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Dance and the Child International Sleeping Beauty: A Whimsical World A Look Back on Summer 2015


Silent Survivors Pictured - Lorin Gardypie Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn Visit www.dancesask.com/silentsurvivors for more information Front Cover Dance on the Saskatchewan 2015 Pictured - Hizzy Dancers from Quill Lake and Humboldt areas Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn More images on page 5

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Sleeping Beauty: A whimsical world and world premiere for Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Written by Amanda Horn

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Dance and the Child International

Articles By Misty Wensel of FadaDance and Kathy Bond, DSI President and daCi Canada Co-Chair

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dsi member CONTRIBUTIONS Abiding Lines: Dancing through Decades Past Submitted by Madison Prosofsky of Abiding Lines

Wade Dance Camp at Asessippi: An Interview Submitted by Belva Wade Zentner of Wade Dance Camp at Asessippi

ABUN-DANCE: Accessing A Treasure-filled Kingdom

Submitted by Karla Kloeble of Hula -Hoopster, Written by Evangelos Diavolitsis

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Partnerships Key to Success in Local Community

Submitted by Rachel Wormsbecher of PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan

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A Remarkable Trip: Ukrainian-Canadian Dance

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ance is becoming increasingly vibrant in communities across Saskatchewan. This is becoming particularly evident with the growing number of newcomers moving to the province. Recently the Prince Albert Multicultural Council hosted a ‘Round Dance’ in partnership with the YWCA and the Prince Albert Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, as part of the community’s new ‘Common Ground project’. More and more communities are realizing that inclusivity and providing opportunities to celebrate our diversity are critical to building strong communities. Dance Saskatchewan Inc. along with a number of other arts and culture sector organizations have placed a priority on exploring new partnerships. In Dance Saskatchewan’s world, this has included program partnerships with the Saskatchewan Craft Council, both Northern Lights and Living Sky School Divisions, PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Global Gathering Place and the Open Door Society. Although some of our partnerships have been undertaken with a degree of risk, there are many rewarding benefits. We need to be risk takers with a willingness to undertake critical analysis of how we can deliver more effective programming and expand opportunities as partners working together. We have noticed that there is slow movement toward participation in some programs by people who

don’t normally participate in dance programming. Additionally, we find that those who don’t normally attend events to ‘just watch dance’ are more likely to attend and feel comfortable when the event includes an interesting mix of arts and cultural activity. This can include welcoming gatherings, visual arts along side performing arts, live music and maybe something as simple as a post show reception to provide an opportunity for dialogue with artists about creative process and the meaning of their work. Collaborative programming isn’t designed necessarily to address a specific target group, but can also be undertaken to provide an opportunity to exchange audiences, make programs more accessible and to simply explore our potential to appreciate cultural engagement with those we don’t normally gather with in our communities. Collaborations can include multi-disciplinary activity that encourages participation in the broadest sense. As we all move forward into a year dedicated to reconciliation; it’s the perfect time to work together. Dance Saskatchewan encourages all its members to think about collaboration. We’d love to hear about the ideas you have and encourage you share them with other members. Join the fun, ‘For the Love of Dance’ Linda Coe-Kirkham

Saskatoon International Folk Dance Club Performing at the WaterFront Craft Market Partnership with the Saskatchewan Craft Council Photo Credit - DSI Staff

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a look BACK

Highlights from Summer 2015

Musical Theatre Workshop as a part of Culture Days “Culture Crush” and in partnership with rural school Biggar Central School 2000 Photo Credit - DSI Staff

Children’s First Nations Hoop Dance Workshop at the Battleford HandCraft Festival Photo Credit - DSI Staff

Dance on the Saskatchewan Series Mudra School of Performing Arts Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

Dance on the Saskatchewan Series Elements: Power in Creation Inc. Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

Dance on the Saskatchewan Series Glenlily Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

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Photo Credit - Amanda Kowalyk

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irector Kara Dubyk created the Abiding Lines Dance Company in 2012 to unite talent of all ages from across Saskatchewan to train and perform in contemporary dance. Formed from looking up two words in the dictionary when it came time to name a modern solo, ‘Abiding Lines’ was a name that Kara hadn’t forgotten; it only made sense that it would later become the company’s name. With only 13 people at the first audition, the company has grown tremendously over the years into one of the most recognized companies in Saskatchewan. This year’s company is the biggest one yet, with 27 members from all across the province coming together to tell one story. With their first full feature show based around the roaring 20’s, and their second focusing on the war, it only made sense that they keep moving through decades past. This

