The Welcome Project

dreamwalker dance a bridge between us 

photo by Aria Evans

In our pilot year Dreamwalker Dance Company partnered with City of Toronto Newcomer Office, Working Women Community Centre, St. Stephen's Community House and DanceWorks to offer an extensive series of movement-based workshops to Newcomers, Immigrants, Youth, City staff, and Newcomer service providers.  The intent of these workshops was to provide participants with a resonant experience of Canadian values and to introduce embodied activities designed to create positive experiences and a general sense of welcome in a community context.  

 

From June 2018 to May 2019, Dreamwalker mentored and trained 9 diverse, local dance artists (ranging in ages from 20 years old to 60 years old) and 20 Newcomer Welcome Project Ambassadors (ages 16 to 70) to facilitate workshop experiences with over 600 Newcomers and 60 TDSB students (approximately 30 different classes).  Each class participated in 3 workshops, and the project culminated in 3 distinct Public Action events: at Royal Ontario Museum April 15, 2019; at Godstone Park June 27, 2019; and at Nathan Phillips Square for Toronto Newcomer Day on May 16, 2019.  

Through these workshops Nann introduced powerful physical tools to break down barriers and create experiences of inclusion and acceptance, increasing self-confidence and providing lived experiences of Canadian values: celebration of diversity, mutual respect and freedom of self-expression. 

Due to COVID-19, Dreamwalker Dance Company was unable to bring the Welcome Project to Toronto's Nathan Philips Square, but please take a moment to engage with this video and picture yourself in our circle.

 

It is our intent that everyone feels invited, wanted, and welcomed to participate in our events and activities. We continue to do the work to learn, unlearn, and relearn in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand in solidarity with Black communities, Indigenous communities, people of colour, and with 2SLGBTQQIA communities. We aim to be part of the forward movement to create a supportive and safe world that is equitable for all of us. In light of this, as you engage with us, with our events, activities and our work, we will continue to ask for your feedback.