Share Dance: In Practice

Professional Development Workshops & Conversation Series on the Creative Aspects of Teaching Dance


New Works began the Share Dance Program in 2014, employing dance artists to offer workshops to underserved youth, children, and families across Metro Vancouver. Over the years the program has grown and expanded in response to the community and the needs of our teachers. In 2022-23, Share Dance takes the next leap to offer Share Dance / In Practice, a new professional development series for dance teachers. 

Share Dance / In Practice is a space for continued education, peer to peer exchange and knowledge sharing for dance teachers. The dance classroom can become an isolating space where teachers are often lesson planning, teaching, and problem solving with very little feedback. Envisioned as an once-per-month gathering, this 8 month series brings teachers together to question, investigate, and expand their own teaching practices through the lens of diversity, inclusion and trauma-informed learning. While each workshop, panel discussions, or community conversation may shift in format to best support the chosen topics, each will be led by a selection of experts and artists from across the dance community and beyond. 

Share Dance / In Practice 2022-23 will be led and curated by artists + teachers Carolina Bergonzoni, Marco Esccer, and Lisa Mariko Gelley. New Works is thrilled to work with Carolina, Marco, and Lisa over the coming season as this program grows and takes shape. 

Share Dance: In Practice – Fall 2022

Integrative Professional Development

The fall series presents four hybrid (in-person + online) workshops, an online manual, weekly resources and bibliography that will extend your dance teaching horizons through the lens of mental health, art therapy, trauma-informed and diversity tools, theatre, business, neuroscience, and more! You will have the opportunity to learn practical and useful skills that you’ll be excited to implement right away in your dance spaces.

Join this professional development series to update your dance toolbox and develop new and better practices in the classroom. Dates, topics, and sign up details will be announced in the next few weeks.

This series will be led by In Practice Facilitator Marco Esccer

Share Dance: 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 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

Meet the Facilitators

Carolina Bergonzoni

Carolina Bergonzoni is a dance artist, scholar, and educator. Originally from Italy, she moved to Vancouver, on unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories, in 2014. Her practices span between dancing, writing, and teaching from the body. She is the Artistic Associate of All Bodies Dance Project.

She holds a BA and MA in Philosophy, an MA in Comparative Media Arts, and a Ph.D. in Education from Simon Fraser University where her research focused on inclusive dance pedagogies. In 2011, she graduated as Dance Educator and Community Engagement Facilitator and, since then, she has been working on building communities of movers and thinkers with people from 0 to 99+ years old. Her choreographic work has been presented at festivals in Canada and Europe, including Vancouver Fringe Festival, Dance in Vancouver, Dancing on The Edge, BC Buds, Vines Arts Festival, and The Dance Centre.

She is passionate about the impact of teaching from the body, and cannot wait to see more educators and movers learn about their body and from their bodies! // Photo by  Luciana Freire D’Anunciação

Marco Esccer

Marco Esccer is a Mexican queer artist, performer, creator and educator, and has a diverse background from the technical to the therapeutic aspect of dance. He received his Bachelor in Ballet by the National Ballet and Contemporary School of Mexico City (2011-2016), followed by certifications Dance Movement Therapy, Yoga, and Progessive Ballet Technique, among others. Marco’s recent work has been performed with the support of Co.Erasga, 12 Minutes Maxat The Dance Centre, and Coastal City Ballet’s Incubator and Emerge programs. He is currently working on a choreography about migration as a guest choreographer with Coastal City Ballet. He has also worked with New Works as a  Share Dance Instructors since March 2021, and is excited to deepen this relationship and support connections between New Works and the wider dance community. // Photo by David Flores Rubio

Lisa Mariko Gelley

Lisa Mariko Gelley is an artist  and mother, living and working on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She received her training in classical, contemporary, and urban dance forms in Canada and Europe. Lisa is Artistic Co-Director of Company 605, a contemporary dance company in so-called Vancouver, creating original works for stage and film  through collaborative processes with artists in dance and many other disciplines. Lisa has worked and collaborated with artists including  Justine A. Chambers, Cindy Mochizuki, Amber Funk Barton, Miwa Matreyek, Maiko Yamamoto,  Ziyian Kwan, Vanessa Goodman, Jeanette Kotowich, Onibana Taiko, Dana Gingras,  Martha Carter, Karen Jamieson, and was a member of Aeriosa (Julia Taffe) for six years, broadening her practice to include vertical contemporary dance in rock climbing systems on urban building walls and mountains.  In addition to her work as a performer/choreographer, Lisa values opportunities to connect with young dancers and emerging professionals through contemporary dance education. Lisa is the recipient of the 2015 Vancouver International Dance Festival Choreographic Award. // Photo by Maxine Tamoto