Choreographic & Writing Dance Lab

Dance Victoria will be hosting its first Choreographic Lab and Writing Dance Lab at Dance Victoria Studios in the summer of 2017.


Through this process, Dance Victoria is interested in identifying new voices (choreographers, interpreters, writers). This project:

  • Contributes to the development of emerging BC artists
  • Has the potential to assist Dance Victoria in identifying artists that it will continue to support through residencies and potential commissions
  • Will expose Victoria-based dance artists to visiting artists, through the daily technique class, as participants in the workshops and as auditors of the process
  • The writing lab will provide its participants with an opportunity to hone skills in much the same way as a visual artist approaches gesture drawing
  • Builds audience engagement increasing appreciation for the art form

 Choreographic Lab


Dance Victoria has engaged celebrated choreographer Wen Wei Wang to lead a two-week intensive for three emerging choreographers and six dancers. All positions are paid.

Wen Wei will select dancers for a total company of six (three women and three men) and two apprentices from a series of auditions in Vancouver and Victoria.

Find out more about eligibility & the application process here.


Please submit your proposal to Stephen White, Executive Producer, at Dance Victoria at no later than 4:00 pm, Sunday April 30, 2017.


  • The dancer’s commitment is full-time over the two weeks. Each day will start at 9:30 am with a 1.5 hr technique class led by Wen Wei. After class, each choreographer will be assigned a task. The dancers, apprentices and choreographers will retreat to one of the three studios at Dance Victoria to develop material based on the task. At the end of the day, each choreographer will share their work and engage in a discussion about the work.  Dancers must at a pre-professional level with at least three years of advanced training in contemporary/contemporary ballet. Victoria-based dancers will be paid a total fee of $1,000 for the two weeks.  More information about dancer auditions here.

Audition Information
Auditions were Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ Dance Victoria Studios, 2750 Quadra Street
Check back here later this month to see who was selected for the company.

Writing Dance Lab


The Writing Dance Lab will be led by Kaija Pepper (Editor, Dance International Magazine, and celebrated author of three books and countless articles in major newspapers and magazines). Events at the Choreographic Lab will inspire a short piece of writing, which will be workshopped on the final two days. The choreographic lab is about in-process dance, and our writing, too, will be considered in-process.

The Writing Dance Lab will take place between July 17 and 30 at Dance Victoria’s studios, with writers independently attending free 5 pm public showings and 10 am morning dance classes (as viewer or participant, as appropriate). There may be an opportunity to attend a rehearsal (to be confirmed). There are three hands-on workshop sessions with Kaija Pepper, one at the start of the lab and two at the end:
Monday, July 17: 9 – 11:30 am; Saturday, July 29: 10 am – 2 pm; Sunday, July 30, 1 – 5 pm

Find out more about eligibility & the application process here.


Please send a sample of writing (ideally on dance) and a brief letter outlining your interest in the workshop to Places are limited. Early application is advised. Writing Dance Lab Fee: $150 plus tax.  Deadline: June 17, 2017.


Dance Victoria’s Choreographic Lab is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the RBC Foundation and Jawl Bundon LLP.

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Dancer Audition Info for Choreographic Lab

Auditions were held in Victoria 3-5pm on Saturday April 1
* Check back here later this month to see who was selected for the company.

Wen Wei Wang

Lab Info + Proposal Guidelines

Proposals from choreographers will be accepted until 4pm Sunday April 30.

Writer applications will be accepted until June 17, 2017.



If you have questions about your proposal, call Dance Victoria Executive Producer Stephen White at 250.595.1829 or email him at