Body Talk Youth Program
Body Talk HiP HoP PoW WoW | Spring Break Workshop | 2021
Body Talk HiP HoP PoW WoW | Culminating Performance |
@INFRINGING DANCE FESTIVAL
Body Talk HiP HoP PoW WoW – WENT LIVE!
Pending gathering restrictions due to the Corona Virus, all artists and participants will RECONVENE, practice, review, and complete the finishing touches, then PERFORM at the InFrinGinG Dance Festival!
All registered youth will have access to private feedback and conversation with our guest artists during the Spring Break Workshop. The artists will continue private connections with each of the youth until July when we reconvene. Teens attending the workshop will be sent instructions for step 1, a questionnaire. Once that is filled out and submitted you will be sent a link to private fb group.
Body Talk HiP HoP PoW WoW, 2020, went viral reaching over 140,000 people!
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.
A council of teens meet weekly from October 4 to May to produce a Spring Break dance event, wrap it up, and learn important life and employment skills in the process.
The Cru learns leadership skills through physical activity and teamwork. You explore career options in performing arts with industry professionals; lighting, sound, event planning, marketing, public speaking and performance. Earn While You Learn!
- School & volunteer credit hours
- An honorarium for your time
- Job & school references
- Development of valuable resume skills
What is the
Spring Break Workshop
During the week of spring break, the workshop participants worked directly with multiple acclaimed artists to explore and create within a limitless, welcoming space to bring out the best in each and every youth that attends.
Participants are mentored in a variety of music, dance, & cultural sharing enrichment activities, such as:
- Dance choreography
- Rap writing & performing
- Street dance
- Spoken word
- Indigenous dance & storytelling
- and more!
What is the
After a week of super fun learning, sharing, writing, dancing, practicing, rocking and awesomeness, the artists and participants all perform side by side at our summer InFrinGinG Dance Festival in July.
Together, the Cru and workshop participants put on a combination of group & solo pieces created during spring break, culminating in a rousing night full of spirit, heart, talent and awesome performances!
Meet Ecko, this year's Body Talk Facilitator!
Ecko was born into the Nlaka’pamux Nation (Interior Salish) and raised with the shishalh Nation (Coast Salish). She is a multimedia performing artist working through the disciplines of spoken word, rap and singing. She is also a multimedia digital artist working through the mediums of music, sound and video production.
In 2016 Ecko graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver with a diploma in Professional Recording Arts. In 2017 she received the Fred Sheratt MusiCounts Award for Outstanding Recording Arts and Sciences in Toronto, ON.
Ecko is the daughter of a residential school survivor and cycle-breaker for her two young sons. She utilizes her art as a method of healing from intergenerational traumas and believes in using every opportunity to address the dark history Canada was built on. She continues to find new ways that intertwine her love for culture and art including workshop creation and facilitation, program development, art installations, presentations as well as cultural performances and hip-hop shows.
“My goal as an artist is healing; healing my own traumas, inspiring others to want to heal and providing the tools for our youth to heal from their bloodline traumas. I truly believe that we are given our gifts and our dreams for a reason… trust them! The world needs more people who are in alignment with their gifts from Creator.” -Ecko