Giving back to the community
Creative outreach plays a great role in Co.ERASGA's mandate: transforming dance as an educational tool to reach audiences and the different communities we share and serve.
At home, across the country and internationally, Co.ERASGA's outreach promotes cultural diversity through teaching, special workshops, dialogue and advocacy.
Throughout the year, Co.ERASGA supported a variety of programs:
Professional and non-professional dance technique classes under the teaching and direction of Alvin Erasga Tolentino worldwide: Vancouver, CADA BC; Salerno, Italy, Scuola Di Danza; Manila, Philippines, Ballet Philippines at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines; and in Laon, France, the Music and Dance Conservatoire.
The Exchanges series develops new partnerships with dance companies outside British Columbia, leading to reciprocal artist exchanges involving members of each company and the host community. Through Exchanges artists share ideas and methods, experiencing the visions of master artists from outside Vancouver who bring their diverse knowledge and methods of contemporary dance to the local dance community, supporting the development of dance artists in Vancouver and beyond. For more information on this program, please click here.
Special dance catalyst for professional and non-professional community members delegated by invited specialized artists to stimulate and enhance the art of dance. This program also supported our yearly dance apprenticeship to the Company since 2000. Guest artists: Andrea Nann (Dancer), Peter Chin (Choreographer and Teacher) Katherine Duncanson (Voice Specialist) and Anita Guerin (International Agent).
Year-round open public studios both at home and abroad are initiated to see current developing work in progress and to facilitate public dialogue and feedback held 3 to 4 times a year.
Youth and Senior Outreach:
The Company offers an ongoing dance experience for youth and seniors where the expression of dance is shared for fun. Basic learning partners with public schools, diverse centre community groups and senior residences at home and abroad. Participant groups: Kalayaan Centre, Bungkos Foundation, Multi-Cultural Helping House Society in Vancouver, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Mt. Pleasant Youth group.