Decolonizing Dance Pedagogy in Canada: DSA 2022 Pre-Conference Symposium

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 9 am-5 pm
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Room 2555
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

This one-day hybrid pre-conference symposium will bring together established and emerging Canadian and international dance scholars, artists, and students to begin a discussion on contemporary dance pedagogy in this country. Using the opportunity of DSA's first gathering in Canada, and heeding the Call to Action in Article 62.ii of the Truth and Reconciliation Report to decolonize and Indigenize university education, we are asking what a comparative analysis of Canadian postsecondary contemporary dance programs can tell us about the ways in which their training reaffirms colonial frameworks. Additionally, we are seeking to share strategies (both epistemological and infrastructural) from colleagues in this country and beyond on how our respective institutions might decolonize and diversify their programs and curricula in a manner that reflects both the cultural diversity of our students and the professional dance contexts into which they will be graduating.

Featured speakers include: Anurima Banerji, Seika Boye, Mique'l Dangeli, Henry Daniel, Evadne Kelly, Zab Maboungou, Graham McConagle, Royona Mitra, Michèle Moss, VK Preston, and Angélique Willkie.

The event is free and all are welcome, though space is limited. Please email [email protected] to indicate your interest in attending and participating.

Following the conclusion of the symposium, attendees are invited to a reception in the Goldcorp Centre lobby celebrating the opening of the Audain Gallery exhibition It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada, 1920-1970 and Now, curated by Dr. Seika Boye, winner of DSA’s 2021 Dance in the Public Sphere Award.

Symposium Sponsors: SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Dance Studies Association