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Dance Week 2011!

A huge thank you to all who participated in Dance Week this week, around UNESCO’s International Dance Day, held every year on April 20.

Watch this space for video and photos from our events across the province. Check out our facebook page and twitter feed, too!

Welcome to Dance Week, April 25-29!

We at DanceNL are very excited about our upcoming events this week. Here is a quick rundown of what we have in store across the province.

DARE TO DANCE: Take 5 minutes out of your day. Boogie in the backyard. Do the lancers in your living room. Salsa with your sweetie. Do the cha cha with your children. Twirl, leap and spin for 5 minutes on Friday to celebrate dance in all its forms.

RANDOM ACTS OF DANCE: Keep you eyes peeled for dancers all over the place! St. John’s and Corner Brook will be treated to spontaneous bellydance, tap, jazz, contemporary and tango performances all week, just to name a few.

FLASH MOB: St. John’s, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook will be flash-mobbed at some point during the week. We can’t tell you any more than this, but you’ll know it when you see it!

OTHER EVENTS: DanceNL has partnered with other associations to create some amazing events this week. Here’s the scoop:
• NL Folk Arts Society Folk Night, April 27 – Daniel Payne is the guest, and there will be dancing during his set!
• St. John’s libraries (adult and children’s, Arts and Culture Centre) are featuring a display of dance books all week.
• Ferriss Hodgett Library, Grenfell Campus Memorial, will feature a dance book display all week.
• Neighbourhood Dance Works is presenting the 605 Collective at the LSPU Hall

Thanks to the City of St. John’s for helping to sponsor the St. John’s flash mob, to the MMaP research centre for providing rehearsal space in St. John’s. Mostly, thanks to the wonderful dancers across the province who are coming out to dance this week!

International Dance Day Event Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between the Random Acts of Dance, Flash Mob, and Dare to Dance events?

Dare to Dance: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are encouraged to celebrate the joy of movement in their own way: dance in the kitchen; at work; on your way to school; the possibilities are endless!

Random Acts of Dance (RAD): are short pieces created by small groups/individuals that will be presented at various locations during International Dance Day (IDD) Week. DanceNL will help coordinate these RADs, send us an email to book rehearsal space or to assist you in creating your own RAD.

Flash Mob: a group piece that will be performed in a seemingly spontaneous manner in a secret location during IDD Week. This flash mob is in partnership with Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) and the piece is choreographed by Courtnae Bowman, an NBS teacher. Check out NBS Flash Mob last year at

I’m not a dancer. Can I still participate?

Yes! We hope to have as many people (young, old, beginners, pros, etc.) dancing this week!

When are rehearsals in St. John’s?

Flash Mob: Wednesdays 6-7pm and Sundays 3-4pm
Random Acts of Dance: Space available Wednesdays 7-8pm and Sundays 2-3pm

Do I have to attend every rehearsal?

No, attend as many rehearsals as you need to learn. However, there will be 1 or 2 mandatory rehearsals at the end of April for logistical purposes.

Where are the rehearsals in St. John’s?

The MMaP Gallery Space, second floor of the Arts & Culture Centre (formerly the Art Gallery Space).

Are there other ways to learn the Flash Mob choreography?

Yes, check out the instructional videos for the “Children’s Routine” on the NBS IDD page DanceNL opted to participate in the “Children’s routine” because of the fantastic song. Here’s the link to the YouTube introductory video for the routine:

What is the name of this singer and catchy song?

It’s k-os’ Crabbuckit.

How can I sign up?

Register at the next rehearsal or email the forms to Forms are also available at the DanceNL website

Is there a deadline that I must register prior to?

We are asking that all participants register by April 20th.

Is there a fee or costume costs?

No, participation is absolutely free!

What should I wear to rehearsals?

Wear comfortable clothing and indoor sneakers or socks.

How long is the Flash mob?

Approximately 3 minutes.

