22/23 Artist in Residence Starr Muranko

Starr Muranko is a dancer/choreographer, mother and Co-Artistic Director with ​Raven Spirit Dance. As a choreographer she is most interested in the stories that we carry within our bodies and Ancestral connections to land that transcend time and space.  Her work has been shared locally and nationally including at the Dance Centre, Talking Stick Festival, Coastal Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge, Weesageechak Begins to Dance, Impact Festival, and InFringing Dance Festival.

A proud company dancer with the Dancers of Damelahamid since 2005, she has toured across Canada and internationally and trained under the guidance and mentorship of the late Elder Margaret Harris. She has facilitated workshops through ArtsStarts, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Native Education College, Vines Art Festival, and was commissioned as one of the 2022 guest choreographers for the National Ballet School’s Sharing Dance program alongside choreographer Aïcha Bastien N’diaye.

She holds a BFA in Dance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and honours and celebrates her mixed ancestry of Omushkegowuk Cree (Moose Cree First Nation), French and German in all of her work.

Starr Muranko. Image by Melanie Orr Photography