Began dancing around 5 years of age because her sister danced and she refused to leave the studio! She studied under Ms Barbara Whitney-Ehnes who ran the Brandon Dance Ensemble, and became one of the original members of the small semi-professional performing Troupe.
Andrea was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division at the age of 16- and moved to Winnipeg to pursue her dream and career as a dance artist. While with the RWB School she had the honour of debuting as a professional with the Manitoba Opera Association in Rigoletto in 1988 and then touring with the RWB in Swan Lake in 1989, she then also performed in Giselle (91) and La Bayadere (90) with the company. While there, she trained with some of the most accomplished choreographers and teachers of the time including Galina Yordonava and Jacques Lemay.
In spring of 1991 Andrea made the transition from Classical Ballet to Modern/contemporary dance and continued her education with Winnipeg's School of Contemporary Dancers and the University of Winnipeg, Taking Pedagogy and choreography courses to expand her repertoire as a dance Artist and instructor. After she graduated from Contemporary Dancers, sheI moved to Vancouver at the end of 1993 starting her first professional Contemporary company contract with Dancecorps, touring Canada in 94.
From 1994-2007she performed, created and taught with some of West Coast Canada's top companies; DanStabat, Mascall Dance, Contemporary Dancers, Holy Body Tattoo, Trail and Eros, Machine Noisey, Lola Dance, Judith Marcuse, Kiss Projects, EDAM, Nicole Mion, Dancecorps and Wild Excursions. I have toured across Canada, parts of the US, Germany and Croatia.
Over the course of her career and training she have studied extensively in Classical and contemporary Ballet (Russian, Royal and Cecchetti); Modern (Cunningham, Graham, Limon); Pas de Deux, Partnering and Contact Improvisation; Jazz (Fosse and Broadway techniques) Musical Theatre; Creative Movement and Improv.
Andrea began Teaching at the tender age of 16 and over the last 3 decades have expanded her knowledge and education with multiple workshops, master teachers, Anatomy and Physiology courses. Her Massage Training in 2009 applies to her approach to the body, technique and inclusive instruction for all bodies and ages to study dance.
Andrea teaches deep stretch classes, Modern technique, Contact Improv, Ballet technique (refined for proper anatomical justification) and Jazz. and is a certified as a Dancing for Birth Instructor.
She is an adamant advocate for the arts- sitting on multiple boards and councils for over 25 years- volunteering a lot, believing that the background support for shows, companies and festivals is a vital lifeline to continue the important work of keeping the arts communities alive.
Photo by Chris Randle Photography. Choreography by Cori Caulfield
Andrea Gunnlaugson Furlan Media Reviews
“…one of Canada’s strongest contemporary dancers.”
Michael Scott, Vancouver Sun
"...an exquisitely expressive performer."
Paula Citron, Dance International Magazine
"...the spectacular poise and musicality of Andrea Gunnlaugson."
Michael Scott, Vancouver Sun
"...a dashing performer."
Kaija Pepper, Dance International Magazine
"...an unusual looking dancer whose height is accentuated by unusually long, thin limbs and large, prominent joints and hands that make even the most banal gesture interesting to watch. It's a look that is reminiscent of modern dance diva Peggy Baker, and Gunnlaugson is also like Baker in style, she's another sculptor who carves her movements in space. Gunnlaugson has both the delicacy and precision of a trained ballet dancer, and the power and sense of weight associated with contemporary dancers, a combination that is bound to enhance any choreography."
Shannon Rupp, The Georgia Straight
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