Neighbourhood dance works is a registered charity

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Your contribution will enable us to reach our fundraising goal and deepen our role as a cultural ambassador for dance in Newfoundland and Labrador. 


Neighbourhood Dance Works (NDW) is Newfoundland and Labrador’s primary source of professional contemporary dance. Since 1981 NDW has been dedicated to the development of a vibrant dance community and the advancement of emerging and mature choreographers. We are committed to the creation and dissemination of contemporary dance through workshops, residencies and presentation. We support local dance creation and facilitate the exchange of skills and knowledge between local, national and international communities

Lois Brown, Bennie Malone, Cathy Ferri, Peggy Hogan, & Mandy Jones in 1981

Lois Brown, Bennie Malone, Cathy Ferri, Peggy Hogan, & Mandy Jones in 1981


Neighbourhood Dance Works was founded in 1981 as a performance collective dedicated to creating innovative new dance works in St. John’s. As the organization developed, a performance series was established which showcased local talent, as well as work by leading Canadian dancers, making NDW the primary presenter of contemporary dance in the province. Throughout its history NDW’s activities have grown to include artist residencies, workshops and seminars, as well as presenting dance performance in a wide variety of venues to an expanding audience. Neighbourhood Dance Works has become a nationally recognized presenter of contemporary dance and has showcased internationally established artists alongside emerging choreographers and dancers, advancing the careers of many Newfoundland dance artists.



The NL Dance Project unites artists who left the province with ones who stayed. A team of 21 dynamic dance, theatre and visual artists, each born and raised in NL, converge under the creative guidance of a core team of dance professionals with their own deep roots in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This project is made possible by a Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter grant. 



Neighbourhood Dance Works stimulates the local dance community by providing opportunities for performance and professional development for both experienced and emerging dance artists.

In 2017 and 2018 NDW, in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Culture Centres, hosted Andrea Williams (Raíces y Alas) for a province wide workshop and performance series. 

In October 2018 NDW, in partnership with The Luca “Lazylegz” Outreach Committee (comprised of 8 cultural, healthcare and disability organizations) hosts dancer/activist Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli. Luca toured Newfoundland and offered a series of lectures and workshops sharing his message of "no limits, no excuses". 

Lois Brown in Technical Residency at LSPU Hall, 2018. Photo: Kenneth J. Harvey

Lois Brown in Technical Residency at LSPU Hall, 2018. Photo: Kenneth J. Harvey


 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. 

Choreographers, Catherine Wright, and Lois Brown, both received technical residencies in preparation for premieres in FND 2018. 

Our heart breaks: Sarah Joy Stoker, First Look 2016. Photo: Ritche Perez

Our heart breaks: Sarah Joy Stoker, First Look 2016. Photo: Ritche Perez


Each year NDW presents First Look, an opportunity for local choreographers to present works-in-progress. First Look is held in a supportive environment, followed by a moderated discussion led by a local senior artist. The series increases awareness about the choreographic process enhancing the development of the dance sector in our community. First Look continues to be a crucial stepping-stone for local dancers who want to further their careers and seek funding for the creation of new work.


Window Dances

Over the past 5 years NDW has developed a number of initiatives that specifically designed to connect with our local business community and the public at large including Window Dances.This series engages local dancers and choreographers and invites them to create pieces for storefront windows. These dances are presented free of charge and invite new audiences to share in unexpected and highly visible performances in the heart of St. John’s.

Candice Pike, Window Dances FND 2016

Candice Pike, Window Dances FND 2016

Window dances are one of my favourite NDW initiatives. They are mini art installations that invite the public at large into a new world. It’s a bit like magic, as dances appear out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly. The partnerships Neighbourhood Dance Works has with local businesses, such as Johnny Ruth and Rocket Bakery are invaluable. These relationships are integral to audience building and inspiring interest and curiosity about dance and our organization.
— Lynn Panting, choreographer, and Festival of New Dance Coordinator

Festival of new dance

NDW's annual Festival of New Dance is known for showcasing compelling and provocative contemporary dance works from across Canada while providing main stage opportunities for local choreographers. Our vision is to bring a diverse program that challenges and inspires our community through main stage performances, site-specific events, workshops, discussion forums, film screenings and art exhibitions.