Deanna Yerichuck: A Participatory History of ‘Canadianizing’ through Social Dance

Deanna Yerichuck:  A Participatory History of ‘Canadianizing’ through Social Dance

Thurs. Dec. 1 12:00-2:00 pm.


Could social dance create Canadian citizens? In 1920s Toronto, social workers thought so, structuring dances into their democracy clubs for immigrant and working-class youth living in Toronto’s most impoverished neighbourhoods. Social workers hoped these club activities would transform youth from “juvenile delinquents” into “active citizens.” In this participatory history, everyone is invited to join the Marigold Club at its democratic meeting, and learn some social dances and musical games. We will then collectively explore the question of what kind of citizen these dances and games imagine us to become. Participants and observers are both welcome.

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