Share Dance Program

The Share Dance Program brings free dance workshops into schools and organizations that support underserved young people in metro Vancouver. New Works runs these workshops at no cost to the schools, after-school care programs, or organization which typically have little or no budget for artistic programming.Our Dance Artists offer many styles including: Contemporary Indigenous, Dances from Africa; Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Latin Dances and more! Get in touch with us to find out how the Share Dance Program can create unique workshops for your community.

Share Dance provides opportunity for social and cultural recognition and reflection by utilizing dance as a means of communication that transcends language. As a result, the program is uniquely inclusive for newcomers, and people with learning, mental health, cognitive and physical challenges. 

Over the course of the past year Share Dance expanded by including new partnerships with organizations in the Downtown Eastside that serve children and youth not served by traditional school systems due to housing instability, immigration issues, and other complex and systemic barriers.

Covid-19 Update:

New Works is working hard with the artist team leaders to fashion effective new modes of delivery to ensure the safe continuity of Share Dance. Pre-recorded and online workshops form the bulk of the current online resources.

Contact Us: 

If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to propose a workshop, please contact Frankie, our Share Dance Coordinator at sharedance@newworks.ca

Share Dance is made possible by the generous support of the BC Arts Council (Operating Assistance and Youth Engagement Program), Canadian Heritage, Metro Vancouver Cultural Grants, the City of Vancouver, Canada Arts Council, the Hamber Foundation and BC Gaming.

New Works’ mission is to be an innovative platform that supports artists, cultivates audiences, and provides diverse and accessible performance experiences for varied communities in and around Vancouver.

Some of our current and past Share Dance Instructors

Gustavo Ferman (top left), Julianne Chapple (top middle, photo by Ed Spence), Thaiyo Seo (top right), Ralph Escamillan & Van Vogue Jam (bottom)

As of April 2021, we’re happy to welcome Marco Esccer, Harmanie Rose and Kevin Li to our roster of Share Dance Instructors!

Feedback from Students and Workshop Leaders

Students are learning how to adapt to learning with different adults, I different circumstances. Students were able to see their own cultural practices reflected back to them, and were able to enrich their understanding of their community. {…} New Works was able to adapt and meet our classes needs! This program is fantastic and our kids benefit greatly from it.

Judah Kong – Lord Strathcona Teacher

“Arts open a door for a different way of expression, different ways to learn and give different lens to live and see the world. Arts are not a luxury, they are a way to see and understand the world”

Erika Sáenz – Contemporary Mexican Workshop Leader

I love all of it! It was so exciting and informative! I learned so much and had such a good time!

Students from Tupper Secondary (dances from Africa class)

It was fun being able to do cool things that was based on a lot of trust

Students from Tupper Secondary (acro circus class)

Please consider supporting New Works’ Share Dance Program! Your contribution will help us reach more young people as well as support more local dance artists.