Rianne Svelnis


Rianne is the granddaughter of Eastern European immigrants who now finds herself living as a guest on unceded Coast Salish Territory. She discovered contemporary dance in Ecuador, South America and is using it as a tool for challenging harmful cultural norms and expressing radical body politics. Rianne sees art as a primal language of expression, and a basic human right that we can reclaim as our own to help us tell our stories.

She is co-artistic director of Swamp Theatre, and a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. Rianne has danced in works by Kelly McInnes, Layla Marcelle Mrozowski, Justine Chambers, Zahra Shahab, Hailey McCluskey, Anna Kraulis, Damian Criollo-Villacis & collaborated in artistic residency with Areli Moran (Mexico).

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Harbour Dance Centre ™

HDC offers over 125 classes a week. Open 7 days a week with different classes each day.

Everybody Dance Now!


  • Monday: 9:30am9:30pm
  • Tuesday: 9am9:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9am9:30pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am9:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am9pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am4pm
  • Sunday: 9:30am4pm