Dance Centre to create a ritual theatre work to be shown in spring 2012.
 An initiated priestess in the Feri tradition, she believes in the central force of spiritual energy in the healing process. Committed to learning spiritual healing practices from many realms, she has studied with Henrique, a Brazilian Shaman.  Her passion is to guide others to experience the joy and healing of divine wisdom as it moves through our bodies.  This passion led her to envision and direct the planning committee for the first Interspiritual Sacred Dance Festival, held in 2009.