Projects subsidized by and for youth!

Here are the innovative projects developed in 2018-2019:

A tour of creative workshops and interactive shows will take place in various boroughs of the city of Montreal on the summer and fall of 2020.  The specialized team of Prima Danse will offer workshops to seniors and young people from different communities and whose cultural offer is limited. We use dance to fight against cultural and sexual stereotypes for an inclusive society. Project funded under the Cultural Development of Montreal between the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec.

Through the Youth Commitment program, financial support from the Government of Canada allows Prima Danse to do a tour dance performances and creation workshops, engaging 3,000 young people aged 7 to 17 in the fights against cultural, sexual and ethnic stereotypes in several schools in Quebec. The dance will be used to bring young people to break prejudices and remove barriers surrounding different cultures and ethnicities.

In 2020, Prima Danse will meet groups who will receive 4 workshops subsidized by the City of Montreal as part of the Montreal Intercultural Program. The workshops want to raise awareness of ethno-cultural diversity through the art of dance. The dance workshops, through creative, cooperative exercises, discussions and viewing of artistic videos, will aim to develop intercultural skills, namely respect, listening and awareness of one’s identity and that of others.

During the summer of 2020, Prima Danse will carry out the project “Prestations de danse éclairs” of the Plateau Mont-Royal in Montreal. We organise three (3) dance presentations followed by a dance workshop for get people moving while respecting physical distancing.

In the “Actions ciblées jeunesse” program from the CIUSS centre sud, Prima Danse will invite young people aged 12 to 17 from community and school environments to get involved in the full creation of an artistic video dealing with issues and stereotypes related to mental health among young people.

With financial support from the Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada, Prima Danse can provide direct service delivery to those most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. The Project use the social art of dance to break the isolation, raise awareness and inform nearly 80 groups from vulnerable communities. This helps mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on members of the vulnerable population who feel estranged from the social sphere during the pandemic. This particularly supports children and youth, racialized communities, and the aged person.

Previous projects

  • In 2018 and 2019, through the program “Fight against homophobia and transphobia” of the Ministry of Justice, Prima Danse meets students and parents of elementary and secondary schools in more remote regions of Quebec to make them aware of sexual stereotypes linked to homophobia.

  • In 2019, through the Youth Commitment program, financial support from the Government of Canada, Prima Danse meet 45 classes from Estrie, the Capitale-Nationale and the greater Montreal metropolitan area to talk about diversity and affirmation through dance.

  • In the spring and summer of 2019, Prima Danse team visit youth organizations, organizations for the elderly as well as organizations fighting against poverty, racism and homelessness in different neighborhoods of Montreal thanks to the project funded under the ‘Agreement on the cultural development of Montreal concluded between the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec.

  • In 2017, Canadian Heritage financed a flash-mob tour of 10 administrative regions across Quebec as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

  • In summer 2018, Prima Danse participated in the TD Park People scholarship program which provided free activities in the parks.
  • In 2017, Canadian Heritage is funding the tour of dance gatherings (Flashmob) through 10 administrative regions of Quebec as part of the Confederation of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

  • Prima Danse took part in Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations thanks to the City of Montreal and the Quebec government.
  • In 2016, the Ministry of Justice financed a program to fight against homophobia through dance workshops, first in Montreal, then throughout various regions of Quebec.
  • In 2017, 2018, 2019, Opération Enfant Soleil’s help Prima Danse to acquire the material to get young people moving and encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • In 2015, Canadian Heritage financed a tour of dance workshops to promote the Pan American Games.
  • In 2014, the Ministry of Culture and Communications financed a tour of workshops for young dance enthusiasts across Quebec.
  • The City of Montreal’s Inclusion and Innovation program has started to finance cultural Prima Danse activities as part of certain cultural recreation projects.
  • In 2013, the Forum Jeunesse de l’île de Montréal youth forum financed the hypersexualization awareness through dance program.
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