All Abilities Dance Group

Update:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dance group is being postponed until autumn 2020.

Although at the moment there is only one official island case of COVID-19, there continues to be extremely limited testing for COVID-19 regionally and on this continent, so there is uncertainty about how much community transmission has already happened locally and may occur this Spring. Therefore, it is not safe to run the program this Spring.

If you are interested in joining online all abilities dance sessions this Spring, please be in touch.


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:
Postponed
Location
Cost and to register
Health & safety precautions
Group description, and what to bring
Access notes


Dates and time (postponed)

Spring dance group postponed until the autumn.

Monday mornings 10:45am-11:45am. (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 in this large room. (Photo credit: Leisure Access Victoria App)

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 Fall will open in the summer. (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 are experiencing symptoms associated with a respiratory illness (cough, fever, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath, etc.)
  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 distance between us (2 metres apart), and the theme for the dance group this Spring is exploring expansiveness and connection across space.

If the local COVID-19 situation changes in the future, participants who have registered will be informed of any program updates. The top of this web page will announce if the group gets postponed to the Fall, so be sure to check the top of this web page before dropping in.



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)

As well as dancing in a large room with windows open for ventilation, when the weather is nice we will spend some time outdoors creating a simple site-specific dance together.

The group is facilitated by Joanne Cuffe, who facilitates dance groups full-time, with people with diverse ways of moving, perceiving and communicating.

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

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.

Photo of a roof top garden with paths and small plants
We’ll create a dance at the accessible green roof garden. (Photo credit Adam Weir, Paradise Cityscapes)


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.

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.

Interpretation:

This Spring the group does not have any funding. If you would like to join this Spring and require interpretation, we will do our best to make things work! Currently we are applying for a grant so that interpretation (sign language interpreter, transcriber and describer) can be available for the group in the Fall.

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.


Past project partners:

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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