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year’s show is sure to take you back to the 1950’s with appearances from Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and even Elvis! To have the chance to dance with Kara and the company, make sure you attend their workshop on Sunday, June 5th. Shows are scheduled on the 10th and 11th of June in Saskatoon, and a show in Prince Albert on June 12th. The company shows no signs of slowing down and continues to grow from one year to the next.u To keep up with the company and stay in the know on upcoming shows and other events, check out the company on social media! Instagram: @abidinglinesdancecompany, Facebook: Abiding Lines Dance Company, Snapchat: abdinglines Author: Madison Prosofsky


Photo Credits - Amanda Kowalyk Abiding Lines is comprised of 27 dancers who live in communities spanning from Saskatoon, Hanley, Unity, Prince Albert, Humboldt, Aberdeen and beyond.

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Wade Dance Camp at Asessippi: An Interview with Belva Wade Zentner

How long has the Wade Dance Camp been going for? Any idea of how many students? Belva Wade - Wade Dance Camp at Asessippi was first created in 2005. Brainstormed over many hours by Daymon Guillas and Belva Wade Zentner. The teaching staff consisted of myself and Tamara Hicks, who came on board the first season, and Linda Kearns joined us the second season. Since then, I have added Lindsay Harpham and Tatum Wildeman. We are coming up to our 12th season in July of 2016. We have grown and improved each year. We have had close to 1,000 students attend “Wade� over the years from as far as Nova Scotia and the North West Territories and Alberta, with the majority coming from all over Saskatchewan and Manitoba. We have seen our students come year after year, starting with one week, and then numerous staying for the full two weeks. Many of the students in the early days of Wade now have their own studios and are teaching and performing as professional dance artists. Facebook helps me to keep track of their careers and I am honoured to be a small part in their lives.

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Why do you think dancers should attend Wade Dance Camp? BW - If you love dance and want to improve your dance technique and your dance artistry then Wade Dance Camp at Asessippi is the place to be. Being immersed in this environment of like minded people is an experience in itself. The training is solid, good, technically sound and encourages the student to grow on daily basis with 6 1/4 hours of dance per day. We also have fun activities in the evening after a hard day of dance. You have 5 instructors that are part of Wade Dance Camp, do they each specialize in a type of dance? BW - After registration on the arrival day we have a placement class to determine which Level the student will benefit the most from. We have 3 different levels and offer dance classes and choreography in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Jumps and Turns, and exploring


Photo Credit - Tamara Hicks

your own movement through Improvisation. Belva, Tamara and Linda, have knowledge and are trained in and teach all genres in their own studios. Lindsay and Tatum are also trained in all genres and are working as professional dancers. Tatum is the artistic director and choreographer of The Saskatchewan Dance Project. In the summer at Wade we all teach in the genre of our own strengths. I am very blessed to be surrounded by all this talent. Please visit our website for more information www. asessippi.com/dance Are all of your counsellors previous students of Wade Dance Camp? BW - My counsellors are previous students of Wade and

in fact attend all the classes as well. They are on their way to becoming professional dancers. They love the students and understand the joy and the pain of honing our chosen craft. Dance is demanding and hugs and love and laughter help us get through the hard days. Wade Dance Camp at Asessippi has proven itself and we will keep on sharing our love of dance and love of teaching these remarkable and talented students from all over Canada. Our promise is to help make our students stronger dancers and to appreciate the artistry of dance and to grow as human beings. Thank you for your trust....Belva Wade Zentner

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Pictured - Hiroto Saito Photo Credit - Lawrence Ho

Sleeping Beauty A whimsical world and world premiere for Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Written By Amanda Horn

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onths of creation, choreographic and artistic vision materialized on stage in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s brand new, full-length production Sleeping Beauty. The challenge of reinventing the traditional ballet classic and translating it to the stage proved to be a great undertaking with an even greater reward, as Sleeping Beauty continues to engage and enchant audiences across the country. When Canada’s Ballet Jörgen was founded in 1987, the vision was to provide Canadian choreographers with the opportunity to develop new and original works. Though Sleeping Beauty is a well-known story and one of Tchaikovsky’s best-known works, next to Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the challenge becomes maintaining traditional aspects of the popular fairytale while presenting it in a new light. Bengt Jörgen, artistic director, choreographer and visionary behind the production explains that the timing, resources and maturity of the dancers were at their

