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Take a look at our recent performances at LINK Community Dance Showcase at the Roundhouse in Vancouver below

We greatly acknowledge West Point Grey Community Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre and Arts & Health Project for their support.  PHOTO: DAVID COOPER | WEST POINT GREY CC

We greatly acknowledge West Point Grey Community Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre and Arts & Health Project for their support.  PHOTO: DAVID COOPER | WEST POINT GREY CC

Photos by David Cooper and Brenda Kent | participants: Creative Dance at Trout Lake and West Point Grey Community Centres with Desirée Dunbar, facilitator and assistants

Take a creative journey... 


Desirée’s professional expertise as a dance artist and educator, plus her enthusiasm and encouragement is amazing. I find her dance classes extremely worthwhile as they encompass all that a community centre dance program should be. Her classes promote health (in all aspects), creativity, joy, friendship, and collaboration for older adults of all ages, abilities and cultures in a very fun, safe, encouraging and supportive environment.
— Linda M
 
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Enhance your creativity and move your body...

I love the seniors dance program with Desiree Dunbar on Fridays! I am 72 years old, and it is wonderful to find a program where I can move to music, within my own capabilities. It is fun to play with movement, and to be creative with a group of like minded folks. I enjoy the camaraderie as much as the movement- no one judges, and we all enjoy ourselves. Lots of laughter and hugs.
— Mary
 
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Tap into your inner playful and artistic self...

Desirée is intuitive and supportive. She is a talented dancer with a successful dance company, yet she loves being with us. What a gift she is! When you are a senior and you find a younger, dynamic person who loves being with you, it is life affirming.
— Tannis F
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Join Desirée Dunbar in this collaborative creative dance workshop and enjoy spontaneous movement exercises and inspiring music. 

More about Desirée over here >>>


 

Made possible by Arts & Health Project for Healthy Aging, West Point Grey Community Centre & Trout lake Community Centre



With the passing of my 95 year old father I have used some of the meditation and energy healing and stress reduction exercises learned in class to help comfort my father in his final days.
— Glenna W
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CREATIVITY    

COMMUNITY    

CARING    

COLLABORATION

It takes a very special skill both as a dancer and understanding of community dance to create and build on an atmosphere of trust and self expression. As an older adult, not only have been able to improve my flexibility and strength, but also to connect with others through movement. I leave the class feeling more peaceful, refreshed and looking forward to our next class. I would highly recommend these classes to anyone – dance skill is not required, just a willingness to move.
— Linda R
PHOTO:BERNDA KENT | TROUT LAKE CC

PHOTO:BERNDA KENT | TROUT LAKE CC


Where, When and How

 

We are currently completing our third term of the year with a final celebratory performance Saturday, June 3rd at the Roundhouse.

Our next season beings after Labour Day in September, 2017.  Be sure to register with the community centre mid-August, 2017.

 

WE GET ROLLING WITH THESE DAYS AND TIMES AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER.  HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Trout Lake Community Centre

Mondays 12:30-2pm in Grandview Room
April 3rd-June 12th | Course # 99648/ Collaborative Creative Dance Workshops
Cost $31.50/ 9 sessions, $5 drop-in

REGISTER in-person, by phone or on-line

3360 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4M4

(604) 257-6955

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search

We greatly aknowledge this as a subsidized program by Trout lake Community Centre and thankful to Arts & Health Project for initiating the project in Sept 2015.

 

West Point Grey Community Centre

Fridays 12:30-2pm in Oak Room
April 7th-June 9th (no class April 14 for Easter) | Course # 87047 Collaborative Creative Dance Workshops

Free (registration required)

REGISTER in-person, by phone or on-line

4397 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 1K4

 (604) 257-8140

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search

We greatly aknowledge this as a subsidized program by West Point Grey Community Centre and an Arts & Health Project initiative.

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Hello I am Desirée Dunbar  

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I am a professional choreographer, educator and coach to those on a path to profound creativity.

I have seen over and over again the incredible results of coming together to explore deep creative expression through our bodies... to music. 

