Announcing the creation of DanceNL 

We are pleased to announce the creation of DanceNL, Newfoundland and Labrador’s sectoral dance association. DanceNL is a brand new organization, whose mandate is to preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activities throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. After consultation with members of the province’s dance communities, on Sunday, September 20, 2009, we formed a Founding Board whose goal is to create a formal board in one year’s time.

DanceNL is about to begin its first project, the DanceNL Road Map. The purpose of the Road Map is to collect as much information as possible from as many communities as possible in order to discover who is dancing, what they are dancing and where they are dancing. At this time, the Founding Board wishes to begin the process of identifying individuals (dancers, choreographers, dance teachers, dance scholars) and groups (dance schools, dance performance groups, social dance groups) across the province.

The DanceNL Road Map document and website will serve as a vital reference to ensure our organization is inclusive of all forms of dance being practiced in our province. As well, it will act as a catalyst to network dancers, practitioners and dance enthusiasts giving us a stronger presence provincially, nationally and internationally.

We are looking to get the word out to dancers across the province. Board members include: Kristin Harris Walsh (chair), Martin Vallee (treasurer), Christina Penney (secretary), Calla Lachance, Richard Stoker, Sarah Stoker, Andrew Draskóy, Diana Leadbeater, Labrador representative (not yet filled), Aboriginal representative (not yet filled).

For more information, please contact:

Kristin Harris Walsh