Share Dance Program

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.

Share Dance Outreach Initiative brings professional dance artists into inner city elementary schools in East Vancouver for in-school workshops during the school day, as well as out-of-school workshops during after-school programs. New Works runs these workshops at no cost to the schools or after-school care programs, which typically have little or no budget for artistic programming.

Dance is a powerful medium for helping children to grow physically, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are obvious, but the emotional and social benefits need to be recognized also, as an integral part of why dance experiences are so valuable for young children. New Works feels that dance builds community and empowers marginalized children and youth, and this is why we feel that it is part of our mandate to also bring dance into inner city elementary schools, and enable children to take part in this medium regardless of their socio-economic status.

Share Dance is made possible by the generous support of the Metro Vancouver Cultural Grants, BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Program.


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”

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)