Dance is profoundly transformative.  It gives us permission to play and to be present...with ourselves and with others.  It is meditative, creative, and artistic.  It gives us the opportunity to get out of our heads and into our body.  

Everyone can dance!  I watch my niece (who is not quite two years old) instantly bounce and bob when a beat comes on.  It is instinctual.  It is fun! 

Through this special class I hope you will find enhanced creativity and joy in all areas of life.  

I hope you will consider joining us!

Feel free to contact me personally at dunbar.desiree@gmail.com or 604-786-0054 with any questions.

Much love,

Desirée


It all started when...

The Arts & Health Project contacted me to teach a creative dance class at Trout lake Community Centre back in September 2015. They use the term "Older Adults" (referring to adults in their sweet Golden Years).

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My parents fit in this category.  It sure means something different to be 60, 70 or 80 in this day and time.  Many Boomers are uber active, continuing to learn and still greatly contributing to their families, communities and the world.  Inspiring!

PHOTO: BRENDA KENT | TROUT LAKE CC

PHOTO: BRENDA KENT | TROUT LAKE CC

My first dance group of women over 60 was called The Sparklers because of my favourite move ever... the sparkle. It was invented by Martha Graham. 

As you may know Martha was the mother of Modern Dance.  She revolutionized classical western dance in the early 1900's.  Her work is deeply soulful, draws on Greek mythology and reflects the Feminist movement of the time.  

Her company continues to perform the work around the world.  I have been fortunate to be trained in this style and to have taught the technique from Vancouver to Paris. 

We now have programs at Trout Lake Community Centre and West Point Grey Community Centre. 

Absolutely no experience necessary- only a willingness to open your heart and mind throughout creative movement.  

Thank-you so much to our supporters Arts & Health Project, West Point Grey Community Centre and Trout Lake Community Centre.


Desirée Dunbar has a masters of Fine Arts from University of Arizona and specializes in creative movement for older adults.  She believes that creativity, self-expression and moving our bodies keeps us young and healthy.

CLICK ON ABOVE IMAGE TO WATCH A SAMPLE FROM OUR CLASS


HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

We now have two groups- one at Trout Lake Community Centre (Eastside) and one at West Point Grey Community Centre (Westside).  To register call

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Trout Lake Community Centre | 604-257-6955

West Point Grey Community Centre | 604-257-8140

Joining Older Adults Creative Collaborations is for you if:

  1. You're looking for a weekly, fun activity
  2. Want more creative expression in your life
  3. Love music
  4. Want to enhance creativity
  5. You are willing to be curious, playful & joyful
  6. You enjoy being with creative, kind & adventurous folks
  7. You see the importance in continuing to move your body

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO DO?

We will meditate, stretch, move, learn steps, memorize phrases, co-create dances, discuss art, learn hands on healing techniques to heal yourself and others and have fun!

Move at your own pace.  Healing an injury or working with pain?  This is an opportunity to bring skillful awareness to healthy alignment of your body and how to create healthy movement patterns.  You will find yourself getting gradually stronger, more flexible and agile.

This isn't a workout class- it's a creative and artistic experience... but you will find you get your heart rate up and that you stretch, lengthen and tone your muscles.

Don't worry we won't be moving the entire time.  There are lots of times we are sitting on chairs and stretching or taking water and chat breaks or pausing to watch a group and discuss what we saw.

I always ask that you move at your best pace and adjust anything for your own body.  Please let me know if you are working with injury, pain or trauma.  I'm here to help.


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WHAT DO I WEAR?

Good question!  No tutus or special shoes required.  Be your self and wear any comfy clothes that allow you to move freely.  Layers are helpful to adjust to temperature changes.  Sometimes we are still and sometimes we are moving more. 

Bare feet, cotton socks or runners are all great options.

Bring a water bottle.  You'll get thirsty.


Made possible by Arts & Health Project for Healthy Aging, West Point grey Community Centre & Trout lake Community Centre


THANK-YOU TO DAVID COOPER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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