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Sharing Dance Strategic Partnerships Enhancing the Arts We Dance Because...

Sharing Dance, Page 6 Photo credit - Canada’s National Ballet School

Contradictions, page 9 Front Cover German Junior Folk Dancers Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn Back Cover Dance on the Saskatchewan volunteers Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn




Sharing Dance 2016: Promoting active engagement in dance for Canadians of all ages and abilities Written by Canada’s National Ballet School


Spirit Flyers: An inclusive dance experience

Written by Jodi Simpson-Liburdi, Spirit Flyers Director


Dance on the Saskatchewan


Strategic Partnerships Enhancing the Arts


We Dance Because...

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Written by Mike Mirlin

4 a note from the Executive Director 5 a look BACK 2016 National Dance Week celebrations


dsi member CONTRIBUTIONS Contradictions: An interview with Karla Kloeble and Miki Mappin


Healthy Dancer Canada tackles social issues, supports diversity and wellness in dance Submitted by Jennifer Bezaire of Healthy Dancer Canada



a note from the Executive Director


s we move into fall and the beginning of our next 3-year funding cycle, I can’t help but reflect on the great year this has been and all the fantastic program initiatives planned for the upcoming year. I must acknowledge and thank Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund, administered by SaskCulture for their ongoing support as we move forward with plans for greater collaboration with other arts and cultural organizations with a focus to increase programming. In addition to planned programs that will provide dance day camp options during school breaks, Dance Saskatchewan members will have increased access to Master Classes as a result of our partnerships with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Ballet Jörgen while on tour.

Additional work will be undertaken to improve access to the DSI Centre for those requiring access with wheelchairs, walking aides and strollers. Dance Saskatchewan is also adding a significant number of teaching resources to support dance education for pre-school years to the Resource Centre as we move into the 2016 – 2017 year.

In response to a member survey conducted during the summer of 2016, Dance Saskatchewan will continue its work for extended community outreach as well as supporting opportunities for both youth leadership training and mentorship. The second phase of a conversion of Studio 1 at the DSI Centre to an option as a performance space that will accommodate audiences of up to 125 will continue in 2017. Upgrades over the next year will include adding additional drapery panel options, black out blinds, an upgraded sound system and basic lighting.

It’s also an exciting time to have Saskatchewan identified as the host province for national gatherings to support dance. We welcome the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference this fall, which is a contributing factor to an added number of workshop options associated with the WIP, hosted by Free Flow Dance Theatre. We also look forward to welcoming the daCi Canada Gathering in Saskatoon in 2017 and encourage dance educators to watch for ways to become involved with both of these events.

Sharing Dance Day 2016 Photo Credit - DSI staff



As our new fiscal year commences in October, it’s exciting to reflect on our first year as a partner with ‘Sharing Dance’. The initiative of the National Ballet School not only provided opportunities for dancers of all ages, but promises to be a contributing resource for dance educators and community leaders with the varied program resources now available on line.

a look BACK National Dance Week 2016


n keeping with the themes established by the Canadian Dance Assembly for National Dance Week, more than 800 participants were engaged in Dance Saskatchewan’s events to celebrate dance. Many of our members organized events in schools and communities in addition to the activities coordinated by DSI. The week commenced with an event celebrating the power of dance in Community. The gathering was hosted by Fairhaven School, where students and their families gathered for dialogue and learning about how dance contributes to maintaining culture and contributes to strong connections in community. Lorin Gardypie shared a keynote address on the value of dance in building community. Students, teachers and family members participated in a hoop dance workshop with Lawrence Roy and shared their own stories of how dance is important to them.

‘Dance is Fitness’ provided an opportunity for the dance community to complement dance training with an introduction to the benefits of Pilates as a means of improving strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness. The workshop was facilitated by Kathy Bond, Saskatoon Pilates Centre. An additional workshop by Laura Harris, Hatha Wellness Yoga, provided an introductory yoga class. As part of the theme: Dance’s Diverse Communities – Social Cohesion; a movie night was hosted at the DSI Centre to discuss the social impact of dance. Short Films included: DANCING: A Social Issue: A short documentary behind the scene of a world premiere: a French Conservatory asked Alexandre Munz to initiate their ballet teachers to the SAFE® BARRE, and to choreograph a work for the dance faculty. continued on page 19...

