All Abilities Dance Group

Update:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dance group has been postponed until Spring 2021.

Before then, if you are interested in joining online all abilities dance sessions, please see the upcoming opportunities at the top of the Home page.


Photo of a two-story gray building with a roof that curves out three times, in front of blue sky and cloud
Burnside Gorge Community Centre.

On this page:
Tentative dates and time
Location
Group description, and what to bring
Cost and to register
Health & safety precautions
Access notes


Dates and time

Tentative dates (TBC): April to June 2021, meeting outdoors when it is not raining

 No class on stat holidays.


Location:

Burnside Gorge Community Centre (471 Cecelia Road)

in the homelands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People
(sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ, Songhees Nation and Xwsepsum territory, Esquimalt Nation).

There are directions and info about bus routes, further below under Access notes.

Photo of a large room with large windows and a wavy red design on the floor
We’ll dance spread out in this large room. (Photo credit: Leisure Access Victoria App)
Photo of a roof top garden with paths and small plants
When it’s not raining, we’ll meet outside and create a dance at the accessible green roof garden. (Photo credit Adam Weir, Paradise Cityscapes)

Group description:

Come join a community dance group, focused on collaboration, creativity, and fun! No prior dance experience is needed.

This dance group is for adults of all abilities, all disabilities, all backgrounds, all genders, and all levels of experience with dance. Ages 18+.

We will explore inclusive dance concepts and group improvisation, then delve into different approaches for creating dance as an ensemble.

Seven dancers are spread out in a studio. Most are pushing their hands downward and looking up to the ceiling.
Dancers improvising. (Photo credit: InterdepenDance collective)

When it is not raining, sessions will happen outdoors by the centre, with physical distancing, creating a simple site-specific dance together. On rainy days, we will either dance online on Zoom, or dance in a large room with windows open for ventilation, based on BC public health orders and guidance.

The group is facilitated by Joanne Cuffe, who has facilitated dance groups full-time since 2013, with people with myriad ways of moving, perceiving and communicating.

The Centre has ‘the first accessible green roof in BC.’ We will dance at the green roof garden, and along a ramp and creek path. As part of acknowledging where we are dancing, the group will reflect on colonialism and the context of creating art in Indigenous peoples’ homelands.


Please bring:
  • warm layers, sun gear and outdoor shoes (such as a sweater or jacket, hat or sunglasses, and sneakers or athletic shoes).
  • a face mask.
  • a water bottle.
  • wear clothes you find comfortable for movement.

Cost: 

8 classes for $75. If cost is a barrier: contact the facilitator about financial accessibility.

For participants who are not able to attend every week: Drop-in is $10 per class / subsidized spots are available.


To register:

Registration for the Spring will open in the Winter. (To register, contact the Burnside Gorge Community Centre at 250-388-5251 or stop by the Centre in person at 471 Cecelia Road.)



Health and safety:

Participants are asked to:

  1. Refrain from attending the program or from entering the Community Centre if you have experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the past 10 days.
  2. Do not use scented or fragranced products before coming to sessions.
  3. Follow public health protocols for hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (washing hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, etc.).
  4. Follow the recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer to self-isolate for
    14 days after returning from out-of-country travel.
  5. Respect each other’s boundaries, and practice consent in interactions.
  6. Let the facilitator know if something comes up that concerns you.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during activities we will follow public health precautions and dance with at least 2.5 metres between us, and the theme for the dance group this Spring is exploring expansiveness and connection across space.

For a full list of the facilitator’s protocols, see the COVID-19 Safety Plan for Creative Momentum.

If the local COVID-19 situation changes in the Spring, participants who have registered will be informed of any program updates.



Access notes:

Feel free to contact the facilitator if you have access needs or allergies you would like them to know about.

Below are directions and some access notes about the entrance, washrooms, parking, bus routes, lack of interpretation, and hard floor.

Interpretation:

Interpretation (sign language interpreter, transcriber and describer) will be provided, dependent on interpreter availability. Once session dates are confirmed, interpretation will be booked and this page will be updated with by when in advance to request interpreting.

Directions:

-Cecilia Road is off of Jutland Road. Address is 471 Cecelia Road.
-If coming from Burnside Road East: Napier Lane (beside the SPCA) also goes to the Centre.
-If coming from Mayfair Mall: go West up Finlayson for a long block (past Denny’s and car dealerships); cross Burnside Road (Finlayson is now called Jutland) and continue on Jutland for a block, then turn right on Cecilia, and go for a block – the Centre is on the Left just before the road curves.

Entrance:

The venue is mobility accessible, with automatic push buttons at entrance doors. The main entrance is from Cecilia Road, which goes to the upper level. (There is also a back entrance, with a long ramp up from Cecilia Ravine Park to the lower level.)

We will dance in the activity room on the lower level. There is an elevator from the main entrance lobby down to the lower level, as well as a stairway. The door to the activity room will be propped open at the start of sessions and as needed.

There is visual information about the location entrances and washrooms on the Leisure Access Victoria App website.

Washrooms:

There are two washrooms with accessible stalls near the activity room. Although these washrooms are gendered, we will bring signage to add to both of the washroom signs: “This washroom is also for non-binary and gender-non-conforming people.” (Or feel free to contact the facilitator to discuss the wording for signage.)

Parking:

There is a small parking area at the Centre. People who do not require parking near the entrance are encouraged to park elsewhere or to travel another way (such as by bus or along the Galloping Goose Trail, which is adjacent to the Centre).

If you require a parking spot near the entrance, the facilitator will ask the venue if we can reserve parking spots for participants.

Bus routes:

The nearest bus stops are for buses #8, 11, 21 and 22 (the routes on Gorge Road East, Jutland Road and Burnside Road East, run parallel or border Cecelia Road).

Other routes in the area, which stop by Mayfair Mall, are buses #30, 31, 50, 57, 61, 70, 72, 75.

Floor:

The floor in the activity room is fairly hard. There will be chairs available in case people with knee or joint conditions prefer to sit. The floor is not sprung, so jumping will not be encouraged.


For more information:

For questions about the location and registration: contact the Burnside Gorge Community Centre at 250-388-5251 or info@BurnsideGorge.ca or stop by the Centre in person at 471 Cecelia Road.

For questions about the dance group and accessibility: contact Joanne.


Project supporters:

Much gratitude to the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service for funding the group in Spring 2021.

And thank-you to Garth Homer Society and Made in BC – Dance on Tour for supporting the dance group in recent years!


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