Celeste Snowber is a woman of many things.
A dancer, author and single mother of three grown men, the PhD holder is also an associate professor in the faculty of education at Simon Fraser University.
She likes to share stories, too.
And, next month, at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts, she wants to tell her tales through a series of dances and improvisational speeches aimed to empower people in their daily lives.
Her “body stories,” as she calls them, will strike a balance between humour and humanity.
“I want to talk about how we can access our own inner artists to pay attention to our bodies,” she said during a phone interview last week with The Tri-City News from the UBC Botanical Garden, where Snowber is the artist-in-residence.
“We are schooled from the head up. We are more concerned about what we look like instead of listening to our gut feelings and intuition.”
Snowber added, “How do we find an appointment with our own creativity? We seem to never have enough time because we are all overworked.”
A former Port Moody resident, Snowber said she’s pleased to be part of the Salon Speaker Series at Place des Arts, where she is currently learning hula dancing from instructor Joey Browne.
For her April 7 performance, the New Westminster resident intends to get the audience up on their feet.
“I want people to carve out a little bit of time to embrace their voice that’s been lying dormant,” she said. “We wear many hats. It’s time to build a relationship with ourselves and celebrate our bodies.”
• For tickets at $8 plus tax, call Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) at 604-664-1636 or visit brownpapertickets.com.