Vivine Scarlett, Founder/Curator of Toronto's dance Immersion, delivers this year's inspirational message to all Canadians for International Dance Day - April 29, 2018.

Feb. 23, 2018

“The universal movement of dance releases the very essence of what is all around us. It connects and weaves so deep that one can feel the wisdom, patience and graciousness of its flow. With each move made there is a giving and receiving communication in that universal experience. Dance is a vehicle that lends itself to learning about oneself. It helps us move through life's experiences by expressing our stories and our history, by commenting on our present and nurturing our future.
Dance for you.
Dance for us.
Just dance and let the rhythm of our spirits soar in the movement of DANCE.”

Vivine Scarlett is an administrator, choreographer, and instructor, whose artistic goals and aspirations are rooted in the love of dance. She is the Founder and Executive Director for dance Immersion, an organization that presents, produces and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora and provides a variety of programs for children and adults.  Vivine’s contributions to the field of dance are generated from an energy that has fuelled her passion leading her on a journey for over 34 years of giving and serving through the arts.  As former Artistic Director and performing member of the Usafiri Dance & Drum Ensemble, Vivine created and presented works in both traditional influenced African and contemporary African dance styles. 

Drawn to all kinds of dance expressions and movement, Ms. Scarlett’s passion has manifested many experiences that have served Canadian artists of African descent with opportunities that have laid a foundation for continued growth and representation.  Vivine is the recipient of the 2016 Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement award with numerous other awards which some include: Planet Africa Heritage Award received for her contributions;   a Chalmers Arts Fellowships to work with youth in Ghana, West Africa;  Dora Mavor Moore award for her choreographic endeavours in the theatre production of "The Adventures of a Black Girl in search of God"; a Dora nomination for her work in "The Freedom of dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela" and a K.M. Hunter Dance Artist award to list a few. Ms. Scarlett has taught for numerous institutions and organizations throughout Canada. 

Her efforts to connect international Blacks in dance to Canada has resulted in dance Immersion bringing two youth organizations to perform in Ghana West Africa.  Under her guidance, dance Immersion has hosted two International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Conference & Festival and preparing to host this event again in 2021. Vivine continues her creative explorations as a freelance choreographer while nurturing a new generation in arts administration.