I don’t live in St. John’s, are there any IDD events being organized throughout the province?

Yes, there are IDD events being organized in Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook. Send us an email ( if you would like more information.

International Dance Day FAQs
Flash Mob Choreography

International Dance Day Call to Action!

Named by UNESCO to celebrate dance around the world on April 29 every year, International Dance Day encourages dancers and non-dancers alike to participate in and enjoy dance in a celebratory environment.

DanceNL invites you to help us celebrate International Dance Day in 2011. We have three activities planned:

1) The “Dare to Dance” Campaign

DanceNL began this campaign last year as a simple way for everyone to celebrate dance. Through public announcements and other PR, we will encourage everyone to take some time to dance on April 29th. Help us spread the word! You can also join us on Facebook to tell us of your dance plans for that day.

2) “Random Acts of Dance”

During the week of April 25-30, we are looking for dancers to participate in these activities. The idea is for dance to ‘spontaneously’ happen in public places where there are lots of people around. You’ll never know who might suddenly start dancing! Please get in touch if you are interested – we are looking for dancers (and musicians, if you wish) to perform all kinds of dance all over the province. You choose the dance, you choose the location, we’ll help make it happen. We hope to have this happen all over Newfoundland and Labrador.

3) A Flash Mob Dance, in cooperation with Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS)

One day during Dance Week (on or close to April 29, exact date TBA) we are going to perform a flash mob. A Flash Mob Dance is when a large group of people assemble suddenly in a public place, perform a dance for a brief period of time, and then disperse. This dance is one of several following the same choreography that will occur across the country. NBS is working with dance organizations across the country to accomplish this.

Although the flash mob is in conjunction with the National Ballet School, we want everyone to know that the choreography is very easy to learn and perform by people as young as 7 years old. It will be fun and danceable by all ages, all levels and all backgrounds of dance. Part of the fun of a flash mob is having a large group perform, so we want lots of dancers!!

Right now, we have flash mobs planned in St. John’s, Corner Brook, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. If you live somewhere else, and would like to participate, let us know and we’ll get you the choreography and instructions. And we’ll help publicize your event, and even contact your municipality to ask them to officially declare April 25-30 Dance Week.

Sign Up!

To sign up for either Random Acts of Dance or the Flash Mob Dance, there are two forms that need to be completed either by an adult or, if you’re under 19, a parent/guardian. Those forms can be downloaded below and emailed back to or brought to the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals in St. John’s will take place at the MMaP Gallery, second floor, Arts and Culture Centre.

Wednesdays starting March 9th @ 6-7pm (Flash Mob)
7-8pm (Random Acts of Dance)
Sundays starting March 13th @ 2-3pm (Random Acts of Dance)
3-4pm (Flash Mob)

Rehearsals in Corner Brook will take place at Dance Studio West (51 West Street).

Sundays starting March 20th @ 3:00 – 3:45pm (Flash Mob)

Rehearsals in Grand Falls-Windsor will take place at the Gordon Pinsent Centre.

Sundays @ 6:00 – 7:00pm (Flash Mob)

There will be a rehearsal in Gander at the A&C Theatre.

Sunday, April 10th @ 6:00 – 8:00pm (Flash Mob)
Additional rehearsals TBA.

Contact us for information on activities across the province and let us know how we can help you get involved.

Exact times may change. We may also be able to assist with rehearsal space for Random Acts of Dance — please let us know if you need it.

For more information:
· Check out the official YouTube video of NBS’ 2010 Flash Mob at the Eaton Centre
· Send us an email at:

International Dance Day Registration Form
International Dance Day Photo Consent and Release Form

International Dance Day 2011

DanceNL is busy planning some exciting events to celebrate the upcoming International Dance Day which is held annually on April 29th … watch this space for further details! We will be contacting people soon about our big event and we will need dancers of all kinds to help us out. Stay tuned!

