Kelly McInnes

is creating joy, inspiration and connection through dance!

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About Kelly McInnes

Hello wonderful people,

I'm Kelly. I am an independent choreographer and performer. I create performances and teach free community classes for adults and youth. I want to continue and grow my community-engaged practice and your patronage will help me do that! Please keep reading for more details about the work you'll be supporting. 

I am gratefully based on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, aka Vancouver, Canada. From this place, I facilitate opportunities for people to connect and be inspired through the playfulness, creativity and expressiveness of dance. The intention of all of my work as a choreographer, performer and community dance facilitator is collective healing. As audience or participants, I invite folks to imagine, with me, new ways to be in the world. 

An important aspect of my practice is working in community. I am constantly inspired by the transformative power of dance as I witness it positively impact the wellbeing of the communities I work with. Through my facilitation, I strive to create environments in which people can surprise and delight themselves, be seen and heard without judgement and experience meaningful connection with one another.

This patreon will support me to continue providing dance opportunities through community classes, community skill & resource sharing and ongoing creative process.


Community Classes

Currently I facilitate two community programs: Sunday Dance and Epoch Youth Project.

Sunday Dance (aka Roundhouse Community Dancers pre-covid, which I facilitated in person for 2 years) is currently an online class that explores movement ideas, improvisation scores, collaboration, creation and performance sharing. This class takes place on Sundays from 1pm-2:45pm PST. The class is drop in, free of cost to participants and no experience is necessary.

Kelly’s classes are extraordinary, always creative, engaging and unique. I also think, through Kelly’s leadership, we have formed a supportive, cohesive group. It's been a wonderful, growing experience. I always feel like I have had a fulfilling and creative experience. - Aviva Martin

Kelly is so creative that she really made online classes like in person community dance. The fact that she uses written and spoken word to broaden our scope truly enriches the movement experience. Classes are inclusive and work for all ages and abilities. I’m so glad to be part of her class. - Elli Tamarin

Kelly is clear, creative and supportive in her wonderful classes. This is so important in these crazy times. Kelly’s teaching skills are excellent and she offers her students an opportunity to evolve and create. - RHCD participant

Epoch Youth Project is a collaborative creation process and workshop for youth ages 13-18 that I've been running since 2015. Through the program we explore socio-political topics and create performance that speaks to the themes most relevant to participants. The project runs in three sessions fall, winter and spring from October to June on Wednesdays from 530-730pm PST, this season online. It is free of cost to participants and no experience is required. So far the project has engaged over 80 youth across BC.

My hope this season is to organize performance viewings online or in person (as covid allows) where groups of Epoch participants can watch other Vancouver artists' work and discuss afterwards. Through patron support, I hope to offer free tickets to participants to begin this addition to the program. 

Epoch Youth Project was an amazing experience that opened my eyes, body, and mind to different styles of dance and art. I felt safe and supported during the project. It was an open space that let me be me. - Isabelle Russell

Epoch Youth Project has changed the way I see myself, and has helped me grow confidence in my abilities. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life, and I am so grateful for it, for the fact that it gave me a place to express myself, through art, and it gave me an opportunity to work with other youth and learn from the talented facilitators. - Teagan Eves


Community Skill / Resource Sharing

Another important aspect of my practice is being generous with my time and skills to my fellow community of artists. Recently this has ranged from helping an artist navigate a health transition, using my vehicle to help artists relocate their props, doing graphic design work for free or at a significantly reduced rate, creating opportunities in my community and giving emerging artists support with grant writing and career guidance.


Ongoing Creative Process


I also work as a choreographer, creating performances that shine light on aspects of our everyday and inspire hope in our capacity for positive change. My work celebrates and invites reflection on our intrinsic and powerful connection to the earth and our bodies. I often invite collaborators into my process and aim to weave my community practice with my choreographic practice. This work is ongoing. It informs and inspires the investigations I offer in my classes. 

Please see more about my work at kellymcinnes.com and epochyouthproject.com and also vimeo.com/mcinneskelly


Thank You!

With your help, I’ll be able to continue sharing the joys of dance in community each week! Your support allows me to pursue and share my creative work in a sustainable, thriving and generous way. 

I leave you with this passage from a book I’m currently reading as it feels relevant to the work I do and why it's worth supporting:

“Creativity is not a solitary movement. That is its power. Whatever is touched by it, whoever hears it, sees it, senses it, knows it, is fed. That is why beholding someone else’s creative word, image, idea, fill us up, inspires us to our own creative work. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent. One creative act can cause a torrent to break through stone.” 
 
      - Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves

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