Liliona is a Contemporary African dancer and choreographer whose work is influenced by the dance traditions of West, Central, and Southern Africa, as well as by her training in contemporary dance, modern, jazz, and ballet. Liliona has a BA in Theatre and a Masters in African Studies with a performing arts focus. She started her professional career in the Midwest United States and in Accra, Ghana, and then moved to Montreal, where she danced with Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata and with MamaDances; continued her work as a dance teacher; and began her ongoing engagement with Diane Roberts and the Arrivals Personal Legacy Process.
Liliona has worked in collaboration with artists across Canada and internationally. Now based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, her current focus is on choreographing and dancing new works as an independent artist. Her recent solo pieces include Dressed in Voices, Tide, Oppression, Inside-Outside: the Dance of the Box, and Listen Where I Walk. Liliona also collaborates with dance artists in Halifax and elsewhere, tours, teaches dance for the Antigonish Creative Dance Association and with Generations in Motion, and just completed her term as the Creative Mind-Body-Spirit Program Coordinator for the Tatamagouche Centre. She also researches and performs in Ghana, and works as a dance consultant for the Mandy Fouracre Dance Academy, a dance studio in Ghana.
Through it all, Liliona’s belief is that dance can play a central role in the development of self-identity, and in the empowerment of communities. She draws on her eclectic background and diverse set of trainings and experiences to generate art that is provocative, challenging, and grounded.