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NL Moves: Intro to Swing with Lindy Hop on the Rock

When: Saturday, May 2, 2pm – 4pm

Where: Bennett Hall, 11 West Street, Corner Brook

Admission: $10 (1/2 price for DanceNL members)

 

DanceNL is proud to present an NL Moves workshop: Introduction to Swing with Lindy Hop on the Rock.

East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop are both joyful, carefree partner dances done to upbeat jazz music. The workshop will be in two parts. The first will cover the fundamentals of partner connection for swing dancing, bounce, and the basic 6-count rock-step (the essential ingredients for East Coast Swing). The second part will be an introduction to a well-known solo jazz line dance from the 1930s called The Shim Sham. No partner or dance experience is required. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and smooth-soled shoes.

Lindy Hop on the Rock began in 2012 as a student club at Memorial University, and grew as students caught the Lindy bug and began instructing as well. A volunteer-based, co-operative club, its members learn new moves and techniques by watching the pros on Youtube, visiting other swing dance clubs while traveling, and taking advantage of the skills of Lindy hoppers who visit St. John’s. All proceeds from classes go towards social dancing events, club promotion, and bringing experienced teachers in for weekend workshops.

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 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.

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL

709-743-4130

sharon@dancenl.ca

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– Go visit those businesses and Dance for your Discount!

NL Moves: Milonga, the Happy Tango

When: Saturday, May 2, 2-4pm

Where: Marion Hall, St. Anne’s Parish, Conception Harbour

Admission: $10 (1/2 price for DanceNL members)

DanceNL is proud to present an NL Moves workshop: Milonga, the Happy Tango with Tango on the Edge.

Milonga, The Happy Tango is a genre of tango: a lighter and a more up beat style of dance. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the music, and will cover basic foot patterns, dancing on the beat and using “quick steps” to infuse a great energy into the dance. Dancers will maneuver easily about the dance floor while enjoying the music and atmosphere that Milonga has to offer. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, and shoes which allow them to pivot smoothly.

Tango on the Edge is a not-for-profit dance club specializing in the social dance of Argentine Tango. Their mission is to promote Argentine tango as a dance genre in NL. The club meets twice weekly, offering instruction during one of these sessions to help increase dancers’ vocabulary and to improve their dancing. They invite all to come participate, whether as a single or as a couple.

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 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.

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL

709-743-4130

sharon@dancenl.ca

Most Danceable Song 2015

Polls are now closed, but you can still take a listen to all of our 2015 nominees for Most Danceable Song!

*Note: not all lyrics will be suitable for work!

“Rats” – MissinMarbles vs Deanna King: listen on Soundcloud

“6AM” – Allie Duff & The Happy Campers: listen on CBC Music

“The Projectionist” – Ian Foster: listen on CBC Music

“Foley Mountain” – Pre-Raphaelities on CBC Music

Municipal Dance Off

WINNER:

Stephenville Mayor Tom O’Brien

Mayor O’Brien will be presented with a trophy, and DanceNL will program an NL Moves workshop in Stephenville in the coming year!

First Runner Up: Labrador City Mayor Karen Oldford

Second runner up: St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe

Congratulations to all of our dancing mayors, and thanks for voting!

NL Moves: Body as Storytelling for Male Movers with Lynn Panting

When: Monday, April 27th, 8-10pm

Where: MAX, 6 St. Clare Avenue, St. John’s

Admission: $10 (1/2 price for DanceNL members)

DanceNL is proud to partner with Newman Sound Men’s Choir to present an NL Moves workshop: Body as Storytelling for Male Movers with instructor Lynn Panting.

This workshop will concentrate on dance as an expressive art and will focus on the use of body as a storytelling device. The workshop itself will consist of a warm up, introduction to body alignment and posture, and the individual creation of choreographed phrases based on various writing exercises. The workshop is open to male movers 14 years or older, and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced dancers. Participants are asked dress in comfortable clothing, and will be dancing barefoot.

Lynn Panting is a dancer and choreographer who has been creating innovative dance works for the past nine years. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Art Council’s Arts Educator of the Year Award. Panting has created work for the Festival of New Dance, Sound Symposium, Shallaway, The NSO and Wonderbolt, in addition to producing her own work. Panting is known for creating dances that appeal to a wide audience and she often works with artists from other disciplines to generate a theatrical yet lyrical blend of choreography. Panting holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Memorial University as well as a Master of Humanities concentrating in performance, dance and the body.

This workshop is made possible in part by the Wellness Coalition of Avalon-East.

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 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.

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL

709-743-4130

info@dancenl.ca

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Most Danceable Song/Province-wide Boogie

For the second year, we’re teaming up with CBC Radio One to ask Newfoundlanders and Labradorians: what’s the most danceable song you know? Nominated songs will get a bit of radio play on On The Go with Ted Blades, and we’ll stream the tunes on our website alongside our online poll.

