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Dare to Dance 2016

April 29th is International Dance Day – a UNESCO-named event encouraging dancers and non-dancers alike to participate and enjoy dance – and DanceNL wants you to help us celebrate by participating in our Dare to Dance initiative!

We issue this challenge to your school: on Friday, April 29th, 2016, dedicate some time to get up and move! How? It’s up to you! You can download a copy of our challenge here.

Register now by filling out the form below, or contact us for more information!

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NL Moves: Irish-Newfoundland Step Dance

When: 1-3pm, Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Where: Meeting Room, Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre

Admission: $10 ($5 for DanceNL members)

DanceNL is proud to partner with Memorial University Grenfell Campus to present an NL Moves workshop, Introduction to Irish-Newfoundland Step Dance, with Kristin Harris Walsh.

The Irish-Newfoundland Step Dance style is a hybrid of Irish and Newfoundland step dance. Think Riverdance meets Newfoundland kitchen party! Participants will learn a basic Irish-Newfoundland dance, and should wear comfortable dance or exercise clothing. Step or tap shoes are ideal, but any comfortable shoe with a leather sole or similar non-marking shoe will do the trick. No dance experience is necessary. This is a very active dance style, so participants are asked to bring a water bottle. After the workshop, participants will be ready to step it up whenever they are inspired!

Kristin Harris Walsh is a step dancer and dance researcher/writer based in St. Johns. She has trained and performed in the styles of Irish and Newfoundland step dance in both Newfoundland and Ireland over the past 15 years. Kristin has been the recipient of both academic and artistic grants to further her creative and scholarly knowledge and dissemination of percussive dance in its homeland and diaspora.

NL Moves is a workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the general public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. NL Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province.

DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s sectoral dance association. Incorporated in 2010, DanceNL works to forge connections between dance professionals and enthusiasts across Newfoundland and Labrador, generating programs and initiatives and promoting and gaining recognition for the province’s rich, varied and vibrant dance scene.

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Corie Harnett

Administrative Assistant, DanceNL

709-739-7765

info@dancenl.ca

Municipal Dance Off 2016

UPDATE: We have extended the deadline for submissions to Monday, April 25th at 11:59pm NDT

St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe issues a challenge to all municipal leaders in Canada: We want to see you DANCE!

1. Choose a song.
2. Dance to that song for video.
3. Upload your video to a public site, like YouTube or Vimeo.
4. Send the link to info at dancenl dot ca.

Deadline is April 25th, 11:59pm NDT.

Stay tuned and you can vote for your favourite municipal dance right here from April 26-28.

The Prize:

  • Municipal Dance Off Trophy
  • One-year honorary membership to the Canadian Dance Assembly
  • Tickets to a dance show in the area
  • A gift from Dance Collection Danse
  • Bragging rights!

Happy Dancing!

Mayor Dennis O’Keefe: St. John’s, NL

Most Danceable Song of 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO RAFIKI! Their tune, Rivers, is the Most Danceable Song of 2016!

Check out the Virtual Flashmob for 2016, choreographed by Jessicah Blanchard.

Dance Week 2016

April 23-29

Everywhere, NL

Download a copy of our Dance Week 2016 Press Kit!

EVERY DAY – EVERYWHERE

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!

SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD – METRO

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD – WEST COAST

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)

SUNDAY, APRIL 24th – METRO

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.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH – METRO

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 29th – METRO

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!

FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH – EVERYWHERE

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.

#dance4discounts

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

709.739.7765

info@dancenl.ca

NL Moves: A Point of Departure: playing with movement and improvisation, with Andrea Tucker

DanceNL presents a workshop with Andrea Tucker

When: 2-4pm, Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Where: Catherine’s Dance Studio, 90 Crossroads, Bay Roberts, NL

Admission: $10 ($5 for DanceNL members)

DanceNL is proud to present an NL Moves workshop, A Point of Departure: playing with movement and improvisation, with Andrea Tucker.

The workshop is open to the general public and will build upon the principles of Contact, Releasing, and Contemporary technique to give participants a strong, personal movement foundation. Open movement improvisations and explorations will focus on using senses other than sight, dancing in contact with another person, or the environment, using weight, momentum, counterbalance, and gravity. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance in bare or stocking feet. Knee pads may be worn but are not necessary. No dance experience is necessary.

 

Andrea Tucker is a St. John’s-based dancer, improviser, teacher, and choreographer. A graduate of the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, she has trained and worked with various local and international artists, including a variety of workshops and somatic intensives. Andrea has a BA in Linguistics and graduated with a Bachelors of Education in 2013. Her expertise and experience with contemporary dance has greatly influenced her pedagogical philosophy and work with children.

 

NL Moves is a workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the general public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. NL Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province.

DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s sectoral dance association. Incorporated in 2010, DanceNL works to forge connections between dance professionals and enthusiasts across Newfoundland and Labrador, generating programs and initiatives and promoting and gaining recognition for the province’s rich, varied and vibrant dance scene.

 

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Corie Harnett

Administrative Assistant, DanceNL

709-739-7765

info@dancenl.ca

on the MOVE – First Steps: Registration

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on the MOVE – First Steps

a free conference for young dancers

When: Monday, March 14th, 10:30am-4pm; 7pm-9pm

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

DanceNL and Dance Teachers’ Association of Newfoundland are proud to team up with Dancer Transition Resource Centre to present on the MOVE – First Steps, a free one-day conference for young people embarking on a profession in dance. on the MOVE – First Steps is a dynamic career planning and networking conference designed specifically for dancers entering professional careers.

