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
Born on a wheat farm near Fox Valley Saskatchewan, Joel began artistic studies in Calgary and moved to Vancouver to complete a degree at UBC School of Music (Opera). He continued for some years to tour the province and the country as a professional operatic baritone, singing roles for, among others, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, and City Opera Vancouver. He continues to sing professionally as an orchestral soloist, concert artist, and occasional fabulous drag superstar. Switching his primary endeavors to arts administration in 2009, he acted as Arts Umbrella’s Registrar and Manager of Student Services, and as credit counsellor and student advisor for the Vancouver Community College / Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma program from 2009-2011. Joel has been Executive Director of Made in BC – Dance on Tour since March 2011, during which time he has continued its successful touring program and more than doubled the scope of its community-engagement, residency and professional development programming.
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.
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!
Photo by David Cooper, Courtesy of Dezza Dance