The Spirit Movers

The Spirit Movers Dance Troupe

The Spirit Movers Dance Troupe

The Spirit Movers is a dance troupe composed of people of all abilities who celebrate the gift of diversity through sacred dance. Our dance reveals that people with disabilities have an extraordinary ability to express the love of God and the beauty of the human spirit. In mutual and trusting relationships, we dance the gift of life. We would like to share the message of L’Arche by co-facilitating retreats and by performing publicly at special celebrations and conferences.

Artists in Motion

Artists in Motion

The Spirit Movers have danced at many events and churches since its formation in 1993. Although most performances take place in more traditional places of worship, the Spirit Movers have also performed at the Air Canada Centre, the Winter Garden Theatre, and the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. In the summer of 2002, the Spirit Movers had the privilege of dancing at the welcoming ceremony for Pope John Paul II during World Youth Day in Toronto. We’ve also helped to demonstrate the essence of Jean Vanier’s vision by dancing at many of his talks, such as the Youth Retreat at King’s College, University of Western Ontario (Feb 2006) and the Youth Forum organized by the Toronto Catholic District School Board (Oct 2007). When Henri Nouwen lived in L’Arche Daybreak , he was a visionary and a great supporter of The Spirit Movers. As a celebration in memory of our friendship with him, we danced at the Henri Nouwen Conference in May 2006 commemorating the 10th anniversary of his death. The Spirit Movers most recent, large-scale performance was at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts in Daybreak’s 40th Anniversary Gala: Dancing The River.

The Spirit Movers meet on Fridays (9:00am-4:00pm) as a group to rehearse and plan for upcoming events. The dance troupe is for those who are committed as performing dancers. This is the time to plan, choreograph, and rehearse our retreats and performances. This opportunity requires regular attendance. Dancers coming for the Friday meeting should also be prepared to be available for occasional retreats and performances beyond the Friday meeting at various times and locations.

We also have a new group playfully called The Movers and Shakers that meets on Mondays (9:00am-4:00pm) with a focus on creative movement and storytelling.

Booking a Retreat and Performance with The Spirit Movers

The Spirit Movers offer retreats and performances for all ages and abilities. We could possibly visit your location or invite you join us at our beautiful Dayspring facility.
We welcome the opportunity to celebrate diversity and unity through dancing at your worship or prayer. We also perform for various events in schools and conferences. Advanced booking (up to one year) for the Spirit Movers is necessary to ensure our availability for your event.

Contact us

  • For retreats & performances: Bonnie Parsons email: spiritmovers@larchedaybreak.com
  • To Volunteer: Toni Urbanski 905-884-3454 ext.279
  • To join the group (as a member with an intellectual disability): Tanya Brethour 905-884-3454 ext. 292Chris Jarvis 905-884-3454 ext.226

For Booking Dayspring

Chris Jarvis 905-884-3454 ext.226

The Spirit Movers

The Spirit Movers