Members tagged “Newfoundland dance”

Andrew Draskoy

Andrew Draskóy has been active as a choreographer, dancer, and historical dance researcher and teacher since 1988. His choreographic works include Brigamania 135 (1996), The Pull (1997), Transformation Motif (2004), Every Day (2006), Impetus (2009) and numerous collaborative works.

In the choreographers' collective Louder than Words (1994-2000) he discovered a love of collaborative choreography and structured improvisation. He continues to work in this form with other independent choreographers and contemporary dancers in St. John's.

Andrew's work in Renaissance dance research and reconstruction has been presented around the world, including at the International Early Dance Conference in Belgium (2000) and the Boston Early Music Festival (2003). His paper "`Se il Cavallo Gagliardo': Connections between Horsemanship and Dance in 16th Century Italy" has been cited in major works in the field. He taught Renaissance dance in St. John's from 1989 to 1997, and continues to teach occasional workshops locally and abroad, including annually at the NL Folk Festival. In 1997 he and Alison Carter produced a large Renaissance Dance show for Year of the Arts.
He has choreographed in period style for six theatrical productions in St. John's.

In 2009 Andrew formed a new company to work specifically on Renaissance dance. This group of eight performers presented work and conducted several workshops in 2010 as part of the Quidi Vidi dance series, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, Culture Days, and the Cupids 400' Muses and Minstrels Festival. The company is currently working on reviving a Spanish dance form that was a precursor to Flamenco, and preparing for the 2011 touring season.

Andrew is also involved in preserving and sharing traditional Newfoundland dance.

Kristin Harris Walsh

Kristin Harris Walsh is a dance scholar and writer (PhD Folklore, Memorial and MA Dance, York) with training in step dance (Irish and Newfoundland) and ballet. She has written and presented extensively on dance topics in both academic and popular publications, primarily related to vernacular dance as a means of cultural expression and negotiation. She is currently lead investigator on a SSHRC-funded research project on percussive dance in Canada, looking specifically at the links between traditional NL step dance and Irish sean-nós step dance. Kristin is the Past President of DanceNL and the President of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies/La société canadienne d’études en danse.