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May we have this dance?


Dance week is coming up, and DanceNL is holding a daytime Dance Fair in St. John’s on Saturday, May 3rd. We are seeking Expressions of Interest from workshop leaders.

Workshops should be 50 minutes in length and geared towards children or families. We are looking for a broad spectrum of dance and movement, and multi-disciplinary proposals are appreciated and welcomed, so use your imagination!

We are delighted to offer an honorarium to each workshop leader.

Expressions of interest are due by 5pm NDT on Thursday, April 17th, 2014.

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

When: Weekdays 4-6:30pm NDT
Where: Everywhere

Nominate a song by any Newfoundland and Labrador artist by calling Ted at CBC’s On the Go: 1-800-465-6846. Or request by email at

online poll by Opinion Stage

And don’t forget to tune in to On the Go on CBC Radio One or online from 4-5:30 and 6-6:30pm NDT to hear the nominees!

Then, on April 28th, Ted’ll air the winner from last year’s vote, and one finalist every day until the winner is played 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
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 Salsa and Tango, with dancers Stacy Fowler, Corie Harnett, and Teri Slade, live music by Marijn Companjen 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 7pm, present your pass at the door and get in FREE!

To apply to run a workshop or 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, 7pm
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

Memorial University of Newfoundland Ballroom and Latin Dance Club

The MUN Ballroom and Latin Dance Club is a university student society created to introduce people to the world of partner dancing in the Ballroom and Latin styles. The 256 members of the Club are comprised mostly of MUN students, but also faculty and staff with their partners and friends.

The object of the BLDC is to entice approximately 1% of the MUN student body into social dancing while studying at the university. The club membership routinely fluctuates in size as students graduate and enter life beyond university. Club members that show extra ability or interest are encouraged to take lessons from the local dance schools which have professionally trained dance teachers.

The BLDC has a student executive of 4 main decision makers along with a staff of teachers and teaching assistants. The executive arranges for a location to dance and arranges social dances and Formal Dinner & Dances every semester. The executive also arranges for classroom dance lessons for the membership of the club, each semester the membership can take classes in Ballroom and Latin style, with some classes covering a specific style of dance such as Argentine Tango, Salsa or Ballroom Line Dancing.

Meet the Teachers:
Teri Slade (Bachelor of Music) famous for her love of the Argentine Tango, is powered by uncontainable enthusiasm. Teri has a background in Body Mapping from Andover Educators and gives lessons in Piano and Voice. Teri’s life is filled with music and dance and she routinely hosts the Saturday Tango Party called Milonga Brava with Tango on the Edge, another social dance club based in St. John’s.

Kim Clark (Masters of Classics) is the primary Ballroom & Latin dance teacher who instructs the girls how to follow in partner dancing, but also teaches the boys what is required to be a lead, and sometimes makes them switch so the lead learns how to follow. Kim has been the President of the MUN BLDC and while teaching dance for over 10 years is currently the longest standing member in the Club’s 22 year history. Kim also teaches Western Style horse-back riding at the Avalon Equestrian Centre.

and Jim Russell (who has never been a MUN Student) helps to teach the wide variety of Ballroom and Latin dances by fusing teaching techniques acquired from over a decade in the military with experience acquired from the local dance schools. Jim is known for being the loudest in the club and also for his memorable explanations of dance styles from around the world. Jim also teaches at the Wild Lily Dance Centre and through another local social dance club called Salsa in St. John’s.

The Ballroom and Latin classes are divided into 4 levels, the 1st level introduces people to partner dancing in a social environment, specifically floorcraft, leading and following, and the basic steps in 4 Ballroom and 4 Latin styles of dance based in the ISTD curriculum: Foxtrot, Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Jive, ChaCha, Rhumba and Samba. Due to the expanding interest in social dancing that the St. John’s area has seen, MUN BLDC has also included some club dances into program such as Salsa, Merengue, Argentine Tango and the Newfie Waltz.

The 2nd level starts the couple onto more advanced transitional steps useful to social dancing, while attempting to improve on the general dance ability.

The 3rd level is a continuous learning and reiteration of the various advanced steps that can precede and follow each other.

The Teaching Assistant Class is where students showing extra enthusiasm and ability are invited to do teaching assistant (TA) training. TA’s are instructed on how to help others learn to dance, learn the steps of the both sexes, lead and follow, and generally become better dancers.

MUN BLDC is currently dancing at St. Augustine's Church on the corner of MUN Campus, next to the Aquarena.