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Happy Holidays! 

It's hard to believe that the year is drawing to a close and that the next is upon us, already, again. 2017 was a a whirlwind - moving between many times and places.  I'm thrilled that Stand Up Dance is heading into 2018 with several big projects moving forward.

Hyper Local Super Now

With the year days away from over, Stand Up Dance has received some good news; I am finishing off the working year here in Barcelona developing Dream Another Day, editing dance like no one is watching video shot last summer and soaking in the sun before heading back to Canada ready to delve deeply into dance for a better world in 2018!

The Love Project has been invited to perform at the BC ArtStarts Showcase in the new year in preparation for touring through schools across British Columbia. After three years of touring The Love Project in Ontario, reaching thousands of students, Stand Up Dance is thrilled to be bringing this work to new audiences. 

Here, in Barcelona, I have been writing, dancing, teaching, performing, editing and walking barefoot on the beach trying to catch up to myself! All of that time and place change really scrambles some of the internal sensors. Walking on the beach is the best way I know to come back to myself.

Here's a peek at some of the video from other sunny days.
dance like no one is watching



Emotional Landscapes


Pole dancing in the contemporary dance lexicon
dance pals
an anti-cafe


I met with the woman behind #WeToo, who interviewed a multitude of female dancers and wrote an article about sexism in the contemporary dance scene.
I had amazing conversations with people across our sector from myriad countries about #MeToo while attending the IETM.


I skipped the pancakes, baked a cake and saw a Balinese/European classical opera.



                       IETM delegates, Brussels Christmas Market, Train Station and the anti-cafe in Berlin


Upcoming and Ongoing

The Love Project is showcasing at BC ArtStarts in February.

Teaching Improvisation in Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton in the new year. I am particularly excited about teaching at my alma matter, Simon Fraser University.

Léxico - understanding in the unknown
a new international collaboration and dance project
7 artists from different countries creating dance together in languages we don't understand. We'll begin with a residency at Sant Andreu Teatre in Barcelona in May. 

Take a look at the videos we made to get us started here.

S.Rollock, R.Breen, B.Stevenson, JA McKinney, A.Spaziani: The Love Project, Toronto cast, 2015



The end of the year marks the end of the 2 year Artistic Associateship that Stand Up Dance has been fortunate to share with Suddenly Dance Theatre.

If you'd like to contribute to the growing success of Stand Up Dance in Canada and abroad, you are invited to make a donation before December 31, 2017 to receive a tax deductible receipt. 

Please go to and donate to Suddenly Dance Theatre, write Stand Up Dance in the notes. A tax receipt will arrive in your inbox. If you'd just like to donate directly without a tax receipt you can do so at StandUpDance by clicking on the PayPal button.

Thank you to all those who have donated already.
Your support helps make dance for a better world!

photo: Tristán Pérez-Martín

2018: Stand Up Dance for a better world!

Best wishes for a holiday season that fills you up in all the ways.

Thanks for reading, see you on the dance floor!

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