Dancing the Parenting

Dancing the Parenting engages a community of parents, caregivers, children aged 0-5 years, and professional artists in practice and performance.

It is a program designed by Julie Lebel which welcomes families who want to experience relationship-based dancing with their children. The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education inspired a creative process that introduces playful and creative exploration of developmental movement patterning through the engagement of parents into their own dancing just as much as the children.

Participation is free, and the program is financially supported by the City of Vancouver, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and for 2020-2021 through research funding with the Canada Council for the Arts. Studios are offered by the Vancouver Park Board. Donations to Foolish Operations also make this whole adventure possible. Thank you. We are very grateful for the support, past and present for this project.

The Foolish Operations Ensemble has performed at the conference Embody (In my Body), Dancing the Early Years, annually in Link (the Vancouver Park Board Series for Community Dance), and at Trout Lake Community Centre at their Family Day among others.

Schedule for fall 2020:

Schedule and Locations (Pre and Post Covid-19):

  • Creekside Community and Recreation Centre, Martial Arts Room, Mondays 9:30-10:30am, following the school calendar year.
  • Trout Lake Community Centre, Elm Room, Wednesdays 9:30-10:30am, fall, winter and spring sessions, please register at http://troutlakecc.com/, search for Dancing the Parenting.

More schedule information, including performances here

Photo credit: Yvonne Chew. Video credit: Brian Lye.

Blog posts » Dancing the Parenting

  • Dancing the Parenting – Fall 2020 Zoom sessions

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  • Knowledge Sharing Program – summer 2020 reading list

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  • Dancing the Parenting – Zoom Program – for Port Coquitlam Families

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

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  • Dancing the Parenting workshops series in Port Coquitlam

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  • Dance in the Early Years Workshop

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  • 2019 Family Day Events!

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  • Fall 2018 Dancing the Parenting info

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  • Dancing the Parenting performance – May 30th 2018 at the Roundhouse

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  • Dancing the Parenting Workshop in Toronto

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