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