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Call for Proposals: NL Moves

From September 2015 to April 2016, DanceNL will be hosting “NL Moves,” a series of workshops aimed at the general public. The goal of this series is to expose people to various dance genres, increase wellness and physical activity, and support DanceNL members across the province. We are sending out a CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS to our membership.

  • Workshop facilitator(s) must be DanceNL members in good standing at the time of their workshop.
  • We strive to connect workshop facilitators to new communities. DanceNL will pay an honorarium of $200 and cover venue rental.
  • Workshop facilitators can propose holding a workshop in any community.
  • Funding may be available for travel to another community. In the event of travel, per diem, mileage and accommodation will be provided.
  • Workshop rates will be fixed by DanceNL, with a discounted rate for members.
  • DanceNL will promote the workshops. Capacity to assist with promotion is an asset.

Please fill out the form (download it as PDF or Word) and attach a dance photo (for promotional purposes) and return to no later than April 15. Participants will be notified by May 1.

Job Opportunity – Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

St. John’s, NL


The Board of Directors of DanceNL seeks a part time Administrative Assistant, to begin work on or around April 1, 2015.


$15/hour for 10 hours/week, flexible

Duties include: support to Executive Director in all aspects of the organization, including management of programming; financial management; membership management; record management; online presence and social media. In addition, the successful applicant will participate in the institution of newly founded strategic initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable working independently and reporting to a Board of Directors. Administrative experience is an asset, and no dance experience is necessary. DanceNL is not able to provide an office.

Send statements of interest, CVs outlining all relevant experience, and two references to:

Candice Pike, President

Applications due 20 March 2015.

DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first sectoral dance association. DanceNL’s mandate is “to preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activities throughout the province.” Formed in 2009, DanceNL is working towards forging connections between dance professionals and enthusiasts across Newfoundland and Labrador, generating relevant programs and initiatives and promoting and gaining recognition for the province’s rich, varied and vibrant dance scene.

Pre-budget consultations: Have your voice heard!

The NLAC encourages members of the arts community throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to engage in the consultation process, as outlined in the release below.  Note that you only have 48 hours prior to the consultation you plan to attend to register participation. Please take a moment to review the schedule chart that follows the release to find the nearest consultation to you, or visit the for ways to provide feedback online. 

Engaging Public a Priority for Pre-Budget Consultations

Province-wide pre-budget consultation sessions will start next week with the first sessions scheduled for Monday, February 23 in Bay Roberts and Marystown. In addition to the community sessions, people can share their ideas and become more fully engaged in planning Budget 2015 through the use of interactive online materials.

“There is no question that we have a significant fiscal challenge. As a government, the decline in oil prices places a great strain on our revenues and we need to adjust our course to meet this new reality head-on. We recognize the importance of engaging Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in how they feel government should structure the provincial budget in these challenging times. We look forward to hearing from people through the various opportunities that will be available to the public to voice their opinions.” 
– The Honourable Ross Wiseman, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board

A schedule for the sessions is provided in the backgrounder below.

To complement the community consultations sessions, the Department of Finance will launch new online material at The site will feature information on the budget planning process, a budget simulator and options for submitting feedback electronically. Also, interactive software called the Dialogue App will be available to allow individuals to share and discuss their ideas on how to address the budget deficit resulting from the unforeseen global drop in oil prices.

Those who would like to participate in a community consultation session are requested to register at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time by phoning 709-729-2944 or by emailing

Written submissions can continue to be made via mail to: Minister of Finance, c/o Pre-Budget 2015, Department of Finance, P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J6.

Submissions may also be emailed to or faxed to 709-729-2070. All submissions will be posted on the Department of Finance website as they become available.

“It is a priority for this government to collaborate and hear feedback directly from Newfoundlanders and Labradorians during our annual budget planning. In 2015, people are more connected, educated and informed than ever before, and they increasingly expect to participate in the decision-making process. When the public is engaged, government can utilize its expertise to make more informed decisions.” 
– Minister Wiseman


  • Pre-budget consultations will begin on February 23, 2015 and will take place province-wide. A schedule for the sessions is provided in the backgrounder below.
  • Residents are encouraged to visit the Department of Finance website at to view the various methods of engaging in the pre-budget process including a budget simulator, electronic submission and the Dialogue App.
  • Those who would like to participate in a pre-budget meeting are requested to register at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time by phoning 709-729-2944 or by emailing


Schedule for 2015 Pre-Budget Consultations
February 23 – March 6

Date Location Venue Time
Monday, February 23 Bay Roberts (Minister Wiseman) Bay Roberts Hotel 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, February 23 Marystown (Minister Jackman and Minister King) Marystown Hotel and Conference Centre 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 24 Labrador West (Minister Crummell) Town of Labrador City Council Chambers 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25 Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Minister Russell) Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs Office 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Friday, February 27 Stephenville (Minister Cornect and Minister Granter) Days Inn 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, March 2 Grand Falls-Windsor (Minister Sullivan) Mount Peyton Hotel 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, March 2 Gander (Minister O’Brien) Gander Hotel 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3 Springdale (Minister Sullivan) Riverwood Inn 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 3 Corner Brook (Minister Wiseman) Glynmill Inn 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4 Clarenville (Minister Wiseman) Clarenville Inn 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 6 St. John’s (Minister Wiseman) Capital Hotel 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Post-mortem: Dancer in Residence

We would like to invite anyone interested to join us for a discussion of the recent Dancer in Residence program, in St. John’s November 24th to December 5th, 2014. All members of the dance and university communities and very welcome!

