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We Are Dancing: An Improvised Approach to Connectivity

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Where: Pony Locale, 120 Lemarchant Road, St. John’s

Admission: by donation

DanceNL is very pleased to welcome dancers of all levels to this workshop with Memorial University’s first Dancer-in-Residence, Karen Kaeja.

With curiosity and fascination, Karen delivers presently occurring movement acquisitions through individual and group movement enquiries. She brings 30 years of dance Improvisation and Partnering to her workshop offerings. Karen embraces fluid dynamics of the imagination and embodiment, that ignite you into a juicy and sensorial state of readiness to play and explore. She creates a safe space where being fully engaged with internal and external perception, encourages participants to take creative risk in presence, focus and ingenuity.

“Karen Kaeja’s classes are a delight to my senses. She creates a playful, intimate and informed kinetic environment from which to springboard into individual movement exploration bringing a light-hearted, humorous quality. Under her perceptive guidance, it feels effortless to immerse into a creative, imaginative space.” – Lynette Segal, Dancer – Guelph, Ontario

Karen Kaeja is co-artistic director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja and is celebrated as “one of this country’s top ten dance artists, most watchable performers and a champion of contact dance” NOW Magazine. A Dora Award nominee, she has received the CDA “I Love Dance” Award for her vision of Porch View Dances and the Paul D. Fleck, for Innovation, among others. A passionate performer for over 80 stage works and 20 dance films, she is a choreographer and project instigator who is recognized with commissions and performance presentations of international acclaim. Karen’s choreography “disconnects the eyes from the mind, and re-wires them to the heart” Calgary Herald, and “truly leaves an indelible impression with real substance and choreographic intelligence…dance that delivers” Toronto Star. A sought after educator at conferences, festivals and universities, she embraces community and audience inclusive ideology. She has been teaching improvisation/partnering for 24 years at the school of Toronto Dance Theatre. Karen was the 2012 Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival resident artist, the chosen 2014 ‘City of Toronto’ dance company to animate Historic Sites and has recently been selected as Memorial University/Dance NL’s first dance artist in residence.

For more information, please contact

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL


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: International Folk Dance with Ainsley

When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 9:00pm

Where: The Ship Pub, Soloman’s Lane, St. John’s, NL

Admission: $5 (FREE for DanceNL members)

DanceNL is proud to partner with the Folk Arts Society’s Folk Night at the Ship to present an NL Moves workshop and presentation: International Folk Dance with Ainsley

Folk dances evolve naturally within a culture as a way for community members to relax, celebrate, worship, or mark a rite of passage. As a pastime, international folk dance allows people of all ages to enjoy the music and dances of countries around the world. This workshop will cover a variety of lively circle dances from Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia and more and is intended for dancers of all ability levels. Dancers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Ainsley has studied the dances of the Middle East for over a decade, training with expert instructors from around the world, including Ranya Renée, Morocco, Mahmoud Reda, Artemis Mourat, and Reyhan Tuzsuz. She taught Middle Eastern dance through Yale University’s recreation program for three years and has performed in venues throughout Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

Ainsley’s lesson will be accompanied by Folk Night crowd favourite Dave Panting.

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.

Folk Night happens every Wednesday night. The music goes from 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm and features two sets by a solo performer or group. During the break amateurs and professionals from the audience get up on stage to play tunes, sing songs, recite or contribute in their own unique way. The crowd is usually loaded (with musicians) and the entertainment is consistently good. There is also the opportunity to win door prizes including CDs, T-shirts, books and concert tickets!

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.

For more information please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL


Featured Member

Stacy Fowler

Stacy Fowler has a background in Flamenco, Jazz, Belly Dance and Hip-Hop with a passion for Latin dance. She has danced and performed for over 10 years specializing in Latin style. Stacy travels yearly to Cuba to enhance her knowledge base and expertise.

Stacy started Bailamos St. John's, a Latin dance company, in 2012 and is a volunteer instructor with Salsa in St. John's. In November 2013, she became a certified Zumba instructor.

Bailamos St. John's offers classes in Latin dance and Zumba fitness as well as private lessons and packages available for private parties and events.

Stacy is teaching a workshop in salsa on Fogo Island as part of DanceNL's NL Moves workshop series - check it out here: