All Bodies Dance Project Workshop
July 12th | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Nanaimo Community Living - 96 Cavan Street
Naomi Brand and Harmanie Taylor bring together artists with and without disabilities to explore endless creative possibilities in difference. We focus on improvisation in a safe, fun and creative environment. Open to participants new to dance or with years of experience and training. Absolutely no skill required! Anyone requiring one-to-one support must bring their own attendant and we ask that everyone who is in the room participate. No spectators! ASL interpretation.
Naomi Brand is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and co-founder of All Bodies Dance Project. Originally from Toronto, Naomi spent 10 years working and dancing in Calgary, before relocating to Vancouver in 2013. She holds both a BA (Dance) and an MFA (Drama) from the University of Calgary and a DanceAbility teaching certificate from founder Alito Alessi. Naomi has cultivated a unique artistic practice that spans work with professional artists, to community-engaged work with diverse populations. Her choreography has been featured in numerous venues and festivals across Canada as well as in Poland, Italy and Uruguay. Naomi is a contributing writer with The Dance Current and a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.
Harmanie Taylor is a proud disabled dance artist living in Vancouver, BC. She has been actively involved in the integrated dance movement as a dancer, performer, teacher, mentor and organizer since 2006 and an Associate Artist and Facilitator with All Bodies Dance Project since 2014.. She has had the pleasure of studying with dance companies such as Axis Dance (US), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Amici Dance Theatre (UK), MoMo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre (AB, CAN), and DanceAbility International (USA). Harmanie has worked with CRIPSiE (AB), RealWheels Theatre (BC) and is a co-facilitator with All Bodies Dance Project. Her latest work premiered at the Vines Art Festival in 2017. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Lethbridge and an Arts and Cultural Management certificate from MacEwan University.