Crimson Coast Dance

Huulth Huultha, 2020 (“Dancing” in Wakashan language, Nuu-chah-nulth) by Tsatassaya White, is an artistic rendition of an Indigenous dance festival: this film was created out of necessity due to the COVID-19 pandemic which prevented gathering. This short film weaves together a legend from Dr. Ellen (Kwulasulwut) White and follows teachings and protocol from the Snuneymuxw (Coast Salish) & the Opechesaht (Nuu-chah-nulth) Nation.
Pictured above: Smokey Valley and Salish shxw’aluqwa’ (Salish Sisters)
A commission by Crimson Coast Dance Society “Huulth-huulth 2020” premiered at the 2020 InFrinGinG Dance Festival.
Conceived and directed by Tsatassaya (Tracey) White, Snunaymuxw, Coast Salish & Hupacasath, Nuuchahnulth
Editing by Dustin Anderson
(See final credits on the video below)

Mixed Abilities Dance Jam, October 30th: 1-2pm       

Crimson Coast Dance is pleased to partner with Nanaimo Association for Community Living (NACL) in providing monthly movement practice opportunities for adults of mixed-abilities in the Mid-Island region.

Join us on Zoom.  You must pre-register by noon on the day of at this link : CLICK HERE

Myriam Verzat is BACK.  We look forward to dancing with you again this month!

Myriam is a life improviser, a dancer and a community gatherer. She enjoys contributing to Nanaimo’s culture and fun through performing, organizing or supporting creative events. She also teaches compassionate communication and is the mom of a wonderful 4-year-old.



is a contemporary dance performance by Genevieve Johnson as part of Overdose Awareness Day, 2020

Choreography, poetry, image by Genevieve Johnson 

Score by Sofina Johnson

Dramaturgy by Holly Bright

‘Standing Figure Sculpture’ by Troy Moth 

Footage© by Sofina Johnson, Genevieve Johnson, Holly Bright

Editing by Genevieve Johnson

LifeLine is a reflection on the crisis of addiction both as a society and in one’s personal life and intends to reflect compassionate understanding for the addict’s choices while recognizing the desire and the gravitas associated with the choice to use.

Presented Monday, August 31, 4pm and 6:00pm

Wesley Street, Nanaimo, BC (Snuneymuxw Territory) at Standing Figure Sculpture by Troy Moth

~Reflection by Genevieve Johnson on the draw to use and the hope for coming clean 

August 31st, 2020: International Overdose Awareness Day is A Day to Remember, our mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, friends and others lost to fatal drug overdose.

More people have died from drug overdoses in BC than from suicide, murder, motor vehicle accidents, and COVID-19 combined. The BC Coroner’s service reported (on August 25th), that 176 people suffered fatal overdoses in our province in July. In Nanaimo, there were four overdose deaths, bringing this year’s total to 24. That’s just three shy of the total number of overdose deaths in Nanaimo for all of 2019.

The Nanaimo Community Action Team (CAT), on the Overdose Crisis, is dedicated to bringing awareness to the tragedies of the ongoing dual public health emergencies in our community, in respectful and mindful ways. Our 2020 focus is on accessibility to arts, commemoration and compassion for homeless / people who use drugs (PWUD’s) that call Wesley Street and surrounding area, their neighbourhood.  In partnership with peer and community leaders, the Nanaimo CAT is supporting a number of low-key and online activities in order to remember loved ones lost to fatal overdose and commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day on Monday August 31st

Check out other International Overdose Awareness Day Events in Canada:

Crimson Coast Dance Society brings you an online Panel Discussion: Reflections on Digital Dance

This intimate conversation will be hosted by Mitch Miyagawa, who will be joined by four of the brightest dance creators, supporters, and presenters from around the Salish Sea:

Olivia C. Davies, Artistic Director of O.Dela Arts (Link to bio –

Jane Gabriels, Executive Director of Made in BC – Dance on Tour (Link to bio –

Julie-anne Saroyan, Creative Producer of Small Stage (Link to bio –…)

Holly Bright, Artistic Director of Crimson Coast Dance Society (Link to bio –…)


Brought to you by Odessa Kelebay

Digital Story Producer Jamie Black


Links shared during the Live:

From Julie-anne Saroyan to Everyone: 10:27 AM…

From Julie-anne Saroyan to Everyone: 10:47 AM……

From jane gab to Everyone: 10:48 AM……

From Olivia Davies (she/her) O.Dela Arts to Everyone: 10:50 AM…. Wendy Neil =- Mile Zero Dance Garden Party – June 13, 20202  Jeanette Kotowich CoVID Dance films From

Holly Bright to Everyone: 10:51 AM the work of Transformative Encounters (Augmented/Mixed Reality) and Lisa Jackson (Virtual Reality – Biidaaban…

InFrinGinG Online 

Produced by Odessa Kelebay, Curated by Holly Bright, Odessa Kelebay

Reflections On Digital Dance

Friday, August 14, 10:00am – 11:00am PST – An online discussion with live-arts presenters hosted by Mitch Miyagawa 

  • Join our online panel discussion on the successes, challenges and opportunities of programming and producing in a pandemic world. What is the future of live events and how do we embrace Digital Dance innovations and experiences.  

Backyard Dances by YOU!    Click here to see more!

  • An art film by Dustin Anderson featuring submissions by local families dancing (also available for watching). We provided the music; you provided the dance.  A full-on, fun, family experience of moving joy edited into this short clip of life in Nanaimo by Dustin Anderson.

2020 InFrinGinG Dance Festival Memories:

Opening Night @ Bethlehem Centre


Feathers of Fire

VJ VU (Silent Disco)

Silent Disco: DJ AndFriends, DJ All Good, DJ Earth Ninja

Available Online:

Films: Bhairava and Discussing Bhairava by Shantala Shivalingappa 

  • Bhairava, 14-minute cinematic dance by classical Indian dance virtuoso, Shantala Shivalingappa. Set in the stunning Hampi landscape, Bhairava evokes facets of Shiva, the Lord of Dance, as both the destroyer of evil and the guardian of time. 
  • Watch Discussing Bhairava, a 6-minute documentary about the making of Bhairava. 
  • downloadable colouring PDF for kids 

Alternative Reality Launchpad: VR, AR and MR Resources 

  • Dance organizations and artists around the world are embracing alternative reality and exploring the juncture of performance and technology. 

2020 InFrinGinG Testimonials:

It is so great that you did something!  How courageous – yet not surprising – [CCD] is visionary and always a step ahead!  BD


You’re doing a great job at this festival: schedule looks great and all the mystery around venues makes it exciting. Lots of local artists is nice to see. GJ

She [ Shantala Shivalingappa In Bhairava] was godlike in her facial, hand, feet, torso movements.  The chanting, drumming, flute(?) must have been so wonderful to produce in the chosen setting.  Wish i had a big screen tv to view : ) – RD

Fantastic [CCD] for this amazing line up of event. You are really
magical and inspiring. – VM


[CCD], you bring light, love and laughter into our lives.  I can’t imagine what it would be like without people like you and my incredibly talented choir director.  It must be so hard to be in the performing arts at this particular time in our crazy world.  Take good care and call on my anytime.  (Virtual) hugs, JO


I am buying a pass – you are the only festival taking place this summer. SM

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