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. 

























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.


 

daCi 2000 conference, Regina, Sask. Canada

daCi 2003 conference, Salvador, Brazil

 
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN DANCE IMAGINATION

A DANCE IMAGINATION DANCER:
•  loves to dance!				                        •  likes dance classes
•  likes to perform				                        •  is creative and likes to choreograph
•  is able to focus on a task 			                •  can be independent
•  is responsible and on time for rehearsals		•  shows dance ability and willingness to learn 
•  is friendly and gets along well with peers and people of different ages
•  is able to miss some school classes to perform in school  concerts (not apprentices)
•  is not shy about dancing with the opposite sex	
•  is willing to give up an occasional activity for rehearsals and classes
•  is committed to this dance company and exhibits behaviour which positively reflects this commitment

THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT BEING IN DANCE IMAGINATION:
•  you make wonderful friends		•  you gain self confidence	                        •  you can be creative!
•  it is exciting to perform			•  you learn problem solving skills 	      •  you learn a lot about life
•  you are a part of a special group 	•  you get to travel and meet new people		
•  you learn a lot about dance and different dance styles

THE CHALLENGING THINGS ABOUT BEING IN DANCE IMAGINATION:
•  sometimes it is hard work		•  sometimes you might feel pressured
•  sometimes you might not like your dance or your choreographer
•  sometimes you have to make difficult choices about dance and your other activities
•  any missed school work due to performance is to be made up

SCHEDULE:
•  one modern class (1 1/2 hours) and one rehearsal (2 hours) each week
•  8 - 10 school concerts throughout the year (usually 1/2 days)
•  Annual Concert in June			•  occasional weekend or evening concert for the community

A DANCE IMAGINATION PARENT:
•  is able to get the dancer to class and rehearsal on time
•  is willing to volunteer to assist the company and support the dancers 
•  is willing to promote the company through volunteering, ticket sales, fund raising, attending meetings etc.
•  is able to pay Dance Imagination fees (some scholarships available)
•  is committed to supporting the dancers in all their Dance Imagination activities

            Dance Imagination Performances

School Performances	140			Theatre Performances	45
11th triennial dance and the Child international Conference     -  Kingston, Jamaica - 2009
10th triennial dance and the Child international Conference     -  The Hague, The Netherlands - 2006
9th triennial dance and the Child international Conference       -  Salvador, Brazil - 2003
8th triennial dance and the Child international Conference	       - Regina, Saskatchewan - 2000 
Discovery Days			    2005, 04, 03,  02, 01,  00,  99, 98, 97, 96, 95, 94 
Hyack	Festival		    2011, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03,  02, 01,  00,  99, 98, 97, 96, 95, 94, 93, 92
Parade of Lights 		    2010, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03*, 02*, 01, 00,  99,  98,  97, 96  (* 1st place trophy)
Dogwood Pavilion Centre	    2005, 1998
Simon Fraser University	    2004, 1996, 95, 94, 93, 92, 91
Showcase 			    2009, 2006, 2004, 2000            Cavalcade of Stars	2006, 2001, 1993
Children's Hospital		    2001,1999,  98, 97, 96, 95, 94, 93 ,92
Canada Day 			    2003, 02, 01, 00 		            Golden Spike Days	                            2001	
Burnaby Festival of Dance    2000, 1997, 94, 91 	            Northwest Dance Conference              1996, 95	
Bahai Festival			    2000, 1999		                    Shadbolt Opening Ceremonies            1995 
Crossing Boundaries Conference	1998 			    B.C. Dance Educators Conference     1995
UNICEF with Charlotte Diamond	1997 			   Commonwealth Games	                1994 
Burnaby A'Blaze			        1993			            Burnaby Centennial	                           1992
C.A.H.P.E.R.D. Dance Conference	1991 			    Q.D.P.E. Conference	                1991

Cavalcade of Stars Audition

Hyack Parade in New West

Working with the Sparks

Irish Stepdancing during one of Dance Imagination’s school shows.

Jazz dance at a school show


                        Brittany Howey

                        Head Instructor

with the Canadian ambassador at the daCi 2006 conference, The Hague, The Netherlands

 

Book of Scary Monsters!

Please Don’t Stop!

At Vancouver Airport - leaving for the Netherlands.