Moving Stories

collaborative dance creation workshop series
Just Jamaal the Poet with students from Earl of March Secondary School. © S. Watkins
Just Jamaal the Poet with students from Earl of March Secondary School. © S. Watkins
Grade 7–12 Dance Workshops Storytelling

Offered in English only

Keep your students engaged by creatively connecting the dots between movement and storytelling.

The project was spearheaded by OCDSB Dance Educator Allison Carrier and NAC Dance Education Associate and Teaching Artist Siôned Watkins.

Now in its fourth incarnation, this hugely successful project for Grades 7 to 12 brings the unique, culturally diverse voices of four Storytellers together with creative movement coaches to help students collaborate on the creation of a new dance work. 

Movement Coaches: 
Siôned WatkinsAllison CarrierGeoffrey Dollar   

Just Jamaal the PoetDoreen StevensKristina WattJacqui Du Toit

Winter/Spring 2021

Moving Stories has been reimagined on a digital platform for winter 2021.

Students will hear stories directly from one of four Storytellers. Each story will form the inspiration for a creative collaboration between the students of each class. Workshops with movement coaches will offer guidance on how to tap into the power of stories and transport them through movement. As there is no access to a physical theatre for a final group performance, teachers are encouraged to conceive of a performance opportunity for their students’ creations, either live within safety guidelines, or through digital media.

Two sessions with a Storyteller, and three workshops with movement coaches will be organized for each participating class. Sharing will take place virtually.

Please note that for our first digital version we have a limited sign up of four classes.

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.