Embody (In My Body), Dancing the Early Years is a conference unpacking four years of dance research with a community of children and parents, through Reggio Emilia principles, embodied learning, and connecting art and parenthood.

Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre : 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver.

Conference + Performance: January 17, 2015 from 9:30-am-3:30pm

Certificate of completion were made available for early childhood educators.

Performance only: January 17, 2015, 11am.

EmbodyPosterImageLRDancing the Parenting is an innovative collaboration that acknowledges children under 5 years old as true creative collaborators. Artists often speak about risk in relationship to making work; this project rises fully to the challenge of openness to risk and play – there is nothing less self-conscious or more precarious than the movements of a very young child. For artists, community dancers and audience, this collaboration is revelatory in understanding bodies, creative movement and relationships.

Embody (In My Body), Dancing the Early Years brings together artists, parents, educators and theorists in a dialogue around this project and artistic practice as an integral part of intergenerational family and community life.

Keynote: Patricia Reedy, Director of Teaching and Learning at the Luna Dance Institute (Oakland, CA).

Speakers include: Julie Lebel, Elizabeth Mackenzie and Susan Hoppenfeld.


Performance by the Foolish Operations Ensemble / Dancing the Parenting, musicians Mark Haney, Mark Beaty and Rachael Wadham, and dancers Meredith Kalaman and Anne Cooper. The creative team includes video artist Brian Lye, costume designer Diane Park, rehearsal director Caroline Liffmann and stage manager Kristina Lemieux.

This event is made possible with the financial support of the BC Arts Council and the Roundhouse Community Association as well as the in kind support of Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre, the Karen and Gary Simkin Family Child Development Centre and the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. We are very grateful for the support.




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