Crimson Coast Dance

Land Acknowledgement: Ah siem, tsi a thelé tu Snuneymuxw Mustimuxw ni hakwush th tun tumuxw uy’tuna kweyul.

Crimson Coast Dance Society gives our highest regard to the Snuneymuxw People on who’s land we do our work.  

We commit to supporting the continuance of the rights and freedoms – in full – of Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. 

We will utilize our privilege to ensure representation of the voices of Indigenous artists and community as part of our programming.

Crimson Coast Dance Association is thrilled to announce that we will be happy to provide interpreting services at all our events.

If you wish to book an interpreter, please email us at

Crimson Coast 2021-2022 Season – STORIES that MOVE you!

This season offers an opportunity to witness danced stories about how and why life changes

“[Stories] fulfill a profound human need to grasp the patterns of living – not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience.” -Robert McKee

Body Talk Cru


Be a part of the planning council: teens only! 
Learn how to be a producer (digital and live!), enjoy special sessions with artists, elders
Earn while you learn to produce an event. Receive an honorarium at the end of the program
 Take Part in the Spring Break Workshop, March 21-25
Learn from Sirreal, AJ Megaman, Heshuk’ish Tsawalk Dance Group – and on the last day, The Snotty Nose Rez Kids!!
See the performance, March 26: 
featuring Snotty Nose Rez Kids and youth from the workshop,AJ Megaman, Sirreal, SacRED, Heshuk’ish Tsawalk Dance Group 

A Season Of Stories That Share The Way Life Changes

“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”
Hannah Arendt, political theorist, philosopher

February Black History Month – African Connections 

A celebration of the talents of artists of the African Diaspora, curated by Tania Amaral 


May 22, 7:30pm

unmoored by Peggy Baker

There is something essential about the utter emptiness of loss –  and how that empty space can in fact offer an opening for illumination. 

Peggy will teach while in Nanaimo.


July 7-10, 2022

InFrinGinG Dance Festival 

Downtown and All Around – and once again – Dancing In The Belly of The Dragon!

Four days of cultural stories through dance, song and community sharing.

Mixed Abilities Dance Jam: 1-2pm on the first Friday of every month.

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.

To join us on Zoom you must pre-register by noon on the day of the Dance Jam.
If you have any questions or would like assistance registering, please email

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.

Ongoing Events at Crimson Coast Dance:

Accessing Here and NowDigital Residency with Genevieve Johnson

A weekly Digital Residency blog by Genevieve Johnson, who has worked since 1995 as an actress, dancer and choreographer.

Thank you to those who took part in Genevieve’s creation residency, Kimono Path and presented at the InFrinGinG Dance Festival, 2021.

Access the blog HERE

About the Artist – GENEVIÈVE JOHNSON 

Geneviève Johnson has worked since 1995 as an actress, dancer and choreographer in Montreal with Larry Tremblay, Martine Beaulne, Estelle Clareton, Eric Jean, Pigeons International, Brigitte Poupart, Michel Monty and with Holly Bright, Nicole Mion, Jennifer McLeish-Lewis, Robert Seatton, in Nanaimo amongst others. 

Geneviève completed a PhD in 2008 from University of Quebec in Montreal investigating embodied métissage principles in her practice of butoh and poetry to establish new ways to create, perform and train. Since 2006, she has collaborated with dancer/choreographer Holly Bright on numerous performances, using her creative language of poetry in motion – Landscape Under Skin Theatre. In June and July 2018, she performed in their latest collaboration The Sun and The Moon in Nanaimo and Vancouver (Dancing On The Edge), with Nicola Jackson.  With a grant from Canada Art Council, Holly and Geneviève are about to embark in a new creative adventure with choreographer Tedd Robinson creating a piece for them.

Enrolled in Digital Media Studies at VIU since September 2020, Geneviève is now exploring the process of bringing dance to film and creating movement for different digital media. Also a certified Pilates instructor since 2003, she teaches classes on Mat, Reformer, Wunda Chair, Trapeze Tower and Core Align at Fine Balance Pilates in Nanaimo.


photo by Dirk Heydemann,

concept Genevieve Johnson

inspired by The Sun and The Moon, dance piece by Holly Bright

Crimson Coast Dance Society brings diverse, high-calibre contemporary dance creations to the Nanaimo area. CCDS delivers performances and educational opportunities at both the grassroots and professional levels. CCDS is seeking Board and Committee members who can draw on their experience and enthusiasm for dance, arts, and culture to govern and support us in the delivery of our mandate. If you have the experience, or a background in finance, human resources, fundraising, special events, marketing, outreach, and guest artist hosting, please consider joining us. We strive to represent the diversity of our audience, community, and performers and welcome anyone who is interested to contact us at

Donate to Crimson Coast Dance Society!

Crimson Coast Dance is passionate about bringing diverse, high-caliber artistic opportunities to the Nanaimo area, which would not otherwise be available.
Your donations help us bring fantastic artists to the Nanaimo area and enrich our cultural landscape.
All contributions above $25 annually will receive a charitable tax receipt at the end of the calendar year.
Thank you for considering supporting Crimson Coast Dance Society.

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