Free forum Feb. 16, and more opportunities to dance :-}
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Art of eight people's purple silhouettes in a semicircle dancing with their arms out.

Dancing for Wellbeing

You are invited to upcoming events and classes

Hi everyone,
A belated happy new year and new decade!

You are warmly invited to join upcoming events focused on inclusive dance: 1) films, 2) workshop, 3) forum and 4) volunteer orientation. These events are all organized by the InterdepenDance Collective, in collaboration with partner organizations, and with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and Made in BC- Dance on Tour.

As well, starting March 2nd, there will be an Intro to Site-Specific Dance series of classes with the All Abilities Dance Group on Monday mornings.


1) Dance Films this Saturday

January 25th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm.


At FLUX Media Gallery, 821 Fort Street, on the ancestral land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People.

This event is to introduce the public to mixed-ability dance and dance from disability perspectives. There will be video excerpts of dance artists based on six continents, with a focus on the West Coast of Turtle Island.

Please do not use any scented or fragranced products before coming to the event.

Link for Jan. 25 Films event access info and to RSVP.


Acknowledging Place

This week's link is to a 15-minute film, Lekwungen: Place to Smoke Herring, directed by Eli Hirtle and Brianna Bear.
Photo of nine dancers huddled together, crouched and seated, attentively staring to the left.
Photo from All Bodies Dance Project. Two facilitators will be coming to the island next month to lead workshops.

Photo credit: Erik Zennstrom.

2) Intro to Inclusive Choreography, workshop with All Bodies Dance Project February 14

Who: The workshop is open to people of all abilities and all levels of experience with dance. The facilitators are Harmanie Taylor and Naomi Brand from All Bodies Dance Project.

What: A full-day workshop with tools and ideas for creating mixed ability dances.

When: Friday February 14th, 10:30am-4:30pm.

Where: Garth Homer Auditorium, 813 Darwin Avenue, in the homelands of the Xwsepsum and Lekwungen Peoples and Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.

Cost: Sliding scale from $0-$100 (pay what you can afford).

Feb. 14 workshop details and to register.
Link for workshop access info.
Link to workshop poster.
Workshop Facebook event page.

Photo of five dancers learning to the right with their left arm overhead.
Photo from All Bodies Dance Project. Photo credit: Erik Zennstrom.

3) Integrated Dance Forum February 16

Sunday February 16th, 10:30am-4:30pm.

This event takes place in the homelands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples.

The InterdepenDance Collective invites the public to learn about and experience mixed-ability dance. Dance artists will share ways for increasing access, inclusivity and cross-disability leadership in the arts. The day will also build connections among people involved in dance on the island and encourage future collaborations.

The forum is FREE, and open to the public.

Location: Gordon Head Recreation Centre, 4100 Lambrick Park Way.

The day includes:
-introductory workshops led by All Bodies Dance Project facilitators Harmanie Taylor and Naomi Brand.
-a short performance.
-a panel on accessibility in dance.
-topic tables during lunch with various ways to participate (such as ASL, communication devices, drawing, nonverbal expressing, speaking, and writing).
-an introvert space and a multi-sensory space.

Forum details and to register.
Link for Forum Access Notes.
Link with Forum poster.
Forum Facebook event page.


4) Accessibility Volunteer Orientation February 9

Sunday February 9, 3:00pm-4:30pm,
at Gordon Head Recreation Centre’s Feltham Room.

The orientation will focus on volunteer roles that are available for the Integrated Dance Forum on Sunday February 16, and Introduction to Choreography with All Bodies Dance Project workshop on Friday February 14. The orientation is part of the Dance Days festival.

People of all levels of experience with dance (including beginners) are invited to help out.

To register for February 9:
Either send a quick email to [email protected] with the Subject: RSVP February 9,
OR register for one of the two upcoming events to confirm your spot (and on the registration form check off that you can attend the February 9 orientation).

Four dancers are seated outside a wall of windows with their elbows bent at different angles. They wear red tops and are each framed by a square red window frame.
The 55+ dance troupe doing a site-specific improvisation at the Cedar Hill Recreation cafe a few springs ago. Photo credit: Brenda Weatherston.

5) Intro to Site-Specific Dance, March-June

This Spring, the all abilities dance group will focus on creating a simple site-specific dance piece together.

Sessions are Monday mornings 10:45am-11:45am.
Sliding scale (pay what you can afford).
Details about Intro to Site Dance.
Registration form for Site Dance / All Abilities Dance Group.

A dancer is signing. Two dancers and a dog pay attention. They are in a mall.
Photo caption: Artists collaborating during last year's Dance Days festival downtown (as part of the Choreography Walk directed by Justine A. Chambers).
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