Indigenous dance residency at Banff Centre

Submission deadline for Indigenous dance residency at the Banff Centre fast approaches! May 4th.  All the best to those applying!


Recognized for being leading-edge and rigorous, the Indigenous Dance Residency brings together acclaimed choreographers and teachers with dancers from across Canada and around the world to share, investigate, and strengthen contemporary Indigenous dance practice.This 4-week intensive features technique, improvisation, choreographic exploration, cultural process and knowledge, health + fitness, leadership, and the creation of a new short choreographic work that is performed in-studio and on stage. The combination of high-level faculty, rigorous exploration, and power of place here in Treaty 7 territory make this program truly transformative

What does the program offer?

Dancers accepted to the program participate in an exceptional artistic process with other Indigenous artists from various nations, backgrounds, and countries.

The program provides a critical space for emerging and professional dance practitioners to exchange artistic and cultural knowledge and practice. Emerging dancers train with high-level faculty, “shadow” professional dancers in classes, and develop performance skills in-studio. Professional dancers work with acclaimed choreographers and teachers to create a new short work that is performed at The Banff Centre. For merit dancers, integrated leadership is also part of their rich experience.

IDR creates the space for research, sharing, and exploring Indigenous creative and cultural process, integrated leadership learning, and strengthens the future of contemporary Indigenous dance. Dancers have represented all provinces and territories across Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, United States, Samoa, and Fiji.

Who should apply? 

We welcome Canadian and international Indigenous dancers from diverse dance backgrounds to apply. Applicants must have dance training experience in one or multiple genres of dance as well as a strong work ethic. Dancers should be open to the creative process, expect to work very hard, and be professional in and out of studio. If you are a professional dancer looking to transform your technical and performance skills in a rigorous yet supportive environment, or looking to transform your skills in contemporary Indigenous dance, this program is for you. Enrolment is limited to 12 dancers.

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