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prime for Sleeping Beauty to achieve success, and he was right. The story of Sleeping Beauty is a tale as old as time, yet Jörgen’s approach entails reinventing the ballet in a way that is dramatic and relevant for younger audiences today. The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty stemmed from a variation of the legend of How the Rose got its Thorns, prompting the artistic team to conceive the world of Sleeping Beauty as a mythical garden, stepping away from the traditional portrayal of the French Court that often characterizes classical ballet. The presence of nature serves as an allegory throughout, and as the story develops we experience the change of seasons, the contrast between lightness and darkness and characteristics of a rose – beautiful to look at but ultimately dangerous to possess.


Pictured - Company Dancers from Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Photo Credit - Lawrence Ho

The process of creating a brand new ballet consists of many stages before actually taking to the stage. From the music and choreography to costumes, set design and production, it quickly spiraled from a seed in Jörgen’s mind in the spring of 2015 into a big vision and world premiere in the fall of 2015. Long before the dancing, sketching, cutting of fabrics and sewing of tutus begins, costume and set designer Camellia Koo sits down with Jörgen to listen and interpret the music. Ballet has no words so we develop our own script based on a musical narrative, she explains. From there, the story starts to unfold; how different roles will be portrayed, what characteristics each dancer will possess, how the stage will be lit and it also helps inspire the choreography. As the story takes place in a garden, the dancers flit and flutter about the stage as their movements are less human-like and more like those of birds or flowers. The quick and quivering qualities offer a divine compliment to the endless extensions and technical elements of the

dancers in the lightness, and contrast the divergent and edgy movements that reflect the conflict between good and evil and darkness. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, as a touring company, poses another challenge with not only making ballet accessible, but portable. There are many considerations to be made when designing a touring set that can easily be adapted to different sized venues and yet be effective and relevant to the story. It becomes part of the experience of creating a tangible experience for the audience. The desire to innovate and foster a sense of appreciation for the ballet among audience members as an “athletic, musical, emotional and intellectual” art form, is something that Jörgen strives for.u Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Sleeping Beauty is in Saskatoon, SK at The TCU Place on January, 31 2016. For more information and tickets visit, balletjorgencanada.com.

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Dance and the Child International Articles By Misty Wensel of FadaDance and Kathy Bond, DSI President and daCi Canada Co-Chair

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his July the FadaDance Youth Company visited Copenhagen, Denmark for the Dance and the Child International Congress. We travelled with 28 youth dancers to take part in a diverse spectrum of dance experiences. Our week kicked off just a short jaunt from the awesome hostel we were housed in at the beautiful Tivoli Gardens in the heart of Copenhagen. This beautifully designed amusement park became daCi participant’s playground for the day. The opening ceremonies welcomed dancers from around the world, we then took in a classical ballet performance at the Pantomime Theatre stage, and then the youth were off exploring Tivoli for an exciting day full of wild rides and amusement.

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On Monday morning of the congress we were up bright and early on the bus to take in our first full day. The days of the congress began with “Dance Flavours.” These classes ranged from contemporary, jazz, contact improvisation, yoga, Danish Folk Dance, Hip Hop, & open Training to name a few. Each day students moved to a different class, having been exposed to a wide array of dance styles and approaches. In addition “Dance Flavours” exposed students to unexpected experiences that they embraced and were challenged by. Next in the day the youth experienced “Creative Meeting Points.” During this time, our company was split into groups with dancers from other youth companies from


around the world. During this time each day, chosen choreographers built new works in Industrial, Garden, and Urban settings with the youth that were performed the Friday afternoon of the conference. The Creative Meeting Points performances were intriguing, each one unique, a wonderful way to end the conference experience. During each afternoon of the congress the youth took part in a vast array of dance workshops. During this time they were presented with new dance approaches and experiences. The FadaDance Troupe (Fran Gilboy, Heather Cameron, and Misty Wensel) had the opportunity to present our workshop “Riddles of Space” twice during these afternoon sessions. Here we presented work based on the creative process we had taken our youth company through as we built their show “Riddles of Space.” Our playful approach into choreography was well received by participants.

