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Launch Party at The Levee

MusicNL and DanceNL are joining forces to kick off Dance Week with a launch party at The Levee! The shortlisted artists from the Most Danceable Song competition will play their tunes live, so come down and have a dance to start the week off right!



It Could Be Franky



Where: The Levee, George Street

When: Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – 11:30pm

Admission: $5

Memorial announces Dancer-in-Residence for Fall 2016

March 21, 2016

Memorial University (St. John’s and Grenfell Campuses) and its partners, Creative Gros Morne and DanceNL, are pleased to announce that the Memorial University Dancer-in-Residence for 2016 will be Julia Taffe.

The Dancer-in-Residence program takes place over six weeks in three different locations in Newfoundland and Labrador. During the Fall 2016 term, Julia will spend two weeks in each of St. John’s, Corner Brook, and Gros Morne National Park. In each location, she will pursue personal research as well as engage with students and the wider public. As well as supporting artistic research and development, the residency is a unique opportunity for community engagement by bringing new skills and perspectives to Memorial, and the greater community.

Choreographer Julia Taffe combines art, environment and adventure, making dances on buildings and mountains. Julia is the founder and artistic director of Aeriosa, a vertical dance company based in Vancouver. Aeriosa transforms neighbourhoods into theatres and explores wild environments as dramatic stages for live dance.  Julia has choreographed site specific works at locations such as: Stawamus Chief Mountain, Taipei City Hall, Cirque du Soleil Headquarters, Vancouver Library Square, Banff Centre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Toronto’s 58-storey L Tower, the traditional Coast Salish territory of Vancouver’s Stanley Park and the traditional Nuu-chah-nulth territory of Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve on Vancouver Island. Julia and Aeriosa received the Canadian Dance Assembly “I Love Dance” Innovation Award in 2012. Julia is the second woman to achieve the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Rock Guide certification. As well, she has worked as a climbing guide, instructor, coach, rigger, stunt performer and mountain safety tech for film and TV productions from British Columbia to Morocco.

“We received more than 35 applications from across North America,” said Alex Fallis of the selection committee, “and Julia’s stood out not only due to her unique artistic practice- vertical dance- and the strength of her research program, but also because of her previous artistic work that engages with geography and history. The committee felt that this aspect of her work would be an excellent fit in Newfoundland, and we aim to facilitate events and opportunities for interaction across the island.”

Specific events in each location will be announced in the coming months.

For an interview, or more information, please contact

Alex Fallis 

Division of Fine Arts (Grenfell) 


(709) 637-7190 

Pamela Gill

Communications co-ordinator (Grenfell)


(709) 637-2187

An Opportunity For YOU To Advocate For Dance in Newfoundland and Labrador

Dear DanceNL Members,

As we face major changes in our provincial budget, please consider speaking up for the cultural industries, where budgets are already extremely lean. The more voices we have on this message, the more influential we can be!

I’m asking that you write a letter to include in the Government Renewal Initiative. A template is available below for your use, to be edited as you see fit or simply signed and sent in, or you can write your own.

Send your comments to

Thanks so much,

Sharon King-Campbell
Executive Director



Premier Ball and Minister Bennett,

In response to the Government Renewal Initiative, I recommend that the government consider reinvesting in the cultural industries.

Like many industries in the province, cultural work in Newfoundland and Labrador is suffering. An industry that relies heavily on public investment in order to generate substantial direct and indirect returns, arts organizations have, over the past decade, been forced to cut programming, reduce staff hours, and put off major actions that would stabilize and grow the industry.

Culture is the hallmark of Newfoundland and Labrador. Beautiful television ads celebrate it. Visitors revel in it. New residents are attracted by it. Culture is – and reflects – our identity as a province, an identity based in our rich history, our pride of place, and our hopes for the future. It brings in skilled workers. It brings in tourism. It is a positive step towards a healthy, diverse, resilient economy, and one that can be made with confidence.

Given the profound social and economic value of the cultural industries, now is the time to renew a commitment made in The Blueprint for Development and Investment in Culture in 2006. Now is the time to invest in the industries that make Newfoundland and Labrador the target destination for Canadian and international tourists. Now is the time to invest in the workers who bring beauty, entertainment, and culture to the residents of this spectacular province.

Sincerely yours,

[Your Name]