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Sharing Dance

Written by Canada’s National Ballet School


eveloped by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), Sharing Dance is a FREE national program that gets Canadians of all ages and abilities healthy, active and artistically engaged. It provides several distinct streams of engagement, which include creative, fun dance activities for children and youth, health and wellness dance programs for seniors, and dance routines for communities to learn for an annual Sharing Dance Day celebration across Canada.

Sharing Dance Day Each year, a new dance routine is created and made available through online content to all Sharing Dance Program participants as well as those interested from the wider community. All dancers are encouraged to join together in a celebration of dance on a designated Sharing Dance Day.



This year, NBS worked with Dance Saskatchewan to bring Sharing Dance to the city of Saskatoon. Dance Saskatchewan hosted free, open rehearsals at the DSI Centre throughout the spring, and taught the routine to children and youth in local schools. A group of seniors from the Oliver Lodge Special Care Home, ranging in age from 74 to 92, also learnt the routine. Sharing Dance is a truly multigenerational initiative. NBS encourages people of all ages to get involved, and offers routines that are tailored to various levels of mobility. On June 6th, the Dance Saskatchewan community came together to perform the routine as part of the opening celebrations for the PotashCorp Children’s Festival. More than 100 people, between the ages of 6 and 92, danced together and shared their love of movement.

In 2017, NBS’ goal is to have Canadians from coast to coast to coast dancing for Canada’s 150th birthday. Choreographers from culturally diverse backgrounds will work with community groups to give voice – and movement – to a richly expressive dance routine, representing Canada, its youth and identity. Dynamic online resources, including routine instructional videos, will be released in January, 2017 to support participation. Free rehearsals will be available in accessible locations in every province and territory. It’s going to be an incredible event, so stay tuned for information about how you can get involved!

Sharing Dance in the Classroom Sharing Dance in the Classroom provides educators across Canada with the tools, skills and resources to deliver fun, creative and curriculum-linked dance activities in the classroom and other community settings. Powered by (NBS), the resources were created in partnership with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB School) and Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada), and include FREE lesson plans, videos and downloadable

music. The materials are designed to be nationally relevant and meet the needs of dance curriculums across all provinces and territories. The resources are also crosscurricular – units focus on exploring language, science and geography through movement. The lessons are designed to be a collaborative experience, where the ideas and experiences of the children shape the movements and social learning strategies are emphasized. The first round of Sharing Dance material – webbased resources for Grades 4-6 – is currently available in English and French. Additional resources will be available in 2017, including modules appropriate for after-school programs and other community-based programs. For more information, please visit www.sharingdance.ca. If you are interested in bringing Sharing Dance to your community, please email us at sharingdance@nbs-enb.ca.

Sharing Dance Day 2016 Photo credit - Canada’s National Ballet School

Sharing Dance Day 2016 Photo credit - DSI staff

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Spirit Flyers: An inclusive dance experience

Written by Jodi Simpson-Liburdi, Spirit Flyers Director


he University School of Dance Spirit Flyers Dance Troupe originated fourteen years ago with four dancers. The premise behind the creation of Spirit Flyers was to offer an inclusive dance experience for ages 5 and up with a variety of cognitive and/or physical impairments an opportunity to express themselves through many different mediums of dance. Since its creation, the Spirit Flyers dance program has expanded to four different dance troupes of over 40 dancers in total ranging from children to adults. Some dance groups have the presence of volunteers to assist one on one for physical support, mentoring and memorization of the dance routine while other dance groups perform independent. Spirit Flyers offers an opportunity to develop technique, concentration, memorization and focus from week to week. The dancers in the various groups have performed at many different venues throughout the city as well as at the yearend dance recital each year.

and instructors alike take away each week. Spirit Flyers dancers whether they be a young, new participant or a seasoned performer, value the art of dance and find a way to express themselves without the necessity of words. For some, verbal communication is non-existent, so to fully share one’s feelings, thoughts, emotions and talents through dance is a unique experience to be a part of but more importantly to witness.

