Lua Shayenne

Lua Shayenne


I weave stories, through dance, song and word. 
My art practice is embedded in my African roots and the Baha’i Faith’s spiritual teachings. My mission is to “effect a spiritual conquest” through the power of art. I strive to establish meaningful connections with human hearts by creating original, inspiring and relevant art.

I weave contemporary narratives through dance, song and storytelling. Inspired by my African heritage and the Baha’i Faith, my art ignites hearts and stirs consciences, fostering dialogue and advocacy for ecological stewardship, social equity and spiritual growth.


I’m a finalist of the prestigious 2024 Toronto Arts Foundation Muriel Sherrin Award, a 2016/17/18 K.M. Hunter Dance award nominee and a recipient of the 2013 BMO seeds Fund Award for Artists working in community. 


I am the writer and performer of the dance theatre children series titled, Tales and Dances Around the Baobab of which Yassama and The Beaded Calabash, is the fourth tale. 


I am the artistic director of Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC). I created my dance company in 2011 as a vehicle to tell inspiring stories and connect with audiences through West African rhythms. In 2024 I choreographed & premiered two new works titled WATER SPIRIT and FRONTIERS | FRONTIÈRES.

Through LSDC, I also envisioned and curate YENSA Festival in 2022, a biennal festival that highlights the incredible multiplicity of black women dance practitioners and nurtures an environment where they can have substantive conversations, take risks and be given due recognitions.


HIGHLIGHTS include HOLOSCENES tours in the US, UK, Abu Dhabi & Australia, Été au Théâtre in Italy, Fall for Dance North, Luminato, Dusk Dances, d:mic, Vox Théâtre, Sharing The Stage and more.


I teach at Toronto Metropolitan University’s dance program and I endeavour to bring African dance, music, storytelling and culture to grassroots organizations and schools all over Canada and Europe.