Mayor's Arts Award for Dance

Emily Molnar (left) and Lexi Vajda (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Dance honoree and emerging artist, respectively

2016 recipients

Emily Molnar


Emily Molnar is an internationally respected and critically acclaimed dance artist and choreographer. As artistic director of Ballet BC since 2009, she has steered the company into an era of innovation and collaboration. Emily is a graduate of the National Ballet School and a former member of the National Ballet of Canada, a soloist with the Frankfurt Ballet under director William Forsythe, and a principal dancer with Ballet BC.

Named The Globe and Mail’s 2013 Dance Artist of the Year, Emily is a recipient of the 2015 BC Community Achievement Award and the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Art, Culture & Design. She was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for her creative contributions to advancing dance in Canada. Emily is also artistic director of dance at the Banff Centre, and currently serves as a Director on the Board of the BC Arts Council.

Lexi Vajda

Emerging artist

Lexi Vajda is a Vancouver-based independent dance artist, teacher and choreographer,originally from North Vancouver. She trained at Modus Operandi contemporary dance training program in Vancouver and has traveled internationally to various workshops. Lexi has had the pleasure of working and performing with OutInnerspace Dance Theatre, Shay Keubler Radical System Arts, the response, Company 605, plastic orchid factory, Theatre Replacement, Mascall Dance, Delia Brett, Wen Wei Wang and Karissa Barry among others.

Alongside her performing work, she collaborates and makes dance performance,installation and film work independently. She is also completing her BA in psychology at UBC, teaches regularly at various dance schools and at Modus Operandi contemporary dance training program, and sits on the board of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists.

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