Spirit Flyers is unique in the sense that it provides an opportunity for all ability levels to experience the dance stage, to fully express themselves through music and the choreography is suited to their needs and abilities. Our Advanced Spirit Flyers group has performed at the National Human Rights Convention, Dare to Dance for many years and has participated in various dance competitions around the province. All of the Spirit Flyer dancers truly love the stage, share their passions and talents for dance with all those who bear witness to their art form and leave nothing behind. They dance from their heart and take each opportunity, whether it be weekly dance class or our year end performance to truly be their authentic self.

It is truly a gift that I have been given to work with such amazing dancers and volunteers over the years and see them develop into strong, confident, technically sound dancers who inspire others to be the same. To be blessed is an understatement. Spirit Flyers has revealed the possibility given an opportunity.

Due to the inclusive nature of the group, all abilities are welcomed and valued. Each week, volunteers not only share their talents and gifts of dance with the Spirit Flyer dancers but they also learn so much from them. The ability to see each person’s strengths and talents beyond what might be considered barriers is a skill that all those who are involved with the dance troupe, dancers, volunteers



As their instructor, I am continually inspired to think outside the box, to put myself out there and be vulnerable just as they are and to truly give myself completely to dance. Whether it be ballet, lyrical, jazz or even tap, these dancers have what it takes to claim the stage for their own and show the world what they can do. Dreams are continually achieved with new goals set and the bar is always rising as they become more experienced performing in front of an audience.

Photo - Spirit Flyers dance troupe

Contradictions: An interview with Karla Kloeble and Miki Mappin

Interview by Matt Mirlin and Jardena Gertler-Jaffe


he Contradictions Collective is a group of courageous, versatile dance and performance artists comprised of Karla Kloeble, Mitchell Larsen, and Miki Mappin. The content unveiled in their performance stems from the three artists’ life journeys: Miki’s identification as a transgender woman, Mitchell’s homosexuality inside a religious household, and Karla’s reality of living through sexual assault. We sat down with Karla and Miki to discuss their dance performance turned social commentary, Contradictions. Contradictions ran from August 26 to 28 at the DSI Centre. What is Contradictions and how did it come about? Karla: Contradictions is a contemporary dance show, and it’s a show that’s very much about human life, a reflection on individuals, and situations in life that are a little more unpleasant. The theme of contradictions for me stems from sexual violence, how you can be in love with a person but also be dealing with the opposite of a loving exchange with a person, depending on the relationships that are there. Other material in the show is of that same nature, of that positive element but then you also have this very negative element. Miki: It started with an idea that Karla had, and my understanding at the time was that she wasn’t very clear about how we were going to dive into this difficult material. She had difficult material that she was dealing with in her life at that time. It almost seemed to me like a challenge for us to try to figure out one of those things that you sometimes lay out there as a stimulus to dance, contradictions, and I think that’s the way we all took it. We all started working on, well, what are contradictions? How do you dance contradictions? Karla: Initially, it wasn’t even a project. There wasn’t ever an idea that we’re meeting up now so that we’re going to have a show. It was sort of a stagnant time where we were in between projects, and nobody really had anything coming up. I had a dialogue with Mitchell. He was interested in dancing and coming together, and through the three people I said ok, let’s meet in the studio for ten days in a row, just to be doing something, rather than

letting the days pass us by. When we initially showed up and there was this subject of contradictions as a theme, there wasn’t a show. It was just our personal places in life and how we felt about life. Over that first ten days, we developed dance that we realized was quite profound and deep and had merit to be further explored. We ended up doing a second session in October, and we did our third session over the winter in December. By the second session, we were getting it pared down, and we were getting more focused on creating, on taking this initial idea and going somewhere with it. In our third session, the work that was created in the second session got a little more refined and specific, and we decided that we were going to present it as a Works In Progress, which we did in January 2016. From there, the grant went in to the Saskatchewan Arts Board and to DSI and we got our funding. Miki: The purpose of the theme was interesting. We started with contradictions and we realized right away that it’s a really suggestive theme. In terms of dance, it was very hard to dance contradictions. It’s much easier to dance conflict, or opposition, or confusion, but contradiction itself is actually very conceptual. In order to try to get it to be concrete in our minds, we began talking about contradictions that we’ve had in our lives. That’s where we began to realize that one of the things that came up was the contradiction between wanting to unify yourself, be loved, to be needed, and the need at the same time to have independence as a person. That’s when we started the storytelling part of it. We began telling stories individually, and it became almost like a group therapy session. We had tears, we found ourselves developing confidence SUMMER 2016 footNOTES


