Karen Jamieson has a long and successful history in community engaged and cross cultural dance. The company’s work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside reflects our vision to reveal the power of dance.
“This work hopes to develop and strengthen dance within a community by sowing the seeds of an ongoing dance practice. One of the revelations of past engagement with the Downtown Eastside community is that art might be the most potent tools for survival that human beings have come up with to date and dance might possibly be the most powerful of these tools.” Karen Jamieson
Karen’s pioneering work in this field has been recognized throughout Canada as groundbreaking. The passing on of this work to a younger generation through mentorship builds sustainability into our community work, allows a transfer of knowledge, and builds capacity and support for the dance program; it is an important component of KJD mandate.
Follow the 4 young professional dancers that were part of the first few years of the Mentorship Project through Hailey's Blog.
Julie Lebel, Hailey McCloskey, Lindsey Ridgway and Mirae Rosner joined Karen in our Dance In And For The Community Program. Currently we are working in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside at Carnegie Community Centre and SFU Woodwards offering dance workshops to residents leading to performance. Recent work led to a performance at Heart of the City Festival October 30, 2016 called Metamorphose.
Hailey's Blog January 29, 2013
Hailey's Blog February 15, 2013
Hailey's Blog March 15, 2013
Hailey's Blog April 19, 2013
Hailey's Blog May 17, 2013
Hailey's Blog June 14, 2013
Hailey's Blog September 2013 - A New Year!
New this year...Hailey's mentorship with Karen got some further support through the City of Vancouver's Mentorship Program. Hailey's work with us will now extend into working with Karen on other projects like the recent Brief Encounters and the upcoming solo|soul. Hailey will be submitting blogs that cover these other areas as well as her work with the other mentees in Vanocuver's Downtown Eastside.
Hailey's Blog October 22, 2013 - Broken Toe & Anatomy Trains
Hailey's Blog October 25, 2013 - Watching
Hailey's Blog October 28, 2013 - The Interplay Between...
Hailey's Blog October 29, 2013 - Karen & Nathaniel Justiniano in Studio...
Hailey's Blog October 31, 2013 - Working on the Score and Grounding Our Intentions
Hailey's Blog November 1, 2013 - The BIG WEEKEND AHEAD!
Hailey's Blog November 7, 2013 - CONNECT
Hailey's Blog October 17, 2013 - LIZ LERMAN Workshop
Hailey's Blog November 18, 2013 - solo|soul & Karen
Hailey's Blog February 18, 2014 - Entering a New Year after CONNECT
Hailey's Blog February 5, 2014 - The Collaborators
Hailey's Blog February 7, 2014 - Head, Tail, Spiral
Hailey's Blog March 5, 2014 - Elders & Carnegie
Hailey's Blog March 17th, 2014 - Golden Rectangles
Hailey's Blog March 25, 2014 - Workshop at SFU with Mirae
Hailey's Blog March 30, 2014 - musings on the process and the practice...
Hailey's Blog April 3, 2014 - Standing Meditation
Hailey's Blog April 14, 2014 - Bandas and Vayus
Hailey's Blog May 16, 2014 - the only thing you have at the bottom is the breath and weight of the body
Hailey's Blog June 6, 2014 - elder project cont..
Hailey's Blog June 9, 2014 - Specify~Deepen
Hailey's Blog June 11, 2014 - responding sensitively and effectively
Hailey's Blog June 23, 2014 - applicability, issues, discussion
Hailey's Blog September 30, 2014- getting into the swing of things
Hailey's Blog October 18, 2014 - Mental discipline on the artist's path
Hailey's Blog October 20, 2014 - About teaching from the body to the bodies
Hailey's Blog October 24th, 2014 - Elders updates
Hailey's Blog November 13th, 2014 - delivery, timing, vocabulary
Hailey's Blog November 21st, 2014 - the dance: what brings you here today?
Hailey's Blog November 25th, 2014 - Choreography, engagement and participatory integration
Hailey's Blog November 26th, 2014 - complex spaces, creative resistance