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I declared 2018 The Year of Serratus, Self-Worth and Finances. It took until sometime in 2019 to recognize that I had achieved all of these goals. So, fittingly, half way through the year, I am declaring this The Year of Shoulder Girdle, Emotional Core Stability and Bigger Projects ~ which ultimately means less different activities and locations in the timeline. A contrast to the 51 location changes I made in 2018!
One of Stand Up Dance’s core projects continues to grow.

dance like no one is watching will be a part of Theatre SKAM's Skampede Festival in Victoria, Canada, in a few short weeks. 

We are thrilled to be able to continue this project with returning dancers Allison Brooks and Marie Pierre Gilbert who were with us in Newfoundland, as well as with local Victoria dancers Andrew Barrett, Keith MacMillan, Noah McKim, and Joelle Jobin and Colleen Zander from the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg.

This project has reached more than 30,000 people across the country and bringing it to Victoria ensures that many more will be able to enjoy dance like no one is watching: surprise and spectacle erupts in unexpected locations as dancers perform spontaneous choreography created through shared improvisation practice.

I am always excited to work on dance scores - creating conditions for expected yet unimaginable ideas to emerge. To strike the magic balance between chaos and order to find ourselves in the sweet chaordic spot. That is dance like no one is watching at its best.

Stand Up Dance can accept charitable donations through Theatre SKAM. If you'd like to contribute to this exciting project, or any of Stand Up Dance's work, and receive a charitable tax receipt,  please click HERE.

Choose STAND UP DANCE from the "Apply Your Donation To A Specific Fund" menu and write STAND UP DANCE in the message box.

We are very close to meeting our fundraising goal this year. 
Your support makes our work possible. 

Thank you so much. 

photo of Irvin Chow & Lee Bloom by Ella Cooper


Emotional Landscapes


Last month I spent a week walking the headlands of the north Atlantic on the west coast of Ireland. The coast is spectacular. I set off to visit my friend, the Friar. I was going to talk about healing trauma over generations, or the healing of intergenerational trauma. Ireland has a rich history of trauma and the Friar knows much about much.

Being in the presence of the immense presence of the place, so alive with magic. Feeling the earth, watching the sky, meeting the trees and rocks, swimming in the sea. Walking and watching and talking and sensing. 

Then I went on to Dublin and worked on the newest iteration of my explorations that continue to spring from the idea of a feminist revisioning of James Bond, which led to unpacking the tropes of Action Hero, Spy and Womanizer, which is leading to the ways to transform and release the energy from trauma stored in the body. The current exploration is based on the work that I did at Queens Collective in Morocco last year.

Working under the series title Rituals for the mess we’re in now, in Dublin I worked at FringeLab with performer collaborators Marion Cronin, Áine Ní Laoghaire, Jade O’Connor and composer Laura Tack. Additional assistance from Ruth Barry and Áine Stapelton.  For this process we worked with water as a transformative element and focused on the thread of Breaking Code Breaking Secret Codes.

Upcoming and Ongoing  

Interdisciplinary Solo Performance & DanceFilm Workshop

There doesn’t seem to be an easy way to say it, so here’s what we’re doing.

Meagan O’Shea teaches her signature workshop – DIY Solo Making – Interdisciplinary Creation and Performance. Participants arrive with an initial proposal, then Meagan introduces a variety of strategies and techniques that allow the work to develop from a multitude of perspectives - including contemporary dance practices, theatre, clown, DIY spectacle, writing and improvisation. Over the course of the intensive, participants develop the seeds of a performance and perform their creation-in-progress.


Then, Linnea Swan, who makes killer videos, will lead the participants through a process where they transform the material they’ve created specifically for a live audience, to the medium of video in the broad genre of Dance Film. Working together, participants will shoot and edit their work over the course of the workshop - leaving the week with a live work-in-progress solo, and a finished Dance Film.

A catchier name would be Watermelons for a Rainy Day: a workshop in creating interdisciplinary solo performance and dancefilm from two of Canada's grand dames (in waiting) of contemporary dance-theatre. 

“O’Shea is off the wall, impossible to categorize, fun.” Montreal Gazette
“On the edge of bitterness and hilarity, Swan is a treasure” NOW Magazine

Calgary, Canada. July 22 – 26, 2019  
Days, with space available in the evenings for additional solo work time.
Limited spots available.
Please send a short blurb including bio, artistic statement, the idea that you would like to explore in this workshop, and links to previous work.
Deadline for Applications: July 2.

FEE:  $500 - * all participants will receive a subsidy of $250 
*Subsidized through Canada Council for the Arts

Please send applications to &
Applicants will be notified of acceptance on Friday July 5.
Payment is due on Monday July 8, 2019

Watermelons for a Rainy Day

interdisciplinary solo performance & dancefilm 

with Meagan O'Shea and Linnea Swan
two of Canada's grand dames (in waiting) of contemporary dance-theatre


dance like no one is watching

Galloping Goose Trail, Victoria, Canada

Skampede, July 13 & 14, 12 - 5 pm

Please consider supporting Stand Up Dance this season. Go to Theatre SKAM, choose STAND UP DANCE in the drop-down menu. 

Thank you so much. We can't do it without you.

. moving . social . imagination .

There are times of output and times of input. And there are times for rest and care. We need to be well rested and cared for so that instead of contracting when confronted by our own edges, we can meet ourselves and each other to create a more expansive world.

I hope the season holds you well.
Thanks for reading, see you on the dancefloor!


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