Dance Week 2016

April 23-29

Everywhere, NL

Download a copy of our Dance Week 2016 Press Kit!


Most Danceable Song of 2016

We’ve teamed up with MusicNL and CBC Radio One to ask you: what’s the most danceable song you know? Throughout the month of April, on On The Go with Ted Blades, and online, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador will be asked to nominate the song that most makes them want to get up and dance! The songs can be from any year, but must be written, recorded or produced by a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Nominated songs will be added to an online poll, and residents will be invited to vote for their favourite.

Polls close April 21st, and the winner will be announced to kick off Dance Week on April 22nd.

Virtual Flashmob

Once the Most Danceable Song is announced, we’ll choreograph a flashmob and post an instructional video online. Meet up with your class or your friends, learn the dance, and send us a video of you dancing, and we’ll cut it together into a province-wide celebratory music video, to be released on April 29th: International Dance Day!

Municipal Dance Off

Last April, St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe challenged municipal leaders across the province to a Dance Off… this April, he’s challenging the whole country! Mayor O’Keefe is issuing a challenge to Canadian Mayors and Municipal Councils: can they dance better than he can?

The rules: municipal politicians dance to a song of their choice, film it and upload the video by April 22nd. DanceNL will gather the videos and hold an online vote for the best Municipal Dance from April 23-28, and the winner will be announced April 29th. The winner receives a trophy, a one-year honorary membership to the Canadian Dance Assembly, tickets to a dance show in their area, a gift from Dance Collection Danse, and, of course, bragging rights!

Random Acts of Dance

Dance at Random! Dance in public and brighten the day of everyone around you. Dance at the office and get your coworkers smiling. Keep an eye on our social media for notice of pop-up dance hotspots throughout the province during the week, and head there for a scuff with some other dancers!

Dance Ambassadors

Every day during Dance Week, a familiar face will tell us why dance is so important to them. We post videos to our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and the Canadian Dance Assembly posts them to their site and social media, too!


Flashmob Learning Session

Not sure about learning the steps on your own? We’ve got you covered! Join us on Saturday afternoon and learn the steps with DanceNL’s staff and volunteers! We’ll have a dance, have a time, and get some guaranteed face time in the Virtual Flashmob!

Where: DanceSpace, St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre

When: 2pm – 4pm

Admission: FREE!

Tickle Trunk Dance Party

by Neighbourhood Dance Works

A fundraiser for NDW and the 26th Annual Festival of New Dance, this is an opportunity for the whole family to take part in a fun, creative, energizing dance party! Barefoot Boogie and kids’ yoga with Laura Beth Power, costumes, cake, DJ, shadow dancing, sing-along and prizes! Come and get your groove on in honour of International Dance Week!

Where: The Space, 72 Harbour Drive

When: 2pm-4pm

Admission: $5/person or $10/family

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!

Where: The Levee, George Street

When: 8pm – 11:30pm

Admission: $5


Love and Adaptation

Created by Candice Pike and citizens of Corner Brook, Directed by Lois Brown

This site specific, theatrical dance piece takes place at the Corner Brook Museum and Archives to kick of Dance Week in Corner Brook. The audience will be guided through the museum to observe stories told through movement, sound, lighting, and images loosely based on the lives of the War Brides who settled in the Bay of Islands.

This project is made possible by support from the Canada Council for the Arts Artist and Community Collaboration Program and ArtsNL.

Where: Corner Brook Museum and Archives

When: 7pm

Admission: $10 ($5 for students & DanceNL members)

NL Moves: Newfoundland Step Dance

Dancer and dance scholar Kristin Harris Walsh will teach an introduction to the Irish-Newfoundland step dance style, which is a hybrid of Irish and Newfoundland step dance. No dance experience is necessary.

Where: Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre

When: 1pm-3pm

Admission: $10 ($5 for DanceNL members)


Home Front: War and Family

by Neighbourhood Dance Works

A WWI Commemorative Dance – Theatre Piece

Home Front: War and Family is a heartfelt, playful, intergenerational dance theatre performance that will make you laugh, cry, reflect. The 35-minute piece is suitable for all ages.

Home Front: War and Family features stories and photos of families from La Péninsule de Port-au-Port, Harbour Grace, St. John’s, Black Head, Bonavista, Nova Scotia, and Malvern Hills, England.

Directed by Louise Moyes with Lisa Porter

Costumes by Kelly Bruton

Performed by Louise Moyes, Lisa Porter, Ben Gosse, Jessie Rendall, Winter Blades, Gabriel Moyes-Vaandering, Vincent Avoine-Dalton, Rose Avoine-Dalton, Manon Avoine and Milly Brown and Phantasoir Youth String Quartet

This performance is made possible by support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the City of St. John’s.

For more information about Home Front: War and Family, including performance locations, find them on Facebook.


Folk Dance Night at the Ship

We’re teaming up with the Folk Arts Society and infiltrating their weekly Folk Night with the NL Step Dance Project, presented in partnership with the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office.

Join us for a session at the Ship Pub on Wednesday April 27th, featuring musicians and steppers for an evening of traditional Newfoundland music and dance.

This project is supported by the Social Studies & Humanities Research Council.

Where: The Ship Pub, Soloman’s Lane

When: 9pm – 11:30pm

Admission: $5 cover


Sharing Dance

Sharing Dance is an initiative of Canada’s National Ballet School. The goal is to motivate Canadians of all ages to participate in healthy, fun and creative dance activities.

Beginning on International Dance Day, DanceNL will be hosting a series of FREE community dance classes, taught by Corie Harnett of Corieography, for anyone wishing to learn the 2016 Sharing Dance Routine.

Children, grown ups, all are welcome! No experience necessary!

The 2016 routine is choreographed by Kevin A. Ormsby of KasheDance. His choreography reflects his unique dance history and takes its form from blending the influences of Afro-Caribbean culture through modern and classical dance techniques.

Where: DanceSpace, St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre

When: 6:45pm – 8pm

Admission: FREE!


Dare to Dance

We’ve challenged schools across the province to get their staff and students up and moving to celebrate International Dance Day!

This initiative was inspired by the work of our friends at Dance Nova Scotia.


For the second year, independent businesses in your community are offering a discount for a dance at the cash! Watch for #dance4discounts and grab some mad dance deals!

Find Your Fit! Dance Party

Every April, Recreation Newfoundland & Labrador holds a Find Your Fit Community Physical Activity Challenge, and this year, the last week of April is Dance Week! Check out the Recreation NL website to find – or host! – a dance party in your community! Celebrate International Dance Day and get active!

Metrojoin us at Compton House from 6:30-8:30pm for a dance party! Live music by Neil Conway and Rafiki!

For more information, please contact:

Corie Harnett

Administrative Assistant