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Flamenco Master Class this coming weekend!

Myriam Allard Flamenco Master Class_Registration and Waiver formHello dancers!
It’s short notice, but I’m thrilled to announce that renowned Montreal-based flamenco dancer Myriam Allard ( will be teaching a master class in flamenco technique this coming Saturday. She is one of the most highly sought after teachers in Canada, and this really is an incredible opportunity. I really hope you can make it! She is very excited to meet the NL flamenco and dance community!

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Here are the details:

All dancers (mature teens to adults) from any discipline welcome!

Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Location: Upstairs studio at Judy Knee Dance Studio (27 Mayor Avenue)
Please ring the doorbell at the lower entrance to be let in.

Parking: Parking is available in the studio parking lot, and there is also limited on-street parking on the opposite side of Mayor Avenue, and in the surrounding streets (Cook Street, Feild Street etc.) but please be very careful to check the parking signs so as not to park in permit only sections.

Fees: $40
(Etransfer or Cash only – please have correct amount)
*payments are non-refundable

To register, please contact Christina Penney:
Phone: 749-3661

NL Moves Lindy Hop on the Rock Partner Dance workshop in Bay Roberts November 18th

Caitlyn Hill and Natalie Hobbs will be coming to Catherine’s Dance Studio Inc. in Bay Roberts on Saturday, November 18 to do a 2 hour workshop on Partner Dance as part of NL Moves!

No partner required. Lindy Hop is a social dance where each dancer switches partner. No partner or previous dance experience is required. Swing dancing is an all ages dance and all are welcome to join in on the fun. We will teach the basic of swing dancing (6 count) as well as the Shim Sham (a choreographed group dance). Dancers will warm up learning fun old time jazz steps to jazz music. 11934536_10153056985851606_1304160348201248095_o

NL Moves Graham Technique Workshop with Natalie Hobbs in Corner Brook

Natalie Hobbs will be bringing her two hour workshop on Graham Technique to Dance Studio West in Corner Brook on November 4th as part of NL Moves!

Natalie Hobbs was born and raised in Celista, BC. She moved to Edmonton, AB where she studied dance at Grant McEwan and obtained a dance diploma. In 2002, Natalie moved to Vancouver, BC to continue studying dance at Simon Fraser University. By 2004, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. Since graduation she has choreographed for professional venues in Vancouver as well as the interior of BC. Since moving to Newfoundland she has taught for a year at Danceworx, Catherine’s Dance Studio and Lindy Hop on The Rock.

No dance experience required and all ages welcome. We will explore the basic movement of the Graham modern dance technique. Students will learn the fundamentals of Graham and explore movement through contractions and release. Dancers will begin with floor movement and then progress to standing finishing with movements across the floor. We will also explore falling safely. The workshop will also include watching some of Martha Graham’s work and a discussion of the dance technique.


Upcoming Opportunity for Improvisation!

00001Sound Symposium is hosting “Collateral-Shalabi, Adams, Crofts” in St.John’s in November and they are offering a free improv workshop with the musicians open to dancers, vocal explorers and instrumentalists on November 8th.

NL Moves: Hooping in Grand Falls-Windsor

Couldn’t keep a hula hoop up when you were a kid? Then this workshop is for you! This class is designed with the adult beginner in mind. There will be plenty of modifications to accommodate all skill levels. Absolutely no prior experience is required.

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Hooping is a fantastic workout that lets you move, sweat, and dance. Come learn some fun tips and tricks in a safe and welcoming atmosphere.

What to bring/wear: Hoopers should wear comfortable clothes and can go barefoot or wear sneakers or soft dance shoes (ballet, jazz, modern/lyrical, etc). Bring hoops if you have them. However, we will have plenty of hoops of all sizes available to try. We will work with you to find the right fit. 🙂

This workshop series part of DanceNL’s NL Moves series and made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s sectoral dance association. Their mandate is to preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activity throughout the province

Instructor: Leslie Pierce

Cost: $10 ($5 for DanceNL members)

To pre-register please e-mail

Workshop will be held at Exploits Homeware, 10 Queensway Park, Grand Falls, NL




April 23-29, 2017

Everywhere, NL

  • Random Acts of Dance ● Dance Ambassadors ● If a Place Could Be Made School Tour ● Folk Dance Night at the Ship ● Dare to Dance ● #dance4discounts ● Sharing Dance ● Flash Mob ● International Dance Day Dance Party


Dare to Dance Flash Mob

We invite you to learn a dance and join in a flash mob for Dance Week in Newfoundland and Labrador! This year’s choreography is by St. John’s dance teacher and performer Lynn Panting. See the schedule below for details of flash mob events in St. John’s.

Can’t make it out in person? No problem! Here’s a handy instructional video so you can learn the dance at home or school:

Be sure to send us video clips of you dancing the routine and we will share them on our social media!


