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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


AGM: Save the date!

AGM on Friday, June 6.
AGM 7:30pm
Showcase performance 8:00pm
Reception to follow
LSPU Hall Cox and Palmer Second Space
Details to follow.


Well, Dance Week may be coming to an end, but we’ve still got a few things left for you!

Take your morning stroll through Bannerman Park this morning – something may just happen at Random!

Today, the Dance Ambassador theme is “red-headed actor/musicians of inordinate talent”: Daniel Payne and the Pathological Lovers are each doing a dance to help us close out the week.

Dancers in St. John’s will be taking advantage of Scott Campbell’s expertise at our awesome workshop, starting at noon today.

Keep an eye out on NTV’s 6 o’clock news for some flashmobbin’ yogis – and congratulations to Yoga Kula on their amazing first project with DanceNL!

Watch our Facebook and Twitter feed for updates, pictures, and recaps of the amazing things that have happened all week long!

And THANK YOU for an awesome Dance Week! Let’s keep dancing all year long!


It’s Saturday, but that doesn’t mean Dance Week has come to a close! We’re still dancing all weekend!

Today’s Dance Ambassadors are from Steffen Dance… and they danced all over St. John’s for us!

Yesterday, On the Go and played the Most Danceable Song of 2014: “Shots” by Allie Duff and the Happy Campers! We had a great Virtual Dance Party to go along with it – and you can dance along with us whenever you like by checking out the results of the livestream on YouTube!

Today in St. John’s, the May We Have This Dance? fair will be going on from 10am to 4pm, with awesome workshops happening all day! Keep an eye out for Random Acts of Dance… word on the street is that they’ll be popping up downtown, and at a local shopping centre. And don’t forget to check out Neighbourhood Dance Works’ First Look at the Arts & Culture Centre tonight at 7:30pm!

In Central, Vanessa Elizabeth will be teaching the last FREE NL Moves workshop of the season – Slow, Liquefied Movement for Bellydance!

Today is also the deadline for Jill Dreaddy DanceCo’s Why I LOVE to Dance challenge, so get those videos in!

And, of course, we’re gearing up for Scott Campbell’s awesome workshop in Dance Photography tomorrow afternoon. If you’re planning to come, to forget to register!


Happy Friday!

Today’s Dance Ambassador is Grenfell VP Mary Bluechardt, whose video is the sunshine in on a grey day.

Yesterday, Ted played the runner up for Most Danceable Song of 2014: “Ridin on the Streetcar” by The Connexions! And that means that TODAY is…


Here’s the deal: at 4pm, if you’re in the downtown St. John’s area, head to Rocket Bakery. If you’re in Mt. Pearl, get yourself to Admiralty House. In Central? Head to the Lesley Oake School of Dance. OR – log on to our Youtube Channel and tune in to On the Go to dance along! There are still spaces in our Hangout, too, so send us an email if you want to join us there! We’re going to dance ourselves silly to the Most Danceable Song of 2014!

If you’re out at the Avalon Mall for a movie tonight, keep an eye out for something Random…

Tomorrow, the Dance Week fun continues with our May We Have This Dance? fair and NDW’s First Look in St. John’s, and our last NL Moves workshop of the season: Slow, Liquefied Movement for Bellydance with Vanessa Elizabeth in Grand Falls!


We had a great time at Folk Dance Night last night – thanks to the Folk Arts Society for all that they do!

Today’s Dance Ambassadors are ethnomusicologist Maile Graham-Laidlaw and folklorist Cynthia Egan, who sat down with us to talk about dance’s place in our social culture.

Yesterday, Ted played the 3rd Most Danceable Song in the province on On the Go: “Sally Ann” by the Long Distance Runners! Make sure you listen in at 4pm tomorrow to hear #2!

It’s Throwback Thursday here at DanceNL, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for a near-hourly blast from the past!

And don’t forget to pop down to your local Dance Hotspot or log in to our Youtube channel tomorrow at 4pm to be part of the first ever province-wide Virtual Dance Party!


How better to get over the work-week hump than by doing a little dance?

This morning, on the CBC Central Morning Show, Melissa Tobin took us to Eastport where some students learned to square dance as part of our Dare to Dance challenge!

Wednesday’s Dance Ambassador is beloved musician Jim Payne, who has made a gorgeous video for us!

Yesterday, On the Go played Hear/Say’s “Love Collided” – the 4th most danceable song in Newfoundland and Labrador. Tune in at 4pm to find out who’s number 3!

Keep an eye out for Random Acts of Dance… and if you happen to be in Grand Falls today, you miiiight want to get a coffee at the Jumping Bean… around 3:30pm. Just sayin.

And tonight in St. John’s, we’re taking over Folk Night at the Ship with the folk dances of the warmer parts of the world. Come down and we’ll warm you up!


Happy International Dance Day, everyone!

To celebrate this special day, we have two dance ambassadors on the roster: Kate Cornell, Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, and Christopher House, Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre!

Speaking of the CDA, they have a beautiful International Dance Day message from Santee Smith. And the International Theatre Institute have made a gorgeous video for their Dance Day message, written by Mourad Merzouki.

Schools around the province are dancing today as part of our Dare to Dance initiative! Keep an eye to the internet for updates… or you might hear us on the radio!

Yesterday, On the Go played the fourth runner-up for Most Danceable Song: Beautiful Vegan Girl by Neil Conway!

Random Acts of Dance are rolling in! People are dancing in Corner Brook, in St. John’s… even at City Council! Keep it coming – we are loving the videos!

We’re in the Telegram today, thanks to Arts Reporter Tara Bradbury – check out that article here.

Tonight, the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor will be proclaiming Dance Week to its citizens. Thanks to the young dancers who will be representing the dance community at that proclamation!

We’re gearing up for Folk Dance Night at the Ship tomorrow… and don’t forget to check out the full write-up for an event near you!

PS: Don’t forget – if you can track down one of each of our Dance Week postcards, we’ll enter you in a draw for an awesome prize! Details here.