Christine Friday Biography
Christine Friday (Temagami Anishinaabe) had her professional debut at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 1992 with the production In the Land of Spirits. This led to a three-year contract with Desrosiers Dance Theatre a, contemporary theatrical acrobatic company. At 18 she won the YTV award for dance, and has since received numerous grants & awards for artistic development for her choreography, including Misabi & Passage, “A journey of discovering and defining ones true self,” and Resurgence. In 2011, she won the Grand Prize for Aboriginal Canada so you think you got talent 2011.
Christine was trained in classical ballet at the National Ballet School, Ottawa School of Dance and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, then in contemporary dance at Winnipeg Contemporary dancers and Main Dance Place in Vancouver. Christine has maintained a dance career for 24 years while having a family of 3 boys. She has performed in 6 productions of the Aboriginal achievement awards since its inception and now with her 3rd choreographic role in the Indspire Award show, she has also choreographed the Wabano gala for 2016/2017. Christine has always been a choreographer creating solo work, youth performances, full-scale productions dedicated to our youth in our First Nation communities including, Bear Island, Lake Temagami, Attawapiskat, Moose Factory, Cape Croker, Yukon, Banff, Ottawa, Golden Lake, Peterborough, Toronto, Kehewin and Lac la Croix. Her new work is entitled Maggie & Me, launching her company Pukawiss performance with a combination of traditional and contemporary dance elements. “My intention is to awaken people within themselves, creating a shift change in the world by reflecting reality and the human experience. “