with each other, and telling each other things that we really never had spoken about. Out of that came some of the special flavor of the piece. You’re dealing with some difficult subject matter. What goals do you hope to achieve through the creation and presentation of this performance? Miki: One of the things that came up was the strong reaction that it created with some of the audience members. We asked ourselves what we were doing. Was this therapy or was it art? Being able to share these stories gives people a sense of empowerment. As an artist, I feel that’s what we’re hoping to do here. Rather than to convey a particular message, we’re hoping to share with them the fact that this is something very human, and that we can go on living. Karla: Something I heard from one of our audience members was that they felt like by seeing our show, they were given permission to express what kinds of things they’d lived through and felt. They didn’t need to feel as ashamed or as isolated, because here are three individuals presenting a reflection of those similar stories. So for me, one of the goals is to get people to tune into the fact that we don’t need to be ashamed or afraid or silent. As well, by telling the stories of our personal experiences being a transgender person or a homosexual person, I hope that it stimulates the thought process of our audience about how they act or react, what are their values. Part of the work is just sharing some truth and sharing some piece of reality that they might not be aware of. By bringing awareness to how difficult it might be for a transgender person or a homosexual person to go through life and to exist in the world. Now that you are aware of it, how does that influence our whole society? By broadening people’s awareness of challenges that might exist for people, we hope to facilitate attitudes that are more considerate of each other as human beings. Miki: Everybody has problems related to not being accepted or not being sure of their role. What positive outcomes have come about through the creation of this work? Karla: I can see a very big change from when we started. In the beginning it was very emotional. If you say “my mother died”, and it’s the first time you’ve said it, you might need to cry through that experience. I’m finding that currently, we’ve all gone through that first experience and I feel able to come into the work from a different place. We’ve all already processed an element of emo-

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tional attachment. Now we’re coming at it with a little bit more thought, it’s less about “this is just my experience and my healing process” and more about how these things are really universal. It’s not just about us. Miki: I think we’ve all progressed as artists by really challenging our boundaries. We’re doing something that we never thought we would do. Is there anything that stands out to you about dance in particular that ends up being helpful in facilitating personal expression? Karla: I find, especially in this experience with contradictions, when you’re in an improvisation and you’re there and you’re present, something will click and all of a sudden this exchange will occur and everything within me, my feeling and my thoughts, will be right there with me. I feel that I speak more powerfully with my movement than I can with words. With the issues I’m dealing with, I find that words just don’t express the weight or the depth of the urgency I feel or how emotional it is for me. I’ve tried to talk about things and the words just roll off my tongue but they don’t really express things in the same way that can occur through my movement. Words are dry and flat to me, but with dance it’s a full body and explosive expression. Through dance, you can really understand how significant something is. Miki: Feeling and emotion are something that happens in our bodies, they may be triggered by ideas in our minds or things that we hear or see but they’re experienced in our bodies. I think for an audience, that’s what’s exciting about dance. There have been many studies done showing that by watching movement, the part of your brain that controls movement is being activated. You’re moving in your own imagination in sympathy with what you’re watching, and that’s causing emotions and feelings to take place inside of you. I think that’s where it’s really special for an audience to watch dance. The messages might not come across in the same direct and literal way, but the feeling and emotion that’s generated is very powerful. Have you had any difficulties in creating contradictions? Miki: It’s been really difficult for me, starting from just trying to keep our minds in that theme is a constant battle. The emotional work of processing these issues that you have within you, and self examination are quite difficult. We’re opening all these doors and looking under all these rocks, and that’s difficult.