Nominations are now open! Voting begins at 5pm on April 13th, (click here to vote!) and the winning song will be announced on the air April 22nd.

Next, we’ll ask the public to boogie down to the winning tune for video, and we’ll cut together a Province-Wide Boogie for release on International Dance Day, April 29th.

Here are the rules:

  1. Any song, from any era, that was written, recorded or produced by a NL artist, is eligible.
  2. Self-nominations are not only allowed, they are encouraged! If you have a tune that’s a great fit, we want to know about it!
  3. Nominated songs must be available for online streaming, whether in audio or video format, and must be available for play on CBC.
  4. The winning song must be made available to DanceNL in digital format so that we can incorporate it into the Province-Wide Boogie video. We will never make it available for download and will direct any inquiries regarding purchase to the person or company of your choice.

3 Ways to Nominate

  1. Contact Ted during his show: 1-800-465-6846 or by emailing onthego@cbc.ca.
  2. Contact DanceNL: info@dancenl.ca
  3. Tweet us @DanceNLonline and @OnTheGoCBC and use #MDS15

Past winners:

2014: Shots by Allie Duff and the Happy Campers

2013: Hello Hello Hello by Repartee

Please contact us for more information.

Dance Unconference

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

When: 10am – 4pm

Admission: FREE

An Unconference is an entirely participant-driven opportunity for discussion, learning, networking, and community building. Rather than dictating a list of topics or inviting only notable experts to speak, this is a chance for the participants (that means you!) to set the agenda for the day.

What have you been dying to share with other dancers and enthusiasts? What do you think the dance community in Newfoundland and Labrador needs? What is great about our dance community? What have you learned that has helped you in your dance life? What was your most memorable dance moment? What “a-ha!” moments have you had? Who or what inspires you the most in your dance life? What do you want to learn?

There will be a blank schedule at the beginning of the day. All you have to do is sign yourself up with a topic, and work your magic when your time comes around. You can arrive with something specific in mind, or lead an open discussion with the audience. If you don’t want to present anything yourself, you can suggest a topic for someone else or you can even get up during your time and ask the audience about something you’re curious about. Since this is a dance event, maybe you’d like to lead a routine?

The sky is the limit. Pick the topic, give the presentation, lead the discussion, ask the questions, teach us the skills, and make this event happen. Challenging, creative, provocative, spontaneous, and authentic presentations are encouraged just as much as thoroughly-prepared presentations. If you get inspired to do a presentation in the middle of the day of the Unconference and slots are available, just do it! The event is casual and organic by design. Picture community-driven, low-pressure TedX-style talks.

Your personal wisdom and experiences are valuable and sought-after. It doesn’t matter if you’re a PhD in dance, a teacher, a student, a casual dancer, or have never danced a step in your life.

This is a great event for meeting other people interested in dancing in all its iterations, exploring and exchanging ideas, being heard, and having a grand time! See you there!

Dance Week 2015

In celebration of International Dance Day, DanceNL is bringing a series of dance initiatives to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador!

International Dance Day is a UNESCO-created event celebrated on April 29th each year. Its goals are to increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public, as well as to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education, from primary to higher. This is DanceNL’s fifth Dance Week, and we are proud to be continuing some young traditions, and beginning a few new ones.

This year, we’ve got:

Dance Ambassadors: A face you know will tell you why dance matters to them. Uploaded daily to our YouTube and social media. Check out last year’s Dance Ambassadors here.

Most Danceable Song: Nominate and vote for the NL song that most makes you want to dance!

Province-wide Boogie: Dance for your webcam to the Most Danceable Song, and we’ll cut it into a digital dance from St. John’s to Nain!

Municipal Dance Off: St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and DanceNL are challenging municipal leaders and councils to dance for video, and then you get to vote for the best dance! Winner gets an awesome prize!

Random Acts of Dance: Watch out, NL – someone near you may start dancing at any moment! Check out some examples of last years’ dancing here.

Traditional Folk Dance Night at the Ship: The Folk Arts Society is letting us invade their Folk Night at the Ship on Wednesday, April 22nd with traditional Newfoundland set dancing and step dancing. 9pm, $5 admission.

Dance Unconference: We’ll get dancers of all disciplines together with musicians, funders, and other partners to talk shop. Saturday, April 25th from 10am-4pm at the St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre. Free to attend.

NL Moves: Body as Storytelling for Male Movers with Lynn Panting: DanceNL invites any fella who’s ever been interested in dance to come along for this awesome, text-based dance workshop. Monday, April 27th at MAX, 6 St. Clare Ave., from 8-10pm. $10, or $5 if you’re a DanceNL member.

Dare to Dance: We’re challenging schools and other educational institutions across the province to dedicate a little time on April 29th to dance. We want the students of this province moving!

Dance for Discounts: Some of our pals in the NL business community will be offering one-day promotions on April 29th. The only catch: you have to dance for your discount!

Keep an eye out for us on Facebook and Twitter, or check out the Indiegogo campaign!