The FadaDance Youth Company performed the Monday night of the conference. The facility, Danshallerne was truly remarkable as it housed 8 dance studios and a gorgeous stage. The stage crew that mounted the youth dance performances each night was a dream to work with. Our piece looked amazing on such a large stage with a great lighting design. The youth dance performances were presented with professionalism and we were exposed to a wide range of work. Unfortunately due to the seating capacity we did not have the opportunity to see all the performances but what we did see was great. Our week at daCi wrapped up with the closing ceremonies and a dance party. With a great dj and a pile of dancers from around the globe, we said our farewells as we danced the day away. We all had a last chance to connect and dance with the world in an urban setting behind the Danshallerne.

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As a whole the experience was extremely rich & dense. Having now attended 5 daCi’s I truly feel that this conference was top notch. The daCi committee did a wonderful job of organizing and offering the best conference experience possible for our young people. We are so proud of our dancers. They did such a great job being ambassadors of our studio and the Saskatchewan dance community. They are a fantastic group of young people who we feel honored to have taken to this international forum.

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Deep thanks to DSI for believing in the importance & of this massive endeavor to bring 28 dancers to Europe. Misty Wensel

FadaDance’s youth company is comprised of 29 dancers who range from 13-19 years old. FadaDance is based out of Regina.


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have been attending daCi conferences since we hosted it in Regina in 2000, and I was on the organizing committee. I have taken dancers to Brazil (2003), the Hague (2006) and have been a volunteer for Jamaica (2009), Taiwan (2012) and in Copenhagen (2015), I was a workshop presenter. I have been on the Executive Committee since 2009 and will stay on the advisory board as the daCi Canada co-chair. Through all of this, I have come to appreciate all the benefits that the conferences provide for the many aspects of dance. From the performances, the paper presentations, the keynote speakers, the workshops and mostly the networking opportunities, we all gather to share and learn. With the emphasis on the Child (6-18 years) and the creative process and education of all those who work with these young people –this is where we want to go. Diversity of dance styles, dance abilities and dance in the community all tie together for us.

It is with this in mind that Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will be holding a daCi/Canada conference here in Saskatoon in 2017. Canada needs to increase membership and we need to gather the Canadian dance community together. There were 5 Canadian dance groups in Copenhagen as well as several individuals who presented workshops and paper research. We would like to see more. In 2018, the daCi conference will be in Australia and we want to have a strong presence as Canadian community. The 2018 conference will have themes related to diversity, Aboriginal dance and intergenerational dance. DSI is a leader in these areas and we have much to share. This conference will be a joint one with the World Dance Alliance, which focuses on the 18-25 year age group. This also ties into our emerging and professional dance community. I encourage everyone to contact myself or DSI to find out how you can become involved and be a part of these exciting conferences.u Kathy Bond

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ABUN-DANCE Accessing A Treasure-filled Kingdom Written By Evangelos Diavoli

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ears ago, on a trip to Cambodia with my meditation teacher, he asked me how much money I had in my wallet. I told him $145. He said, “Can I borrow it?” I hesitated, cleared my throat, looked down and grumbled with a fake smile, “Sure!” I placed it in his hands and he opened the window of the tour bus and threw it out on to a dusty Cambodian road. I gasped and he said. “Why let that worry you? It’s energy. Let it flow in and let it flow out. Doesn’t it make you happy that someone is going to find that in a few minutes?” After some thought, I actually felt overjoyed and relieved. What about you? Do you have a healthy, happy relationship to money? What does it mean to you, and how does it influence your life? Money can turn the sanest people into neurotic fools. We have so much tied into it, but what is it really? It was the experience with my meditation teacher that opened my eyes to my complicated and peculiar relationship to money. As a Self Development facilitator, I use dance and movement as a tool for personal and professional exploration. So it was natural for me to incorporate this knowledge into my investigation of our relationship to money. I have noticed that people will talk about absolutely anything, except their financial status. From my students, I have heard the most intimate details of their sexual exploits, but never a peep about the most controversial and button-pushing subject of all time: MONEY. Why is that? What is money? What does it mean to our survival? What is the difference between abundance and prosperity? If a

