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Clala Dance Project

Clala Dance Project was co-founded by Tomoyo Yamada and Chihiro Nukuto, both graduates from Mukogawa Women's University located in Hyogo, Japan. 

Chihiro recently graduated The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada) and resides in Japan, while Tomoyo currently lives in Vancouver Canada for her MFA degree at Simon Fraser University.

Their works have been presented in various places including the REVERBdance Festival in New York and festivals in Japan. 


Currently Clala is run by Tomoyo, Charlotte Telfer-Wan and Ana Daria Vieru as a project-based collective based in Vancouver, Canada.

Their works have been presented by the City of New Westminster, Powell Street Festival and Dancing on the Edge. 

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Tomoyo Yamada

Choreographer, Co-founder,


Tomoyo Yamada is an interdisciplinary artist whose primary media are dance and choreography. Born in Japan and educated in the United States, she has spent most of her life traveling between North America and Japan, negotiating distinct cultural identities. Her practice is influenced by her ongoing research into identity politics and her self-reflexive interrogation of transnational cultural difference.

 Upon receiving her bachelor’s in Health and Sports Science in 2016, Tomoyo has been presenting works both in North America and Japan, including Dancing on the Edge Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Vines Art Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Open Stage (Vancouver, Canada) REVERBdance Festival (New York, USA) and All Japan Dance Festival (Kobe, Japan). 


Charlotte Telfer-Wan

Dancer, Co-Producer

As a young ambitious artist Charlotte Telfer-Wan is excited to build her career around movement education, dance performance, and sport science. She has completed the four year Bachelors of Fine Art Contemporary Dance program at Simon Fraser University and is studying to complete a minor in Kinesiology. Charlotte has trained in dance for 15 years focusing on contemporary and modern dance styles such as Graham, Limon, and Cunningham techniques. Since moving to Vancouver BC in 2015 she has been performing professionally in addition to her training with MFA candidate Tomoyo Yamada and Clala Dance Project, Jennifer Mascall, Mahaila Patterson O’Brien, Anna Lowen and co-founded Levavi Live Art Collective.


Ana Daria Vieru

Dancer, Admin

Born March 18, 1999, Daria is currently a BFA student at Simon Fraser University. She grew up in Langley, BC and from a young age has been dancing with a strong foundation in ballet training. Throughout her dance studies, Ana Daria has had the opportunity to perform in works by Judith Garay, Vanessa Goodman, Joshua Beamish, and more. One of her most notable learning experiences to date was her experience at the summer 2019 Arts Umbrella Summer Intensive. She received a full scholarship to attend, and she was fortunate to learn repertoire from internationally renowned choreographers. 

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