Karla: Being willing to do it, that’s the difficult part. Being able to step beyond that reservation and hesitation and go there is a challenge. Miki: It’s a constant challenge being true, being authentic. We come up with a bit, we rehearse it, we’ve got that one down, but we’re always coming back and trying to expose all the layers. The struggle is never really finished. Karla: It makes the work evolve a lot. There’s always a lot more beneath the surface, and the more time we spend working on it the more it evolves.

Contradictions Collective Photo Credit - Laura Knowles

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Healthy Dancer Canada Tackles Social Issues, Supports Diversity and Wellness in Dance

Written by Jennifer Bezaire, BScN, CCP


ealthy Dancer Canada (HDC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer based organization founded in 2008 by visionary dance medicine physicians, dance educators and dance artists. They collectively established HDC as a leader in Canada focused on positively shaping dance communities through healthy dance practices. HDC accomplishes this through initiatives that foster and facilitate communication and collaboration between the dance community, research scientists, and health professionals. We endeavour to promote health, wellness, and optimal performance while understanding and addressing unique challenges in our dance community. We are creating a culture of healthy dance practices in Canada, improving accessibility to appropriate resources, preventing injury and illness, and strengthening a national voice for promoting health in dance. HDC is growing: improving our national presence since 2010. We’re currently 82 members including dieticians, psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, dance organizations, nurses, doctors, clinics, kinesiologists, dance artists, dance schools, university departments, dance educators, chiropractors, athletic therapists, and dance scientists. Broader membership across Canada and equal

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representation reflective of Canada’s diverse and continually evolving dance communities is our goal. Uniting Canada’s dance community sustains our impact. HDC has began hosting our National Annual Conference in different cities and provinces last year. [trans]Forming Dance/Danse was hosted in both official languages in Quebec City. This year we are pleased to bring Dancing Through Life to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!

Membership and Committee Initiatives Member contributions improve the health and well-being of all Canadian dancers as we build healthy dance communities. Through our members, HDC is translating all of our work into French. Members can access our directory and network with others that are interested in dance health and wellness. They can share and participate in each other’s events through our website, social media and newsletters. Members can also contribute to 6 committees. Committees work with other Canadian dance organizations and members gain personal satisfaction and appreciation for lending their expertise and experience, learn new skills, and build lasting nation wide relationships through their contributions to HDC initiatives. For example, our Dancer Screening Committee is working to

develop Healthy Dancer Screening Tools for use in health clinics, schools, studios, and companies. This year, the Screening Committee released to members a Pre-Professional Dancer Screening Tool for Health Care Professionals. A comprehensive tool designed from a holistic perspective, it includes health history, injury inventory, nutritional evaluation, mental wellness assessment, physical screening, functional range of motion and hyper mobility testing, functional strength evaluation, dynamic functional testing, and cardiovascular testing. It is to be completed by both dancers and health care professionals. Consent is included for information to be shared within the dancer’s circle of care including family, dance educators, and other health care professionals. Everyone involved gains insight into the dancer’s strengths and weaknesses. HDC recommends screening be completed on all dancers at the beginning of every season. This gives dancers knowledge about their needs and their bodies, focuses the dancer’s technical training goals, and highlights dance-conditioning areas. HDC members currently use the screening tool while the Screening Committee works on a version specifically designed for dance educators. Our quarterly newsletter which include HDC news, literature reviews and articles by Canada’s leading dance experts. Members have advanced access to all of our Resources before they become public. We currently have 9 published HDC Resources: 7 Resource Papers and 2 Tools. 7 publications are publicly available on our website. The Resources Committee develops, peer-reviews, edits and translates Resources carefully designed to address unique challenges in dance. The Resources are updated annually to maintain currency. The committee disseminates Resources and evaluates their impact and effectiveness. HDC is investigating developing Resources in other formats including video, apps, and artistic portrayals, to increase engagement and better meet the needs of our tech savvy community. View the Resources on our website at www.healthydancercanada.org/resources and let us know what you think; we appreciate feedback! HDC is a hugely collaborative organization with many members acting on multiple committees. In addition, our Resources Committee also assists the Screening Committee and Outreach Committee. HDC will be well repre-

