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About Us

West African Dance

Now celebrating our 22nd year on Vancouver Island!

Celebrating diversity and cultural understanding fuel our creative passions at MoonDance. Through our local community, as well as in Africa and around the World, MoonDance offers respectful, culturally-sensitive classes and workshops.

"There are few short-cuts to happiness... DANCE is one of them!"

Dance — celebrate life!


Nikko Snow (Instructor)

Nikko is thrilled to have been teaching with MoonDance for over fourteen years. She began exploring dance at an early age through ballet, character, jazz, musical theatre, latin, swing, flamenco and most recently West African dance. She is also a certified teacher, environmental educator and mother of two teens.


Lynn Weaver (Artistic Director)

Lynn Weaver founded MoonDance Arts many years ago as a vehicle for connecting community and promoting wellness and vitality, and is so thrilled that Nikko took up the torch to continue this community offering!

Lynn continues creative exploration as a dance artist, and is a scholar-practitioner with work related to forced migration, gender equity and racial justice. Currently, Lynn is the senior program director with the Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Association, the national umbrella for private refugee resettlement in Canada. She has worked and volunteered in global-community, including in Guinea, Ethiopia, France, and Costa Rica, and was a 1000 Voices Fellow. A recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Community Service, Lynn is currently a volunteer board director with Social Planning Cowichan with a focus on poverty reduction strategies and anti-racism/decolonisation work. She has a master’s degree in Global Leadership. Her research centres refugee agency and autonomy during the migration journey.

Lynn remains an active member of the International Dance Council CID, the UNESCO partner NGO with members in over 170 countries, and while no longer teaching dance at this time, Lynn says she “will always consider dance an important part of her life and identity”.

“I am endlessly grateful for the amazing community that grew out of MoonDance.
With thanks,