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“Has it started…?” by Rebecca Barnstaple – Artist Residency at ImprovLab

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A hand drawn poster for "Has it started...?" Artist Residency with Dr. Rebecca Barnstaple. Performance, Workshop, Spectacle, Lecture. May 27th to 30th. 10 AM to 6 PM. Open Class on May 31 at 11 AM. ImprovLab 108 Mackinnon Building, University of Guelph Campus.

Please join us, starting Monday, May 27, at 10:00 AM(ET) for “Has it Started…?” with IICSI Postdoctoral Fellow Rebecca Barnstaple. There will be a schedule of events each day until May 30th“Has it started…?” is a 4 day open-door artist residency and practice-based inquiry at the ImprovLab, University of Guelph. 

On May 31, at 11:00 AM (ET), Dr. Barnstaple has scheduled an Open Class, preceded by a lecture/webinar on adapted dance (Danse adaptee pour le bien-etre). Register here for the Open Class!

This presentation will take place in person at ImprovLab, MCKN 108 at the University of Guelph. The event is free and open to all.

More About the Residency

Adapted dance is a deeply improvisational practice, created in relation with people of diverse mobilities and ages. Community members and visitors are invited to join Rebecca Barnstaple for a drop-in class at 11am on May 31st as a Friday kick-off for the Guelph Dance Festival. Rebecca has worked extensively with partners in dance/movement therapy, IMPROVment, dance for Parkinsons, and dance for health internationally. Inspired by this broad scope of practice, we will explore the possibilities present for the bodies in attendance.  All are welcome! 

The Open Class will be preceded by a LIVE broadcast of Danse adaptee pour le bien-etre, a webinar exploring programs and research associated with adapted dance offered in partnership with the National Centre for Dance Therapy and Chigamik Community Health Centre.

More About the Presenter

Rebecca Barnstaple (PhD Dance Studies; Graduate Program in Neuroscience 2020, York University) is the Manager of Community Initiatives, Research and Innovation at Centre Communautaire Chigamik Community Health Centre, Midland, Ontario, and an IICSI Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Guelph. A graduate of the National Centre for Dance Therapy at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (2015), she provides education and training in dance therapy and associated research globally. She has been involved in the development and delivery of improvisational arts and health initiatives in the United States (IMPROVment, Wake Forest University) and Canada (SingWell, Toronto Metropolitan University; Piece of Mind, McGill; Dance for Health, Nova Scotia) and serves in a leadership capacity for professional organizations including the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Canada (Accreditation and Certification Committee), the American Dance Therapy Association (Research and Practice Committee), and the International Association of Dance Medicine Science (International Benchmarking Standards Task Force, Dance for Health Committee). Rebecca directs the Research to Practice Lab for ZOE School of Dance Movement Therapy in Basel, Switzerland. 


May 31
10:00 am - 12:00 pm




MacKinnon Room 108, 87 Trent Lane, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1Y4 Canada
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