Jeanette Kotowich is a Vancouver based professional contemporary Aboriginal dance and performing artist. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, BC. Jeanette is a seasonal dancer with Dancers of Damelahamid, Raven Spirit Dance, V’ni Dansi, and creates her own work as an independent artist. Jeanette is the Artistic Associate for the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, a member of the Full Circle First Nations Performing Arts Ensemble, the Indigenous Performing Art Alliance & a founding board member/secretary for Savage Society. She works in arts administration in areas of marketing, social media design, out-reach coordination, as well as, stage management & production. As her latest endeavor, she recently established a performance collective of dancers & musicians under the name of Métis Massive. Honoring her Cree Métis heritage (originally from Saskatchewan) as a source of inspiration and reference point in her work, Jeanette is passionate about investigating a blend of contemporary and Indigenous practices.
Jeanette has performed at many festivals in British Columbia including the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Dancing on the Edge Festival Vancouver, the Firehall BC Buds Festival, Talking Stick Festival, and the Coastal First National Dance Festival. In Ontario she has performed at the IMACT festival and the Weesageechak festival. She has performed in Saskatchewan for New Dance Horizons, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, and at Back to Batoche Days. She also performed at the Toronto 2015 PAN AM games, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and with the Vancouver Opera in their adaptation of Mozart’s the Magic Flute.