Chair Yoga Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed! 

The Centre of Movement Arts is looking for volunteer assistants to help Bizz teach Chair Yoga for individuals with special needs. This is a unique opportunity for yoga teachers in training and other movement/body workers to learn ways of adapting yoga for students with a wide variety of abilities.

This is an unpaid position, but there is potential for some paid work later on as a sub teacher. Interested teachers are invited to sit in on a class.

Interested? Contact Bizz directly at 226-919-8969 or email 

Chair Yoga for Individuals with Special Needs

Fridays 10-11am

Located at Project Hope, 1796 Adelaide St North

Class Description: This is a unique class that welcomes students with a variety of physical and mental abilities. We begin with a gentle warmup to mobilize the joints, followed by basic seated yoga poses. The class ends with meditation and massage. Solo and partner poses are done with the help of the instructor and the students’ attendant staff, and are adapted to each individual’s range of motion, strength and preferences. Bizz brings her love of music to the class by singing songs that inspire students’ movement.

This is a unique and very fun class to teach. It requires patience, compassion and a sense of humour. It is an engaging challenge to adapt poses to a variety of bodies and movement abilities. Most students are in wheelchairs or use walkers, but not all. The class includes individuals who are verbal, non-verbal, blind, with limited sight, have cerebral palsy, and other physical, mental, and developmental challenges.

No August Nature Walk

PLEASE NOTE: We will be taking a break from Nature Walks beginning in August 2019 while we look for a sponsor to help keep the program going. Thank you for coming out to support our walks this year! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Nature Walk: Outdoor Play

Saturday July 13 – 10 AM at Gibbons Park

Photo by Gail McLellan Dukic

Reach, bend, squat, lunge and balance as we stroll through Gibbons Park. A fun outdoor workout and walk that will revive your child-like sense of wonder as we move in response to the natural landscape.

Meet at end of Victoria Street. Near Gibbons Park Montessori. 
Click here for a map.

Accessibility: This walk will happen in paved trails and will be suitable for mobility devices, including strollers. 

Watch, Donate, Share!

Celebrate National Dance Week 2019 from April 22-29 with the London Dance Festival presented by the Centre of Movement Arts

Watch videos of amazing dances from past performances
Donate to help us bring more great dance to London this year – and earn great rewards!
Share our videos with your network and help us spread the word

Help us raise money to:

  • Bring more dance to Festival stages in 2019
  • Deliver more Dance Mob and movement workshops to the community
  • Pay professional wages to professional artists

Visit our home page or Youtube channel to see all our videos from past performances.

Click here to donate now
Donor Rewards
$10+ Your name will be listed in our programs and website for one year
$25+ Festival Temporary tattoo
$50+ Festival poster signed by all participating artists
$100 Festival T-shirt
$150 Ticket to the Awaken Summer performance with VIP seating
(choose picnic blanket or chair)
$200 A personalized Dance Mob workshop for you and up to 20 friends*
$250+ All of the above!

You can pick up your rewards at all festival events or make arrangements to pick up at a local studio.
*Available in London area. Outside of London, skype lesson can be arranged.


2017 Spring Showcase March 10, 2017 at Wolf Performance Hall

2017 Community Showcase June 30, 2017 at Ivey Park featuring Spotlight Artist Tentacle Tribe

2017 Canada Day Celebration July 1, 2017 at Harris Park featuring Spotlight Artists Ill At Will & Breath in Mvmt. Presented in partnership with London Celebrates Canada

2017 Emerging Artists July 2, 2017 at Wolf Performance Hall featuring Spotlight Artist Sharon B. Moore

2018 Spring Showcase March 24, 2018 at Ivey Park featuring PointeTango

2018 Emerging Artists June 29, 2018 at Eldon House featuring Spotlight Artist Breath in Mvmt.

2018 Community Showcase June 30, 2018 at Ivey Park featuring Spotlight Artist Sound in Motion

2018 Canada Day Celebration July 1, 2018 featuring Spotlight Artists Tori Kuhn & Anahata Acro.


  • Where does the money go?

The money goes directly to the Centre of Movement Arts, presenter of the London Dance Festival, and a registered non-profit (#1969121) that supports dance and movement in London. Money raised will be used to pay artists who perform in the festival and other performance events.

  • I don’t have a credit card or Paypal account, can I still donate?

Yes! We accept donations by cash, cheque, and e-transfer. Email us at for more information.

  • Are there other ways to help?

Yes! You can support us by volunteering at festival events, by sharing our promotions on social media, become a sponsor, or donate in-kind goods and services. Email us at for more information.

  • How can I participate in the festival?

You can apply to perform your dance work at the festival, participate in the Dance Mob workshops and performance, attend as an audience member, and more! Learn more on our website.

  • Will I get a tax receipt?

No. Unfortunately we are unable to provide tax receipts, as we are a non profit (but not a charity).

CMA adds live music to Dance Nature Walks for the first time ever

Saturday April 13 @ 2:30-3:30pm

Dance Walk – Springbank Park

There’s no right or wrong way to dance walk, just get outside and groove, strut, shimmy and shake! For the first time ever we’re adding LIVE MUSIC by guitarist Michael Trudgen to inspire us as we stroll through Springbank Park. Bizz Varty will offer dance moves for you to try and outdoor enthusiast Nina Sampson will share information about the natural world around us! This walk will be approximately 60 minutes.

Meet by the seal statue near the gates to Storybook Gardens at 2:30 pm. Parking lot entrance is on Springbank Gate, on the North side of Commissioners Rd West.

Dress for the weather, this walk will happen rain, snow or shine. 

Accessibility: This walk will happen in paved trails and will be suitable for mobility devices, including strollers, weather permitting. 

Live music with Michael Trudgen. Photo by Chris Jenkins Photography

Michael Trudgen is a fingerstyle guitarist endorsed by Furch Guitars. He is based in London, Ontario.  He has two albums and can be found on popular music streaming sites!  His music is a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, and country. His performance on the Dance Walk is sponsored by the London Arts Council’s London Arts Live program.

2019 Call to Emerging Artists

Calling All Emerging London Choreographers

Dancer: Tori Kuhn. Photo by Mark Spowart

The festival is seeking dances of 3 to 15 minutes by emerging artists in all styles. Choreographers ages 16 and up are welcome to apply. For the first time this year the Emerging performance will have a theme: “Awaken Summer”. Applicants will interpret this theme through their choreography, expressing their own ideas about awakening, emerging, growing, blooming, beginning, sunshine, heat, and all things summer.

PLEASE NOTE: This year the festival is especially interested in works with 3 or more dancers. We will be accepting a very limited number of solos and duets. Click here to apply.

Preference is given to London and area artists, but we welcome submissions from across Canada. Movement and music content must be appropriate for a family audience.

Questions? Email us at