Frequently asked questions
What is Moving Connections?
This format of Moving Connections is a workshop series that brings people together through a live movement practice online and outdoors (when COVID regulations permit it.) In a choreographed sequence developed in collaboration with a community of older adults just before the pandemic, we will move in harmony with one another from our own spaces. This practice evokes a distilled reflection of hope embracing meaningful connections made with people in our lives. The sequence consists of 32 movements that are simple, gestural and easy to learn.
Who can participate?
This workshop welcomes anyone who is interested - no dance experience is necessary. It is open to participants of all bodies, abilities, and ages, however we suggest adult accompaniment for very young movers.
The choreographed sequence can be done standing, sitting, or with any other modification. Our instructors will provide movement options for all abilities and accessibilities. If you have specific accessibility questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact
Videos with guided instruction, Closed Captioning and ASL are available after attending a workshop.
What will I be doing?
You will practice a gentle choreographed sequence, made up of 32 gesture-based movements. Monday Learning Labs will be your tutorials for the sequence and will be taught in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2). Wednesday Practice Labs will give you the opportunity to fully engage in the choreography as a meditative practice, stringing both Part 1 and 2 (all 32 movements) together. Workshops also include a warm-up aspect and occasionally, a guided movement exploration.
The choreography can be done standing, sitting, and with any other modifications. Guided by a professional dance artist who will be demonstrating and engaging in each movement throughout the entire workshop, you will learn alongside a community of participants online or outdoors. You will be dancing before you know it!
Who is teaching it?
These workshops are facilitated by professional dance artists experienced in community engagement. Meet our fantastic team below!
Who created the choreographed sequence?
The choreographed sequence was developed by Karen Kaeja in collaboration with a group of older adults during a community workshop in December 2019. Through guided prompts and explorations, these movements stem from personal stories, contributed by those who were present in the workshop.
The Moving Connections Project and workshops were conceived, directed and developed in 2018 by Karen Kaeja. The project is an umbrella for her three decades of research of intergenerational collaborative dance making created through personal stories. Karen’s early training as a Dance Therapist where she pioneered the first Dance Therapy program at North York’s Baycrest Centre, seeded her research on the benefits of dancing for older adults and has now blossomed into the Moving Connections Project.
How much does it cost?
FREE! A donation option is available to support the Moving Connections program
Where are the workshops?
ONLINE on Zoom.
What is the schedule?
Spring Session as follows:
Mon, April 5 | 5:00-5:45pm - Learning Lab (Part 1)
Wed, April 7 | 5:00-5:45pm - Practice Lab
Mon, April 12 | 5:00-5:45pm - Learning Lab (Part 2)
Wed, April 14 | 5:00-5:45pm - Practice Lab
Sat, April 17 | Time & location (Toronto) TBA - Outdoor Practice Lab
Sun, April 18 | Rain Date - Outdoor Practice Lab
Mon, April 17 | 5:00-5:45pm - Learning Lab (Part 1+2)
Wed, April 19 | 5:00-5:45pm - Practice Lab
Sat, April 24 | Time & location (Toronto) TBA - Outdoor Practice Lab Sun, April 25 | Rain Date - Outdoor Practice Lab