Join a community dance activity

Community dance has many kinds of dance, dancers, and dancing – it's for everyone

Community-engaged dance residencies at Vancouver Park Board facilities bring together people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds to explore, create, and perform dance with professional dance artists.

Browse the residencies and contact them to join a community dance activity or project.

As a participant learning and dancing with a group, you will:

  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of the roots and richness of dance
  • Engage in the process of professional dance by creating choreography and performance
  • Connect with people from diverse backgrounds and boost your community spirit

As a dance artist, you’ll connect with other artists and grow a community-engaged art practice.

Attend our symposium on September 16-17, 2016

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

Join us to explore the many faces of community-engaged dance through panel discussions, workshops, performances, dialogue circles, and more.

For makers, organizers, thinkers, and doers, this symposium brings together artists, programmers, students, and community participants interested in creating and performing dance as they build community together.

Learn more and register

Dance residencies

Ageless Dancers

The All Bodies Dance Project

Foolish operations: Dancing the Parenting

Arts and Health Project: The Moberly Multicultural Senior Dancers

Arts and Health Project: The Vancouver Downtown Eastside Elder Dancers

Arts and Health Project: Collaborative Creative Dance for Older Adults

Polymer Dance

Roundhouse Community Dancers

Re-Create: Transformation and Inspiration through Dance

The Dezza Catalyst Dance Residencies

Terroir: Urban Cloth Project

Dance Troupe Practice

Written on the Body

Research paper for community arts practitioners

Cover of the Leading from Beside research paper

Explore the productive intersections between leisure, recreation, and community-engaged arts practice, with a special focus on dance, in a research paper by our arts programmers Cyndy Chwelos and Marie Lopes.

Leading from Beside: Community-engaged Arts in Recreation PDF file (2 MB)

LINK annual performance

The dance residencies listed above put on an annual performance, LINK Connecting Community Dance Series, in April or May. The performance stands as a final presentation of each residency's dance practice and showcases contemporary and cultural dance across Vancouver.

Check here for details on LINK in late winter.