Drawing Requests – week 1

Hello 2020-2021 Dancing the Parenting Families and Alumni Families!

We are thinking of all of you during this time, when the days are quickly getting colder and darker. It is also a time when our leaders are asking us all to do our part to keep our communities healthy. We thought, ‘What better time than now to share a fun and easy activity that you can work on as a family in the comfort of your home?’ The exciting part is that these creations will be used to inspire a team of Foolish Operations artists in the very near future!

Foolish Operations is starting rehearsals for a brand new show, Moving Resting Nesting. It explores a world of imaginary birds through dance, music and story. Rehearsals have had to change and move online. We plan to use your art projects as a starting point for the artists to use during our rehearsals. We need your help to inspire and motivate!

Over the next few weeks you will receive weekly updates with new variations on the family art project, with very interesting suggestions coming from Cherry Lu (Wen Wen Lu) and Robin Lough. Participate in all of them, or join for the ones that work best for you. Most work will be shared online but we have the idea to also send some projects for collaboration through the good ol’ fashioned mail. Who doesn’t get excited to receive some fun mail? (And please email us your mailing address).

If you are willing to give us a hand, we are looking forward to seeing your creations!

Week 1 Project: Family Doodle Birds

What you’ll need:

  • Blank paper (plain or any color you like)
  • Drawing tools: crayons, pen, pencils, markers
  • Digital camera to share your masterpiece 


  1. Have one person draw a line doodle. If your collaborator is a baby, you could draw outlines of their hands, or part of their body, as they move on a piece of paper.
  2. Have another person turn this line doodle into a bird, many birds, or bird family, etc. Use all the colours you want and your imagination! No need to be perfect, this is a fun exercise and a starting point.
  3. Take a picture of the Doodle Bird
  4. Repeat as many times as you want, how many birds can you create?
  5. Share your creations with us, by emailing them to foolishoperations@gmail.com


We will be creating a private online gallery using a google drive folder where you can visit and see all the creations that have been submitted. Please send in your 1st projects by Sunday November 15th or by November 22.

Above are some finished Doodle Birds created during a brainstorming session for Moving Resting Nesting in October when we could still meet while socially distanced. Artistic credits  to Tara Rajah and Isabelle Kirouac for their inspiring birds.

Contact us at foolishoperations@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and participate!

Dancing the Parenting – 2020-2021 – Zoom sessions

Dancing the Parenting will be online this year, on Mondays at 9:30am on the Zoom platform, starting September 14, weekly from 9:30 to 10:15am and will be between 30 and 45 minutes long, going until the end of June 2021. The registration is FREE, and ongoing, until we reach capacity. This free program is possible thanks to the support of City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The sessions will be bilingual (French and English).

Please register here to the program.

Dancing the Parenting is a program designed by Julie Lebel and participants tall and small since it started, in 2011. This program welcomes families with children 0-5 yrs, who want to experience relationship-based dancing with their children.

You are welcomed to try a few sessions, we understand that families with young children, especially in a pandemic situation, will miss some practice sessions, but ultimately, we are looking for a stable group (not drop-in).

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, attachment theory, developmental movement science and community engaged artistic practice inspired a creative process that introduces a playful and creative exploration of dance through the engagement of parents into their own dancing just as much as the children.

We understand that families will also have to include their older children aged 5 and over if they are home learners. We will do our best to engage them but will keep our focus on the younger ones.

Further, please take a moment to watch the short documentary posted below, before we start the program. Thank you!



  • Registrations: https://forms.gle/U2Cnxpv4iTFREGK7A
  • Program dates and times: Mondays, 9:30am-10am, or 10:15am, from September 14 to June 29 2021
  • The zoom link  will be sent by email after registration.

Photo Credit: North Vancouver Recreation and Culture.

Knowledge Sharing Program – summer 2020 reading list

In January 2020, we quietly started a Knowledge Sharing Program for a small cohort of 5 artists: Peggy Leung, Isabelle Rousseau, Sarah Gallos, Isabelle Kirouac and Miriam Colvin. We are closely partnering with the Luna Dance Institute to shape this program.

The program is an opportunity to work closely together to learn to facilitate the co-creative processes that engage adults and their children in activities that align with the Dancing the Parenting framework.

This summer, we are slowing down and reading. We’d like to share our reading lists with you.

  • Trauma Informed Practice:

Van der Kolk, Bessel A. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York: Viking, 2014.

  • Basics on Emerging Curriculum and Constructivist Pedagogy:



  • Equity Resources: Understanding & Addressing Systemic Oppression

We love the Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression reading list shared by the City of Vancouver. Here it is, for everyone to explore. We made a few additions in the field of intergenerational arts practice and education.

Dancing the Parenting – Zoom Program – for Port Coquitlam Families

Dancing the Parenting is a program designed by Julie Lebel which welcomes families with children 0-5 yrs, who want to experience relationship-based dancing with their children. Join Sarah Gallos and her children, Julie Lebel and Isabelle Rousseau in this fun class for families. The registration is free, thanks to the support of the City of Port Coquitlam, but limited to 15 families.

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education inspired a creative process that introduces playful and creative exploration of developmental movement patterns through the engagement of parents into their own dancing just as much as the children.

This special edition is for Port Coquitlam families, thanks to the support of the City of Port Coquitlam, through their Community Cultural Development Investment Program.

The program will include an introduction meeting with parents only, Wednesday May 27 at 8:30pm, hopefully after children’s bedtime, so that we can start building community, review safety precautions, ask questions and move together a bit. Further, please take a moment to watch the short documentary posted below, before we start the program. Thank you!


