Neighbourhood Dance Works stimulates the local dance community by providing opportunities for performance and professional development for both experienced and emerging dance artists. We support collaborations and partnerships with artists from other artistic practices through our creative residency programming. Recent creative residencies have showcased the work of Joel Hynes, Lois Brown Sarah Joy Stoker and Louise Moyes, Sally Morgan, Martha Carter, Ame Henderson, Anne Troake and George Stamos.


2015 - Technical Residency - Lisa Porter, Future Perfect

A three-day residency with Porter and her collaborators at the LSPU Hall with access to all venue inventory, staff and technical team. The work, Future Perfect premiered at the 2015 Festival. Future Perfect is a meditation on mortality performed by Local award-winning music and sound designer Lori Clarke and dancer Andrea Tucker.

2014 - Technical Residencies - Sarah Joy Stoker and Louise Moyes

In 2014, NDW supported two local dance artists, Sarah Joy Stoker and Louise Moyes, with techical residencies to develop two new works for the Festival of New Dance. A technical residency is a valuable part of the creative process, allowing artists the opportunity to explore and realize technical details of their work that compliment artistic elements. Artists have time in the theatre to think and move through dance elements. These residencies were supported through Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. 

2013 - Creative Residency - Sarah Joy Stoker, Knights Impro 5 - Once it’s gone, it’s gone

Sarah Joy Stoker's creative residency in 2013 allowed the artist to animate Newfoundland and Labrador's passing history through specific tales of people, families, buildings, homes, and memories. Stoker researched histories and stories of interest of the province with people of all ages, then, collaborated with dancers to create the movement vocabulary. With the assistance of the sound artists, storytellers and technical creators, Stoker's final result was a live outdoor performance that incorporated story telling with projected visual images and dance. As Stoker states, "There are generations of young people today that have never lived while there was any form of an active fishery in the province. Due to this profound loss the culture of the island has changed forever. With this change came out-migration. Tens of thousands of Newfoundlanders were forced to leave their homes in search of employment. All over the province, out port communities that had been homes to generations of settlers to the island were abandoned. It is estimated that just under 50, 000 people out-migrated from rural Newfoundland between 1991 and 2001. Homesteads, churches, graveyards, boats and wharfs remain to this day, decrepit and in most cases, forgotten." The work was presented in September 2013 during the Culture Days weekend.