Dianne Montgomery works as choreographer, dancer and instructor. She has presented her work as a choreographer in the United States and Canada, and has danced throughout North America and Europe.
She has performed with tap companies Turn On the Tap (Paula Skimin, Artistic Director) and T.O. Tap (Marion Hopkins, Artistic Director) and has worked in jazz clubs with musicians Alex Pangman, Kevin Clark and Sophia Perlman as an improvising soloist. She has tap danced on several music albums, including those of Paul Moran, Jimmy Dowling, Michael Martins and Carey West, and has recently been asked to collaborate on a full length program with Ron Davis' Symphronica.
She has contributed choreography to dozens of shows in Canada and the United States, including The Montreal Tap Dance Festival and Contemporary Dance Theatre's Three Anxious Women. She was as a founding member and contributor to the Toronto Rhythm Initiative, and is a regular contributing choreographer for Talent Defined and Tap Dance Centre showcases.
Dianne toured the world for two years with Canadian singer-songwriter FEIST as a tap dancer and shadow puppeteer. She also appeared as a member of Feist’s backing choir on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She has performed as a shadow puppeteer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
She is a contributor to Sook-Yin Lee’s Definitely Not the Opera, and appears in the FEIST documentary Look at What the Light Did Now. She contributed vocals to the opening sequence of the Paul Gross feature film Gunless and to the Travis Good-Gordon Pinsent-Greg Keelor album Down and Out in Upalong.
She opened the “!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival” in Turkey with a shadow work and choreographed and art directed for the Donna Grantis (Prince) Electric Band’s video “Gold Dust Reprise”.
She has produced workshops for Savion Glover (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, Tony award winner), Joseph and Josette Wiggan (Cirque’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour) and Ali Bradley (STOMP, Tapology).
Dianne’s own style is rhythm-based. She likes to teach in a positive, supportive atmosphere that fosters musicality and self-expression.