News posts dated Apr. 2013 (page 1 of 2)

Robot Playground – a Virtual Flash Mob

DanceNL proudly presents
Robot Playground – a Virtual Flash Mob
for International Dance Day 2013
Dancers from St. John’s, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, The Easter Seals, The Lesley Oake School of Dance, Sprucewood Academy and Coley’s Point Primary dance a choreography by DanceNL board member Cora Harnett. The music is “Hello, Hello, Hello” by NL synth pop band Repartee (the winner of our recent search for NL’s Most Danceable Song).
Edit by Peter Furlong.

2013 Dance Ambassador Tammy MacLeod

As our final Dance Ambassador video for 2013’s Dance Week – Tammy MacLeod and Liz Solo send a meditative Dance Week message from Middle Cove, Newfoundland. Brought to you by DanceNL and the Canadian Dance Assembly

About Tammy MacLeod – Tammy MacLeod is a dancer, teacher and choreographer with a keen interest in improvisation. She has trained at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Maindance (Vancouver). She has most recently worked with Liz Solo, Andrea Tucker, Sally Morgan, Gerry Morita and for the past two years she has toured Idealicious, a multi-modal dance trio choreographed by Eryn Dace Trudell and supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. She is looking forward to working with Louise Moyes on a new project in the fall.

2013 Dance Ambassador Robyn Breen

Robyn Breen and students of the Toronto Dance Theatre bring us our next Dance Week message – from Toronto. Proudly presented by DanceNL and the Canadian Dance Assembly.

About Robyn Breen – Robyn Breen (Dancer/Choreographer)Artistic Director of NewFoundDance, Robyn Breen graduated from the BFA (Honours) Dance Program at York University in 2010. Upon completion, she entered the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she is entering her third year.

During her studies, she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Debra Brown (Cirque du Soleil), Danny Grossman, Heidi Strauss and the late Rachel Browne. Robyn recently received funding from the NLAC to commission a new solo work choreographed by dance theatre artist Jo Leslie. Robyn performed this solo during NewFoundDance’s August 2012 performance at the LSPU Hall.

2013 Dance Ambassador Duane Andrews

DanceNL and the Canadian Dance Assembly are proud to present a message from 2013 Dance Ambassador – musician Duane Andrews.

Duane Andrews’ music is the product of a great ear, an adventurous spirit and a love of music that is beyond category. Uniting what would seem to be impossible — traditional Newfoundland music with the Gypsy Jazz of the legendary Django Reinhardt, Andrews makes it not just work — he makes it soar. The award winning guitarist, composer, producer and international performer’s latest album, Raindrops, is the best evidence yet of his truly unique musical vision and is the sound of him, literally, bringing it all back home.

A native of the island of Newfoundland, off the east coast of Canada, Duane grew up exposed to the island’s mélange of cultural influences — a mix of English, French, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese – and his development as a guitarist reflects that. After graduating from the Jazz Studies program at St. FXU with honours, Duane spent several years studying contemporary music composition at the Conservatoire International de Paris and at the Conservatoire National de Region in Marseille, France.

It was during his time in France that Reinhardt’s music had a profound impact on Duane. Upon returning to his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador he began fusing traditional Newfoundland music with Reinhardt’s style and his own original compositions. This work resulted in the 2004 release of his dynamic debut solo CD, simply titled, Duane Andrews, the 2006 release of the multiple award winning “Crocus”, the 2008 release “Raindrops” which features a collaboration with the Atlantic String Quartet. Most recently he has been collaborating with Cape Breton master fiddler Dwayne Côté with which he has released two albums ‘Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews’ (2010) and ‘The Empress’ (2012). For more info on Dwayne and Duane check out

2013 Dance Ambassador Erin Sulley

DanceNL and the Canadian Dance Assembly are proud to present a Dance Week message from 2013 Dance Ambassador Erin Sulley.

About Erin Sulley
Erin Sulley has brought her presence, grace and style to Newfoundland and Labrador television viewers for much of this decade. As a member of the Out of the Fog team, Erin’s broadcasting talents are showcased regularly in interviews, lively discussions and feature reports. Being an experienced news reporter, Erin Sulley strengthens Out of the Fog’s ability to provide Rogers TV viewers with clear, concise, informative community affairs programming. Her role as co-host of Out of the Fog reveals Erin Sulley’s personality as someone with a lust for life, eager to share her infectious enthusiasm for Newfoundland and Labrador’s vibrant arts, music, history and current affairs.

