CRIPSiE and Solidance (formerly iDANCE)
About the program
iDANCE Edmonton has grown into two separate non-profit organizations: Solidance Inclusive Recreation Society and CRIPSiE (Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton).
For more information about recreational integrated dance classes, go to: www.solidance.ca
For integrated dance performance opportunities and professional development, or to book a workshop/performance go to: www.cripsie.ca
These programs are richly artistic and collaborative experiences in which we consider physical, organizational, social and cultural aspects of accessibility. We celebrate the unique strengths of each of our dancers, and foster a genuinely inclusive group dynamic.
iDANCE was a program of The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, between 2009 and 2013.
Transformed into Solidance and CRIPSiE, these programs continue to collaborate with the University of Alberta’s Orchesis Dance Group in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.
- We developed our programming in response to a need expressed by the dance and disability communities in Edmonton
- Our community is built upon ethics of collaborative, rather than top-down, leadership. We value creating dance by and with dancers of all abilities who participate in our programs.
- We work to create new aesthetics in dance, and offer new and important ways to understand dance and dancers
Who the program is for
Our programming is open to people of all abilities to
- Explore various dance forms (integrated dance, creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary, contact improvisation)
- Increase strength, flexibility and coordination through movement
- Learn a new skill for fun
- Create and perform dance in an accessible environment
- Join a great social network in partnership with the larger dance community; and
- Find peer support in a culture of celebration!