Dance Imagination is a modern repertory dance company of young people from Burnaby, B.C. with members ranging in age from 7 to 18. This non-profit organization was founded in 1990 by Chris LePage and Dawn Howey. The dancers work with professional choreographers as well as having the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces.
Their repertoire includes such dances as DAY and NIGHT - two modern dances connecting the light and dark; WHEN YOU’RE AN ADDAMS - a Musical Theatre piece; DRUMMER IN THE CORNER - a modern/jazz dance; FROM... OM - connecting the divine through contempory movement; STUDY BREAK - dance helps you get through life; JAMAICA ME WANNA DANCE - a dance from Jamaica using the style Dancehall; ECHO, a movement game played with the audience. The concert also includes some audience participation and may be followed by a question and answer period.
Dance Imagination performs at elementary schools around the Lower Mainland area, entertaining and educating school age children. They also perform at community events like Burnaby’s Discovery Days, Canada Day and New Westminster’s Hyack Festival, at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, local and provincial dance conferences, and have appeared three times at a national dance conference in Seattle with the Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Dance Imagination has also performed at Cavalcade of Stars, Burnaby’s Centennial Celebrations at Swangard Stadium and the Pacific National Exhibition, Simon Fraser University, Showcase 2000 and other special events. Each June they produce their own show at the Shadbolt Centre to premiere their new dances.
daCi 2000 conference, Regina, Sask. Canada
daCi 2003 conference, Salvador, Brazil
with the Canadian ambassador at the daCi 2006 conference, The Hague, The Netherlands
In August, 2009 Dance Imagination performed and taught dance at the 11th triennial “dance and the Child international” dance conference in Kingston, Jamaica, They have also performed at 10th triennial conference in the Hague, The Netherlands. the 9th triennial conference in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and at the 8th triennial “daCi” dance conference in 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Chris LePage is cofounder and Artistic Director of Dance Imagination and the Creative Dance Association. Chris has taught dance for over twenty years in the Burnaby School system and was a director of the Burnaby Festival of Dance for twenty years. Chris has worked with the Ministry of Education to help evaluate learning resources for dance, taught level II and III movement for the B.C. Orff program and is a member of the Dance Program Advisory Council of C.A.H.P.E.R.D., B.C. Dance Educators Association and the daCi Organization (Dance and the Child International).
Dawn Howey is a cofounder and Artistic Director of the Creative Dance Association and Dance Imagination and was also a director of the Burnaby Festival of Dance for ten years. Dawn has danced with Arts Umbrella, Terpsichore, Pacific Ballet Theatre, the Burnaby Arts Centre and has performed all over the Lower Mainland. She has taught modern, jazz, creative and art/dance for over fourteen years.
Brittany Howey, Head Instructor
'Book of Scary Monsters!'
Hyack Parade in New West
Cavalcade of Stars Audition
Working with the Sparks
Irish Stepdancing during one of Dance Imagination’s school shows.
Jazz dance at a school show
'Please Don’t Stop!'
At Vancouver Airport - leaving for the Netherlands.