Ready Dance Youth Project (All Bodies Dance)

Community Dance Artists

Ready Dance Youth Project is a unique and diverse artistic community that celebrates and uplifts all bodies and minds.The project activates principles of intersectionality, community care, resilience, and disability justice by empowering the voices of young artists with disabilities. Launched in 2019 by All Bodies Dance Project, Ready Dance is made up of artists ages 15-30 who make and perform dance in an inclusive community where individuality and diversity are celebrated.

All Bodies Dance Project (ABDP) is an inclusive dance company located on unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and territories with a mission is to create opportunities for people of all abilities, genders, sizes, and backgrounds to practice, research, and create innovative, inclusive dance.

In ABDP’s work, differences are regarded as creative strengths as we explore the choreographic possibilities of diverse ways of moving and perceiving. Our work blurs the boundaries between community-engaged and professional practice. We value the lived experience of movers both with and without disabilities and approach accessibility tools and practices as sources of generative artistic possibility. Our practice aims to dismantle assumptions, biases, and default notions around contemporary dance, the theatre, and the dancing body.