InterdepenDance Collective

The InterdepenDance Collective was co-founded in September 2019 by Amber Rainshadow (Dancer & Artist), Claire Bruce (Dance & Theatre Artist), Emmy Lea (Dance Artist & Facilitator), Joanne Cuffe (Creative Momentum), Luka Garvin (Writer & Performing Artist), and Tiffany Tjosvold (Embrace Arts Foundation), in collaboration with more dancers.

Photo of 8 people smiling at each other and holding each other's hands, arms and shoulders. Most are seated.
Dancers at a brainstorming session in June 2019. Photo credit: Emily York.

Amber and Emmy have suggested creating a group here on the island similar to All Bodies Dance Project, and we are also inspired by companies such as Kinetic Light and CRIPSiE. This initiative emerged in spring 2019 through a dance project that was in collaboration with the Victoria Disability Resource Centre.

We are excited for ongoing learning about decolonial practices, antiracism, collective access, disability justice, being inclusive of 2S/LGBTQA+ (Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual, plus) communities, and multigenerational dance. Some shared values that have been discussed thus far are connecting, inclusivity, fun, freedom, creativity, respect, empowerment, friendships, and space to be who we are.

Upcoming events:

We are excited to be organizing events, in collaboration with partner organizations, for 2020:
Integrated Dance Forum on February 16th.
Integrated Dance Films event January 25th.
Introduction to Inclusive Choreography workshop led by facilitators from All Bodies Dance Project on February 14th.
Disability Justice and Arts learning collective starting in March or April.

Integrated Dance South Island Listserv

There is an updates email list for people interested in inclusive dance opportunities at accessible venues. If you would like your email added, please be in touch.

Past events:

September-December 2019:
The collective facilitated free, monthly, integrated dance sessions through Saanich Recreation. This was the description for the sessions: “Take part in a collaborative dance practice for people of all physical and cognitive abilities. We’ll train together once a month, taking turns facilitating, and expanding our dance practices.” Thank-you to Saanich Community Services and Recreation, as well as Made in BC–Dance on Tour, for supporting this initiative!