Indigenous Dance Residency

Program dates: July 28, 2014 - August 23, 2014

Application deadline: May 10, 2014

Program Information

About the Indigenous Dance Residency

The Indigenous Dance Residency (IDR) is the only program in North America led by Indigenous faculty for Indigenous dancers. Acclaimed Indigenous faculty come together with participant dancers from across Canada and around the world to share, investigate, and strengthen contemporary Indigenous dance practice. The combination of high-level faculty, power of place here in the mountains, and being situated in the heart of Blackfoot and Stoney territories, make this program truly unique and transformative.

In 2014, this four week intensive residency will include daily technique classes, improvisation classes, choreographic exploration, and the creation of a new choreographic work that will be performed as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival at The Banff Centre. Dancers accepted to the program will participate in an exceptional artistic process with other Indigenous artists from various nations, backgrounds, and countries.

IDR provides a critical space for emerging and professional dance practitioners to exchange arts 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 choreographers and teachers at the top of their fields and - with a collaborative team of choreographers - create a new work that will be performed on a main stage with full production values at the conclusion of the residency.

Enrolment is limited to 10-12 dancers.

Dancers accepted to the program will receive 100 per cent scholarship to cover the program fee including full tuition, shared room, and meal plan at The Banff Centre. Travel to and from The Banff Centre will be the responsibility of participants.

Who Should Apply

If you are a professional or emerging dancer of Indigenous descent looking to transform your technical and performance skills in a rigorous yet supportive community of Indigenous dancers and faculty, this program is for you. Participants must have dance training experience in one or multiple genres of dance. Participants must have a strong work ethic. Participants should expect to work hard, be open to the creative process, and be professional in studio. Applications from Canadian and international Indigenous dancers from diverse dance backgrounds are welcome. 

My time at the IDR residency at The Banff Centre has been full of emotional and physical growth. It pushed me to understand my strengths as a dancer and performer while also allowing me to develop my artistic values. I hope to never forget what I learnt here.
—Aria Evans (Mi’kmaq, Ontario)

The Indigenous Dance Residency is a diamond. I have never been part of something so special. This program is growing and exceeding my expectations. For me, it is a dream come true. I have nothing but gratitude towards The Banff Centre. I am so grateful and forever inspired.
Jera Wolfe (Métis, Manitoba)

I think this program is exceptional for Indigenous dancers. A great opportunity and wonderful experience for both dancers and faculty! Creativity abounds in the surroundings and the work ethic is great.
Jock Soto (Navajo, USA), instructor, 2010-14

This is a program that is unique and ground-breaking, connecting the creativity of Indigenous people from around the world.
—Taane Mete (Maori, New Zealand), choreographer, 2012

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Above photo: Image from the 2013 Indigenous Dance Residency, The Banff Centre

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.