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April 23-29, 2017

Everywhere, NL

  • Random Acts of Dance ● Dance Ambassadors ● If a Place Could Be Made School Tour ● Folk Dance Night at the Ship ● Dare to Dance ● #dance4discounts ● Sharing Dance ● Flash Mob ● International Dance Day Dance Party


Dare to Dance Flash Mob

We invite you to learn a dance and join in a flash mob for Dance Week in Newfoundland and Labrador! This year’s choreography is by St. John’s dance teacher and performer Lynn Panting. See the schedule below for details of flash mob events in St. John’s.

Can’t make it out in person? No problem! Here’s a handy instructional video so you can learn the dance at home or school:

Be sure to send us video clips of you dancing the routine and we will share them on our social media!


For the third year, independent businesses in St. John’s are offering a discount for a dance at the cash throughout Dance Week! Check out or watch for #dance4discounts and grab some mad dance deals!

 Random Acts of Dance

We challenge you to dance at random! Dance spontaneously in a public place and brighten the day of everyone around you! Dance at the office and get your coworkers smiling! Send us a video of your Random Act of Dance and we’ll share it on social media.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for notice of pop-up dance hotspots throughout the province during the week!

Dance Ambassadors

Each day this week, we will feature messages from members of our local dance community. Head to our Facebook page to meet our 2017 Dance Ambassadors and learn a bit about them and their dance.


Dare to Dance Flash Mob Choreography Learning Session

Not sure about learning the steps on your own? Dance week in Newfoundland and Labrador kicks off with a DARE TO DANCE flash mob learning session SUNDAY April 23rd at 1:30pm. Join DanceNL and Lynn Panting Dance to learn her funky dance to music by Waterfront Fire!

Where: Lynn Panting Dance, 66 Queen’s Rd

When: 1:30-3pm

Admission: FREE!


Folk Dance Night at the Ship

We’re teaming up with the Folk Arts Society and infiltrating their weekly Folk Night again!

Join us for a session at the Ship Pub on Wednesday April 26th, featuring musicians and set dancers for an evening of traditional Newfoundland music and set dance followed by a Trad Session hosted by Gerry Strong. Join dance caller Jane Rutherford and master fiddler Christina Smith along with the Partridgeberry Jam Fiddle and Dance group. They will do a demonstration of the Lancers and then invite interested people to join them in a traditional set dance.

 Where: Ship Pub, 265 Duckworth Street, St. John’s

When: 8:45-9:15 * note special start time

Admission: $5 (standard Folk Night admission)

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If A Place Could Be Made

DanceNL Member Louise Moyes and the Daly Family Collective (Moyes, Diana Daly and Anne Troake) will be touring St. Mary’s Bay schools during Dance week 2017 with their show If a Place Could Be Made. As part of the tour they give workshops in dance and storytelling, to reinforce the show’s theme of inclusion. In this workshop students learn a dance from the show and make their own version of it, which they then perform together. Thanks to ArtsNL School Touring Program for the funding.

 Where: St. Mary’s, Mount Carmel and St. Bride’s schools

Admission: Free for school students

Background on Show: Kitty and Daniel Daly of Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay, Newfoundland had twelve children, six of whom were very tall, and mythologized as giants, and six of whom had achondroplasia, were little people, or what is now called persons of short stature. Most of them had disabilities. The Daly Family Collective, the Dalys’ great-granddaughter (and great-niece), singer-songwriter Diana Daly, dancer-storyteller Louise Moyes and director-choreographer Anne Troake, have been asked to tell their stories spanning from the 1930s-2000s.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27th – METRO                 

Free Tango Practica

 Warm up in the Newfoundland ‘spring’ with a bit of Tango! Tango on the Edge, the St. John’s Tango club, presents a free public dance event at their Thursday practica: learn the steps of the Argentine Folk Dance the Chacarera, and meet the local Tango community.

Where: 4th Floor Rehearsal Space, Arts and Culture Centre 4th Floor North Wing, 95 Allandale Road, St. John’s

When: 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Admission: FREE!


Sharing Dance 2017: Celebrate Celebrate Canada’s 150th through Dance

Sharing Dance is Canada’s National Ballet School’s flagship community outreach initiative offering free dance programs for all Canadians—to get healthy, active and artistically engaged.

Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to come out and learn the routine that people from all across Canada will be dancing in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday!

DanceNL member Corie Harnett of Corieography, and local dancer/choreographer Amy Spector will be offering a series of FREE rehearsals to prepare for a performance of the Sharing Dance Routine in June.  Join us as we represent St. John’s, NL in Sharing Dance 2017!

 Where: DanceSpace, 3rd floor studio, Arts & Culture Centre, 95 Allandale Rd., St. John’s

When: Fridays: 6:00-7:30 p.m. on April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26 & June 2

Admission: FREE!


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SATURDAY April 29th: International Dance Day 2017 – METRO

Dare To Dance Flashmob Performance

Where: Parking lot @ 72 Harbour Drive, St. John’s*

When: 3pm-3:30pm

Admission: FREE!

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*Please note: We will meet at 72 Harbour Drive at 3:00 p.m. and then head over to Harbourside Park to dance the flashmob routine there!

International Dance Day Dance Party at Compton House – METRO

Come out and celebrate International Dance Day at our dance mixer – have some refreshments, dance to a few tunes, swing, step, tango and jive to music from around the world. See and experience the best of our members’ favourite genres of dance!

Where: Compton House B&B – 26 Waterford Bridge Road, St. John’s

When: 6:30 to 8:00pm, Saturday April 29

Admission: FREE!

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For more information on Dance Week in Newfoundland and Labrador, please check out or contact:

Corie Harnett



Featured Member

Natalie Hobbs

Natalie Hobbs was born and raised in Celista, BC. She moved to Edmonton, AB where she studied dance at Grant McEwan and obtained a dance diploma. In 2002, Natalie moved to Vancouver, BC to continue studying dance at Simon Fraser University. By 2004, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance.

Since graduation she has choreographed for professional venues in Vancouver as well as the interior of BC. Since moving to Newfoundland she has taught for a year at Danceworx, Catherine’s Dance Studio and Lindy Hop on The Rock.

Natalie will be offering an NL Moves Workshop in African Gumboot Dancing in May 2016, so stay tuned for details!