Professional Development Workshops

Workshops 2016

As always, Neighbourhood Dance Works will offer a series of Professional Development Workshop throughout Festival week. These classes will be accessible to the community at large. Workshop facilitators will dive into a diverse creative ‘tool-box’ that will be of interest to multidisciplinary artists and those entering a dance studio for the first time. With our Workshop Series we seek to provide an array of professional development opportunities that will expand creative possibilities for local artists. This year our workshop facilitators come as far aways as Barcelona and Berlin, and they will offer a diverse slate of classes including choreographic composition and flamenco.

WORKSHOPS

TUESDAY OCTOBER 4th
12 PM – 2 PM

Julyen Hamilton | Involving Time

Age: All ages.
Level: For professional contemporary dancers and artists / movers with some experience
St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 3rd floor Dance Space (MMAP Entrance)
Cost: $15 or $10 for students

Time and space are two of the central issues facing the performing dance maker. Both to be able to handle them compositionally but also to be able to have an intimate knowledge of them in performance. In this class the subject is TIME. It deals with our ability to use time as we move create and communicate on stage.  How the performer listens to the element of time and how she/he uses it to direct work in front of a public is both a compositional and a performing concern.  How we perceive ourselves in time and how we might harness its qualities to expose and share our material in performance, will be the main thread of the workshop.

Please register in advance by calling 709-722-3663. Leave a message if no one answers. Drop-ins welcome!

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5th
12 PM – 2  PM

Joe Laughlin | Move It!

Age: All ages
Level: All levels
St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 3rd floor Dance Space (MMAP Entrance)
Cost: $15 or $10 for students

Move It! is a dancing experience for everybody, helping participants discover their natural impulse to move and groove. This inclusive curriculum teaches the basics of dance and choreography and demystifies the creative process, while participants experience the sensation of joyful, confident, expressive movement.

People of all ages, experience and abilities come together to be inspired, empowered and motivated to move their bodies through dance making. An emphasis on physical literacy, creative expansion and overall well-being help participants experience the exhilaration of movement in a non-judgmental environment. Find renewed energy and confidence. Tune into your body. Affirm creativity, experience the joy of dancing and connect to an innate and playful spontaneity. Have fun!

Wear loose comfortable clothing. A participating adult must accompany children under 12.

Please register in advance by calling 709-722-3663. Leave a message if no one answers. Drop-ins welcome!

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5th
6 PM – 7:30 PM

Megan “La Azulita” Matheson | Traditional Flamenco

Age: Mature teens to adults
Level: All dancers welcome! However, please note that the workshop level will be most suitable for those with some (1+ years) flamenco experience.
St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 3rd floor Dance Space (MMAP Entrance)
Cost: $15 or $10 for students

Early bird price of $30 if registered and paid by September 21st ($40 at the door, cash only – please have correct amount). Payments are non-refundable.

La Azulita will be sharing some traditional flamenco technique, which will be developed into a short choreography for Bulerías.

To register, please email Christina Penney: christinapenney@yahoo.ca


THURSDAY OCTOBER 6th
12 PM – 2 PM

Julia Taffe | Contemporary Dance Community Workshop

Age: 14+
Level: previous dance experience is recommended but not required
St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 3rd floor Dance Space (MMAP Entrance)
Cost: $15 or $10 for students

Julia’s open-level dance workshops are uncomplicated and fun. Her approach to movement training leaves space for participants to focus on self care and developing strength while connecting mind and body through pattern-making and creative coordination sequences. Her classes combine modern dance fundamentals with elements of physical therapy, qigong, and collaborative improvisation.

Please register in advance by calling 709-722-3663. Leave a message if no one answers. Drop-ins welcome!

FRIDAY OCTOBER 7th
12 PM – 2 PM

Sara Porter | Memoir & Movement – starting points

Age: 17+
Level: For professional contemporary dancers and artists / movers with some experience
St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 3rd floor Dance Space (MMAP Entrance)
Cost: $15 or $10 for students

Using tools from creative writing, contemporary dance improvisation and voice work, Sara Porter leads a workshop that extrapolates from her one-woman show – Sara does a Solo – to explore aspects of memoir and personal movement. Drawing on personal experience and the uniqueness of each person’s body, we will mine our memories for stories in words and movement, creating vignettes and text as springboards for dancing.

Bring comfortable clothes for moving and a pen and paper.

Please register in advance by calling 709-722-3663. Leave a message if no one answers. Drop-ins welcome!

SATURDAY OCT 8th
12 PM – 2 PM

Maya M Carroll | The Instrument

Age: 17+
Level: For professional contemporary dancers and artists / movers with some experience
St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 3rd floor Dance Space (MMAP Entrance)
Cost: $15 or $10 for students

This workshop is aimed towards movers and dancers of all levels, as well as actors and musicians who wish to engage with improvisation and composition.  We will tune into the body physically; articulating movement in time, space and the imagination. Observing how touch, form, rhythm and resonance synchronize with creative thinking and perspective, we will draw attention to our availability and alertness while moving individually and collectively. Musicality, precision and sharpness will come into play and enhance the immediacy / quickness that are available to us when we are fully present in our actions. The class engages with choreography in real time, encouraging flow and bodily wisdom as a pathway to dance making and performance.

Please register in advance by calling 709-722-3663. Leave a message if no one answers. Drop-ins welcome!

 

The Festival of New Dance will also be working with the Jack Byrne Arena and schools in St. John’s to offer on-ice skating workshops for students in participating schools with Le Patin Libre.