Newsletter: End of Year Updates

Dec 1, 2020: Support Share Dance!
December 1, 2020
Artist Opportunities & New Works Updates
February 8, 2021

Newsletter: End of Year Updates

End of Year Updates from New Works! 

Share Dance Program workshops, an artist call and more!

Enjoy Two Free Pre-Recorded Share Dance Classes!

As an end of the year gift, we’ve created two free pre-recorded dance classes for young people! With the holidays coming, we know a lot of people will have time on their hands while they’re at home. Why not take Intro to Hip Hop with Thaiyo Seo or Intro to Contemporary Indigenous Dance with Olivia C. Davies? Enjoy with your family or by yourself and please share with anyone who might want to try!

Free Zoom Share Dance Workshop
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 5pm-5:45pm (PST)

Didn’t get to see our live Summer Music and Dance Event this year? No worries! We’ve added tons of footage from the event onto our new Vimeo page here. You’ll be able to find a trailer of the event (above), artist interviews, full performances from Afro Van Connect artists Aisha Kay, Vuyo and Jonelle, excerpt from the FakeKnot performance and the full performance from Farnaz Ohadi Cuadro.

We’re also offering a free Zoom workshop during the holidays! Intro to Hip Hop with Thaiyo Seo. This workshop is designed for Ages 6-11, but everyone is welcome to participate. Registration Required!*

*To register send an email to with the names and ages of participants and we’ll send you the zoom link! Register before December 18th.


Please consider supporting the Share Dance Program!

We are fundraising from December 1 to January 8 and aiming to raise $1500.

New Works is launching a $1,500 fundraising campaign to support our Share Dance program which has been bringing free dance workshops to underserved children and youth since 2014.

In 2019 alone, Share Dance reached over 600 children and youth, providing more than 30 workshops across 7 various schools and organizations. This campaign to raise $1,500 would provide 10 additional workshops in 2021, serving 150 more children and youth. Share Dance also supports the Vancouver area dance artists who lead these workshops.

Your gift of just $10 will support one student participant.

A gift of $30 provides the Share Dance experience for 3 students. 

A gift of $150 will support an entire workshop!

Please join our community in supporting young people and Vancouver dance artists by making a tax-deductible gift of any amount to support this program in 2021 and beyond.

New Works supports artists each year through a variety of services, which include grant writing, administration, graphic design, marketing and promotion, mentorship, consultations and more. These services are provided at sliding-scale and subsidized rates, with some aspects provided free. We are launching a new program to support dance makers and companies, and we want to hear from you.
The New Works Cohort Program is a mix of mentorship and coaching program.
A maximum of 10 participants will have the opportunity to create individual learning strategies with the support of Kristina Lemieux and Julie Mamias. At the same time, the cohort will have access to workshops and peer learning sessions. Learning from each other experiences, the participants will gain sustainable skills and knowledge over the course of 6 months (from February to July 2021).

If you are an artist or company looking for being part of the 2021 Cohort, please complete the application form below.

Deadline to apply: January 14, 2021.

More details:

Photo by Chris Randle

From November 23-30, we presented a free online presentation of ‘Spirit and Tradition’ by Dancers of Damelahamid. Thanks to everyone who watched the show! We really hope you enjoyed this incredible work and are working on bringing you more dance performances in 2021! 

In the Community

New Works is proud to partner with other Dance Service Organizations in Vancouver to help strengthen dance in the province. For more info on upcoming events and initiatives, please visit:,

Going Virtual: Artistic Legal Knowledge Survey

It’s clear that COVID-19 is continuing to wreak havoc on the live performance sector. Various provincial health orders across the country have limited the capacity of artists to train, create and perform. Amazingly, artists have risen to the challenge of these orders and developed virtual practices, creating compelling work in a time full of uncertainty and hesitation. In an effort to ensure that artists are informed about the working conditions and wages associated with virtual work, Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) has partnered with several dance service organizations to further develop educational resources. The first step is to assess the level of knowledge in the broader milieu. We ask that you please fill out this anonymous survey so that we can tailor educational resources to community need.

The Dance Centre is hosting a Zoom Holiday Dance Party!

Join the dance community for a holiday dance party on Thursday December 17 at 1:30PM Pacific Time!

Meeting Link: