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.

Dance in the Early Years Workshop

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.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dance-in-the-early-years-tickets-87757132947

Workshop location: Left of Main Studio, 211 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2T9

Photo credit: Yvonne Chew

2019 AGM

Our AGM is just around the corner, on Saturday, 23 November⋅11am – 12:00pm at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (in the boardroom). The Roundhouse is located at: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC.

Children are welcomed. We will have snacks and coffee/juice as well as papers and crayons for children. We will have an efficient AGM and a good time together.

Our proposed board slate is Brigid Portner (chair), Adriana Contreras (vice-chair), Miriam Esquitin (treasurer), Miri Alony (secretary).

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).

Paper Playground FAQ about age restrictions

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 ages?
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 little children. 

Paper Playground in Port Coqutilam

Performance Dates:

October 4 and 5 2019


October 4: 10am-10:45am

October 5: 10am-10:45am, 11:30am -12:15pm and 1pm-1:45pm

Location: Michael Wright Art Gallery at Leigh Square Community Arts Village

2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3B8

Price: $7.28 / child between 3 and 5 yrs old.

Registration link: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/cityofportcoquitlam/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=paper%20playground&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities


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 performers. 

Watch the video teaser here: https://foolishoperations.org/paper-playground/ 

Download the Participant’s Booklet here: https://foolishoperations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Paper-Playground-participant-guide-1.pdf

This project is supported by the City of Port Coquitlam through the Community Cultural Development Investment Program. We are very grateful for the support!


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.

This artist in community project was led by Foolish Operations in collaboration with  artists Julie Lebel, Carolina BergonzoniDiane Park and Peggy Leung.

Photo Credit: Durga Jane Rajah

A blog is dedicated to the documentation of this project and can be found here: https://yarnaround.wordpress.com/

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.