When: Saturday, April 11th, 7-9pm
Where: Cultural Community House, Milton-George’s Brook
Admission: $10 (1/2 price for DanceNL members)
DanceNL is proud to partner with New Curtain Theatre Company to present an NL Moves workshop: Introduction to Belly Dance with instructor Vanessa Elizabeth.
This introductory belly dance workshop explores movements and shimmies with a focus on 3⁄4 timing in the hip with accents throughout the body. Participants will take these 3⁄4 hips and add variations including lifts, drops, twists, and crescents, then layer their new shimmies with foot patterns, arm pathways, and body isolations. The workshop will start with a warm up, break down fundamental posture and technique, and then explore the movements and variations through a short choreography, ending with a relaxing cool down. Participants are asked to wear comfortable exercise clothing (form fitting is helpful), with bare feet or light dance shoes. Coin belts will be provided for participants to use. No experience necessary, and beginners are welcome. This workshop is recommended for adults and teens 16 and up.
Vanessa Elizabeth 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 practices a non-traditional style of belly dance known as Tribal Fusion; a style that takes influence from classical Indian, flamenco, hip-hop, and contemporary as well as classical and tribal styles of belly dance. 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 at shows, productions and events in St. John’s. Vanessa is also the lead instructor of Seraka Studios, teaching weekly classes in tribal styles of belly dance.
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.
For more information, or to register, please contact:
Project Administrator, DanceNL
Wild Lily Dance Centre
Wild Lily Dance Centre was started by Dance NL Members Lori Savory and Vanessa Paddock in 2009, as a way to continue the teaching they both enjoyed through the Neighbourhood Strays Bellydance Troupe. They also wanted to provide a professional dance school for styles of dance less traditional to Newfoundland and Labrador, so they added Flamenco, taught by Christina Penney, Bollywood, taught by Sanchita Chakraborty, and Hula Hooping, taught by Cindy Butt and Cam Jamieson.
Originally location on Water Street, in 2010 Wild Lily relocated to its current location at 156 Duckworth Street.
Currently owned and operated by Lori Savory, Karen Humby and Wendy Osmond, the curriculum continues to include Bellydance, Bollywood and Flamenco, but has expanded to include African, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Broadway, Ballroom, Highland, Ballet, Disco and Tap for adults, and Hip Hop and Funk and Highland for kids.
The highlights of the student year are the Student Showcases, held in December and April at Bishop Field, where all of the styles of dance are represented.
The philosophy of Wild Lily Dance Centre is that dance is a passion that enriches the students' mind, body and soul. Students are supported and encouraged in an inclusive and welcoming environment. It has been said by students and attendees at the showcases that Wild Lily is a community for its students and a family. WIld Lily Dance Centre was chosen in 2012 and 2013 as the "Best Dance Studio in St. John's" in the Scope "Best of".
Wild Lily also rents its two studio space for those looking to hold classes or rehearsals.
You can find out more about the current class offerings and about rentals at www.wildlilydancecentre.com or on their Facebook page.