Starr Muranko is a professional dancer/choreographer and Artistic Associate with Raven Spirit Dance. She honours his mixed Ancestry of Cree (Moose Cree First Nation), French and German in all of her work. Her choreographic work has been presented at the Dance Centre, Dancing on the Edge, Talking Stick Festival, Crimson Coast Dance Society, Impact Festival and the Weesageechak Begins to Dance (Native Earth Performing Arts.)
Starr has been a proud member of the Dancers of Damelahamid since 2005 and has toured regionally and internationally with this group to New Zealand, Peru and Ecuador. She holds a BFA in Dance/Cultural Studies from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and has presented her research at the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference in Education and the Dance Alliance of the Americas Conference. Starr has served as a board member for the Scotiabank Dance Centre and as president for CADA/WEST.
As a dance educator she has taught workshops through the Native Education College, Roundhouse Community Arts Centre and ArtsStarts in BC schools as well as in her mother’s home territory of James Bay (Moose Factory and Attawapiskat).
In 2009, she founded Starrwind Dance Projects to support her research, development and outreach work with a focus on exploring contemporary Indigenous dance methodology in creation and arts education. In 2015 Starrwind Dance Projects became a registered BC non-profit society.