News posts dated Oct. 2012

Get Your Juggle On with NL Moves







NL Moves – November – Introduction to Juggling with James Burke

Where: The George Street United Church, 25 Buchanan Street, St. John’s

When: Sunday, November 18th 12:30 – 2:30 P.M.


James Burke will introduce the NL Moves workshop participants to various techniques for manipulating objects. He will work with objects designed for manipulation – balls, rings, clubs – to provide an understanding of the extensive research that has been done in this field. The class will then turn to found objects (comb, clothing, furniture, anything) and the possibilities of these objects will be explored. The workshop encourages the integration of the physical world into choreography. Please bring activewear, no loose clothing. Though not required participants are invited to bring a moderate weight ball and/or an interesting object.

NL Moves is a monthly 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. NL Moves workshops are happening every month throughout Newfoundland until May, 2013. For more information email DanceNL

DanceNL’s New Board

DanceNL held our Annual General Meeting on October 9th at the MMaP Gallery at the Arts and Culture Centre. Congratulations to  our 2012-2013 Board of Directors:

Kristin Harris Walsh, Colleen Quigley, Mel Wellsman, Cora Harnett, Richard Stoker, Lesley Oake, Candice Pike and Sarah Mackey.

After the AGM many members enjoyed the opening production of Neighbourhood DanceworksFestival of New Dance – the Toronto Dance Theatre‘s Rivers. Following the performance DanceNL and NDW co-hosted the opening reception for the Festival of New Dance in the Arts and Culture Centre lobby.


Photos – Top: Colleen Quigley (Treasurer) and Mel Wellsman (Secretary) at the AGM. Above: Cora Harnett and Michelle Bush participate in Eroca Nichols’ Made to Order Dance project at the FND opening reception. Photos by Liz Solo.


2012 AGM

The fall is upon us and DanceNL is back into full swing with lots of exciting events happening this year!

We would like to invite all members, potential members, members of the dance community and anyone else interested in our activities to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

DanceNL is holding our AGM on Tuesday, October 9 @ 6:30pm in the MMaP Gallery, second floor, Arts and Culture Centre. At our business meeting, we will elect new board members, discuss last year’s events and plans for the upcoming year.

After the meeting, we invite you to attend a performance of St. John’s native Christopher House and Toronto Dance Theatre‘s Rivers, happening on the Arts and Culture Centre main stage. This is the opening show for the Festival of New Dance and Neighbourhood Dance Works and DanceNL have partnered to co-host a reception after the show. All are welcome.

This is also a great time to think about initiating or renewing your DanceNL membership for 2013. You can renew in person at the AGM or at our website:

Our AGM is accessible province-wide – if you do not live in St. John’s and would like to participate in the meeting, e-mail us at and we will arrange to Skype you in. If you are unable to attend, you can give a proxy vote to another member who is attending. Please e-mail us at and we will help with this, too. (note: You must be a member in good standing to vote at the AGM or run for the board).

So come on out to our AGM, enjoy the show, and meet us for wine and munchies afterwards. Look forward to seeing you there!

NL Moves – October

Ballet for 10 – 12 year olds with Sandra Blackmore

When: Sunday October 7th from 1PM to 3 PM
Where: Dance Studio West (51 West Street, Corner Brook)

DanceNL is proud to present our second NL Moves workshop – this time happening in Corner Brook! All interested 10 to 12 year olds are welcome to participate in this FREE Ballet Workshop with Sandra Blackmore.

About the class – The ballet class will involve a series of body alignment and conditioning exercises. Age appropriate ballet techniques will be studied, from barre work through to centre work. Expressive use of ports de bras will be encouraged along with an introduction to ballet mime and gestures. Requirements for point work will be discussed including the necessary posture and strength required for careful training. Foot and lower leg exercises using the exercise band will be introduced. The class focuses on developing correct technique while encouraging a broad and generous sense of movement. There will be a creative movement component that encourages expression, rhythm and dynamics as well as discussion on different ways to use and interpret music.

Dancers please bring: a ballet leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, hair in a ballet bun, exercise band.

About Sandra Blackmore – Inspiring dancers for over 25 years, Sandra teaches classical ballet firmly rooted in the tradition of Enrico Cecchetti. Drawing from her studies in contemporary dance, anatomy and history, along with a variety of classical dance styles, Sandra teaches with a broad and dynamic perspective. A performer herself for many years, she encourages a rhythmic, energetic use of space and with a strong sense of performance. Sandra holds Licentiate level qualification from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing , Cecchetti Society Faculty. She also holds the Cecchetti Advanced 2 exam along with the ISTD’s Certificate of applied Anatomy and Physiology. Sandra studied in Toronto for several years at the Lois Smith School of Dance/ George Brown College, Joan Kohal Studio of Ballet as well as summer seminars at the National Ballet School and York University.

NL Moves is a monthly 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 the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province. NL Moves workshops are happening every month throughout Newfoundland until May, 2013.

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.