When: Saturday, May 3rd, 6pm – 7:30pm
Where: Lesley Oake School of Dance, 5A Bayley Street, Grand Falls, NL
DanceNL is proud to present a free NL Moves workshop: Slow, Liquefied Movement for Bellydance with Vanessa Elizabeth
DanceNL has teamed up with the Lesley Oake School of Dance to offer this free workshop! The workshop explores tension and resistance in the body, weaving fluidity, strength and stillness into signature bellydance vocabulary for powerful, serpentine-like movement. Beginning with a warm up, Vanessa will break down fundamental postures and technique, then explore dynamics, variations and fun combinations, ending with a relaxing cool down and stretching. No experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome. This workshop is recommended for adults and teens 16+ yrs. Participants should wear comfortable, fitted exercise clothing; bellydance is done barefoot but light dance shoes are welcome. While not required, participants are invited to bring a scarf or shawl to tie at the hips to show movement.
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. NL Moves workshops are happening every month throughout Newfoundland until April 2014.
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.
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 that takes influence from classical Indian, flamenco, hip-hop, 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. She has travelled to Halifax and Toronto for training intensives and productions with belly dance superstars Kami Liddle and Samantha Emanuel, as well as Mira Betz, Heather Stants and Audra Simmons. 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. More information is available at www.seraka.com or www.vanessa-elizabeth.ca.
For more information please contact:
Project Administrator, DanceNL