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About Us


Who can come to CRIPSiE classes and workshops?

 Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to join us for our classes and workshops.

Do I have to identify as disabled to be a part of CRIPSiE?

While we prioritize persons with invisible and visible disabilities, you do not have to identify as disabled, or be disabled to join us.

Is CRIPSiE’s programming medical or rehabilitation-focused?

No. CRIPSiE’s programming focuses on accessible spaces and ways  in which to learn and create art.

What are CRIPSiE’s two performance streams?

To better serve our community, CRISPiE will be offering two performance streams with different commitment levels.


A chance to perform or not perform in projects

Classes or workshops leading to performance (may be virtual and not paid)

Recording and posting of choreography (to learn from the comfort of your home)

If performance is possible, the dancers will have a chance to volunteer to perform and be chosen based on financial capacity

Performance technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals  and performance will be paid as artist fees


A chance to perform in the project

Creation of production rehearsals and paid artist fees

Performance tech run and performance will be paid artist fees

How does CRIPSiE decide what to pay the artists?

Artist fees are created based on project to project, and primarily derived from grant support or private sponsorship. We base our artist fees on experience and CADA West rates.

How are artists chosen to be in CRIPSiE performances?

Artists are chosen to be a part of a performance based on their support for CRISPiE and for their commitment to their art. An example of this is attendance at workshops, classes, and specified rehearsals. All choreographers have the right to choose who they wish to include in their projects.

How is CRIPSiE support defined?

CRIPSiE support is defined as anyone who has attended classes, workshops, social events, and fundraisers. The individual may demonstrate support by proudly sharing they are a part of CRIPSiE, inviting friends and family to attend our events, volunteering, promoting events. There are many ways to support CRIPSiE, these are just a few examples. 

When does CRIPSiE perform?

CRIPSiE has a bi-annual production to engage and create opportunities for as many artist members as possible. This bi-annual production will provide space for new work, community collaboration and invited guests. CRIPSiE will also source other chances for performance, that may result in small group works, work that has been previously created, and less rehearsal time. These are provided based on opportunity and accessibility, as well as available financial resources.

How do you decide what to include in CRIPSiE’S large productions?

Our large-scale productions and the pieces included are based on funding CRIPSiE has received. Our goal is to provide as many performance chances for our members, community and professional,  as possible while paying professional rates.

What is the difference between a callout for work and a commissioned work?

A callout for work would include any piece that has been paid for by an individual artist grant and has either been performed or is close to being ready to go onstage. The creator would apply to be presented by CRIPSiE in our bi-annual production. CRIPSiE will not pay for the creation of the work,  but will offer support for the presentation.

A commissioned work would include funding from CRIPSiE,  and have a choreographer or producer  from within or outside our community, be accessible and safe, and have our artists included.

Is there a way I can have my work in a CRIPSiE show?

You can express your interest in having your work in the bi-yearly CRIPSiE Show when we have our community callouts one year before the show. Check out our newsletter and social media for our fall show callouts and information on how to submit your projects and deadlines. If you are applying for a grant and need CRIPSiE supporting material sooner, please get in touch with us for application access and early consideration. We cannot guarantee you will be accepted for our fall show, and we cannot provide supporting material until we see your project, budgets, timeline, and your other funding sources to decide if your project is a good fit.

Does CRIPSiE still complete accessibility space audits?

No. CRIPSiE no longer does accessibility space audits, but we can put you in contact with someone who does.

Will CRIPSiE be a part of or help me connect with community members for my research?

No. CRIPSiE’s focus is art. CRIPSiE will no longer connect individuals with our community for research projects. 

Does CRIPSiE provide access needs to help attending activities (Live Transcription, ASL, Transportation, Child Care, etc.)?

CRIPSiE has an access fund to help our community members pay for access needs to attend our activities. Please identify your needs with CRIPSiE before booking your access.  Our goal is to provide access to everyone, and we will do our best to do so. 