sented at the Royal Academy of Dance Canada’s EnAvant Dance Teacher Conference in Toronto. Our members will offer a variety of presentations on vital healthy dance practices. HDC’s President, Andrea Downie, together with Board members Nicole Hamilton, David Outevsky, Carolina Rotondo and Dr. Anita Shack, will present: The Importance of Introducing Healthcare Practitioners into Studio Life, Healthy Studio Environments, and Dancers and The Art of Stress Management. Two of our key initiatives in development are studio and clinic guides to fostering healthy environments for dancers. HDC Resources ‘Dancers and The Art of Stress Management’ and ‘10 Stress Management Tools for Your Dance Bag’ were published in 2014. These Resources are fantastic, practical information tips for the dance community on coping with stress. Our Resources Committee has identified community needs for Resources specific to supporting adult recreational dancers. We have established a sub-committee that is currently undertaking a needs assessment in this population. They’re working to ensure a comprehensive, wholistic perspective is established from all key stakeholders including dancers, dance educators, and health care professionals. This is the foundation of Resource development. Resources development takes 1-2 years; look for these innovative Resources for adult recreational dancers in 2018. Other Resources currently in development include: Preparing for Performance and Unwinding Dance Patterns. These resources encourage healthy living in and outside the studio, guiding necessary transitions for wellness on and off-stage. Currently available Resources include: Eating for Energy and Optimal Performance, communication guides that assist communication between health care professionals and the dance community, and tips for how to discuss dancers’ health concerns with a positive, constructive, supportive approach. HDC also offers Translating Dance Language and Science: a great reference for those unfamiliar with dance language. Last year we developed The Art of Rest, discussing the science behind rest and dancing towards wellness, and another Resource for dancers of all ages and their families. It details the many benefits of dance and unique challenges dancers face throughout their lifetimes, while offering practical suggestions that everyone can try out to demonstrate support for their loved one who dances. Spoiler alert: these two great resources SUMMER 2016 footNOTES


are available to members and will be publicly released this September at our 9th Annual National Conference, Dancing Through Life.

Conference Our conferences provide opportunities for local, national, and international health care professionals, educators, scientists, dance artists, students, and families to congregate and discuss the latest evidence promoting health and wellness in dance. Every year, our conference boldly challenges dance culture and tradition. Our presenters are trail blazing role models in the dance community. Presentations and workshops demonstrate thinking outside the box; participants gain new knowledge and skills applicable to their own lives and daily practices. Conference attendees brainstorm and network within a supportive dance community and enjoy dance performances while earning continuing education and professional development credits. As a creative art form, dance is continually evolving. There are a variety of dance practices for every body at any age to choose from. This year’s conference

theme, Dancing Through Life, examines the impact of dance practices on the health of individuals and the health of our community. Through technical mastery, creative exploration and artistic expression, dancing profoundly impacts all of us physically, cognitively, emotionally and psychosocially, thus impacting our health. Conference topics examine the impact of dance across the lifespan. Dancing Through Life facilitates pooling our broad community of knowledge and resources to support all dancers to fully develop their creativity and physicality for lifelong expression. Through 1.5 days of lecture and poster presentations, workshops, panel discussions and facilitated social interactions, participants can learn about, experience, and discuss strategies that we, the dance community, can adopt to improve our health and wellbeing, maximize our longevity, and maintain joy in dance! Beginning Saturday afternoon, conference participants can pick up their swag bag, dance, create, explore, release and relax, consider and discuss the BIG ideas of this year’s conference, and learn about HDC’s newest part-

