InterdepenDance Collective

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.

Integrated Dance Collective sessions in Fall 2019 through Saanich Recreation:

Dates: Wednesdays November 13 and December 11.
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm.

Location: Gordon Head Recreation auditorium (4100 Lambrick Way), in the homelands of the Lekwungen Peoples, Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and nearby the territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples.

Ages: The group is focused on adults, ages 16 to 80+.

ASL interpretation is available: Please request sign language interpretation at least 4 days in advance, by contacting Joanne.

Cost: Free / donations encouraged. Donations will go to accessibility expenses.

Registration is through Saanich Recreation. Options for registering: call 250-475-7100 (Gordon Head Recreation), register online, or go in person to any Saanich Recreation Centre. Registration code is 25553. Feel free to note access needs when registering.

Thank-you to Saanich Parks and Recreation and Made in BC–Dance on Tour for supporting this initiative!

There is some basic information about the location and accessibility on RIV’s Leisure Access App.

If you have questions please be in touch.

A collaboration:
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. Photo credit: Emily York.

The InterdepenDance collective has been co-founded by Amber Rainshadow (Dancer & Artist), Claire Bruce (Dance & Theatre Artist),  Emmy Lea (Dance Artist & Facilitator), Joanne Cuffe (of Creative Momentum), Luka Garvin (Writer & Performing Artist), and Tiffany Tjosvold (of Embrace Arts Foundation), in collaboration with more dancers. This initiative emerged in spring 2019 through a dance project that was in collaboration with the Victoria Disability Resource Centre.

Amber and Emmy have suggested creating a group here on the island similar to All Bodies Dance Project, and we are also inspired by groups such as CRIPSiE. Some shared values that have been discussed thus far are connecting, inclusion, fun, freedom, creativity, respect, empowerment, friendships, and space to be who we are. We are also excited for continued learning about decolonizing, anti-racism, disability justice, being inclusive of LGBT2QA+ communities, and multigenerational dance.

November Update:

We are excited to be organizing events for 2020:
-an Integrated Dance Forum on February 15th,
-an Integrated Dance Films event in January,
-and an Inclusive Choreography introductory workshop led by facilitators from All Bodies Dance Project on February 14th.

Integrated Dance South Island Listserv

An updates email list for dancers interested in inclusive dance projects has been created. If you would like your email added, please be in touch.