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Become a member of DanceNL - Newfoundland and Labrador's sectoral dance association! Now in our fifth year we present annual events and programs, provide benefits to our members and announce new plans and initiatives throughout the year. Show your support by becoming a member of DanceNL and help to shape the future of the organization.

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DanceNL’s 5th Birthday Party: Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Come out to the Cox & Palmer Second Space at the LSPU Hall on Sunday, October 4th, 2015 and help us celebrate five awesome years of DanceNL!

6pm: Join us for refreshments

7pm: Demystifying Modern Dance with Amy Bowring

8pm: Dancing Documents with Colleen Quigley

Please linger for cake and a dance party afterwards!

Admission is free!

(Donations always welcome)

Check out the Facebook event page for all the details!


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

NL Moves: Belly Dance For Beginners With Lori Savory

When: 12:30-2:30pm, Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Where: Scrunchions Restaurant, Bay Roberts Hotel, 72-76 Water Street, Bay Roberts

Admission: FREE

DanceNL is proud to present an NL Moves workshop: Belly Dance for Beginners with instructor Lori Savory.

This introductory belly dance workshop begins with a short talk about the history of belly dance and its cultural context, as well as a discussion about costuming, followed by a lesson in belly dance technique and beginner-level movements. Students will learn a simple choreography based on these movement. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes they can move in, and a scarf to wear around the hips. Water bottles and notebooks are also recommended. DanceNL is pleased to present this workshop as part of Culture Days.


Lori Savory started belly dancing 10 years ago as a student of the Neighbourhood Strays belly dance troupe, of which she subsequently became a member and, eventually, Artistic Director. She co-founded Obsidian Dance Collective in 2013. In 2009, Lori started Wild Lily Dance Centre, where she taught belly dance, and also took further classes in Bollywood, Flamenco, Broadway, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tango and International Folk Dance. Lori has traveled to Toronto and to the USA for training with the best tribal belly dancers in the world. For the second time, this year she will perform at TribalFest in California.


NL Moves is a workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the general public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. NL Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province.

DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s sectoral dance association. Incorporated in 2010, DanceNL works to forge connections between dance professionals and enthusiasts across Newfoundland and Labrador, generating programs and initiatives and promoting and gaining recognition for the province’s rich, varied and vibrant dance scene.


For more information, or to register, please contact:

Corie Harnett

Administrative Assistant, DanceNL


Featured Member

Amy Bowring

Amy Bowring holds an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts Studies from York University and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. She is the Director of Collections and Research at Dance Collection Danse where she was mentored by founders Lawrence and Miriam Adams, and has been involved with the organization in various capacities since 1993. Amy is one of Canada’s foremost advocates for the study and preservation of Canadian dance heritage.

A freelance dance writer and historian, she is also the founder of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies. She has written historical essays and articles for books and magazines including the Canadian Encyclopedia, International Dictionary of Modern Dance, Right to Dance: Dancing for Rights and The Dance Current, where she was also the copy editor for 13 years. She has curated virtual exhibitions on dance artists Nancy Lima Dent and Alison Sutcliffe and curated several live exhibitions including Dancing Through Time: Toronto’s Dance History, 1900-1980 and Canada’s Pre-eminent Showman: The Artistry of Alan Lund. She guest lectures widely and teaches dance history at Ryerson University.

Amy is a co-recipient of the 2002 Toronto Emerging Dance Artist Award for her work as a dance writer. She was a board member for Dance Media Group, sat on the founding board of the Canadian Dance Assembly and has served as a member of the Discipline Advisory Committee for Dance at the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the international journal Dance Chronicle and in 2015 testified before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage regarding the power of dance to reflect Canadian stories.

Though an Ontario native, Amy’s maternal and paternal ancestors have been in Newfoundland for more than two centuries. In 2015, Amy edited Down to Bowring’s: A Memoir by Derrick Bowring, her grandfather, published by Creative Book Publishers.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Mimnagh.