Community Outreach & Youth Initiatives
NDW stimulates the local dance scene by providing opportunities for performance and professional development. Outreach takes many forms including workshops, choreographic labs, and creative residencies. Our programs benefit both artists and the general public with much-needed training and mentorship, this includes individuals with disabilities, members of the indigenous community and dance from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Spirit Song Dancer in Residence Program
The Spirit Song Dancer in Residence Program is produced by Neighbourhood Dance Works, in partnership with First Light Friendship Centre, Spirit Song Festival and The Arts and Culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. The residency fosters collaboration and exploration of dance in an indigenous-led process with artists in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This series engages local dancers and choreographers inviting them to create pieces for storefront windows. These dances animate public spaces and inspire people to see their surroundings in a different light.
First Look is an opportunity for performance artists to present works-in-progress. Each event is held in a supportive environment and followed by a moderated public discussion. First Look continues to be a crucial stepping-stone for artists who want to further their careers and seek funding for the creation of new works.
Technical Residencies allow artists to explore and realize technical details of their work. Artists have time in the theatre to think and move through each production element with the guidance of professional technicians.
Curtain-raiser performances showcase local dance students and emerging artists. This initiative offers a meaningful context to connect with youth, and provides them the opportunity to perform in a professional environment.
banner image: Navigating Home: The NL Dance Project 2017, photo credit: Justin Hall