Dancing the Parenting

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

About the Program

Dancing the Parenting is a bilingual (French-English) and community oriented creative dance program for parents/caregivers with children 0-5 yrs.  The program is designed by dance artist Julie Lebel and participants tall and small since it started in 2011. 

Based in creative dance and improvisation and integrating developmental, play and attachment theories, as well as the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, Dancing the Parenting is a playful and creative exploration of movement, engaging parents/caregivers into their own dancing just as much as the children.

Registration is free, thanks to the support of the City of Vancouver and the Department of Canadian Heritage with essential partners such as Creekside Community and Recreation Centre, The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and Trout Lake Community Centre. 

Registration is also ongoing throughout the year (for the Creekside and Online Groups – see below) until capacity is reached.

Program options for Dancing the Parenting 2022-2023:
Core group – Creekside

When : Mondays, 9:30am – 10:30am

Dates: September 19th 2022 to April 17th 2023

Where : Creekside Community Recreation Centre. Weather permitting the program will be held outdoors at Jonathan Rogers Park.

Registration : (FREE) Through form below.

* Registration to this group also includes 5 online sessions (zoom) from November 14th to December 12th 2022.

Online group*

When : Mondays, 9:30 – 10:15am

Dates: November 14th to December 12th 2022 (5 sessions)

Where : Zoom 

(FREE) Registration through form below.

*Note that registration to the Core group above also includes these online sessions

Trout Lake – Fall

When : Wednesdays, 10:00 – 10:45am 

Dates : October 26th to November 30th 2022 (6 sessions)

Where : Trout Lake Community Centre 

Registration : $10/family, Registration in person or online through recreation.vancouver.ca .

Trout Lake – Winter

When : Wednesdays, 10:00 – 10:45am 

Dates : February 1st to March 8th 2023 (6 sessions)

Where : Trout Lake Community Centre 

Registration : $10/family. A link will be added here once the registration opens. 

Blog posts » Dancing the Parenting

  • Dancing the Parenting 2022-2023 : but what about COVID-19?

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  • Blanket Dancing Illustrations by Cherry Lu

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  • Observing Dancing the Parenting, by Jennifer Aoki-Bocsfoldi

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  • Sound Sculptures Project with Ben Brown

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  • Pro-D: Early Years Dance April 12 & 15 2021

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  • Drawing Requests – Week2

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  • Drawing Requests – week 1

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  • Dancing the Parenting – 2020-2021 – 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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