Ancestral justice: movement, ritual, and healing w/ Tada Hozumi (just for E...

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Rennie Hall @ Emily Carr University of Art and Design

520 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2


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In this workshop, generously supported by ECUAD, we will be exploring, through our own bodies, the sacred relationship between dance and social change. We will be particularly focusing on the history of European folk dance and street dance as our reference points, decoding the ancestral secrets they may hold for us by looking at their histories through the lens of trauma-based somatics.


It is a common wisdom that in order to understand the present, you need to know the past.

With the effects of modern colonialism peaking towards the global rise of fascism, climate collapse, and other ailments, more than ever, we are called to become more intimate with the original wounds that birthed the world we live in.

The challenge is, In most academic circles, colonialism is still understood as a systemic process propagated by Western powers through institutional violence. This isn’t wrong. Yet, a whole new picture emerges when we look at the phenomenon of colonization through the eyes of somatics: that colonialism is in fact a collective trauma pattern whose main mechanism is the disruption of our relationship to our bodies.

This is why it is so important for us to collectively restore the ancestral roles of movement and ritual, as folks arts for healing and governance, suppressed through centuries of imperialism.

We invite you to this introductory workshop as a step towards this remembrance.

The workshop will consist of a short intro talk and a series of explorative movement activities. Please dress comfortably for moving around!


Tada Hozumi (

I’m Tada (they/he). I'm a POC (Asian/Japanese) somatic therapist and dancer based in both Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Canadian Pacific North West) and Kanien’kehá:ka (Montreal). At the core of my practice is the understanding that all oppressions, including white supremacy, are energetic ailments of both the individual and cultural body. I believe that individual healing cannot be whole without tending to the cultural, and vice versa, that cultural change cannot be in good faith without tending to all of the bodies that make up the collective.

Some of my lineages in healing are:

  • The schools of modern creative and somatic therapies such as dance movement therapy and expressive arts therapy, the latter which I am certified in. (I would also like to acknowledge that these lineages of modern therapy derive their healing power from the traditional practices of cultures of color as well as European folk cultures.)

  • Asian/Japanese ancestral wisdom traditions such as energy healing and martial arts. (Please note that I am not a practitioner who can explicitly instruct on these subjects).

Street dance, particularly ‘popping’, an umbrella term for mechanical street dances that emerged from black and brown communities of the West Coast of Turtle Island during the early 1970s.

Dare Sohei ( - Teaching assistant

I’m Dare based in unceded Chinookan tribal lands (Portland, OR, USA). My people are from the Afro-Caribbean diaspora (Boriken – Puerto Rican, Taino & African), Spain, France, and Switzerland.

I’m a queer mixed-race somatic educator, ancestral healing practitioner, and neurodivergent ritual animist who specializes in helping humans heal relationships with their bodies, the earth, their ancestors, and the more-than-human world. I trained for many years in somatic movement practices, as a dancer/theater maker/trainer on Ohlone land in the SF Bay area, and have a long ongoing study/praxis into the human nervous system and trauma and how that relates to indigenous wisdom and medicine practices.

Gratitude to the land and the people

We are in gratitude to the land and the people of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations whose unceded territories this workshop will take place on. We sincerely wish for this work to contribute to the restoring of well being for the land, its people, and all who share in the great web of relationships.


  • Scent-reduction: all participants are asked to help make a scent-reduced space by refraining from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils).
  • Space information: The space is accessible by ramp at the main entrance and the room is located just inside the main entrance door. We’ve requested the precise details from admin as they are not posted online and will update this page as soon as we find out more.
  • ASL: If you require ASL interpretation please let us know.


Zoe Kreye, ECUAD Faculty,

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Rennie Hall @ Emily Carr University of Art and Design

520 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2


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