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 (or nearly free), and the program is financially supported by the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia. Studios are offered by the Vancouver Park Board.
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 and Locations:
- 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.
Photo credit: Yvonne Chew. Video credit: Brian Lye.