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person doesn’t have enough money to freely donate to a cause like the Haiti disaster, can they say they live comfortably? Can a person live in comfort when their neighbour lives in poverty? This Abun-dance workshop isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It’s a movement meditation workshop where we explore the meaning of Abundance, Prosperity, Wealth and Well Being. We will use music and movement to explore the 8 money archetypes: The Victim, The Innocent, The Warrior, The Martyr, The Fool, The Artist, The Tyrant, and The Magician. The body reveals all truths. It is the instrument and the container of our stories. Although some of my students have cleared blockages and created greater abundance in their lives, that is not our intention. The backbone of this exploration is the 5Rhythms movement practice which cultivates an open mind, grounded body and a heart of generosity. Kinesthetic learning is an entry point to understanding our complex relationship to money. When we unravel the inner 5Rhythms of flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness, a treasure-filled Kingdom is revealed. Evangelos (www.meditationmoves.ca) is a certified 5Rhythms® facilitator and meditation teacher. As well as being a certified master money coach and visionary social entrepreneur, Evangelos regularly offers public talks on the art of integrating the spiritual path with a financially balanced material life. He creates an atmosphere that is adventurous and safe, a delicate chemistry of humour and intensity. He has taught across Canada, Asia, Europe and in the U.S. He lives in Calgary.u


Come and find out how this instinctual tool for Survival (Money) drives the psyche.

port whatever practice you are exploring now, or offer a strong start to self-exploration.

Abundance March 4-6 2016 Dance your money archetypes (Innocent, Victim, Warrior, Martyr, Fool, Artist, Tyrant and Magician). Through the use of music and movement, we investigate how we manifest abundance and prosperity. Where in the mind/body do you cling to patterns from the past? This is a journey where we learn to manage personal energy. Kinesthetic learning is an entry point to understanding our complex relationship to money. Through the 5Rhythms of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness and the money archetypes maps, we will move through and cultivate a connection to money that will serve us, our families and our communities.

Register: Contact Karla Kloeble karla@hulahoopster.com (306382-5209) (text: 306-291-8190) www.hulahoopster.com/upcoming-events

This life-transforming practice is beneficial for all ages, levels of physical fitness and philosophical exploration. It will also sup-

Date and Location: Free Flow Dance Centre 224 25th Street West Saskatoon Friday March 4 (7:00 PM - 9:30 PM) Saturday/Sunday March 5,6 (11:00 AM - 6:00 PM) Cost: $225 Early bird $195 if paid in full by February 14, 2016 Friday night only $30 at the door. 75% Refundable up until February 27.

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015 was a challenging year for the PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan. When I began planning the Festival in February of 2015, I was new to Saskatoon, to the Festival, and to the local culture community. I did not know who my potential community partners were, but I knew that partnerships were vital to the overall success of cultural organizations, and that I needed to find people and organizations that could help me develop a full slate of interactive and multidisciplinary programming. Dance Saskatchewan was one of the first organizations that I got in touch with. It was a natural partnership: the Children’s Festival had an audience and needed quality programming, and Dance Saskatchewan had lots of artistic programming which they wanted to have as high a profile in the community as possible. Thanks to this partnership, we were able to offer Hip Hop workshops to classes who were there to attend the Festival in our designated workshop venue. Dance Saskatchewan also provided a unique dance performance featuring several young dancers from different genres, from tap to modern, on our Activity Stage venue. The workshops and the performances were high-quality, well-attended, and beneficial to both organizations. Dance Saskatchewan was thanked in our program and on the “Community Partners” section of our sponsorship signage. At the Fes-

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tival, they were able to reach a large audience of young people who might be interested in taking dance lessons or learning more about their organization. Our partnership with Dance Saskatchewan was one example of how community partnerships really helped our Festival thrive in a difficult year. In fact, the Workshop Tent and Activity Stage were new venues that we established in order to best incorporate local cultural programming such as this. Family Services Saskatoon’s Performing Arts for Youth programming offered drama workshops in the workshop tent, and some local FolkFest participants performed on the Activity Stage. Other new community partnerships for the Festival included Diefenbaker Centre, Western Development Museum, SCYAP and more. We proudly displayed our community partnership signage in the Activity Stage. I was very grateful for the quality programming that I was able to find in my community. Saskatoon is a small city with a lot going on. It is in all of our best interests if we get as many people out to cultural events as possible, as that creates a greater appetite. As cultural organizations, it’s important to think every once in a while about what we can offer each other, because partnerships are always win-win situations. Written and Submitted by Rachel Wormsbecher of PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan


