Registration Open for 'Leading From Beside' Community-Engaged Dance Symposium and Exhibition

What are the possibilities when dance artists and community members collaborate to create and present dance?

This September, Made in BC-Dance on Tour and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation present State of the Practice: Leading from Beside, a two-day celebration of current, community-engaged dance, including an exhibition, panel discussions, movement workshops, and dialogue circles.

Participants will include Vancouver and current and potential community dance participants, local and regional dance artists, social/recreation professionals, educators and the general public.

An annual exhibition and symposium, State of the Practice highlights a current theme in the field of community-engaged art and social practice. The 2016 focus is on dance.

The gathering, taking place at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, will address specific development areas for Community Engaged Dance in Vancouver: generate understanding and value of inclusive and cooperative dance making and providing a platform for participants to exchange and provide direction.


Panelists and artists include Naomi Brand, Miriam Colvin, Cyndy Chwelos, Karen Jamieson, Am Johal, Judith Marcuse, Miriam Esquitin, Caroline Liffman, Julie Lebel, Marie Lopes, Margaret Naylor, Alvin Tolentino, The All Bodies Dance Project, Community Verve, Dance Troupe Practice, Foolish Operations, MACHiNENOiSY, Polymer Dance, and more. 

Dates + Location

Thursday, September 15, 7 - 9 p.m. 
Exhibition Opening and keynote speaker (free). Exhibition runs September 10 - 21. 

Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Symposium ($25)

The symposium and the exhibition take place at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver.


The symposium fee of $25 includes two days of activities and two light lunches. If the fee is a barrier to you attending the events, email for registration discount options. 

Click here to register.

More Information

Get further information on Leading From Beside, including profiles of panelists and artists, workshops and performances, accommodations, resources and more at


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