Roadmap Survey 2010

Take a look at our Roadmap page to see where the Roadmap Survey 2010 is leading us.
If you haven’t already done so, please complete our Roadmap survey as we are still collecting information about dance activity across the province.
Links to the surveys can be found on our Roadmap page.

NLAC Arts Awards

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council has invited DanceNL to submit a nomination for the awards. It is with great pleasure that DanceNL has nominated the Galway Sisters (Mercedes, Teresita, Isabelle, Carmel and Barbara-Ann) for the Hall of Honour Award, for their exceptional contribution to the development of dance in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Galways are renowned throughout the province’s dance community as the ‘foremothers’ of what is now a thriving dance school scene. This is a great opportunity to recognize their pioneering efforts and to promote and gain recognition for dance in the province.
We will update you on this in the very near future.

For more information on the awards, visit

You’re hired!

DanceNL is delighted to have received project funding from the CEDP (Cultural Economic Development Program) which has enabled us to contract a Membership and Research Assistant, Mel Wellsman, in addition to a Website Developer and Graphic Designer, Perfect Day Canada, both for a period of three months. These contracts will help to cement the foundations of the association already laid down by the Board and aid DanceNL’s development and aspirations.

Dance NL is Hiring!

DanceNL is offering three contractual positions in the new year!
Please see specific job ads below.

The deadline for all applications is December 30, 2010 @ 5:00pm.

Please send applications by e-mail to

JOB TITLE: Membership/Research Assistant
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: January 3 – March 28, 2011
SALARY: $20/hr, 35 hours/week (subject to funding approval)
Job Summary and Requirements:

DanceNL seeks a reliable, organized, friendly individual for a 3-month full-time contract. Primary duties will include membership recruitment and retention, promotion and awareness, and researching future opportunities for DanceNL.

The ideal candidate is:
• Familiar with Excel and MS Word as well as social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.)
• Comfortable drafting and writing press releases, email correspondence
• Comfortable speaking on the phone or presenting to small groups
• Capable of working independently under the direction of the DanceNL board
• Familiar with dance and the local dance community, or willing to learn

JOB TITLE: Website Developer
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: January 3 – March 28, 2011
SALARY: $1250 (subject to funding approval)
Job Summary and Requirements:
DanceNL seeks a website developer to enhance and improve upon our current site
( ) and expand our current capabilities (search, member pages, directory).

The ideal candidate is:
• Experience designing and configuring websites built with the drupal content management system
• Proficiency with SQL, PHP, JavaScript
• Expertise with CSS 2.1 and recent versions
• Experience configuring web hosting, DNS, email lists
• Experience working with a team or with clients to determine the exact needs and function of a website
• Basic graphic design skills
• Capable of working independently under the direction of the DanceNL board
• Familiar with dance and the local dance community, or willing to learn

JOB TITLE: Graphic Designer
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: January 3 – March 28, 2011
SALARY: $700 (subject to funding approval)
Job Summary and Requirements:

DanceNL seeks a graphic designer to create an exciting logo and letterhead that best reflects our organizations’ mandate and vision.

The ideal candidate is:
• Experienced in graphic design
• Capable of working independently under the direction of the DanceNL board
• Familiar with dance and the local dance community, or willing to learn

DanceNL Elects New Board

The Founding General Meeting of DanceNL on November 4th was a great success. Many members turned up to hear about the initiatives led by DanceNL in the past year and to participate in the election of a new board. The new board is comprised of choreographers, dancers, dance teachers, dance researchers, and dance supporters representing a variety of dance forms in a number of different Newfoundland communities; they are:

Kristin Harris Walsh (President)
Christina Penney (Secretary)
Colleen Quigley (Treasurer)
Andrew Draskóy
Lorna English
Calla Lachance
Leona Mooney
Candice Pike
Richard Stoker

The new board is looking forward to another successful year as Newfoundland and Labrador’s dance association and we’d like you to be a part of it! If you are not a member yet, check out the membership link at the top of the page and join today.