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.
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:
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.
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
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
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.
This workshop is for dance artists and early childhood educators or artists of various disciplines working with the very young to learn about early childhood development, attachment and play theories in relationship to dance curriculum and creative movement activities.
With the support of artistic director Julie Lebel, this workshop is led by guest artist and specialist Jochelle Pereña, Teaching Artist & Professional Learning Manager at Luna Dance Institute – http://lunadanceinstitute.org/who-we-are/
The workshop is from 9:15am to 5pm and includes a 45 minute lunch break. Please bring: notebook, clothing that is comfortable to dance in, a water bottle and a packed lunch. The workshop is $40 + Eventbrite Registration Fees.
Your membership helps us engage the public of all ages in high quality creative processes and performances. Membership contributions allow for sustainability, as most of our programming is for free. Your support makes a big difference in our ability to grow our organization. Please email us to RSVP at foolishoperations [at] gmail [dot] com. We have the option to attend via zoom. Email us and we will send you the link!
The Roundhouse is located near the Yaletown/Roundhouse Skytrain station. There is ample bike parking. You can also park under the centre (access via Drake).
FAQ: Can I bring a child
under the recommended age?
Artist Julie Lebel responds:
Younger or older siblings of the participant’s recommended age are welcomed.
Parents/ Caregivers may be asked to keep younger or older children close during
the performance. We recognize that younger siblings are often used to the
playing and slight bumping of older children; and that older siblings are
constantly reminded to be aware of younger ones.
If you would like to come with a single
child slightly younger than the recommended age, consider if the child is
generally comfortable with older children. If they are not comfortable, the
child may choose to sit with you. Or, the artists may ask you to keep them on
your lap as an observer. Watching children dance is always great, lots to take
in, lots to be inspired and bring home with you! Babies love to watch older
children move and dance.
FAQ: Why this separation of
The artists are thinking of children in their developmental learning. Children
under two are developing their locomotion skills and are busy learning with
their senses. Children between 3 and 5 are fast and agile and can get so involved
in a task they don’t look around for shorter people…sometimes bumping into
A playful and interactive dance performance
where children are free to join in and explore, because that’s what young ones
do best! Paper Playground is a performance by Foolish Operations.
Paper Playground is a stimulating
experience set on a large paper carpet, created especially for children five
and under that is full of dancing, drawing, live music and projections. Paper
Playground welcomes children in the midst of the performance space and they
become essential collaborators in the performance. Exploring the theme of water
with boats, fish, crabs and sharks, performers present irresistible invitations
to roll, fall, and draw to welcome children into moving with the
Yarn-Around was an Artist in Communities project at the Roundhouse Community Centre from January to August 2017. Wit community members, we explored the intersection of dance, yarn and collective narratives all over the Roundhouse community centre. This curious project had all ages investigate, play and move using brightly coloured yarn to animate railings, chairs, shrubs, and landscape architecture. Community members had opportunities to create, invent and share impromptu performances in ways that were surprising and delighting as a participant and audience member.
The Artists in Communities Program is based on principles of community cultural development and is funded by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Community Centre Associations. Its purpose is to support artists working with communities on issues of joint interest or concern.
Yarn-Around was supported by The Roundhouse Community Association and the Vancouver Park Board.