We’ll be at in the 4th floor lecture room at the Arts & Culture Centre (the little one at the end of the hall on the left as you come out of the elevator) from 7pm-9pm this Sunday, January 25th.

Please feel free to contact Sharon with any questions:

Sharon King-Campbell, Project Administrator, DanceNL


NLAC Awards – Nominations are open!

Call for Nominations
30th Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Arts Awards

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) would like to inform members of the public that the deadline to submitnominations for the 30th Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Arts Awards will be Friday, January 23, 2015.

Please note that this year, the nomination process has changed.

Any member of the public wishing to submit one nomination in one or any number of the six categories need only complete the nomination form available on the NLAC website.  Support material can, but does not have to, be submitted by the nominator. It is strongly recommended that the nominator seek letters of support for the nomination however, which can be submitted at the time of nomination or be forwarded to the NLAC before the nomination deadline by the letter author.

The NLAC will contact nominees requesting support materials.

Members of the public can submit one nomination in each of the following six categories:

Online forms are now interactive for the first time! Please visit for nomination formsalong with additional information on nominations and eligibility.

Nominations close January 23, 2015.

For questions and more information, please contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council at 726-2212 or toll free 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only).

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
1 Springdale Street
P.O. Box 98
St. John’s, NL  A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-2212
Toll Free: 1(866) 726-2212 (NL only)
Fax:(709) 726-0619

Dance Residency concludes with Improvising Spaces

Karen Kaeja and Corie Harnett demonstrate an exercise at "We Are Dancing" workshop

Karen Kaeja and Corie Harnett demonstrate an exercise

Dancer in Residence Karen Kaeja has been busy! After a great workshop on Tuesday, she is preparing for a presentation on Friday evening:

Improvising Spaces is a monthly workshop and speaker series that will explore the ways in which improvisation can provide us with new ways of thinking and acting. It’s run out of Memorial University’s School of Music and is curated by Dr. Chris Tonelli.

This Friday is Session III, which will showcase the work that Karen has been doing with her rehearsal group in St. John’s. It takes place Friday, December 5th at the MMaP Gallery (2nd floor, Arts & Culture Centre), from 6-7pm.

See you there!

We Are Dancing: An Improvised Approach to Connectivity

WEB_poster_dec_residenceWhen: Tuesday, December 2nd, 7pm-8:30pm

Where: Pony Locale, 120 Lemarchant Road, St. John’s

Admission: by donation, either cash or an item for the Food Bank

DanceNL is very pleased to welcome dancers of all levels to this workshop with Memorial University’s first Dancer-in-Residence, Karen Kaeja.

With curiosity and fascination, Karen delivers presently occurring movement acquisitions through individual and group movement enquiries. She brings 30 years of dance Improvisation and Partnering to her workshop offerings. Karen embraces fluid dynamics of the imagination and embodiment, that ignite you into a juicy and sensorial state of readiness to play and explore. She creates a safe space where being fully engaged with internal and external perception, encourages participants to take creative risk in presence, focus and ingenuity.

“Karen Kaeja’s classes are a delight to my senses. She creates a playful, intimate and informed kinetic environment from which to springboard into individual movement exploration bringing a light-hearted, humorous quality. Under her perceptive guidance, it feels effortless to immerse into a creative, imaginative space.” – Lynette Segal, Dancer – Guelph, Ontario

Karen Kaeja is co-artistic director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja and is celebrated as “one of this country’s top ten dance artists, most watchable performers and a champion of contact dance” NOW Magazine. A Dora Award nominee, she has received the CDA “I Love Dance” Award for her vision of Porch View Dances and the Paul D. Fleck, for Innovation, among others. A passionate performer for over 80 stage works and 20 dance films, she is a choreographer and project instigator who is recognized with commissions and performance presentations of international acclaim. Karen’s choreography “disconnects the eyes from the mind, and re-wires them to the heart” Calgary Herald, and “truly leaves an indelible impression with real substance and choreographic intelligence…dance that delivers” Toronto Star. A sought after educator at conferences, festivals and universities, she embraces community and audience inclusive ideology. She has been teaching improvisation/partnering for 24 years at the school of Toronto Dance Theatre. Karen was the 2012 Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival resident artist, the chosen 2014 ‘City of Toronto’ dance company to animate Historic Sites and has recently been selected as Memorial University/Dance NL’s first dance artist in residence.

For more information, please contact

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL