Workshop & Conversation Series

Share Dance: In Practice – Fall/Winter 2022

Workshops for Dancing Teachers

Mental Health Awareness | Sunday, November 6, 3:15pm – 6:15pm

In this workshop we will investigate questions such as: What is trauma and how might it express in the body? What does it look like to emotionally regulate, create safe spaces, and express authentically? What is Neurodiversity and how can I better support neurodivergent students in a dance classroom? Learn skills to better prepare yourself as a dance teacher to understand the role of Mental Health in the studio and to support young dancers in their body-mind wellbeing.

Workshop with Hartley Reed Schuyler: Though the conversation around mental health in the dance classroom is shifting, many students and dancers entering the field are still experiencing harm in the studio. Come with an open mind to discuss how we can shift our perception on what it means to create a safer mental health space, empower our dancers to be able to play with movement as a trauma-informed and trauma-healing practise, and to build a more holistic sense of how to honour neurodiversity and self-expression in our dance spaces. A section of the workshop will involve movement, so come prepared to explore your own personal intersection of dance, play, and healing!

Workshop with Stephanie Ng: This workshop explores trauma and its effect on physical and mental health. We will examine what it means to be regulated emotionally and physically, and how being in a regulated state is central to learning. Participants will have experiential opportunities through art-based prompts to practice grounding techniques, enrich personal and professional resources and toolboxes, and understand how a trauma-informed approach can create a safe, supportive environment that is also sustainable and connective.

Sign up for this workshop HERE.

This workshop will be facilitated by Hartley Reed Schuyler and Stephanie Ng.

Hartley Reed Schuyler (they/he) is a queer/trans, Mad and disabled interdisciplinary artist located on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples – colonially known as Vancouver. Within their own identity, Hartley finds home in storytelling, spoken word, acting, dance, drag, theatre tech, and visual art. Hartley grew up training and performing at Burlington Dance Academy and McMaster University, with a focus on contemporary, modern and improvisational techniques. Much of their work is focused on creating intersectional space, the expectations of queer and disabled storytelling, and learning how to love being messy. Hartley has had the privilege to work in numerous arts and dance based communities, most recently as an Executive Member and Choreographer for MacDance. Currently, you can find them jumping between different performance art projects, blending drag and dance together all over the city, and working at Carousel Theatre for Young People as their Outreach Coordinator.

Stephanie Ng (she/her) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Professional Art Therapist who serves the community on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Stephanie has a background in Psychology and Counselling. She has worked in the educational field at community and learning centres, playgroups, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, and supported individuals with developmental and educational needs before completing her Master’s in Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy. Stephanie now works at a non-profit organization and a private practice, using a client-centered approach that is strength-based and trauma-informed. 

Stephanie works closely with trauma survivors through the PEACE program (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment) for children and youth aged 3-18 who have witnessed/experienced violence and abuse, and supports caregivers through psychoeducation, emotion coaching and parenting sessions. Stephanie connects compassion and creativity and integrates the non-verbal modalities of Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray and Sandplay Therapy. 

Besides working with individuals and families, Stephanie also facilitates workshops focusing on self-care, mindfulness, self-compassion, identity and promoting therapeutic art-making in group settings. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys aerial yoga, traveling, and self-expression through art-making, poetry-writing, and journaling. // Photo by Anova Hou

Compassion and Self Care: Creating Safe Spaces | Sunday, November 20, 3:15pm – 6:15pm

Develop your skills to support safer spaces for every body in the dance classroom. Together, we will explore teaching with compassion, body positivity/body neutrality, and supportive and invitational language. Learn about and model self care inside and outside the classroom so dancers can thrive in creative spaces and identify and advocate for their own needs. How can we embody and share the practice of agency as teachers?

Workshop with Damian Kai Norman: Come join us for an evening of conscious group work, somatic movement, and the therapeutic practice of Conscious Connected Breathwork, focusing on nervous system repatterning. There is a transformative power behind coming together as a collective to engage in group work that allows us to tap into our vulnerability, authentic expression, and sense of empowerment.

This event is backed by scientific research found in concepts such as Polyvagal theory, increasing your window of tolerance, basic neuroanatomy, nervous system repatterning, and somatic therapeutic approaches which all inspire the content of this program. Experience what it is like to enter an intentionally created safe space facilitated by diverse professionals who are trained in advanced trauma care and are dedicated to integral attuned space holding. If you are looking to process blocked emotional patterns, reprogram limiting core beliefs, and come back into alignment with your purpose and intuition. This is the place for you! Let’s co-create the world we want to live in by working on ourselves collectively and individually.

Workshop with Isak Enquist: Isak Enquist will propose three aspects of supporting compassion and self care in dance spaces, engaging in open discussions, analyzing, and role-playing scenarios:

  1. Discussing applications for sharing and facilitating dance, striving for safety in uncomfortable environments. 
  2. Sharing practices to promote care in community and/or professional training, creating habits for healthy careers in the dance field.
  3. Discussing boundaries for professional connection: facilitator-to-student and peer-to-peer relationships.

Sign up for this workshop HERE.

This workshop will be facilitated by Damian Kai Norman and Isak Enquist.

As a certified counsellor specializing in trauma and somatic therapy, a certified breathwork facilitator, an integration counsellor, and a holistic movement practitioner; Damian Kai Norman values community, freedom, and physical-emotional embodiment. Norman loves facilitating group work and wellness retreats, creating safe containers for authentic vulnerable conversations, exploring how we can master our nervous system, and cultivating our capacity to feel and express fearlessly. // Photo by Andi McLeish

Isak Enquist is a dance artist, teacher, choreographer, and experimental musician/sound designer living on occupied traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, Skwxwú7mesh, and xʷməθkwəy̓əm nations. Raised in the Kootenays/Ktunaxa of Canada, Isak began formal training in Shotokan Karate-Do (Currently 1st Dan) before pursuing post-secondary dance education at Simon Fraser University and Modus Operandi (Vancouver), as well as training intensives with The Ailey School (Italy/New York) and Springboard Danse Montréal. 

He has had the pleasure of working professionally with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Compagnie Vision Impure, Dance Victoria, Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien, Kaia Shukin, Amber Funk Barton (the response.), CAMP, Mascall Dance, Generous Mess, Radical System Art, Corporeal Imago and Anne Plamondon Productions. Touring with these companies have included performances across Canada, USA, Europe and Israel. // Photo by Richie Lubaton Photography 

Honouring Diversity in the Classroom | Sunday, January 8, 3:15pm – 6:15pm

Build your understanding of what is diversity and how to become a more inclusive educator. This workshop will offer up practical tools to work with marginalized or at risk communities in an authentic practice. Learn skills to celebrate, make space for, and bridge experience across cultures How can we best facilitate shared experience while honouring existing diversity of experiences?

Workshop with Kay Huang Barnes: Kay will explore how to address different types of diversity in a class: At its core, collaboration and creativity is about bringing together different ideas and transforming them to make something new, unique, and personal. 

Sign up for this workshop HERE.

This workshop will be Facilitated by Kay Huang Barnes and other artist TBA.

Kay Huang is an Asian choreographer, educator, and dance artist living in the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Salish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations known as Vancouver.  She danced professionally with Karen Jamieson from 1987-1996.  Her own choreography has been featured in Vancouver BC, San Jose, California, and Barcelona, Spain in numerous festivals.  She is a faculty member at Arts Umbrella and UBC for twenty-five years, teaching and mentoring young artists.  She has piloted many dance outreach programs in Vancouver BC, including the Downtown East Side, Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Vancouver School Board, and the Surrey School Board.  She founded Crossmaneuver in 2011 as a vehicle for young artists to be trained and to participate in interdisciplinary works of art. In 2020, she formed a collective with Virginia Duivenvoorden named VDCM to pursue performance and digital collaborative works.  It marks a return to performing and choreographing for herself after leaving the performance world in 2000.  As a dance instructor, she is known to be inspiring and joyful, who is deeply committed to the growth of her students. 

This workshop is presented with the support of Community Partner Crossmaneuver.

Growing as a Guide | Sunday, January 29, 3:15pm – 6:15pm

In this workshop two arts leaders + teachers will share their insight and experience on guiding the passions of young artists. How, as teachers and guides, can we best support reflection, personal regulation and resilience in young dancers? Gain tools to engage the ‘first time dancer’ in true creative experience and foster meaningful experiences for new dancers. This workshop will empower you with tools to keep developing your unique voice as a dance educator.

Workshop with Ily Ponce: Do you want to become an extraordinary guide regardless of your age, strengths, or personality?To achieve long-term success and vibrant well-being, we must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence and demonstrate courage. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to lead others better, increase your sense of confidence and implement daily practices to prep, recover from and adapt to stress and challenges. The main goal of this workshop is to provide strategies to encourage and support an effective and sustainable practice of energy-management skills to lead better.

Sign up for this workshop HERE.

This workshop will be facilitated by Ily Ponce and other artist TBA.

A passionate and self-motivated woman committed to driving well-being and social impact by coaching, teaching and sharing with others through arts, creativity and business. I was trained as a professional dancer for over 15 years, allowing me to develop a career as a public speaker at a very young age. Subsequently, I became a certified instructor of coaching, yoga and meditation techniques to further nurture my vocation as a teacher. Throughout my career, I have participated as an ambassador and speaker for multiple international brands on meditation, well-being, mental health, climate change, leadership and women’s empowerment. Additionally, I have over nine years of experience developing a career as a marketing professional and event producer for not-for-profit organizations and start-up tech environments across the globe. // Photo by Eduardo García


Share Dance: In Practice – Spring 2023

Conversations for Dancing Humans

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 is an invitation to dive into big questions, and ground ourselves in our actions of teaching and sharing dance. Dates, topics, gathering format, and sign up to be announced in November 2022. 

This series will be co-led by In Practice Facilitators Lisa Mariko Gelley and Carolina Bergonzoni