2013 Dance Ambassador Steve Kent

2013 Dance Ambassador – MHA Steve Kent.

Steve Kent – Mr. Kent was elected as a MHA for Mount Pearl North on October 9, 2007, and was re-elected on October 11, 2011. In September 1997, he became the youngest elected public official in the City of Mount Pearl’s history. Receiving a record number of votes, he was elected Deputy Mayor of Mount Pearl. In October 2003, Mr. Kent became Mount Pearl’s eighth Mayor, and he was elected by acclamation in September 2005. He resigned as Mayor on October 30, 2007. During his involvement in local government, Mr. Kent served as Avalon Director on the Board of Directors of the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. He was also an active member of the Atlantic Mayors Congress. 
 Mr. Kent holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Certificate in Public Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Masters degree in Management from McGill University.

In his professional life, for over five years, Mr. Kent served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland. He then spent two years at Stirling Communications International in the role of Manager of Corporate Development. Early in 2006, he decided to incorporate his own business, The FOCUS Group Inc., and engaged in management and marketing consulting for several firms in both the private and voluntary sectors. He and his wife own FOCUS Driver Training Incorporated, which operates the Young Drivers of Canada centres in Newfoundland. 

Mr. Kent has a long history of community involvement. From 1992 to 1996, he was selected as Mount Pearl’s Youth of the Year, and was also named Youth Volunteer of the Year on two occasions. He received the national YTV Achievement Award for Public Service in 1996. In December 1999, Maclean’s magazine recognized Steve as one of the top 100 Canadians to watch for in the next century.

2013 Dance Ambassador Vanda Maunder

A joyous Dance Week message from dancer and dance teacher Vanda Maunder from Brigus, Newfoundland. Vanda Maunder is proudly presented by DanceNL and the Canadian Dance Assembly.

About Vandas Maunder
Vanda Maunder’s Dance Studio began in Brigus in 1973, with just a handful of students. Today, as a fully-qualified, experienced professional, she teaches ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom and step dancing to over 200 students, conducting weekly classes at her Brigus studio, and in Bay Roberts.

Vanda holds certificates in Ballroom Dance, Cecchetti Ballet and Tap Dancing from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in London, England, and Latin Dancing from the Canadian Dance teachers Association. Vanda has also studied traditional Step-Dancing with internationally-acclaimed expert, Mary Janet MacDonald in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is also a member of the Newfoundland Dance Teachers’ Association. Vanda’s performing step-dance group, “The Calico Steppers” have shown off their fancy footwork at hundreds of local festivals, conventions and community events, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day, and in the United States as well.

Over the years, The National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet have expressed interest in several of her classical students, who were then selected to attend summer programs at these institutions. For a number of years, Vanda been engaged by several local Elementary Schools to devise and instruct a very successful series of “Art Smart” programs, which incorporated dance as a means of augmenting instruction in the more traditional curricular subjects.

Vanda is a founding member of the “Baccalieu Players”, a Community Theatre group, who since 1996 have staged well-attended live theatre events in the area. Vanda received her academic education at Prince of Wales Collegiate and Memorial University in St. John’s. Along with her Dance Studio, Vanda also operates BodyActive, a small retail store dealing in dance and exercise wear.

2013 Dance Ambassador Jill Dreaddy

DanceNL and The Canadian Dance Assembly proudly present a powerful and inspiring Dance Week message from 2013 Dance Ambassador – dancer, choreographer and dance educator Jill Dreaddy.

About Jill Dreaddy
Jill Dreaddy (dancer/choreographer, dance teacher) A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, dancer, choreographer and dance educator, Jill Dreaddy discovered her passion for dance at the age of 5. She has been actively performing, choreography and teaching since 1990. Jill is owner/artistic director of Jill Dreaddy Danceco, established since 1997, with 2 locations in the Province (CBS & St. John’s). Jill teaches Flamenco, Ballroom & Latin American, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballet/Pointe and dance for young children. Jill joined El Viento Flamenco, a flamenco dance Company, in 1999 and performed and toured with them until they relocated to Halifax in 2001. Since then she has performed several solo flamenco performances in the City.

2013 Dance Ambassador Tom Cochrane

DanceNL and the Canadian Dance Assembly are proud to have Tom Cochrane of as one of our 2013 Dance Ambassadors. Tom is joined in this video by Candice Pike, Emma Waterman, Amy Andrews and Olivia Ball.

About Tom Cochrane
Tom Cochrane Tom Cochrane is the editor of and lover of art, music, and community spirit.

2013 Dance Ambassador Tony Ingram

Look out! DanceNL and the Canadian Dance Assembly are proud to present Tony Ingram as one of 2013’s Dance Week Dance Ambassadors.

Tony Ingram is a physical therapist and dancer, currently living in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. He loves science, because it’s awesome. Specifically, he’s super interested in the science of human movement, and how it relates to our physical, mental, social, and cultural well-being.That interest started with dancing and led to a career in physical therapy. He started the website to help educate dancers (and anyone, really) on health and fitness stuff. Occasionally, he also rants on about science in general. He’s still dancing, obviously.