DanceNL would like to invite all members, potential members, members of the dance community and anyone else interested in our activities to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, June 10th from 7 to 7:30 PM in the Cox and Palmer Second Space at the LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria Street, St. John’s. At our business meeting, we will elect new board members, discuss last year’s events and plan for the upcoming year.
After the meeting, join us for a social with refreshments and a series of short performances by DanceNL members including Seraka Dance Company, Ainsley Dicks, Tony Ingram and Christina Penney. For more information contact us at email@example.com
If you do not live in St. John’s and would like to participate in the meeting, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to Skype you in. If you are unable to attend, you can give a proxy vote to another member who is attending. Please e-mail us at email@example.com and we will help with this, too. You must be a member in good standing to vote at the AGM or run for the board.
Free parking will be available in the parking lot one block east of the LSPU Hall, next to the Blue Drop building on Prescott Street.
FROM DANCENL Call for Newsletter items
DanceNL’s quarterly newsletter The Next Step is coming out next month and we are looking for your stories, listings, reports and pictures. Please send us news of your recent dance activities and your upcoming events and projects – firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline is May 15th
Call for Performers for AGM
DanceNL will be holding our 2013 Annual General Meeting on Monday June 10th at the Second Space at the LSPU Hall, starting at 7 PM. This AGM is scheduled to be short and sweet and to address our new year end dates. The short and sweet AGM will be followed by a social with food and wine and performances by DanceNL members. We are calling for short performances that will suit the space – show us what you have been doing, showcase your stuff, show off! Performances pay a $50 honorarium. Please send a brief proposal including details of your performance by Monday May 13 to: email@example.com
FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD DANCE WORKS Call For Nominations - Roberta Thomas Legacy Award
The Roberta Thomas Legacy Award was established by her family as a way to continue Robbie’s infectious human spirit by supporting development and presentation in the field of dance and dance collaboration. DEADLINE: July 1, 2013. Interested applicants should apply with the following information:
– A one to two page letter describing what you intend to do, who you will work with, and how this project will acknowledge Robbie’s legacy
– A brief budget note informing the jury how much money you require and how the money will be spent (the total award is up to $1000)
– a short biography
– Applicants must be residents of Newfoundland and Labrador
FROM THE CITY OF ST. JOHN’S
Arts and the City – Cultivating Connections
A City of St. John’s sponsored conference involving artists, cultural workers, government, business and community will be held on May 24th and 25 at City Hall. Space is limited. For registration information call 576.2563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Performers – Music at Harbourside – City of St. John’s Lunchtime Concert Series
Music at Harbourside is a series of outdoor lunchtime concerts that take place every Friday in July and August at Harbourside Park in downtown St. John’s. Concerts run from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, and are great fun!
Submissions should include:
* A bio of the musician or group, including full contact information
* a CD or DVD of your material (no USB sticks or links to online material – we won’t be
able to review these)
* a stage plot, or a list of all performers, instruments, and sound equipment requirements
* a list of which Fridays in July and August you are available to perform.
Submissions must be received by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, May 15. Mail or hand-deliver to the Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Culture, 348 Water Street. A jury will review submissions and successful musicians/groups will be contacted with more information. For more information: 709-576-2563 or email@example.com.
FROM THE PROVINCE Free Online/App Listing - Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation If you’d like to take advantage of a free listing in the provincial tourism’s database of what’s happening in Newfoundland and Labrador online and in a new app being developed, read on!
The Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation is also developing an app for your iPhone, iPod and eventually the iPad to promote the province in new ways. That app will draw from the above listed Festival / Event listings URL – so your festival / event will automatically appear in the app as well, once listed.
BUTOH INSPIRED MOVEMENT
with Lisa Porter
Sunday April 7th
Vanda Maunder Dance Studio
59 Farm Road, Brigus – 709.528.4817
Using vocabulary drawn from the modern Japanese dance form Butoh, students will explore what it means to be present in the body. This is a meditative, non- judgmental movement process open to all skill levels. Students should dress in comfortable clothes. (Sweat pants or yoga pants, t-shirt, sweater)
Lisa Porter is a Multidisciplinary artist who works in film and on stage. She has taken instruction with Butoh artists Denise Fujiwara and Jocelyne Montpetit and will share some of what she has learned in this workshop.
