News posts dated Mar. 2013

Dance Week Sneak Peek

Celebrate Dance Week with Us
April 22 – 29, 2013

DanceNL is gearing up for a week of special events. Here is  sneak peek:

All Week
* Random Acts of Dance – Watch for Random Acts of Dance happening anywhere in your community
* Dance Ambassador Videos – Dance Week video messages from well known Newfoundlanders and Labradorians released online every day
* Dare to Dance – one finalist  in the search for NL’s Most Danceable Song will be released on our webpages each day so everyone can Dare to Dance to local music.

Wednesday April 24th
DanceNL will be at Folk Night at the Ship

Saturday April 27th
Neighbourhood Dance Works presents First Look with Corie Harnett, Sara Tilley and Mark White, Sarah Joy Stoker and others. First Look will be followed by reception and social co-hosted by DanceNL and NDW.  7 PM at Pony Locale – 120 Lemarchant Road, 2nd Floor, West Wing.

The First Look Series is an opportunity for local choreographers to present works-in-progress. First Look is held in a supportive environment, followed by a moderated discussion led by a peer mentor and/or knowledgeable dance commentator in the community. The series has been exceptionally successful in increasing awareness about the choreographic process and it has enhanced the development of the dance sector in our community.

Monday, April 29th                                                                                                                             Release of Our Virtual Flash Mob – happening all over the Internet on International Dance Day

More news to come!
Want to participate in our Virtual Flash Mob? Find out all the details by visiting this page:

Want to arrange your own Random Act of Dance? Find out more about Dance Week?
Contact us

NL Moves – March – Tango!













NL Moves March
Tango with Cecilia McGruer
Sunday March 24
2 to 4 PM
Arts and Culture Centre Third Floor Gallery

Learn foundation moves for dancing the Tango socially at this FREE NL Moves workshop. Wear comfortable clothing. All are welcome.

Cecilia McGruer chairs the education committee for Tango on the Edge, a local Argentine Tango club, whose mission is to promote Argentine Tango as a dance genre in Newfoundland. Cecilia also dances ballroom, swing, and traditional Nfld. set dancing purely for pleasure.






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 sessions are happening every month throughout Newfoundland until May, 2013 and all workshops are 100 per cent FREE! Come dance with us!

Photo credit: Sean Jessome. NL Moves Poster by Graham Blair.

IDD Flash Mob Instructional Video

Announcing NL’s 2013 Dance Week Song with Flash Mob Instructional Video!

DanceNL is thrilled to announce that “Hello, Hello, Hello” by synth pop band Repartee has been declared 2013’s most danceable song! You can listen to the song on this link:

DanceNL board member and dancer Corie Harnett has created a fun new choreography for this song. She is joined in the Instructional Video above by DanceNL board member and dancer Colleen Quigley. Everyone is invited to learn and videotape this choreography (or improvise their own!) and send their videos to us to become a part of our 2013 Virtual Flash Mob. The Virtual Flash Mob will feature videos and compilations of videos and will be released all over the Internet on International Dance Day – April 29th.

How you can Participate:

Film your own video and contact us to find out how to submit it to DanceNL –


If you live in the St. John’s area you can also contact DanceNL to arrange for a professional taping. Contact us here:


Join us on April 14th for an in-person instruction and filming of the choreography from 12 to 3 PM on Sunday April 14 in the 3rd Floor Gallery of the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Please also see the attached FAQ and Permission Form.


FAQ for 2013 Virtual Flash Mob

The deadline to submit your videos is April 5th, 2013.

Here are videographer Peter’s quick tips for filming: “Make sure that the:

~ light source is not directly behind the dancers

~ the dancers are in focus”

About Repartee

Before she started Repartee, Meg Warren was a frustrated opera singer. She loved music, but hated the formality – so she started a synth-pop band. Repartee played their first gig in St. John’s in 2009 and while a lot has changed since then, one thing remains the same – Repartee want to make you dance.

The band’s career has been steadily growing over the past three years with the addition of members Robbie Brett (The Pre-Raphaelites, Hear/Say), and Nick Coultas-Clarke and Josh Banfield (Catcher). In 2010 they released their first EP, ‘Lost Like We All Are’, to a sold out crowd at the legendary The Ship Pub in St. Johns. That same year they were named the Newfoundland Herald’s prestigious ‘Band To Watch’ for 2011. They received the full MusicNL Sound Recording Grant and recorded their debut self-titled album in 2011. The album was released to critical acclaim, strong sales and it was shortlisted at the Atlantis Music Prize for the best album released in Newfoundland that year.

Repartee have spent the last year feverishly and passionately touring. Aiming to expand their fan-base outside of Newfoundland – they’ve showcased at the Halifax Pop Explosion, the East Coast Music Awards, and Canadian Music Week. They’ve shared the stage with Mother Mother, Hey Rosetta, USS, Jenn Grant, Rich Aucoin, Shotgun Jimmie, Michou, The Novaks, with more and more bands calling them to share a bill. Repartee continue to establish themselves as one of Newfoundlands hottest exports through shows like the recent Torbay 250, where they shared the bill with the likes of The Trews, Jimmy Rankin and Great Big Sea. Most recently, the band won all five MusicNL Awards they were nominated for – FACTOR Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Statoil Rising Star, Bell Aliant Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Molson Pop/Rock Artist of the Year. In March the band will head to the 2013 East Coast Music Awards in Halifax, where they’re nominated for Rising Star Recording of the Year.

With an electric live show, hooky melodies and poignant, honest lyrics – Repartee are poised to do good things for pop music, for Newfoundland.

Photo credit Emily Evans


Call for NL Moves Workshop Leaders

From September 2013 to April 2014, DanceNL will be hosting our second year of “NL Moves,” a series of workshops aimed at the general public. As an outreach event, the goal of this series is to expose people to various dance genres, increase wellness and physical activity, and support DanceNL members across the province.
We are sending out a CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS to our membership.

• Workshop facilitator(s) must be individual DanceNL members.
• One workshop will be held each month (July and August excepted) in a variety of communities.
• DanceNL will pay an honorarium of $200 and cover rental fee for an appropriate space up to a maximum of $50.
• Workshop facilitators can propose holding a workshop in any community.
• Funding may be available for travel to another community. If you would like to offer a workshop in a community different from your own, please include details on travel costs in your application.
• Workshop rates will be fixed by DanceNL, with a discounted rate for members.
• DanceNL will assist with promoting the workshops.

Please fill out the attached form and attach a dance photo (for promotional purposes) and return to


Participants will be notified by May 1.

NL Moves 2013 – Call for Workshop Leaders