News posts dated Feb. 2011

International Dance Day Call to Action!

Named by UNESCO to celebrate dance around the world on April 29 every year, International Dance Day encourages dancers and non-dancers alike to participate in and enjoy dance in a celebratory environment.

DanceNL invites you to help us celebrate International Dance Day in 2011. We have three activities planned:

1) The “Dare to Dance” Campaign

DanceNL began this campaign last year as a simple way for everyone to celebrate dance. Through public announcements and other PR, we will encourage everyone to take some time to dance on April 29th. Help us spread the word! You can also join us on Facebook to tell us of your dance plans for that day.

2) “Random Acts of Dance”

During the week of April 25-30, we are looking for dancers to participate in these activities. The idea is for dance to ‘spontaneously’ happen in public places where there are lots of people around. You’ll never know who might suddenly start dancing! Please get in touch if you are interested – we are looking for dancers (and musicians, if you wish) to perform all kinds of dance all over the province. You choose the dance, you choose the location, we’ll help make it happen. We hope to have this happen all over Newfoundland and Labrador.

3) A Flash Mob Dance, in cooperation with Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS)

One day during Dance Week (on or close to April 29, exact date TBA) we are going to perform a flash mob. A Flash Mob Dance is when a large group of people assemble suddenly in a public place, perform a dance for a brief period of time, and then disperse. This dance is one of several following the same choreography that will occur across the country. NBS is working with dance organizations across the country to accomplish this.

Although the flash mob is in conjunction with the National Ballet School, we want everyone to know that the choreography is very easy to learn and perform by people as young as 7 years old. It will be fun and danceable by all ages, all levels and all backgrounds of dance. Part of the fun of a flash mob is having a large group perform, so we want lots of dancers!!

Right now, we have flash mobs planned in St. John’s, Corner Brook, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. If you live somewhere else, and would like to participate, let us know and we’ll get you the choreography and instructions. And we’ll help publicize your event, and even contact your municipality to ask them to officially declare April 25-30 Dance Week.

Sign Up!

To sign up for either Random Acts of Dance or the Flash Mob Dance, there are two forms that need to be completed either by an adult or, if you’re under 19, a parent/guardian. Those forms can be downloaded below and emailed back to or brought to the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals in St. John’s will take place at the MMaP Gallery, second floor, Arts and Culture Centre.

Wednesdays starting March 9th @ 6-7pm (Flash Mob)
7-8pm (Random Acts of Dance)
Sundays starting March 13th @ 2-3pm (Random Acts of Dance)
3-4pm (Flash Mob)

Rehearsals in Corner Brook will take place at Dance Studio West (51 West Street).

Sundays starting March 20th @ 3:00 – 3:45pm (Flash Mob)

Rehearsals in Grand Falls-Windsor will take place at the Gordon Pinsent Centre.

Sundays @ 6:00 – 7:00pm (Flash Mob)

There will be a rehearsal in Gander at the A&C Theatre.

Sunday, April 10th @ 6:00 – 8:00pm (Flash Mob)
Additional rehearsals TBA.

Contact us for information on activities across the province and let us know how we can help you get involved.

Exact times may change. We may also be able to assist with rehearsal space for Random Acts of Dance — please let us know if you need it.

For more information:
· Check out the official YouTube video of NBS’ 2010 Flash Mob at the Eaton Centre
· Send us an email at:

International Dance Day Registration Form
International Dance Day Photo Consent and Release Form

International Dance Day 2011

DanceNL is busy planning some exciting events to celebrate the upcoming International Dance Day which is held annually on April 29th … watch this space for further details! We will be contacting people soon about our big event and we will need dancers of all kinds to help us out. Stay tuned!

Roadmap Survey 2010

Take a look at our Roadmap page to see where the Roadmap Survey 2010 is leading us.
If you haven’t already done so, please complete our Roadmap survey as we are still collecting information about dance activity across the province.
Links to the surveys can be found on our Roadmap page.

NLAC Arts Awards

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council has invited DanceNL to submit a nomination for the awards. It is with great pleasure that DanceNL has nominated the Galway Sisters (Mercedes, Teresita, Isabelle, Carmel and Barbara-Ann) for the Hall of Honour Award, for their exceptional contribution to the development of dance in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Galways are renowned throughout the province’s dance community as the ‘foremothers’ of what is now a thriving dance school scene. This is a great opportunity to recognize their pioneering efforts and to promote and gain recognition for dance in the province.
We will update you on this in the very near future.

For more information on the awards, visit

You’re hired!

DanceNL is delighted to have received project funding from the CEDP (Cultural Economic Development Program) which has enabled us to contract a Membership and Research Assistant, Mel Wellsman, in addition to a Website Developer and Graphic Designer, Perfect Day Canada, both for a period of three months. These contracts will help to cement the foundations of the association already laid down by the Board and aid DanceNL’s development and aspirations.