NL Moves is a monthly workshop series by DanceNL designed to provide professional development opportunities to the dance community while exposing the general public to many different dance genres and 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 May, 2013.
NL Moves March Tango with Cecilia McGruer Sunday March 24 2 to 4 PM Arts and Culture Centre Third Floor Gallery
Learn foundation moves for dancing the Tango socially at this FREE NL Moves workshop. Wear comfortable clothing. All are welcome.
Cecilia McGruer chairs the education committee for Tango on the Edge, a local Argentine Tango club, whose mission is to promote Argentine Tango as a dance genre in Newfoundland. Cecilia also dances ballroom, swing, and traditional Nfld. set dancing purely for pleasure.
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 sessions are happening every month throughout Newfoundland until May, 2013 and all workshops are 100 per cent FREE! Come dance with us!
Photo credit: Sean Jessome. NL Moves Poster by Graham Blair.
DanceNL board member and dancer Corie Harnett has created a fun new choreography for this song. She is joined in the Instructional Video above by DanceNL board member and dancer Colleen Quigley. Everyone is invited to learn and videotape this choreography (or improvise their own!) and send their videos to us to become a part of our 2013 Virtual Flash Mob. The Virtual Flash Mob will feature videos and compilations of videos and will be released all over the Internet on International Dance Day – April 29th.
How you can Participate:
Film your own video and contact us to find out how to submit it to DanceNL – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in the St. John’s area you can also contact DanceNL to arrange for a professional taping. Contact us here: email@example.com
Join us on April 14th for an in-person instruction and filming of the choreography from 12 to 3 PM on Sunday April 14 in the 3rd Floor Gallery of the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.
Please also see the attached FAQ and Permission Form.
The deadline to submit your videos is April 5th, 2013.
Here are videographer Peter’s quick tips for filming: “Make sure that the:
~ light source is not directly behind the dancers
~ the dancers are in focus”
Before she started Repartee, Meg Warren was a frustrated opera singer. She loved music, but hated the formality – so she started a synth-pop band. Repartee played their first gig in St. John’s in 2009 and while a lot has changed since then, one thing remains the same – Repartee want to make you dance.
The band’s career has been steadily growing over the past three years with the addition of members Robbie Brett (The Pre-Raphaelites, Hear/Say), and Nick Coultas-Clarke and Josh Banfield (Catcher). In 2010 they released their first EP, ‘Lost Like We All Are’, to a sold out crowd at the legendary The Ship Pub in St. Johns. That same year they were named the Newfoundland Herald’s prestigious ‘Band To Watch’ for 2011. They received the full MusicNL Sound Recording Grant and recorded their debut self-titled album in 2011. The album was released to critical acclaim, strong sales and it was shortlisted at the Atlantis Music Prize for the best album released in Newfoundland that year.
Repartee have spent the last year feverishly and passionately touring. Aiming to expand their fan-base outside of Newfoundland – they’ve showcased at the Halifax Pop Explosion, the East Coast Music Awards, and Canadian Music Week. They’ve shared the stage with Mother Mother, Hey Rosetta, USS, Jenn Grant, Rich Aucoin, Shotgun Jimmie, Michou, The Novaks, with more and more bands calling them to share a bill. Repartee continue to establish themselves as one of Newfoundlands hottest exports through shows like the recent Torbay 250, where they shared the bill with the likes of The Trews, Jimmy Rankin and Great Big Sea. Most recently, the band won all five MusicNL Awards they were nominated for – FACTOR Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Statoil Rising Star, Bell Aliant Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Molson Pop/Rock Artist of the Year. In March the band will head to the 2013 East Coast Music Awards in Halifax, where they’re nominated for Rising Star Recording of the Year.
With an electric live show, hooky melodies and poignant, honest lyrics – Repartee are poised to do good things for pop music, for Newfoundland.
I love dance/ J’aime la danse is a unique six year National Campaign coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Canada in 2017. It engages the professional dance community and dance enthusiasts from all ages, cultures, and skill levels with one voice and message supporting dance as an art form integral to Canadian culture. Join the Canadian Dance Assembly in supporting I love dance/J’aime la danse and show the world Canada is a DANCE NATION!
