Conferences / Annual Conference

Dancing Resilience: Dance Studies and Activism in a Global Age

October 13 – October 16, 2022
Simon Fraser University; Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Vancouver, BC, Canada

At this conference in Vancouver, the first DSA gathering in Canada and postponed from 2020, presenters will explore dance and activism in localized and transcultural settings, and share strategies for productive change on the stage, street, screen and within the academy.

Vancouver has long been a site of occupation, exchange, defiance and resilience. From time immemorial, it has been a location of trade and traversal across coastal Indigenous communities of the Pacific and, in more recent centuries, a place where diverse cultures from across the world have encountered each other and interacted through colonial pathways and settlement. In the same way that Vancouver serves as a powerful and complex example of both vexing histories and determined hope, participants will demonstrate how dance intervenes in a range of issues, including race relations, gender-related rights, and land disputes. We will share the frameworks of dancing and dance scholarship that provide space for optimism, activism, and social movement.

(postponed from October 2020)

Conference details



Program Committee

  • Peter Dicksinson, Local Arrangements Chair, Simon Fraser University
  • Allana Lindgren, Program Co-Chair, University of Victoria
  • Ahalya Satkunaratnam, Program Co-Chair, Quest University
  • Patrick Alcedo, Committee Member, York University
  • Anurima Banerji, Committee Member, UCLA
  • Ya-Ping Chen, Committee Member, Taipei National University of the Arts
  • Jenn Cole, Committee Member, Trent University
  • Henry Daniel, Committee Member, Simon Fraser University
  • June Scudeler, Committee Member, Simon Fraser University
  • Anamaria Tamayo-Duque, Committee Member, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
  • Melissa Templeton, Committee Member, University of Nebraska



The conference hotel and Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus, which includes the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam (xʷməθkwəy̓əm), Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tseil-Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaɬ) First Nations. Framed by the Pacific Ocean and the north shore mountains, the city's geography is enchanting and richly storied by the intersecting pathways of Indigenous custodianship, colonial settlement, and diasporic migration.

The ten city blocks of Hastings Street that you will be traversing during your time at the conference also encompass some of the starkest contradictions of life in contemporary Vancouver: from the gleaming office and condominium towers and world-class conference centre (home of the TEDex Talks) near the hotel that mark Vancouver as a cosmopolitan global city to the edge of the poorest postal code in Canada, which the Goldcorp Centre abuts, and with whose place-based histories it is necessarily entangled. As DSA 2020 participants gather to explore the relationship between dance and activism, and as you move between events at the conference hotel and the Goldcorp Centre, we thus invite you to think about the different pathways of resilient assembly you are retracing.

We also invite you to explore some of the adjacent downtown neighborhoods and related activities: a walk or run or bike ride through Stanley Park (a 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest filled with trails and encircled by a seawall that includes access to three public beaches); shopping in Gastown; the restaurants of Chinatown and Yaletown. Just make sure to bring your umbrella! Visit HERE for more information about the city, including our weather.

And don't forget to leave time for the film screenings, gallery exhibition, and performances that will complement the wide range of panels, workshops, and plenaries planned for DSA 2020.

The conference hotel is just a seven-minute walk from the Waterfront Station terminus of the Canada Line rail link to the Vancouver airport and a fifteen-minute walk from Simon Fraser University's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, where evening performances and related conference programming will take place.

Exiting Waterfront Station from its south entrance (the one closest to the back of the train) onto Granville Street, turn left onto Hastings Street and walk west for four blocks until you reach the Pinnacle (1133 West Hastings, between Thurlow and Bute Streets). To get to SFU's Goldcorp Centre from the hotel walk east along Hastings Street for nine blocks, until you cross Cambie Street; the entrance to the Goldcorp Centre is at 149 West Hastings, underneath the big red SFU sign.

Foreign Currency Exchange at Vancouver International Airport

Passport/Visa Requirements:

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to Canada without a visa. Please visit the following Government of Canada website (below) for exact requirements. Click HERE

Banks in Vancouver (walkable from hotel):

TD Canada Trust; HSBC Bank; Royal Bank of Canada; BMO

Transportation from the airport:

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located in Richmond, to the south of Vancouver. The easiest (and cheapest) method of transport from the airport to downtown Vancouver is via the Canada Line rapid rail link. The YVR Canada Line station is accessible from both the domestic and international terminals and will whisk you to Waterfront Station, the line's terminus, in under 30 minutes. From Waterfront, it is a short walk to the hotel (see map). The fare for adults is $9.25 CAD, which includes a $5 YVR AddFare, and which you can pay by purchasing a single-use ticket, a reusable Compass Card, or simply by tapping your Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card or Mobile Wallet Tap-to-Pay app on the turnstile card readers. You'll need to tap your ticket/card again to exit your destination station. More information HERE

Taxis are also available, with fares assessed according to different destination zones in the city. To reach the conference hotel, it will cost $32 CAD before gratuities. Metered rates apply on return rates to YVR. More information HERE

Uber and Lyft now operate in Vancouver, although capacity is limited and wait times can vary.

Public transportation in Vancouver:

Buses, above- and below-ground train lines, and a seabus help connect locals and visitors to their destinations in and around the city. Adult fares are $3 CAD for Metro Vancouver (more if you're crossing multiple zones) and you do not need to purchase tickets in advance; you can simply tap-to-pay with your credit card. To plan your route, and to find more information, visit HERE

All Bodies Welcome

All Bodies Welcome

The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, where much of the conference activity will take place, is fully accessible. So too is Simon Fraser University's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, where additional breakout sessions and evening performances will be held. Walking time from the hotel to the Goldcorp Centre is 15 minutes on level sidewalks. Unfortunately, ride share options in Vancouver are limited, though that is supposed to change soon. Pre-arranged taxis are available and pay parking is available near the Goldcorp Centre.

All Genders Welcome

Participants may choose to have their preferred gender pronouns on their conference badge by filling in the optional box on the registration form. All meeting room floor washrooms at the Pinnacle and throughout Goldcorp will be made gender-neutral for the duration of the conference.

All Children Welcome

Although neither DSA nor Simon Fraser University is licensed to provide daycare, parents and guardians may bring their children to the conference. Children who can quietly read or watch a video are welcome at all sessions, as are nursing infants. (Spaces that can serve as lactation rooms will be marked on hotel and campus maps.) Local daycare centers may be able to provide drop-in care if arranged in advance. (The Robert Lee branch of the YMCA, at 955 Burrard Street, is one option.) More information can also be found HERE. Babysitters can be found through and Babysits.

There are abundant family-friendly options in the area. Near the conference hotel is Stanley Park, which includes an aquarium, petting zoo, and multiple playgrounds and beaches. Further afield are Granville Island Public Market (which includes a Kids Market), Science World, the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, and University of British Columbia's world-famous Museum of Anthropology. Across Burrard Inlet on the north shore, you might like to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge, or take a gondola ride up to the top of Grouse Mountain. More details HERE.

All Nationalities Welcome

DSA believes in international exchange and is committed to holding regular meetings outside the US. Hence our decision to follow up our 2018 meeting in Malta with this conference in Vancouver, Canada. For non-Canadian citizens who require a visa to visit the country for 2020, the acceptance letter to the conference should be sufficient documentation. If you encounter obstacles, please contact our administrative office at