Healthy Dancer Canada Conference 2015 Photo Credit - Genevieve Robitaille

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nership with Safe in Dance International (SiDI). Participants have tickets for Saturday night’s Works in Progress (WIP) New Dance Series Performance, hosted by FreeFlow Dance, featuring performances by HDC conference presenters, David Outevsky and Nefeli Tsiouti. In addition to lectures and workshops, Sunday’s conference includes panel discussions, dance research poster presentations, and education booths by some of our sponsors including: Lead Pilates and Wellness, Human Kinetics, and EnPointe. Everyone is also welcome to attend HDC’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday; HDC Members have voting privileges. There will also be food! Saturday afternoon’s welcome reception is sponsored by Dance Saskatchewan and Sunday’s conference includes breakfast items, snacks, and lunch catered by Citizen Café. We have a great line-up of 12 Canadian and International presenters this year! Together, they will lead us on a journey Dancing Through Life; exploring various life stage levels, abilities, disciplines, and styles. A brand new work, Loops and Crinkles, will be premiered during Sunday’s conference! Loops and Crinkles is a contemporary work choreographed by local, senior Canadian Dance Artist, Connie Moker-Wernikowski, from Regina. A multigenerational quartet danced by Connie, Connie’s daughter Katrina Currie, and Connie’s grand-daughters, Evelyn Currie and Elle Wernikowski, the piece wholly embodies our conference theme while celebrating the intrinsic human spirit that moves us to dance at all ages. They are throwing a few loops and crinkles into preconceived cultural notions about appropriate age and timeline for dance and challenging cultural norms concerning who can dance together. Everyone is excited to see it! We also have local artists Ashley Johnson and Sherron Burns facilitating Saturday afternoon pre-conference events and presenting their research on Sunday, demonstrating both the impact of, and importance of, dance and movement in early years’ classrooms. Somatics and dance is popular this year too! Somatic practices and dance have been married since the 1970s. Research evidence now demonstrates the effectiveness of somatics for training and performance, and the impact of somatic practice on dancers’ health. Karine Rathle from Montreal returns this year to lead the workshop Somatic

Principles in Dance: Exploring the Integrations of Somatic Principles in Dance and Movement Education. Clinical Psychologist Jo-Anne La Flèche will also join us from Montreal to both accept HDC’s Annual Research Award and present her master’s work: The Impact of Somatics on Dancers’ Body Image and Self Esteem. PhD Candidate Tanya Berg, a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, will present a case study exploring the integration of somatic practices in ballet pedagogy. HDC welcomes MSc Candidate Nefeli Tsouti this year to lead a workshop on her conditioning method, BreakAlign. There is little research on breaking and hip-hop dance. Breaking has no established training method or sequence of being taught and frequently results in chronic injuries in young people. The BreakAlign Method includes biomechanical analysis of breaking and identifies the physiological demands required to execute movements. Participants will learn the training principles that sport and dance science research identify as requirements for proper conditioning and injury prevention. David Outevsky, PhD, is a Professional Ballroom Dancer joining us from Toronto to teach a workshop based on his research on teaching dance in elderly populations. Dance is an increasingly popular activity for it’s therapeutic effects enhancing physical and mental well-being. David’s workshop will lead us through strategies to create safe, healthy, entertaining classes for senior dancers that considers their specific needs and aging dancing bodies. Ann Kipling Brown, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of the University of Regina, is fondly remembered by participants of HDC’s 2012 conference in Vancouver. Ann rejoins us this year to present Dance Learning: Learning Dance, her long-term study on the power of dance and significance of dance in peoples’ lives. An incredible Dancing Through Life – changing journey awaits everyone that participates! Healthy Dancer Canada’s 9th Annual Conference, Dancing Through Life is taking place at Dance Saskatchewan Inc., in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on September 25, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Register online and learn more about HDC at www.healthydancercanada.org or follow HDC on Twitter, LinkedIN, and Facebook!




Dance on the Saskatchewan 2016

ance Saskatchewan’s partnership with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan continues to be a success in its 6th year. For the first time, all five events had a designated coordinator. Jay Okrainetz, who was hired as a summer student, provided assistance with advertising, program development, and volunteer management. In addition to specific themes for each of the evenings, complementary pre-show programming has been added. Dance Saskatchewan provides free rehearsal space at the DSI Centre for performance preparation. Dancers who are deemed as emerging professional or professional dancers are also paid for their work. The Dance on the Saskatchewan Series featured five nights of performances.

‘Welcome to the Bazaar’, coordinated by Anastasia Vander Most. The evening featured a night of Middle Eastern and Asian dance featuring Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style Belly Dance.

