Vancouver-born Livona Ellis started dancing at the age of 11 at Arts Umbrella under the direction of Artemis Gordon. After completing the Graduate Program in 2010, Livona was offered an apprenticeship with Ballet BC and joined as a full time member after one season. Since joining Ballet BC, Livona has been fortunate to work with world-renowned artists such as Sharon Eyal, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, Emanuel Gat, Cayetano Soto, Johan Inger, Francesca Caroti (William Forsythe), Wen Wei Wang, Lesley Telford, Doug Letheren (Sharon Eyal), and Shahar Binyamini (Ohad Naharin).
She has been a part of Springboard Danse Montreal, Movement Invention Project NYC, The Banff Professional Dance Program and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Summer Program. Last summer she created work for Live at the Bolt’ Small Stage and choreographed and performed work at Dance Deck Trois. She is currently on faculty at Arts Umbrella and is the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award recipient in Dance as an emerging artist. This is her 8th season.