Where: The Cat Stop, Norris Point
DanceNL is proud to partner with the Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival to present an NL Moves workshop: Sean-nós Step Dance with Kristin Harris Walsh.
Sean-nós, translated directly as “old style,” is a form of improvised traditional Irish step dance which is currently enjoying a revitalization in Ireland, and is very similar to what Newfoundlanders would have traditionally danced in their kitchens and in community halls. This workshop will focus on basic introductory steps, and will finish with an exercise that will emphasize the importance of musicality when improvising in this dance style. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, including non-marking shoes – leather soles are preferred, no sneakers if possible – and to bring water.
The workshop will be accompanied by Daniel Payne, courtesy of the Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival. This workshop is part of the festival’s Wheels, Reels & Heels program.
Kristin Harris Walsh is a step dancer and dance researcher/writer based in St. John’s. She has trained and performed in the styles of Irish–Newfoundland, Irish, and Sean–nós 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.
Trails Tales Tunes Festival is a 10-day celebration and showcase of arts, culture and heritage with a focus on community profiling and engagement.
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.
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