Indigenous Dance Residency

Program dates: August 3, 2015 - August 29, 2015

Application deadline: Extended to May 27, 2015

Program Information

Faculty: Sandra Laronde - program director, Charles Koroneho - choreographer/instructor, Waneek Horn-Miller - health & fitness instructor, Thomas Fonua - guest teacher, Jera Wolfe - guest teacher, Jordan Thunderchild - grass dancer/emerging instructor, James Jones - powwow fit instructor,

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 dancers from across Canada and around the world to share, investigate, and strengthen contemporary Indigenous dance practice. The combination of high-level faculty, rigorous exploration, and power of place here in the mountains in the heart of Blackfoot and Stoney territories make this program truly transformative.

IDR is a four week intensive residency featuring daily technique classes, improvisation classes, choreographic exploration, and the creation of new choreographic work that is performed at the conclusion of the program. Dancers accepted to the program participate in an exceptional artistic process with other Indigenous artists from various nations, backgrounds, and countries. Dancers who have participated in IDR (so far) have represented Australia, Canada, Fiji, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Samoa, and the United States.

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 short work that is performed as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival at The Banff Centre.

Enrolment is limited to 12 dancers.

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


Above photo: Image from the 2014 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.