Westcoast Contortion was founded by Anne Lawton in 1981. It started as a training ground for young students interested in learning the fine art of contortion. Over the years Anne was able to share her own professional performance experience with her students and help them transition into the professional world themselves. Westcoast is now a full-time performing group as well as a training facility for up & coming acrobats.
Anne has been in the Acrobatic and Dance field for over 30 yrs. Her early childhood training started in the disciplines of Ballet and Acrobatics. Then Jazz, Tap, and Modern were added. Anne moved from her native Vancouver Island town of “Parksville, B.C.” to Vancouver at the age of fourteen to pursue her dream of dancing professionally. She began training in the art of Contortion in her late teens, with Cheu Pow Chan (Chinese contortionist.) She also opened her 1st dance studio “Anne Scott Dance Studio.” She performed professionally throughout North America, Las Vegas, North Carolina, Florida, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to name a few.
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