Made in BC- Dance on Tour is a non-profit industry association dedicated to building a culture for dance throughout the province of British Columbia. Our programs create opportunities for people from all over BC to learn about the arts, express themselves creatively and celebrate a shared humanity through dance performance and activities.
We connect BC communities with dance artists; fostering an appreciation of contemporary dance by collaborating with arts presenters, community arts councils, parks boards, schools and community groups across the province. We support dance artists by connecting them to community partners and nurturing and supporting their creative ideas and projects by enhancing their capacity to bring their passion to others.
If you want to bring dance to your community through performances, residencies, workshops and community engaged dance projects – we can help make it happen!
Value Statement: We believe that dance can transform the lives of individuals and communities.
Vision: Our vision is a province where dance is part of everyone’s life.
Mission: Our mission is to foster / encourage / strengthen a dance culture throughout BC by
- Encouraging cooperation, dialogue and network development among BC presenters, artists, and other partners;
- Increasing awareness and appreciation of contemporary dance within the province through professional dance presentation and community-based programming.
Board of Directors
Jane Gabriels, Ph.D., directs Pepatián (Bronx, NY; pepatian.org), co-founded CICA-ICAC, International Community of Performing Arts Curators (Montréal; cica-icac.org), and is an independent producer/curator, performer and writer (janejaneproductions.com). She is excited to begin this new chapter at Made in BC, and hopes to create more connections that support and engage local artists and audiences.
Read Jane's full biography
To introduce myself:
My work is a development of experiences as a performer (movement, spoken word, singing) and writer which serve as a quiet humming underneath and alongside my work to connect artists with opportunities. Much of my work is based in NYC, specifically in the South Bronx, and in Montréal. With its potent mix of primarily Afro-Caribbean-Latinx artists/residents making work within the urban history of the Bronx (birthplace of Hip-Hop, home of Salsa), the borough has been my artistic and professional base for nearly 20 years. I established a festival at five participating venues throughout the borough that led to a six-year, bi-annual performance series (Bronx Artist Spotlight Series: Jump It UP) that helped galvanize and raise the visibilities of performance and multi-disciplinary artists showcased for audiences in multiple neighborhoods.
To “shore up” this work in an under-served borough, I completed a doctorate focused on Bronx artists and non-profits from Montréal’s Concordia University (Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture). During the time I wrote my dissertation, I began officially directing Pepatián and established several key projects in collaboration with artists, local venues and community centers: Hip-Hop Academy, Bronx Artists Now: Showcase & Conversation, Dance Your Future: Artist & Mentor Collaborative Residency, a documentary film based on a collaborative dance theater work, support for a newly emerging creative arts space in the Bronx, among other initiatives. Currently I’m guiding Pepatián towards a shared leadership structure with a new home base in Soundview where several artists will lead projects with administrative support.
As an independent curator/producer, I’ve been recognized for my work to support and bring artists together, and was invited to manage collaborative projects at the Bronx Museum of the Arts with The Point, C.D.C. and at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture/Hostos Community College in the Bronx. To support ongoing conversations around performance curation, I’ve been invited to co-organize symposiums which brought together a range of artists, scholars, curators, presenters and funders: L’Université du Québec à Montréal/UQAM 2014, Duke University 2015, and Concordia University 2017.
Recognized by artists as a source of creative and professional support, I’ve been on the Advisory Board of Full Circle Souljahs and Milteri Tucker Concepción’s Bombazo Dance Co. Over the past 15 years, I’ve supported multiple artists and their projects via consulting as well as editorial services, and in particular have worked with Mei-Yin Ng, Ori Flomin, New Dance Alliance, Festival Accès Asie. I’m also a proud supporter of Noemí Segarra Ramírez’s piso proyecto, Soldanela Rivera’s Notes from a Native Daughter, Mariko Tanabe, and Merián Soto.
As an artist, my own work has been presented at Wave Hill (Bronx), Panoply Lab (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), Cornell University (NY), Northwestern Univ (Chicago); Casa del Popolo and Le Cagibi, Cafe Concret/Theater St. Catherine (Montréal), and Pony Local (St John’s, Newfoundland), and collaborative projects were presented at NYC’s PS 122, Danspace Project, Joe’s Pub, among other informal presentations of poems, songs and informal dance performances in cafes and studios throughout NYC and Montréal. As part of my dissertation, I created a dance theater solo, Becoming a Boogie-Down Rican, presented at BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. In Montréal, I produced the aLIVE performance series since 2015 at small cafes and studios to offer other local and visiting artists opportunities to share and develop their work and creative processes informally.
To continue learning, I’ve given workshops on interdisciplinary approaches to creative process through movement and writing in the UK, New Orleans, Montréal, NYC, and co-taught a course (with Dena Davida) on performance curation at l’UQAM. As I continue my writing practice, I’ve published an essay on musician Jeff Buckley, and other speculations were included with SenseLab The Go-To How-To Book of Anarchiving.
I believe in expansive thinking, supporting a “village vibe,” and encouraging artists to Go For It.
I’m looking forward to meeting you! And to exploring what kinds of projects might support and benefit your work and how we can collaborate to find the resources to connect with audiences.
Manager, General Adminstration
Program Manager, Des arts dehors / Arts Outside
Julie has been involved in the cultural industry in France for the past 15 years. She has been a volunteer for many festivals and events. As a Production Coordinator for a Theatre Company in Paris for 5 years, she has developed and organized tours for theatre/digital arts pieces with various presenters around Paris and France. As a Theatre Manager in Paris, she has worked with more than 50 artistic companies performing there over a 2-year period.
She is driven by new challenges. Today, she is thrilled to be part of Made in BC team developing the new francophone program, “Des Arts dehors/Arts Outside”.
Julie is a Vancouver based choreographer invested in community engaged dance and in interactions between public space and community. With Made in BC, Julie Lebel facilitates peer to peer meetings, un-conferences and workshops on community engaged dance. She strives to support the development of the engaged dance sector in BC for greater public access and diversity of projects.
Intern, Presenter and Agent Activities
Photo Credit : David Cooper, Courtesy of Dezza Dance
Sophie Brassard is a contemporary dance artist based in Vancouver. Since finishing her BFA in contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University in 2015 she has been dancing as much as possible! She has interpreted works for Dezza Dance and Foolish Operations, as well as choreographing her own works for Vines Art Festival and Leg Up! Performance Series. Sophie is also an active member of the francophone community in B.C., especially through the Conseil Jeunesse Francophone de la C.-B. She is happy to join the team at Made in BC- Dance on Tour and is looking forward to learning about the dance community in B.C. from a different angle!