In celebration of International Dance Day, DanceNL is bringing a series of dance initiatives to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador!
International Dance Day is a UNESCO-created event celebrated on April 29th each year. Its goals are to increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public, as well as to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education, from primary to higher. This is DanceNL’s fifth Dance Week, and we are proud to be continuing some young traditions, and beginning a few new ones.
This year, we’ve got:
Dance Ambassadors: A face you know will tell you why dance matters to them. Uploaded daily to our YouTube and social media. Check out last year’s Dance Ambassadors here.
Most Danceable Song: Nominate and vote for the NL song that most makes you want to dance!
Province-wide Boogie: Dance for your webcam to the Most Danceable Song, and we’ll cut it into a digital dance from St. John’s to Nain!
Municipal Dance Off: St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and DanceNL are challenging municipal leaders and councils to dance for video, and then you get to vote for the best dance! Winner gets an awesome prize!
Random Acts of Dance: Watch out, NL – someone near you may start dancing at any moment! Check out some examples of last years’ dancing here.
Traditional Folk Dance Night at the Ship: The Folk Arts Society is letting us invade their Folk Night at the Ship on Wednesday, April 22nd with traditional Newfoundland set dancing and step dancing. 9pm, $5 admission.
Dance Unconference: We’ll get dancers of all disciplines together with musicians, funders, and other partners to talk shop. Saturday, April 25th from 10am-4pm at the St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre. Free to attend.
NL Moves: Body as Storytelling for Male Movers with Lynn Panting: DanceNL invites any fella who’s ever been interested in dance to come along for this awesome, text-based dance workshop. Monday, April 27th at MAX, 6 St. Clare Ave., from 8-10pm. $10, or $5 if you’re a DanceNL member.
Dare to Dance: We’re challenging schools and other educational institutions across the province to dedicate a little time on April 29th to dance. We want the students of this province moving!
Dance for Discounts: Some of our pals in the NL business community will be offering one-day promotions on April 29th. The only catch: you have to dance for your discount!
Keep an eye out for us on Facebook and Twitter, or check out the Indiegogo campaign!
Lynn Panting is a local dancer and choreographer who has been creating innovative dance works for the past eight years. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Art Council’s Arts Educator of the Year Award. Panting has been featured in a number of Neighbourhood Dance Works productions including the Festival of New Dance. Panting has also created work for Sound Symposium and Wonderbolt as well as self-producing her own shows which bring her vibrant work front and centre with new audiences. Panting is known for creating dances that appeal to a wide audience and she often works with artists from other disciplines to generate a theatrical yet lyrical blend of choreography. Her work is at time humorous, heartfelt, bold and always original.
Panting is deeply committed to the growth of creativity and self-confidence through movement and likes to collaborate with individuals outside of the dance community. Panting holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Memorial University as well as a Master of Humanities concentrating in performance, dance and the body.
The first link below features a simple improv score and collaboration with musician, Sean Panting and Heavy Weather.
The second link features a performance of "I'm Not Calling You a Liar - A Short Piece for Large Ensemble" by Lynn Panting performed live at LSPU Hall on Tuesday October 11 2011 as part of the 21st Annual Festival of New Dance.