Tanja Faylene Woloshen's dance journey is characterized by the openness of seeing. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and perhaps because of this prairie upbringing, she has always been deeply interested in space and expansive perspectives. From Winnipeg, she began a movement westward, spending years on the BC coastline, and on the Hawaiian Islands. Throughout these years, her dance and movement praxis has expanded from codified forms of ballet and jazz, to integrate the organic and instinctual forms of contact improvisation, improvisation, and Japanese butoh. Her interests fall between established disciplines of dance, theoretical concepts of culture, and social philosophy; she works between dance studies, theatre studies, performance studies, queer theory, health, wellness, philosophy, product, & process. She is attracted to moving explorations of transformation and inclusive ways of seeing. Recently, her work is exploring human relationships with nature and intrinsic wildness, non-linear narratives, the multiplicity of identities, recognition, and ecology. Her early years were immersed studying at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, U Calgary's Dance program, and at Maindance (Vancouver). She graduated with Honours in Theatre from U Winnipeg, and has an MFA in Performance Studies from UBC-Okanagan; she was a sessional instructor at both universities. Tanja also has a degree in Education. She has received many grants from Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Councils, and UBC, and maintains a steady dance and theatre education practice for all ages.