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All Bodies Dance Project (ABDP) was founded in September 2014 by Naomi Brand, Mirae Rosner and Sarah Lapp in an effort to create a space for inclusive dance practice in Vancouver, BC. Since then, the company has built a wide community of participants, collaborators, artists, partners and supporters. For seven seasons, ABDP has worked in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board, Roundhouse Community Art Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre and Sunset Community Association, to offer a highly successful community-engaged dance project that has welcomed hundreds of participants, of all abilities, genders, sizes and backgrounds.

To date All Bodies has self-produced six full-length productions: See & Be Seen (2015), TRACE (2016), DO MAKE SHOW (2017), Magic & Remembering (2019), Translations (2019) and It’s Enough (for a rooftop) (2021). Additionally, the group has created and performed numerous site-specific, outdoor pieces that have been performed widely in festivals such as Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dance in Vancouver, Fluid Festival (Calgary), SKAMpede (Victoria) and Vines Art Festival. The company has also created numerous dancefilms (with audio description) including Ho.Me (2019), Sanctuary (2019) and Near/Far (2021) that have been screened in local, national and international festivals. Additionally, the group tours as part of the ArtStarts in Schools roster and has partnered on presentations with New Works, The Dance Centre, and Made in BC: Dance on Tour among others. ABDP’s work has received grants and awards including the 2019 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence in the category of Accessible City.

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All Bodies Dance Project's work takes place on the unceded, occupied and stolen lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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