The Welcome Project Sharing Stories

chapter 1



The Welcome Project: Sharing Stories brought together individuals from diverse populations to participate in an empowering creative process through movement -- awakening bodies, hearts, voices, imaginations, and perceptions -- to co-create deeply personal stories while promoting mental health and wellbeing, social inclusion, and positive inter-group communication. The Sharing Stories edition of The Welcome Project takes place in a virtual setting to inspire individuals from already isolated populations to meet, connect, and experience inclusivity, creativity and self-expression during a time when other arts-based activities have been suspended and physical distancing must be upheld. 


The Welcome Project: Sharing Stories video collection introduces each individual with a glimpse into their personal experience within the shared movement and memory process that connected everyone to the theme of “home”.  Joshua "Classic Roots" DePerry has  composed a unique music track inspired by each individual’s heartbeat vocalizations and the videos were edited by Aria Evans. 

The Welcome Project: Sharing Stories

Chapter One (August - October 2020)

​presented by Dreamwalker Dance Company and Guelph Dance in collaboration with Ontario Culture Days


Meryem Alaoui, Aria Evans, Shannon Kitchings, Claire Tacon


Ambassadors and Participants

Jaqueline Dubon, Manuel Garcia, Maria Gabriela Gómez, Stella Lim, Chenise Mitchell, Foufou Nazer, Naishi Wang, Abigail Whitney

Participants: Ali Abdel Ali, Jair Calva, Aura Carcueva, Kinnery Chaparrel, Natalia Garcia, Donat Ghebretensae, Jordan Isaac, Akram Koshesh, Tahereh Mirbabaei, Cynthia Mora, Sandra Olaya, Neelma Siddiqui, Bee Lee Soh, Priyamvada Tiwari,

Masoumeh Zamanipoor, Saba Zhian


Project partners 

Guelph Dance, Ontario Culture Days, City of Toronto, Newcomer Office, Guelph Youth Dance Training Program,

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, KidsAbility


Project funders

Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council



Project Instigator: Andrea Nann

Project Manager: Annie Katsura Rollins

Mixed Abilities Consultant: Michelle Silagy

Indigenous Liaison: Phil Davis

Researcher: Danielle Denichaud

Dreamwalker General Manager: Adina Herling

Dreamwalker Social Media Manager: Hayley Goldenberg 

Guelph Dance Outreach and Development Manager: Leslie Fisher