The I love dance/J’aime la danse National Campaign features conferences, community events, awards, and professional development opportunities. These programs serve to engage elected representatives and the Canadian public as well as enliven the dance ecology, foster innovative arts and management practices, and nurture an awareness and appreciation for dance in Canada.
For more information on the CDA’s I LOVE DANCE/J’AIME LA DANSE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN please visit: ilovedancecanada.ca
This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of hooping technique and to hooping for fitness. There will be an energetic warm-up followed by instruction on Hooping & Toning combos using body weight with & without the hoop. The class will end with a relaxing cool down and stretching with the hoop. Please wear fitted clothing and indoor sneakers. Bring your hoop and if you don’t have one there will be hoops on site!
NL Moves is a monthly workshop series by DanceNL designed to provide professional development opportunities to the dance community while exposing the general public to many different dance genres and 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 May, 2013. For more information email DanceNL firstname.lastname@example.org
NL Moves is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts
NL Moves is a monthly workshop series designed by DanceNL to provide professional development opportunities to dancers and to expose the general public to different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. NL Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight the amazing work of the province’s vibrant dance community. NL Moves workshops are 100% free and happen every month throughout Newfoundland until May, 2013.
NL Moves – December
Featuring: Creative Movement for Young People
with Robyn Breen
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
3rd Floor of the Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s – Free
12:00 – 2:00 PM – Improvisation and Creative Movement – ages 13 – 17
This workshop will focus on improvisation and awareness skills. The workshop will begin with a guided contemporary warm-up, followed by exercises for generating creative movement. The workshop will culminate in the creation of spontaneous performances.
2:30 – 4:30 PM – Creative Movement and Choreography – ages 16 – 20
Designed for young artists interested in choreography, this workshop will answer questions like: “how do I get started?” Participants will move, experiment and talk, addressing ways to begin, how to edit, work with music, costume, etc.
A wonderful opportunity for the young dancer or choreographer in your life!
ABOUT ROBYN BREEN
Artistic Director of NewFoundDance, Robyn Breen graduated from the BFA (Honours) Dance Program at York University in 2010. Upon completion, she entered the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she is in her third year. During her studies, she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Debra Brown (Cirque du Soleil), Danny Grossman, Heidi Strauss and the late Rachel Browne. Robyn recently received funding from the NLAC to commission a new solo work choreographed by dance theatre artist Jo Leslie. Robyn performed this solo during NewFoundDance’s August 2012 performance at the LSPU Hall.
ALSO – COMING IN JANUARY 2013:
Introduction to Hooping
with Cindy Butt
Bishop Field School, Bond Street, St. John’s
Saturday, January 5th from 3 to 5 PM
All are welcome to this workshop that will introduce participants to the basics of hooping technique. Cindy has been spreading the fun of hooping through school groups and community outreach programs funded by the Wellness Coalition for Avalon East. She is co-founder of Hot Hoops, a small family business specializing in fun and fitness through hula hooping. As a lover of moving to the beat, Cindy has done classes and workshops with Deneen Connolly in Salsa and Bellydance, Andrea Kitta, Kristine Nolte, Monique Ryan and Ainsley Dicks in bellydance, Adwoa Badoe in African Dance, Judy Knee in Argentine Tango, and Esau Jardon in Salsa. She was also a member of the New World Fitness Demo Team, an aerobic dance group created to motivate others.
NL Moves is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts
NL Moves – November – Introduction to Juggling with James Burke
Where: The George Street United Church, 25 Buchanan Street, St. John’s
When: Sunday, November 18th 12:30 – 2:30 P.M.
FREE to ALL AGES
James Burke will introduce the NL Moves workshop participants to various techniques for manipulating objects. He will work with objects designed for manipulation – balls, rings, clubs – to provide an understanding of the extensive research that has been done in this field. The class will then turn to found objects (comb, clothing, furniture, anything) and the possibilities of these objects will be explored. The workshop encourages the integration of the physical world into choreography. Please bring activewear, no loose clothing. Though not required participants are invited to bring a moderate weight ball and/or an interesting object.
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 May, 2013. For more information email DanceNL email@example.com
Photos – Top: Colleen Quigley (Treasurer) and Mel Wellsman (Secretary) at the AGM. Above: Cora Harnett and Michelle Bush participate in Eroca Nichols’ Made to Order Dance project at the FND opening reception. Photos by Liz Solo.