Dancing in the Morning

Dancing in the Morning: an inclusive dance session
Art of 8 people dancing in front of a rainbow, three seated and five standing; below is a heart, humminbird and music notes
Art by Naomi Kennedy.

We are currently seeking a large, accessible space for an inclusive multi-group dance session once a month, on a Monday or Tuesday morning from 10:30am-11:30am.

The first session on Jan. 4th 2017, which was in partnership with Saanich Parks & Recreation, was fantastic and participants were enthusiastic about it happening again. Unfortunately Cedar Hill Recreation’s auditorium is booked basically every weekday morning except Jan. 4th, so we need a new location.

Dancing in the Morning brings together participants from various community dance groups, day programs, residences and interested community members. The event is hosted by Dance Alchemy & the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, and facilitated by Joanne Cuffe.

If you can provide a venue in-kind, or if you would like to receive updates for future sessions: please contact Joanne.

From the Jan. 4th description:

All abilities welcome.
Wheelchair accessible.
Please refrain from wearing perfume/scented products on the day of the event; thank-you.

Session details: There will be a warm-up in a big circle, dance activities for meeting new people and interacting in smaller groups, a dance party, and a cool-down in a big circle. There are chairs available if you would like to be seated some or all of the time.

If you require support to participate, please come with a caregiver, friend, staff or translator. Thank-you! We very much apologize that there are not accessibility funds available for this event (e.g. no bus tickets, etc.).

Dancing in the Morning on Jan. 4th is focused on adults. Participants from day programs, group homes, seniors’ residences, dance groups and local communities are welcome. If you are part of a group that will be attending the event together, please RSVP estimating how many will be in your group.

To be in touch: for questions and accessibility requests, please contact Joanne.

During the Dance Alchemy project in 2016, participants with the Wellspring dance group came up with the idea of having an event inspired by the Friday Namaste Music program but focused on dancing.

Dancing in the Morning is focused on everyone present being participants. The next time the event happens, it could also include a bit of time for performing, if a few dance groups would like to each share a dance they have created as a group.

For other upcoming opportunities to dance (e.g. Adaptive Dance classes Mondays at 1pm; 50+ Dance Troupe Mondays at 2pm, etc.), please see the dancing page.