Co-presented by New Works and The Dance Centre

Share Dance In Practice 2024/25

Building on the insights and experiences of our previous seasons, the 2024-2025 In Practice program continues our commitment to creating a supportive, inclusive, and innovative dance environment. We aim to address the essential question: What does good practice and support look like in these environments? 

What is the purpose of In Practice?

Our goal is to empower dance leaders to create an environment where everybody in the dance studio feels safe, cared for, welcomed, and valued.

Who is In Practice for?

This program support dancers, teachers, choreographers, rehearsal directors, movement leaders, and dancers transitioning into leadership roles within dance and studio/rehearsal hall spaces. It's designed for those interested in leading with empathy, care, and best professional practices through skill development workshops, facilitated broad discussions, and case studies. The work we’re diving into is applicable across so many fields of teaching and facilitation and many participants have joined in who don’t identify as dance teachers.

Upcoming Workshops:
Towards Inclusive Dance Teaching
with Erin Ball & Maxime Beauregard

Sunday, July 28 | 12pm - 3pm 

This workshop is for movement facilitators who want to work towards centering access and understand how to break down some of the inherent ableism in dance and movement-based practices...

*This workshop is co-presented with The Dance Centre and Future Leisure. And supported by All Bodies Dance Project.

Upcoming dates: TBA

Facilitators and titles will be announced by the end of September.

  • Kay Huang Barnes - In practice facilitator 2023
    I would say that this is such a great opportunity to grow in our dance practices, whether it is choreographing or teaching or collaborating or performing, as it is about creating safe spaces.
    Kay Huang Barnes - In practice facilitator 2023
  • Virginia Duivenvoorden - In Practice participant 2022/23
    "This program is perfect for artists who want to be supported and inspired while teaching, leading workshops, rehearsals or facilitating practice."
    Virginia Duivenvoorden - In Practice participant 2022/23
Registration and Cost
  • Suggested Workshop Registration $23
  • Sliding Scale Option $10-23

*Workshop registrants will never be turned away for lack of funds. If the above registration fee is financially inaccessible to you, we can provide a 100% Scholarship, please contact and we will provide an accessible registration for you. 

Common questions: 
Is In Practice one event or a series?
In Practice is a professional development series for dancing humans to gather around topics of teaching, leadership, and facilitation. While each workshop will complement the others, the series will focus on addressing and supporting needs in community driven spaces through a diversity of topics and angles. Each workshop is led by different artists/professionals in their fields, who guide the conversations and questions. We welcome you to join us for the full series of conversations/workshops or a selection.
How is the accessibility in the venue?
Scotiabank Dance Centre is a wheelchair accessible and scent reduced venue.

Gender Neutral washrooms are located on 6th and 7th floor.
If you have any other questions.. 

Feel free to reach out to Marco Esccer, Program Coordinator at with any questions about the upcoming workshops.

In Practice 2024-25 is co-presented with:

Advisory Committee 2024/25:

To further strengthen our program, we are establishing an Advisory Committee to provide guidance and feedback on In Practice programming to ensure it aligns with inclusive, trauma-informed, and diverse practices.  

This season we are welcoming Kay Huang & Isak Enquist to support the program within this role. We believe this model will expand the reach of this program, ensuring it continues to grow and adapt to the needs of our community. 

The roots of the program... In Practice

In Practice started as an extension of the Share Dance program in response to the community and the needs of our teachers. In the 2022-23 season, New Works took the next leap to offer In Practice, a professional development series for dance teachers and leaders which was envisioned and co-curated by artists + teachers Carolina Bergonzoni, Marco Esccer, and Lisa Gelley. The dance classroom can be an isolating space where teachers are often lesson planning, teaching, and problem solving with very little feedback. This series brings teachers together to question, investigate, and expand their own teaching practices.

In 2023-24 the In Practice series returned in partnership with The Dance Centre, continuing to broaden and deepen topics of conversation and diversify voices in the room.  We deepened our exploration into the needs of dance educators and leaders, focusing on diversity, inclusion, and trauma-informed learning. While each workshop, panel discussion, or community conversation may shift in format to best support the chosen topics, each is led by a selection of experts and artists from across the dance community and beyond, and offers up meaningful learning for all dancing humans. 

Past Offerings

In Practice Season 2023/24
Teaching with Intention
In Practice 2023-24 was the beginning of this partnership with The Dance Centre.
In Practice is a workshop series for continued education, peer to peer exchange, and knowledge sharing for dance teachers and leaders. This season, the series will include six workshops. The 2023 workshops will be curated by Kay Huang and Marco Esccer, and the 2024 workshops will be curated by Carolina Bergonzoni and Lisa Gelley.
Learn more.
In Practice Spring 2023
The Spring series fosters broader conversations around teaching as creative practice. How does teaching inform your choreographic or creative practice and vice versa? Join evolving conversations by sharing the language, energy, and physicality of your teaching practice. This series is envisioned as a space to hold our collective questions, build a community of colleagues, and activate the conversations that will carry us forward from here.
This series was co-led by In Practice co-curators Lisa Mariko Gelley and Carolina Bergonzoni.
Learn more.
In Practice Fall 2022
Integrative Professional Development
The fall/winter series presents four workshops plus access to extended resources that will broaden your dance teaching horizons through the lens of mental health, art therapy, trauma-informed practices and diversity tools! You will have the opportunity to learn practical and useful skills that you’ll be excited to implement in your dance spaces.
Join this professional development series to update your dance toolbox and develop new and better practices in the classroom.
This series will be led and curated by In Practice Curator Marco Esccer. Learn more.

In Practice is presented with The Dance Centre and it is generously supported by public funders and individual donations. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural Project Grants program, the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada and the National Arts Centre who has supported the Spring Conversation Series. Without them this program would not be possible!


Photos: Share Dance In Practice Workshops, 2023. Photos by Carla Alcántara.