Luciterra Dance Society is a Fusion Dance school and performance group aimed at providing innovative, accessible, and conscientious dance instruction and performance. Emerging out of the counterculture community of East Vancouver, their entertaining performance style is a product of the contemporary digital age. Luciterra's style draws inspiration from each company members’ training in various styles of Bellydance*, Contemporary, Jazz, Waacking, and Popping, in a hybrid of mechanical robotic movement juxtaposed with sweeping lines. Fiercely dedicated to technique, safety, and conscientious expression, Luciterra strives to educate themselves, as well as their students and audiences on the histories and politics of the styles they dance and create safe spaces for discussions. Classes are held in Vancouver and focus on conditioning, technique, and repertory. Classes are co-taught by the Luciterra instructors Maeghan and Nikki Mae.
*Luciterra acknowledges that the term bellydance is problematic as it is a colonial term that is used as a catch-all phrase to describe the rich and varied dances of South West Asian, North African, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Helenic regions. We understand that it is also the term most widely understood in the English language and as such may use it for clarity from time to time. As a hybrid dance Company we use different terms to describe our style including Fusion Dance, Transcultural/Transnational Fusion, Neo Bellydance, and Contemporary Fusion Bellydance. As we grow, learn, and evolve these labels will continue to evolve with us.
Nikki Mae is a movement artist, teacher, and massage therapist living on the unceded occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Movement both liberates and enthralls Nikki in all its different forms and she recognizes it as a way to empower and connect to herself and her community.