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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!

Traditional Folk Dance Night at the Ship

Where: The Ship Pub, Soloman’s Lane

When: 9pm – 11:30pm

Admission: $5 cover

To kick off dance week, we’re teaming up with the Folk Arts Society and infiltrating their weekly Folk Night with some traditional Newfoundland and Irish dancing. Join Jane Rutherford, Kristin Harris Walsh and musicians Christina Smith and Jean Hewson for a set dance, a step dance, and some toe-tapping tunes!

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Check out the Facebook event.

Dare to Dance 2015

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! Last year, over 2000 staff and students danced with us, and this year we want you to join them!

We issue this challenge to your school: on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, 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: Introduction to Belly Dance with Vanessa Elizabeth

When: Saturday, April 11th, 7-9pm

Where: Cultural Community House, Milton-George’s Brook

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

DanceNL is proud to partner with New Curtain Theatre Company to present an NL Moves workshop: Introduction to Belly Dance with instructor Vanessa Elizabeth.

This introductory belly dance workshop explores movements and shimmies with a focus on 3⁄4 timing in the hip with accents throughout the body. Participants will take these 3⁄4 hips and add variations including lifts, drops, twists, and crescents, then layer their new shimmies with foot patterns, arm pathways, and body isolations. The workshop will start with a warm up, break down fundamental posture and technique, and then explore the movements and variations through a short choreography, ending with a relaxing cool down. Participants are asked to wear comfortable exercise clothing (form fitting is helpful), with bare feet or light dance shoes. Coin belts will be provided for participants to use. No experience necessary, and beginners are welcome. This workshop is recommended for adults and teens 16 and up.

Vanessa Elizabeth found belly dance during her studies at Memorial University in 2007. Though actively involved in music and theatre since a young age, nothing compares to the joy, creativity and passion that dance has brought into her life. She currently practices a non-traditional style of belly dance known as Tribal Fusion; a style that takes influence from classical Indian, flamenco, hip-hop, and contemporary as well as classical and tribal styles of belly dance. Vanessa has studied intensively with Andrea Kitta of the Neighbourhood Strays, joining the troupe officially from 2008-2010. In 2009 she co-founded Wild Lily Dance Centre where she managed studio operations and taught weekly classes until finishing her term as director in 2012. Since 2010 she’s been directing Seraka Dance Company, performing regularly at shows, productions and events in St. John’s. Vanessa is also the lead instructor of Seraka Studios, teaching weekly classes in tribal styles of belly dance.

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.

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL

709-743-4130

info@dancenl.ca

NL Moves: Jive with Jill Dreaddy

When: Sunday, February 22nd, 1pm-2pm

Where: Jill Dreaddy Danceco, 641 Conception Bay Hwy, Kelligrews

Admission: $20 per couple (1/2 price for DanceNL members)

DanceNL is proud to partner with Jill Dreaddy Danceco to present an NL Moves workshop: Introduction to Jive with instructor Jill Dreaddy.

This workshop is a one-hour introduction to jive, a style of ballroom dancing that originated in the United States in the 1930s. Participants are asked to come in pairs, to wear comfortable, casual clothing, and to bring a pair of indoor shoes.

Jill Dreaddy is the owner and artistic director of Jill Dreaddy Danceco. Jill teaches waltz, jive, foxtrot, quick step, tango, paso doble, samba, rumba, cha cha, Newfoudland Waltz and Viennese Waltz, along with many other dance disciplines.

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

NL Moves: Introduction to American Tap with Tanya Lasby

When: Sunday, January 25th, 2pm-4pm

Where: Mount Pearl School of Dance, 75 Barbour Drive

Admission: $10 ($5 for DanceNL members)

 

DanceNL is proud to partner with the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl to present an NL Moves workshop: Introduction to American Tap with instructor Tanya Lasby

Participants in this workshop will develop a greater understanding of meter through rhythmic movements and basic tap skills like heel drops, toes, scuffs, digs, brushes, shuffles, flaps, stamps, and stomps. They will learn how to make the “simple” steps more interesting and how to find their own “voice”. Dancers should be 12 or older with a bit of tap experience, and should wear tap shoes and comfortable and breathable clothing suitable for dance.

Tanya Lasby started dancing at age 4. She graduated from Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program in 2005 and was asked to join the Toronto based tap company Turn On The Tap headed by Paula Skimin. Since moving to Newfoundland in 2009, Tanya has been appearing in musicals, including Chicago, Mary Poppins, and Evita, She is currently a teacher at Steffen Dance.

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