Registrations: please email: arts@portcoquitlam.ca

Program dates and times: Fridays, 9:30am-10am, from May 29 to June 19 2020

Parent info session: Wednesday May 27, 8:30pm-9:15pm

The zoom link will be sent closer to the program start date.

Port Coquitlam – Dance in the Early Years for educators, artists and parents

This workshop is for educators, parents, or artists looking to explore benefits, strategies and practical dance curriculum activities when working with the very young at preschool, in daycare setting or at home. It starts with a conversation to assess the needs of the group and create a community of peers. We will explore creative dance games and activities that respond to children’s physical developmental stages. The workshop closes with self-care relaxing movement exercises. A letter will be provided for participants needing to fulfill professional development requirements.

Hosted at Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre, 2150 Wilson Avenue Port Coquitlam, BC.

Saturday April 4 2020, 3-5 pm


A beautiful photo of Yvonne Chew.

Dancing the Parenting workshops series in Port Coquitlam

Thanks to support from the City of Port Coquitlam, we are able to offer a series of 3 Dancing the Parenting workshops in Port Coquitlam Thursday, Friday and Saturday April 2 to 4, 2020 at 1:30pm at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, 2150 Wilson Avenue Port Coquitlam, BC

The fee is $5 per child/session.

Dancing the Parenting is for families and caregivers who want to experience relationship-based dancing with their children. Babies 0-6 months are welcome but the workshop is more fun with rolling babies, crawlers, toddlers and preschoolers. Families are welcome to register for more than one workshop. Julie Lebel brings more than 20 years of experience in dance making and education.

To register: portcoquitlam.ca/register or 604.927.PLAY – Search or ask  for Dancing the Parenting

A beautiful photo of Yvonne Chew.

Trout Lake Family Day activity for 0-2yrs

We are presenting a short performance with live cello, a professional dancer and activity for babies and toddlers (0-2 yrs) at the Trout Lake Family Day next Monday Feb 17, 11:40am-12pm in the Elm Room, upstairs (the martial arts studio).
It’s free, the whole rest of the day is also super fun. See schedule here:
If you have a little one in your life or know families that could be interested, please come orpass this message along.
We are preparing to perform the piece at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival in May and we need to practice!
Please plan to arrive at 11:20.

Creative Dance with Yarn for babies 0-2yrs

Join Foolish Operations in a free workshop that includes a  performance excerpt by a professional dancer and musician and a “stay and play” activity for babies and their adults: parents, grandparents and caregivers are most welcomed.

Participants are invited to register to one or all of the workshops. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural Project Grants Program and the in-kind participation of the NVRC to allow for this activity to be free. Older children welcomed but they may be asked to stay close to their adults during activities specific for babies. Please register each baby, there is no maximum for adults or accompanying siblings. Monday Feb 3 is at the John Braithwaite Community Centre. Thursday Feb 6 is at Parkgate Community Centre.

Photo credit: WeeFestival

Register here using the numbers below or click on each numbers:

 JBCC:         35370        Monday              Feb 3 2020                 12:30pm-1:15pm

JBCC:         35371        Monday              Feb 3  2020                2:00pm-2:45pm

Parkgate:   35852        Thursday            Feb 6  2020                9:30am-10:15am

Parkgate:   35861        Thursday            Feb 6  2020                11:00am-11:45am

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Paper Playground Props Making Volunteer Meet-Up – March 1 and/or 2, 2020

We are looking for up to 20 volunteers to help us make props for our upcoming Paper Playground productions in Québec and Ontario! It requires cutting many paper “water droplets” in thin blue paper and making large paper carpets.

Have a look at our teaser for an idea of our props: https://foolishoperations.org/paper-playground/

We need people who can work well as a team, independent and carful with materials, can move easily up and down from the floor and have good dexterity with scissors.

You can register to only one date or both.

  • On Sunday March 1, we will provide some a light vegetarian meal.
  • On Monday March 2nd, we will provide lights snacks.

Bring your water bottle and your smile! We will make it fun. Open to volunteers 14yrs old and up. It is ok if you can only come for some of the time, just let us know. We will provide a letter of volunteer time acknowledgement for all who need them.

Dates and times:

  • Sun, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Mon, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Moberly Arts and Culture Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver, BC V5X 3Z4, View Map

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/paper-playground-props-making-volunteer-meet-up-march-1-andor-2-2020-tickets-89187733913

Ensemble Thinking Workshop, January 2020

This workshop is open to dancers with experience in contemporary dance, theatre, improvisation, and/or contact improvisation. Yoga, clowning and release technique are great too. After a short warm-up, we will explore Ensemble Thinking practice.

“Ensemble Thinking (ET) is a system of collaborative group performance practices. These compositional exercises refine the individual’s ability to perceive, initiate, and support collective action.” www.ensemblethinking.com

Open to standing or sitting (wheelchair) dancers. Dancing barefoot, in comfortable clothes that cover the knees and shoulders is recommended.

Taught by Julie Lebel, artistic director of Foolish Operations in Vancouver and member of the Lower Left Collective – USA, Germany, Norway and Canada. She brings more than 20 years of experience in dance education.

This workshop if for adults only and will be though in English.

  • Dates: Jan 28, 29, 30
  • Times: 12:30-3:30pm
  • Location: EDAM Studio, 303 E 8th Ave, Vancouver
  • Cost: $70/3 days or $25/day. There is a possibility that the workshop will be free pending funding.
  • Registration: by email, see contact us link.

Photo Credit: Julie Lebel – featuring Suzanne Liska, Tess Takahashi, Nina Martin, Tanya Williams, Lo Bill.