Community-engaged dance residencies at the Park Board bring together non-professional movers of all ages, sizes, dance abilities and cultural backgrounds to work alongside professional dance artists creating, practicing and performing dance. They are working collaborations between professional dance artists and community members who might not think of themselves as dancers and choreographers. Community-engaged dance recognizes all participants as important contributors to the collaborative process – together, artists and participants explore creative movement and develop work that is important to them.
Roundhouse Community Dancers
Now in its 16th year, The RH Community Dancers is a constant, ever changing group of community participants that comes together to learn about their bodies and how they move – and to dance! They are united by a shared fearlessness and playfulness when it comes to exploring the body, mind and emotion through dance. Over the years they have worked with dance artists in diverse practices including contemporary dance, clowning, aerial dance, and flamenco. Artists who have worked with this group include Julie Lebel, Karen Jamieson, Alvin Tolentino, Jai Govinda, Donna Redlick, Rosario Ensor, Barbara Bourget and many others. In 2015/16 they are working with Julie Lebel and Miriam Colvin on Findings/Trouvailles.