Vision: Discovering and creating dance experiences together.

Mission statement:
Foolish Operations is a non-profit society creating and discovering new dance experiences where professionals and non-professionals, young and old alike are capable, make choices and solve problems, lead and follow, create and collaborate. Our work is inter-generational, inter-subjective, place-based, and often involves families. We celebrate children as agents of their own creative choices. We explore the power of play to re-shape reality through dance and related arts in performances, installations, workshops and classes. We research and develop the field of community engaged arts and dance education as well as share our best practices with artists, educators and organizations through conferences and workshops.

Board members: Elizabeth MacKenzie (Chair), Brigid Portner (Secretary/Vice-Chair), Julia Rainford (Treasurer).

Artistic Direction: Julie Lebel

Location: Based in Vancouver, the artists of Foolish Operations acknowledge that they are guests who work and play on the unceeded Coast Salish territories.


Julie Lebel is a Vancouver based choreographer invested in community engaged dance and in interactions between public space and community. Her approach to art making is collaborative and multidisciplinary, involving musicians, visual artists, film makers and writers. Julie’s current projects include “Tricoter” on a short form solo for public spaces, Yarn-Around, a Roundhouse Artist in Community residency and  “Paper Playground” a 40 min work for children under 5 yrs that was premiered at the Surrey International Children Festival in May 2017. Also, Julie leads Foolish Operations Ensemble / Dancing the Parenting, a performing group of parents dancing with their young children of 0-5 years. Julie recently completed Findings/Trouvailles, a 3-year residency project with the Roundhouse Community Dancers. Julie studied under the mentorship of Karen Jamieson from 2012 to 2016, Nina Martin (ongoing) since 2005 and and was Program Manager of Community Engagement at Made in BC – Dance on Tour from 2015-2018.