MO Link provides 9 hours per week of contemporary dance development with MO educators for serious dancers ages 15-45. It provides a wide range of contemporary repertoire and dance techniques including release technique, floor work, partnering, hip hop, ballet, improvisation, and movement generation led by MO guest artists and leading professionals.
MO Link is focused on nurturing new skills and broadening experience for dancers looking to expand their understanding of contemporary dance, preparing to join post-secondary programs, looking to learn more about the MO full-time multi-year program and/or looking to expand their toolkit and augment their existing training regimen. Link also provides Q&As with guest artists, access to the studio to work on their own projects or practice, artistic writing development and dance directory packages, invitations to the MO Full-Program showings & open houses, and monthly Show Clubs where participants receive a recorded, full-length professional contemporary dance performance and meet once a month on Zoom for a facilitated post-show discussion.
What To Expect
Dancers can expect a wide range of exciting professionals offering technical and artistic development designed to expose them to contemporary dance methods, skills and possibilities. Programming will also include learning professional repertoire and skills for generating their own movement. The MO environment is supportive, nurturing, hard working, non-discriminatory, professional, and fun. We will create an opportunity for dancers to try new things, make mistakes, ask their questions, deepen their skills and understanding of contemporary dance, prepare for their next steps and connect with a community of aspiring and professional dance artists. All classes are in-person and operate under a Public Health approved COVID-19 Safety plan.
How To Apply
MO Link is by invitation or application to ensure that participants have a level of strength and focus to thrive in the physical, artistic and intellectual demands of the class material. Applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of applying. Space is limited so we recommend applying soon.
We recognize that dancers at this stage are balancing opportunities with other education and dance programs. We encourage dancers to uphold these responsibilities and understand that they may need to miss MO Link classes to do so. Link is divided into two terms: Term 1 September – December & Term 2 January – May. Participants can register for both or separate terms. Programming will not repeat, in other words the two terms feature different artists so we recommend registering for both terms in order to get the full spectrum of programming.
The MO Link PROGRAM is $1800.75 (includes GST) per term.
This fee is equal to a $13/hour standard professional class rate for 15 weekends/term and includes fees for studio usage, resources, and Show Club.
Location & Schedule
Out Innerspace Q7 Studios,
77 E 7th Ave. & Quebec St.,
Vancouver BC V5T 1M4
*free weekend parking
TERM 1: September 10, 2022 – December 18, 2022 (Total of 15 weekends/term + 3 Show Clubs/term)
TERM 2: January 21, 2023 – May 28, 2023 (Total of 15 weekends/term + 3 Show Clubs/term)
Apply/Register as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Registration deadline is January 3, 2023.
*dates are subject to change
Sundays 10am-2pm + Open Studio Space 2pm-3pm
TERM 2: (15 weekends total)
January: 21/22, 28/29
February: 4/5, 11/12, 18/19, 25/26
March: 4/5, 11/12, 25/26
April: 1/2, 15/16, 22/23, 29/30
May: 6/7, 20/21
Show Clubs (7-8pm)
Show Club 1: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Show Club 2: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Show Club 3: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Nicole Rose Bond
Class with Modus Operandi Guest Artists
Recent MO Educators include: Justine A. Chambers, Adrian Vendiola, Josh Beamish, Emmalena Fredriksson, Shay Kuebler, Livona Ellis, Wen Wei Wang, Akira Yoshida, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Emmanuelle Le Phan, Doug Letheren, Jermaine Spivey, Josh Martin & Lisa Mariko Gelley, Amber Funk Barton, Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Mikey Harris, Vanessa Goodman, Rena Narumi, Isaac Gasangwa, Idan Cohen, Lesley Telford among many others. Their careers and practices span from around the world in a wide variety of forms. They are active creators, directors, performers and educators who bring their interests and methods from their extensive experience Link dancers’ development.
Q&As with Professionals
Each guest artist will include Q&A time at the end of their session. Here, participants can reflect on class material, ask questions about their own trajectory and practice, and get to know the artist more.
Own Studio Time
An important part of supporting Link participants includes giving them their own time to explore their practice, choosing what they want to work on, and sharing ideas with one another. Every Sunday, the last hour is open for Link to use the studio as they wish to continue ideas from class, work on their own projects, or share with one another.
Every 5 weeks, Link participants will be given a video link to a full-length contemporary dance work. Show Club Zoom sessions will take place from 7pm-8pm. Here, a professional dance artist will host a conversation where Link participants can discuss the show and share impressions. The Show Club host will provide different talking points and will support Link participants finding and communicating their own questions and observations. Video links to the recorded performances and Zoom links to the Show Club discussion will be sent upon registration.
MO Full-Program Open House & Studio Showings
Each term, Link participants will be invited to MO open studio days where they can observe class as well as MO studio showings where the full program participants share works in-progress.
New Link participants receive an Intro to Artistic Writing Development Package, Intro to Canadian Contemporary Dance Artists & Companies Directory and are invited to the MO Student Faculty & Forum Facebook page where MO Alumni and Faculty post community events and opportunities