For the third year, independent businesses in St. John’s are offering a discount for a dance at the cash throughout Dance Week! Check out or watch for #dance4discounts and grab some mad dance deals!

 Random Acts of Dance

We challenge you to dance at random! Dance spontaneously in a public place and brighten the day of everyone around you! Dance at the office and get your coworkers smiling! Send us a video of your Random Act of Dance and we’ll share it on social media.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for notice of pop-up dance hotspots throughout the province during the week!

Dance Ambassadors

Each day this week, we will feature messages from members of our local dance community. Head to our Facebook page to meet our 2017 Dance Ambassadors and learn a bit about them and their dance.


Dare to Dance Flash Mob Choreography Learning Session

Not sure about learning the steps on your own? Dance week in Newfoundland and Labrador kicks off with a DARE TO DANCE flash mob learning session SUNDAY April 23rd at 1:30pm. Join DanceNL and Lynn Panting Dance to learn her funky dance to music by Waterfront Fire!

Where: Lynn Panting Dance, 66 Queen’s Rd

When: 1:30-3pm

Admission: FREE!


Folk Dance Night at the Ship

We’re teaming up with the Folk Arts Society and infiltrating their weekly Folk Night again!

Join us for a session at the Ship Pub on Wednesday April 26th, featuring musicians and set dancers for an evening of traditional Newfoundland music and set dance followed by a Trad Session hosted by Gerry Strong. Join dance caller Jane Rutherford and master fiddler Christina Smith along with the Partridgeberry Jam Fiddle and Dance group. They will do a demonstration of the Lancers and then invite interested people to join them in a traditional set dance.

 Where: Ship Pub, 265 Duckworth Street, St. John’s

When: 8:45-9:15 * note special start time

Admission: $5 (standard Folk Night admission)

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If A Place Could Be Made

DanceNL Member Louise Moyes and the Daly Family Collective (Moyes, Diana Daly and Anne Troake) will be touring St. Mary’s Bay schools during Dance week 2017 with their show If a Place Could Be Made. As part of the tour they give workshops in dance and storytelling, to reinforce the show’s theme of inclusion. In this workshop students learn a dance from the show and make their own version of it, which they then perform together. Thanks to ArtsNL School Touring Program for the funding.

 Where: St. Mary’s, Mount Carmel and St. Bride’s schools

Admission: Free for school students

Background on Show: Kitty and Daniel Daly of Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay, Newfoundland had twelve children, six of whom were very tall, and mythologized as giants, and six of whom had achondroplasia, were little people, or what is now called persons of short stature. Most of them had disabilities. The Daly Family Collective, the Dalys’ great-granddaughter (and great-niece), singer-songwriter Diana Daly, dancer-storyteller Louise Moyes and director-choreographer Anne Troake, have been asked to tell their stories spanning from the 1930s-2000s.

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Free Tango Practica

 Warm up in the Newfoundland ‘spring’ with a bit of Tango! Tango on the Edge, the St. John’s Tango club, presents a free public dance event at their Thursday practica: learn the steps of the Argentine Folk Dance the Chacarera, and meet the local Tango community.

Where: 4th Floor Rehearsal Space, Arts and Culture Centre 4th Floor North Wing, 95 Allandale Road, St. John’s

When: 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Admission: FREE!


Sharing Dance 2017: Celebrate Celebrate Canada’s 150th through Dance

Sharing Dance is Canada’s National Ballet School’s flagship community outreach initiative offering free dance programs for all Canadians—to get healthy, active and artistically engaged.

Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to come out and learn the routine that people from all across Canada will be dancing in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday!

DanceNL member Corie Harnett of Corieography, and local dancer/choreographer Amy Spector will be offering a series of FREE rehearsals to prepare for a performance of the Sharing Dance Routine in June.  Join us as we represent St. John’s, NL in Sharing Dance 2017!

 Where: DanceSpace, 3rd floor studio, Arts & Culture Centre, 95 Allandale Rd., St. John’s

When: Fridays: 6:00-7:30 p.m. on April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26 & June 2

Admission: FREE!


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SATURDAY April 29th: International Dance Day 2017 – METRO

Dare To Dance Flashmob Performance

Where: Parking lot @ 72 Harbour Drive, St. John’s*

When: 3pm-3:30pm

Admission: FREE!

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*Please note:  We will meet at 72 Harbour Drive at 3:00 p.m. and then head over to Harbourside Park to dance the flashmob routine there!

International Dance Day Dance Party at Compton House – METRO

Come out and celebrate International Dance Day at our dance mixer – have some refreshments, dance to a few tunes, swing, step, tango and jive to music from around the world. See and experience the best of our members’ favourite genres of dance!

Where: Compton House B&B – 26 Waterford Bridge Road, St. John’s

When: 6:30 to 8:00pm, Saturday April 29

Admission: FREE!

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For more information on Dance Week in Newfoundland and Labrador, please check out or contact:

Corie Harnett