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, yoga, and butoh, 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. In 2010 she graduated with Honours from U Winnipeg, and received her MFA from UBC-Okanagan.
Alongside this, she has maintained a stage career. Over the years, she has danced for Melissa Monteros, Michèle Moss, 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 Leeuwan.
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 she was a 2015 recipient of a Manitoba Arts Council Residency at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.
She maintains a teaching practice, including past posts with UBC-Okanagan, U Winnipeg and Engaging Fusion (formerly Learning Through The Arts), and currently with new Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Institute (WHEAT), and Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP). She also is a board member for the Alliance for Arts Education in Manitoba.