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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

NL Moves: Salsa with Stacy Fowler

When: Saturday, December 6th, 7pm – 9pm

Where: St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, Tilting, NL

Admission: $5 (FREE for DanceNL members)

DanceNL is proud to present this NL Moves workshop: Salsa with Stacy Fowler

The workshop will focus on the basics of salsa dancing, and participants will learn the steps individually, and then how to dance with a partner.

Stacy Fowler will be leading this workshop, produced by DanceNL in partnership with Fogo Island Arts. All are welcome to participate, and admission is $5. Dancers should wear comfortable clothing and socks or dance shoes.

NL Moves is a monthly 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.

Stacy Fowler has a background in Flamenco, Jazz, Belly Dance and Hip-Hop with a passion for Latin Dance. She has danced and performed for over 10 years, specializing in Latin style. Stacy travels yearly to Cuba to enhance her knowledge base and expertise.

For more information please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL

709-743-4130

info@dancenl.ca

NL Moves: International Folk Dance with Ainsley

When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 9:00pm

Where: The Ship Pub, Soloman’s Lane, St. John’s, NL

Admission: $5 (FREE for DanceNL members)

DanceNL is proud to partner with the Folk Arts Society’s Folk Night at the Ship to present an NL Moves workshop and presentation: International Folk Dance with Ainsley

Folk dances evolve naturally within a culture as a way for community members to relax, celebrate, worship, or mark a rite of passage. As a pastime, international folk dance allows people of all ages to enjoy the music and dances of countries around the world. This workshop will cover a variety of lively circle dances from Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia and more and is intended for dancers of all ability levels. Dancers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Ainsley has studied the dances of the Middle East for over a decade, training with expert instructors from around the world, including Ranya Renée, Morocco, Mahmoud Reda, Artemis Mourat, and Reyhan Tuzsuz. She taught Middle Eastern dance through Yale University’s recreation program for three years and has performed in venues throughout Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

Ainsley’s lesson will be accompanied by Folk Night crowd favourite Dave Panting.

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.

Folk Night happens every Wednesday night. The music goes from 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm and features two sets by a solo performer or group. During the break amateurs and professionals from the audience get up on stage to play tunes, sing songs, recite or contribute in their own unique way. The crowd is usually loaded (with musicians) and the entertainment is consistently good. There is also the opportunity to win door prizes including CDs, T-shirts, books and concert tickets!

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 please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL

709-743-4130

info@dancenl.ca

NL Moves: Contact Improv with Ryan Davis

When: Sunday, November 16th, 2pm – 4pm

Where: MMaP Gallery (2nd floor, Arts & Culture Centre), St. John’s, NL

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

 

DanceNL is proud to present the first NL Moves workshop of its 2014-15 season: 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 workshop will explore the skills of balance, counterbalance, sharing weight, rolling, falling, lifting, and moment-to-moment responsiveness to our dance partners and the ground. Participants experience moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, springing, and falling. No experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or other hard pieces. Long-sleeved shirts are preferred. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

 

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.

 

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

 

To register, or for more information please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell

Project Administrator, DanceNL

709-743-4130

info@dancenl.ca