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A Remarkable Trip: Ukrainian-Canadian Dance

his past June the Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ensemble of Saskatoon embarked on a remarkable dance tour through the Balkans, visiting five different countries and performing in venues including tiny village theatres, outdoor festival stages, and cobblestone streets in the main city squares. They were lucky to have their trip organized through Cobblestone Freeway in partnership with Kufer Travel, which promised to immerse the group in the grass root traditions of the various countries they would visit, all the while ensuring that they could share their Ukrainian-Canadian culture with others through their love of dance. The trip was specifically designed for Yevshan, and the first stop was a visit to the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary. The group was mesmerized by the unique architecture and stunning views along the Danube River. A night-time city cruise allowed them to view the beautiful parliament buildings and historic landmarks along the river.

The next stop was Serbia, where Yevshan had their first full performance, in a tiny Ukrainian village called Ruski Krstur. The theatre was packed with people of all ages who came to see the Ukrainian dance group from Canada, and there was even a family who had immigrated to Saskatchewan years ago, who happened to be back in Ruski Krstur and caught the show; it was a wonderful opportunity to have fans from back home, cheering us on. The hour-long show was comprised of dances from all regions of Ukraine and included Yevshan’s popular Hopak, which was met with a standing ovation and cheers for another encore. After the show the dancers poured out into the streets to meet the villagers and thanked them for coming, while offering toys and Canadian souvenirs to all the children. We said our goodbyes and continued en route to Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia. In Belgrade, Yevshan got to experience true gypsy culture with a private party on the famous Black Panther boat, on footNOTES WINTER 2016

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Gypsy Island; there the dancers were entertained by an authentic gypsy band and danced the night away, while enjoying great food and a few shots of the local drink, Rakia. The next stop on the tour was a folk festival of traditional Croatian dancing and singing in Ðakovo, Croatia. Yevshan performed twice during the outdoor festival and also participated in the parade, with over 100 other performing groups. A highlight for the group was where all entertainers were invited into the beer gardens for socializing. A custom at the festival is to have groups from different parts of Croatia sing their traditional songs and chants and then invite a neighbouring table to sing back to them. Although the language was lost on the dancers, they were invited to participate and ‘sing’ along. After two days performing at the festival, Yevshan was off once again, this time to the enchanting city of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Time spent in this magical city was a highlight for many in the group, and the opportunity to explore the markets, witness the religious observance of Ramadan, and learn about the horrific Bosnian war, through a tour of the Tunnel of Salvation, was truly

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unforgettable. It was difficult to view the city and still see the remnants of war on the buildings; it was even more difficult to hear firsthand the stories of those who had survived and what they had endured. Everyone left Sarajevo with a better understanding of the tragic consequences of war and were amazed by the resilience and the strength that the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina possess. Before leaving, many in the group drank from a fountain, where legend states that if you drink water from the faucet on Baščaršija, you will come back to Sarajevo again and again - Yevshan made sure they didn’t leave thirsty. The next leg of the tour brought Yevshan back to the breathtaking coast of Croatia; the first stop was the quaint beachside city of Makarska. After spending the day on the sunny Golden Horn beach, on the island of Brac, Yevshan got prepared for another full show in Makarska’s main square. It was an amazing experience, getting to dance under the lights and stars, in front of St. Mark’s Church, with over 1000 people stopped to watch and enjoy our performance. The following day Yevshan visited the famous city of Dubrovnik; many in the group took the opportunity to walk


the city walls, overlooking the spectacular city below and the vast sea that stretched out into the horizon. After dining on some fresh oysters and local cuisine, the group went on a panoramic boat ride, learning more about this ancient city. The tour continued up the coast with stops in Split, Rovinj, and Žminj where Yevshan performed at a famous accordion festival; upon entering Žminj, the dancers were greeted by over 30 accordion players, parading up the street. Following this stop, Yevshan headed to Pula, where they visited the Arena, the 6th largest Roman amphitheatre, and had their last performance in front of the Temple of Augustus in the city’s main square.

unique dance steps. After dinner and dancing with this local group, it was time to say Goodbye, or as they say in Croatia Zbogom! One cannot count the amazing memories that were made on this trip and Yevshan feels very grateful and fortunate that they had these experiences.u

To learn more about Yevshan and stay up to date with all of their upcoming events, check out the website www. yevshan.ca and like their Facebook page, https://www. facebook.com/www.yevshan.ca . Submitted by: Luba Wojcichowsky, Dancer Representative Yesvhan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ens.

