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What is DanceNL?

Bringing the Dance Community Together

DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador's sectoral dance association. Our mandate to preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activity throughout the province.

Featured Project

Dance Week 2014

Dance Week is April 28-May 4, and we have cool dance events happening all over the province and online!

Most Danceable Song of 2014

Voting is now closed for the Most Danceable Song of 2014! Thanks for voting!

Tune in to On the Go on CBC Radio One or online from 4-5:30 and 6-6:30pm NDT from April 28th to May 1st to hear the runners up, and Ted’ll play the winning song on Friday, May 2nd!

Why I LOVE to Dance Contest

When: Right now until May 3rd
Where: Facebook

DanceNL member Jill Dreaddy wants to know why you love to dance. Check out her contest on Facebook for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to classes at Jill Dreaddy Dance Co!

Dance Ambassadors

When: April 28 – May 4
Where: Online

Every day during Dance Week, a familiar face will tell us why dance is so important! Watch out on Youtube, Facebook and on this website for updates!

Here’s an example of a Dance Ambassador from 2013!

Random Acts of Dance

When: April 28th – May 4th
Where: Everywhere

Keep an eye out during the week for folks who might dance at any moment… or do a few steps yourself! It’s easy:

1) Let us know that you want to do a little dance.

2) Do a little dance! It’ll bring a smile to everyone’s face – we promise!

3) Send us pictures or video and we’ll show everyone who missed it in person!

Just like this:

Dare to Dance

When: Tuesday, April 29th… INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY!
Where: Schools across the province

Taking a cue from our colleagues at Dance Nova Scotia, we’ve challenged schools across the province to get their staff and students up and moving to celebrate International Dance Day.

Some brave educational institutions have answered the call:

Macdonald Drive Elementary – St. John’s
Virginia Park – St. John’s
Cowan Heights Elementary – St. John’s
École des Grands Vents – St. John’s
Campus Childcare Inc. – St. John’s
Morris Academy – Mt. Pearl
St. Michael’s Regional High – Bell Island
Holy Cross – Eastport
Gander Academy – Gander
Millcrest Academy – Grand Falls-Windsor
Lakeside Academy – Buchans

To register your school, or for more information, give us a call!

Folk Dance Night at the Ship

When: Wednesday, April 30th, 9pm
Where: The Ship Pub, Soloman’s Lane, St. John’s

We’re teaming up with the Folk Arts Society and infiltrating their weekly Folk Night with a spicy twist: folk dances of in latin countries! Join us for an evening of Flamenco, Salsa and Tango, with dancers Stacy Fowler, Corie Harnett, and Teri Slade, Christine Greening, Sandra Martinez, live music by Marijn Companjen, Duane Andrews and Steve Murphy, door prizes and more! Bring your good shoes – we guarantee we’ll have you up and dancing by the end of the night!

$5 admission at the door.

Virtual Dance Party

When: Friday, May 2nd, 4pm-5pm NDT
Where: Online (and also Rocket Bakery, CBC, and others to be announced)

On the Go is playing the Most Danceable Song of 2014 in its first hour on May 2nd, and we want everyone, everywhere, to get up and dance along. Visit one of our Dance Hotspots, join us via Google Hangouts, or dance along as the party is live streamed to Youtube!

If you’d like to join in on the Hangout, or to host a Dance Hotspot, drop us a line and we’ll set you up. But let us know soon – spaces in the Hangout are limited!

May We Have This Dance?

When: Saturday, May 3rd, 10am-5pm
Where: Gower Street United Church, St. John’s

Bring the children in your life and join us for a day of family-friendly workshops and fun! Drop in for a workshop or linger all day: meet the dance schools and companies in town and enjoy a day of dance!

At $5/workshop or $20 for the day, it’s a deal for the whole family! AND if you buy a day-pass, head over to First Look at 7:30pm, present your pass at the door and get in FREE!

To register a display table for your dance organization, contact us!

NL Moves: Bellydance with Vanessa Elizabeth

When: Saturday, May 3rd, 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Lesley Oake School of Dance, 5A Bayley Street, Grand Falls

For the last in our series of free NL Moves workshops for the season, we’re sending Vanessa Elizabeth on the road to teach a workshop in Slow, Liquefied Movement for Bellydance at the Lesley Oake School of Dance.

Neighbourhood Dance Works’ First Look and Barefoot Boogie

When: Saturday, May 3rd, 7:30pm
Where: Arts & Culture Centre Dance Studio, St. John’s

DanceNL members, friends and colleagues at NDW are running their annual First Look series and launching their new Barefoot Boogie initiative. Admission is $10, but you can get in free with a day pass from May We Have This Dance. DanceNL members get a 20% discount, too!

Dance Photography with Scott Campbell

When: Sunday, May 4th, 12pm-3:30pm
Where: MMaP Gallery, Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s

Scott Campbell offers a professional development workshop in Dance Photography, including how to choose a photographer, what to expect from a dance shoot, how to get the best pictures, and how to use those pictures to market yourself. The first 5 dancers to register will have the chance to work with Scott hands-on to get a photograph to take away… so don’t wait to sign up!

Admission is $10, or $5 for DanceNL members. Register at

Download the press kit here.

Featured Member

Vanessa Elizabeth

Vanessa found belly dance during her studies at Memorial University in 2007. Though actively involved in music and theatre since a young age, nothing compares to the joy, creativity and passion that dance has brought into her life. She currently performs a non-traditional style of belly dance, a style that takes influences from classical Indian, flamenco, hip hop, contemporary, as well as tribal styles of belly dance. Vanessa currently holds a Basic Black certification from The Dark Side Studio.

Vanessa has studied intensively with Andrea Kitta of the Neighbourhood Strays, joining the troupe officially from 2008-2010. In 2009 she co-founded Wild Lily Dance Centre where she managed studio operations and taught weekly classes until finishing her term as director in 2012. Since 2010 she’s been directing Seraka Dance Company, performing regularly in and around St. John’s NL. Vanessa is also the lead instructor of Seraka Studios, teaching weekly classes in her signature style of belly dance.

Taking inspirations from her instructors and dancers such as Heather Labonté, Rachel Brice, Colleena Shakti, and Zafira Dance Co., she builds on her background in music and theatre and strives to push her creative boundaries. She is identified by her stage presence, strong arm and hand movements, and subtle nuances. Outstanding musicality, grace, and strength give her performances a powerful and engaging quality, allowing her to connect with her audience.

For information on classes or booking performances please visit Seraka Dance Company ( or Vanessa's blog (

Photo Credit: Philippe Photography