Crimson Coast Dance

Body Talk Youth Program

Cru Youth Council Meetings | October 2019 - May 2020 | CIBC Nanaimo Arts Centre

Body Talk HiP HoP PoW WoW | Spring Break Workshop | March 23-27th, 2020 | VIBE Dance Academy

Body Talk HiP HoP PoW WoW | Culminating Performance | March 28th, 2020 | Malaspina Theatre at VIU

What happens when you combine the energy of youth, the power of motivational messages, the creativity of dance, rap and song and the excitement of cultural sharing? You get to witness teens living their full potential on stage and in the community!

Crimson Coast Dance is pleased to announce another year of Body Talk: HiP HoP PoW WoW, our annual spring break event that provides teens a week-long urban street dance, rap writing and performing and cultural sharing workshop and is followed by a culminating performance.

This ‘hip’ event, with support of Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, gets teens working alongside award winning professionals who motivate and inspire!

What is
The Cru?

A council of 12 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 will work 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 will be mentored in a variety of music, dance, & cultural sharing enrichment activities, such as:

  • Dance choreography
  • Rap writing & performing
  • Street dance
  • Hip-hop
  • Spoken word
  • Indigenous dance & storytelling
  • and more!

What is the
Culminating Performance?

After a week of intense learning, sharing, writing, dancing, practicing, rocking and awesomeness, the artists and participants all perform side by side.

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!

The performance takes place at the Malaspina Theatre located on the Vancouver Island University campus.

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