As the tour neared its end, the group made a quick stop in the lovely city of Ljubljana, Slovenia and then finally the capital city of Croatia, Zagreb. In Zagreb, the dancers had a workshop with a local Croatian dance company, learning about the costumes, traditions, music, and footNOTES WINTER 2016

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DSI Information

Dance Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of dance. www.dancesask.com Our Vision

To create a viable, unified organization which represents and advocates dance interest. To foster a respect and acceptance of dance which encourages free expression of cultural identity. To establish a vibrant environment for dance which cultivates performance opportunities, stimulates employment, and celebrates heritage and cultural diversity.

Our Purpose To support and enhance the development of all dance forms. To preserve, promote, and represent dance in Saskatchewan. To educate about dance. To encourage a passion for dance. To provide a multidisciplinary centre that focuses on dance, integrates related art forms, with expanded opportunities in a wellness environment.

Membership Information Dance Saskatchewan offers many benefits to its members. If you are an amateur or professional dancer, a dance club or studio, or someone involved in the dance community with an interest in any style of dance, there is a reason for you to consider becoming a member. Members receive the footNOTES publication twice a year and have opportunities to submit articles and advertising to the magazine. Members also receive discounts on all of our services, as well as on DSI sponsored workshops and events. Our members have access to the DSI resource centre which is the largest lending library of dance materials in Canada. Members are eligible to apply for grants and scholarships, reduced rates on SOCAN license fees (www.socan.ca), Canadian Dance Assembly (www.dancecanada.net) and much more! Visit our website for more information, www.dancesask.com. For a complete list of DSI Staff and the Board of Directors visit www.dancesask.com Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Evenings and weekends scheduled around studio rental

205A Pacific Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 1N9 (306) 931-8480 dancesask@sasktel.net

This publication was lovingly designed and edited for you by Adrienne Collins Bretell, Marketing & Communications Director of Dance Saskatchewan Inc. If you are interested in contributing to footNOTES with an article about dance or information that is relevant to dance professionals and enthusiasts, we’d love to hear from you. If you or your company is interested in advertising in footNOTES, please contact DSI for availability and fees. Thank you for reading and for your committment to the advancement of dance!

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Wade Dance Camp

at Asessippi July 3-9 &

July 10-16, 2016

Wade Dance Camp at Asessippi:

The Wade Dance Camp is a one or two week dance camp nestled in the Shell Valley at the beautiful Asessippi Ski Area & Resort.

Costs & Deadline:

Full Week Program Dance Tuition (6 1/4 hours per day of dance) Residence includes: • Accommodation • Breakfasts, Lunch & Dinners • Late night snacks • Continuous Beverages • Evening Activities Total $550.00

Evening Activities will Include:

Kayaking & Tubing, Bonfires, Tie Dying shirt, Movie Night, Karaoke, Slip ‘n’ Slide, Talent Night and Swimming.

Who should attend:

Wade Dance Camp is for dancers ages 10 & up with previous dance training who wish to improve their technique. Students will be divided into 3 levels for Ballet, Street Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Pointe (for those who are ready) & Jumps & Turns.

Send registration information to: Wade Dance Camp at Asessippi

c/o Belva Wade Zentner Box 1075, Russell, MB, R0J 1W0

Photo Credit: Tamara Hicks Logo drawn by: Christopher Blades

For more information contact Belva Call: 204-773-3211 Cell 204-796-1399 Email: bwadedance@gmail.com www.asessippi.com/dance


National Presenting Partner:

January 31, 2016 - 7:30pm TCU Place - Sid Buckwold Theatre Tickets available now! 306-975-7799 or (888) 639-7770 www.tcutickets.ca or www.tcuplace.com Created with the support of Margaret and David Fountain Apprentice Program Partner:

Government Partners:

Media Partner: an Ontario government agency un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario

2016 winter footNOTES  

footNOTES is a biannual publication that highlights and celebrates the advancement of dance in Saskatchewan, Canada, and internationally.

2016 winter footNOTES  

footNOTES is a biannual publication that highlights and celebrates the advancement of dance in Saskatchewan, Canada, and internationally.

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