Artistic Director

I weave contemporary narratives through dance, song and storytelling. My artistic practice draws from my African roots and my faith - the Baha'i Faith. My art seeks to activate hearts and consciences. I actively engage with audience and communities with a concern for ecological justice, social justice and spiritual quest.

Artistic Director, choreographer, curator & producer of LSDC,  Lua is a K.M. Hunter Dance award nominee and a recipient of the 2013 BMO seeds Fund Award for Artists working in community.

Lua is the creator and interpreter of the dance theatre children series titled, Tales and Dances Around the Baobab of which Yassama and The Beaded Calabash, is the fourth tale.

Through LSDC, Lua boldly envisioned and launched YENSA Festival in 2022, a biennal festival that highlights the incredible multiplicity of black women dance practitioners and nurtures an environment where they can have substantive conversations, take risks and be given due recognitions.

Lua’s performing highlights include HOLOSCENES tours in the US, UK, Abu Dhabi & Australia, Été au Théâtre in Italy, Fall for Dance North, Luminato, Dusk Dances, d:mic, Vox Théâtre, Sharing The Stage, etc.

Lua teaches at Toronto Metropolitan University’s dance program and brings African dance, music, storytelling and culture to grassroots organizations and schools all over Canada and Europe.

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