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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: Contact Improv with Ryan Davis

When: Sunday, November 16th, 2pm – 4pm

Where: MMaP Gallery (2nd floor, Arts & Culture Centre), St. John’s, NL

Admission: $10 (1/2 price for DanceNL members)


DanceNL is proud to present the first NL Moves workshop of its 2014-15 season: Contact Improv with Ryan Davis


Contact Improvisation is a dance form in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for movement, improvisation and exploration. If you could do Aikido, surf, wrestle and dance at the same time, you would have an idea of what Contact Improvisation feels like.

This workshop will explore the skills of balance, counterbalance, sharing weight, rolling, falling, lifting, and moment-to-moment responsiveness to our dance partners and the ground. Participants experience moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, springing, and falling. No experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or other hard pieces. Long-sleeved shirts are preferred. Please refrain from wearing scented products.


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 first sectoral dance association. DanceNL’s mandate is “to preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activities throughout the province.” Formed in 2009, DanceNL is working towards forging connections between dance professionals and enthusiasts across Newfoundland and Labrador, generating relevant programs and initiatives and promoting and gaining recognition for the province’s rich, varied and vibrant dance scene.


Ryan Davis has been studying Contact Improv for the past three years. In 2012 he spent 4 months at Leviathan Studio on Lasqueti Island, BC doing intensive Contact Improv training.


To register, or for more information please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL


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