Presented by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) in collaboration with regional and national arts service organizations, on the MOVE – First Steps welcomes young dancers into the professional dance community, and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession.

Daytime session: Dance Space, Arts & Culture Centre

10:30am: Registration and preparation for mock audition

11:00am: Mock audition with Martin Vallee (ballet), Veronique MacKenzie (modern), and Amanda Chretien (commercial), followed by audition feedback and a panel discussion.

1:30pm: Lunch

2:30pm: Injury Prevention with Sarah Joy Stoker of Pony Locale

4:00pm: End of day for students

Evening session: 4th Floor Lecture Room, Arts & Culture Centre

7:00pm-9:00pm: Panel for Parents – come talk to parents of dance students and professional dancers and ask all those questions that have been niggling at you.

Register for free here, or contact us with any questions!

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DANCER IN RESIDENCE, FALL 2016

Memorial University, in partnership with Creative Gros Morne, and DanceNL, invites applications for a Dance Residency of six weeks during the Fall (Sept.-Dec.) 2016 Semester, subject to funding approval. The Dancer-in-Residence is open to dance scholars and emerging and established dancers in any genre whose creative work demonstrates a high level of artistic achievement.
This residency has two major components: first, to allow the artist time and resources to work on a central project which expands their practice or scholarly activity; and second, to foster public engagement between Memorial University, the dance community of the province, and the wider public. The Dancer-in- Residence will be expected to interact with these communities in ways applicable to their expertise and the needs of the relevant community: for example, through workshops, performances, consultations, and/or presentations.
This unique residency takes place in three diverse locations: the St. John’s campus of Memorial University, the Grenfell Campus of Memorial (located on the west coast of Newfoundland, in Corner Brook), and in Gros Morne National Park. Each location offers different opportunities to engage with academics, scientists, dancers, musicians, history, and the natural world.
Memorial University of Newfoundland is one of Canada’s most distinguished post-secondary institutions. As the only university in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University plays an integral role in the educational, business and cultural life of the province, and is committed to excellence in teaching, research and public engagement.
At the St. John’s campus, the Dancer-in-Residence is expected to work with students in a number of academic units and to incubate their own creative work or scholarly project.
At the Grenfell Campus, the primary focus is the artist’s core project- this can be through development, research, and/or rehearsal. The Dancer-in-Residence is also expected to engage with students at the Division of Fine Arts through class leadership, workshops, or in other ways appropriate to the artist’s practice.
The Gros Morne National Park portion of the residency will provide the candidate with time for private scholarship and creation within the park. Gros Morne National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It offers unique geological significance amid an area of outstanding natural beauty. This portion of the residency will be coordinated with Creative Gros Morne to complement the overall project goals of the candidate.
Co-ordinated through Dance NL, at each location The Dancer-in- Residence is expected to engage with the dance community in locally appropriate ways: such as, conducting DanceNL workshop(s), networking with local artists, public performance(s) and/or lecture(s).
We seek a highly motivated, innovative dancer or dance scholar with an artistic or scholarly vision that can be shared and explored both within and outside the academic community. Dancers/scholars wishing to be considered for the residency are asked to provide the following, no later than January 8, 2016:
1.) a letter of application which includes a.) a statement of how the residence will contribute to the artistic/scholarly development of your own work and b.) a brief description of the core project(s), its goal(s) and how it relates to the three locations noted above (max. 750 words)
2.) a current CV (max. 3 pages)
3.) (Optional) support material in the form of photos (in jpg format, no more than 10), video of past work (no more than 8 minutes), and/or full reviews of recent work (no more than 4).
The residency provides a stipend (approx. $1650/week), an allowance for travel to, from, and within Newfoundland (max. $2500), accommodation in each location, and the possibility of allowance for other residency costs, such as studio rental, videography, photography, materials, etc.
Questions and applications should be sent only via email, and be addressed to: danceres@grenfell.mun.ca.


NL Moves in St. John’s on Friday, November 20th: Contact Improv With Ryan Davis

DanceNL presents workshop in Contact Improvisation with Ryan Davis

When: 7-9pm, Friday, November 20th, 2015

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

Admission: $10 ($5 for DanceNL members & students of St. John’s Actors’ Studio)

DanceNL is proud to present an NL Moves workshop: Contact Improv with Ryan Davis.

Contact Improvisation is a dance form in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for movement improvisation and exploration. If you could do Aikido, surf, wrestle and dance at the same time, you would have an idea of what Contact Improvisation feels like.

 

This introductory workshop will explore the skills of balance, counterbalance, sharing weight, rolling, falling, lifting, and moment-to-moment reponsiveness to our dance partners and the ground. Participants experience moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, springing, and falling. Dancers are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or other hard pieces. Long-sleeved shirts are preferred. Please refrain from wearing scents.

 

Ryan Davis has been studying Contact Improv for the past 3 years. In 2012 he spent 4 months at Leviathan Studio on Lasqueti Island, BC, doing intensive Contact Improv training.

 

NL Moves is a workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the general public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. NL Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province.

DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s sectoral dance association. Incorporated in 2010, DanceNL works to forge connections between dance professionals and enthusiasts across Newfoundland and Labrador, generating programs and initiatives and promoting and gaining recognition for the province’s rich, varied and vibrant dance scene.

 

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Corie Harnett

Administrative Assistant, DanceNL

709-739-7765

info@dancenl.ca