Our community team provides the following services (live transcription, ASL, and transportation) for our activities. Care such as personal support workers or childcare are personal, and if you do not have contacts, we can direct you to organizations with specific care staff. Once you have booked your chosen staff or transportation, you can send your invoice to us for reimbursement. 

If you attend more than one event, we will book access needs (as in dedicated above) prior to the event (class, rehearsal, performance) for the artist. Please reach out to us to discuss access needs at

What is pay what you can?

Pay what you can works so anyone with limited funds can pay the amount that they can. While no one will be turned away from any activity due to being unable to pay, we appreciate any amount paid as it helps us support our artists and activities. It also recognizes the value of each event.

What is an Artistic Associate?

An Artistic Associate is an artist who has performed with CRIPSiE and wishes to be a part of the Steering Committee, as well as performs tasks in a specific position to enhance our organization. 

How can I be an Artistic Associate?

To be an Artistic Associate you can send in your interest and some information about your time with CRIPSiE and why you wish to be an Artistic Associate. Then, Artistic Associates are voted in by our community after a callout is done,  or at the annual CRiPSiE Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Are Artistic Associates paid?

Yes, they are paid an hourly wage for their time, with a cap on the number of hours they can work.

We contract Artistic Associates for specific skill-building positions, and work in partnership with one or all of the leadership team. Please get in touch with the leadership team for more information about an opportunity to discuss being an Artistic Associate and what tasks you are interested in doing.

What is the Steering Committee?

The steering committee is a group of Artistic Associates that are consulted to speak on behalf of the community and give us their thoughts on activities and programming.

How can I be a part of the Steering Committee?

To be a part of the Steering Committee, you must be an Artistic Associate.

Is there time to socialize at CRIPSiE activities?

Yes. Our spaces are booked a half hour before and a half hour after activities so our artists can visit.

Is there a way CRIPSiE artists can share their thoughts on CRIPSiE activities and programming?

Artists can share their thoughts in the activity surveys sent to our community, community chats, and bi-yearly survey.  We also have the artists survey to gather feedback for the programming for the next two years. We want to hear artists’ feedback as it informs our activities and programming. We want to hear from you. Reach out to the leadership team at any time to chat via email, social media, phone. If there is another access need, please let us know.

 What is the difference between being credited as a choreographer and collaborator?

Choreographers have a vision of the piece and come into spaces with movement exercises that create their vision for their works. A collaborator is an artist who comes to space, works with ideas from the choreographer, and builds movements within their ability based on the choreographer’s vision. 

How does CRIPSiE empower your artists to take their work from creation to production independently?

CRIPSiE has a two-year Production Mentorship Program (formerly Choreography Mentorship Program) that gives our participants access to mentorship in choreography, grants, and the business of art and production. You can find more information about the program by clicking here.

How does CRIPSiE choose the contractors they work with (choreographers, composers, producers, etc)?

We work with professionals who are passionate about making art, spaces, schedules, and processes accessible to our community. We have our professionals share their experience and ideas working with disability and accessibility so we can all be a good fit. Instead of one-off projects, we want to build creative relationships that give all of us a chance to get to know how we all work best in our creative spaces.

Is CRIPSiE interested in partnerships or collaborations?

Yes, we are interested in partnerships or collaborations but cannot financially give support.

What is the process if I want to partner and collaborate with CRISPiE?

Thank you for your interest in partnering with CRIPSiE. You can fill out our partnership collaboration application form to be considered, and we will get back to you regarding the partner-collaborator fit. (Coming soon)

Can I book CRIPSiE to perform at my event?

Yes, you can book CRIPSiE for a paid performance at your event. Please get in touch with us to discuss the details.

Can I volunteer at CRIPSiE events?

We would love to chat with you about being part of our volunteer team. Please click here to contact us.

How can I donate to CRIPSiE?

You can click here to donate to CRIPSiE.

Is CRIPSiE looking for sponsorships with individuals or businesses?

We are interested in sponsorships with individuals and businesses that share our missions, mandates and values. Contact us to discuss your sponsorship questions.

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