Introductory Video-Dance Training for Performing Artists

Live Art Dance and Mocean Dance are pleased to host Staging the Screen, a dance-on-film workshop designed and taught by filmmaker Lisa Cochrane. This four-Sunday training event is an introduction to video dance creation geared for dance and movement artists, and also filmmakers and photographers who wish to render dance on the screen.

Due to theatre closures and restrictions in place because of Covid-19, many artists are seeking new methods for connecting with audiences. The whole world’s a screen these days so why not take a few hours to learn how to best present your original creative work on-line?

The aim of this workshop is to teach how best to shoot and edit dance so that it jumps off the screen and holds the viewer enraptured. Through an exploration of key elements of the filmmaking process, all participants will learn about how best to manifest their choreographic vision on the screen.

This niche training will empower choreographers and dance artists to make their own dance for camera projects. It will infuse them with more confidence when trusting filmmakers during the collaborative process. And it will guide filmmakers into the unique world of dance, allowing for a better understanding of the demands of the medium in their film projects.

LISA COCHRANE has had many years of experience producing and leading video dance workshops across the country. She has made several performing art films for television; is a former dancer and choreographer; and is a former Globe and Mail dance critic. Currently Cochrane is a writer, filmmaker and visual artist.

The goal of this workshop series is to teach a range of simple video and filmmaking skills to inspire creators to render dance onto the screen in a dynamic fashion. This is not a technical workshop about lights and camera equipment. The only device participants will require is a cellphone camera. Anyone with a gimble or selfie stick should bring them also. Lisa will familiarize participants with the following skills and concepts:

  • Filming live stage performances well
  • Adapting stage works for the screen
  • Creating original dance works for the camera
  • Thinking more cinematically
  • Basic concepts of cellphone videography
  • Creating a shot list and storyboard for your project
  • Shooting movement dynamically, while learning to shoot for natural edit points
  • Relationship between shooting, directing and editing
  • Incorporating sound and music elements into video
  • Basic editing techniques and post-production methods


This workshop is geared toward dance artists but is open to other movement-based artists creating for the stage, including performance art or circus artists.

Videographers and photographers who are interested in filming movement are also encouraged to attend.

Participants must attend all four workshops.

Note: Lisa Cochrane is currently in the planning stages of setting up another “Staging the Screen” workshop geared towards theatre and musical artists. Stay tuned!

Scholarships are available for BIPOC registrants.

Please contact [email protected] or phone Live Art Dance at (902)-420-0003 for more information.

Instructor: Lisa Cochrane
Wordshop Dates: Oct 4th, Oct 18th, Nov 1st, Nov 15th
Times: 12:30 – 6:00PM
Location: DANSpace, 1531 Grafton Street, Halifax
Cost: $100 (Covers all four weekend sessions)

Payment or deposit must be made to hold your spot.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 1st or when capacity is reached. (10-18 participants, to follow Covid-19 protocols)

How to Register: Email [email protected] or phone Live Art Dance at (902)-420-0003