Dance on the Saskatchewan Desert Beats Belly Dance Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

Dance on the Saskatchewan Welcome to the Bazaar Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

‘That’s Entertainment’, coordinated by Jacquie Ackerman and Diane Okrainetz. The audience was treated to a magical night of live music and song celebrating the musicals.

Dance on the Saskatchewan That’s Entertainment Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

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Dance on the Saskatchewan That’s Entertainment Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

‘Embracing Diversity’, coordinated by Mike Mirlin. A celebration of dance that featured the broad diversity of the DSI membership including a variety of ethnic dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and First Nations dance. Free public instructional workshops with Hoop Dancer, Lawrence Roy and with Hula Hoopster, Karla Kloeble, preceeded the performance.

Dance on the Saskatchewan Hoop Dancing Workshop with Lawrence Roy Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

Dance on the Saskatchewan German Junior Folk Dancers Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

Coordinated by Jackie Latendresse, ‘Portal’ was the first ever modern and contemporary dance show where Saskatchewan’s emerging professional and professional dance community shared work created for the space and presented in the round. The evening commenced with the ‘State of the Arts Speaker’s Panel’. The panel was moderated by Dorion Brady, and consisted of the following speakers: Curtis Peeteetuce, Artistic Director of Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre, Louise Seidel, Director and Facilitator of Chrysalis Theatre, Phillip Adams, Program Consultant for the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Marnie Gladwell, Director of the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, and Charlie Clark, City Councillor for the City of Saskatoon. DSI will undertake future opportunities for discussion on the ‘state of the arts’ as a result of the many requests for continuation of dialogue of this nature. The series concluded with ‘Dance Party Extravaganza’, coordinated by Herb Clarke. The evening featured live music and a DJ, with interactive demonstrations and and instruction in a wide range of dance styles.

Dance on the Saskatchewan State of the Arts Speaker’s Series Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

Dance on the Saskatchewan Free Flow Dance Theatre Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

Dance on the Saskatchewan Dance Lessons with Herb Clarke Photo Credit - Ken Greenhorn

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Strategic Partnerships Enhancing the Arts


or many years organizations have been reluctant to turn to one another to discuss collaborative opportunities that will contribute to building audiences, increasing program participation as well as cutting costs. Over the past several years Dance Saskatchewan has been trying to explore the potential for partnerships, certainly not without some growing pains, but worth the risk nonetheless. A cooperative approach to planning and the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of partners is essential. One of the biggest assets of a partnership is the ability to share staff resources and undertake effective advertising campaigns together. In some cases a successful partnership involves nothing more than exploring how two or three organizations can undertake their own individual programming, but work-

ing in the same space. This allows everyone the opportunity to build relationships with the patrons or participants who already have a commitment to other events. Summer Partnership in the Battlefords Dance Saskatchewan partnered with the Saskatchewan Craft Council in 2015 in a somewhat experimental partnership to see if adult market attendance at the Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival could be increased if a dance and clay building workshop experience was offered for children. With each registration of a nominal $10, one adult market pass was provided for free. In 2016, the partnership expanded to include North Battleford’s Chapel Gallery staff and the workshop offerings included print making, clay building and hoop dance.

Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival Workshop Photo Credit - DSI Staff

Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival Workshop Photo Credit - DSI Staff

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continued from page 5... Dancing Across Living Skies: The impact of Dance Artists in Schools – A documented summary of DSI’s partnership with Live Arts Saskatchewan and Living Sky School Division featuring DSI members Rae Ann Hydamaka, Tammy Troupeau and Karla Kloeble. SILENT SURVIVORS: Two distinctly different documented versions of the story of Residential Schools. Discussion focused on how highly valued the audience feedback can be. DSI’s ‘Dance for Life’ program has become a highlight of National Dance Week celebrations that focus on Dance as a Source of Wellbeing for Seniors. The DSI Centre hosted an afternoon of programming for seniors. The Seniors from Oliver Lodge, under the leadership of Kathy Bond, performed for family and friends with a number they created specifically for National Dance Week. An encore performance was later held at the PotashCorp Children’s

Festival in June. Leigh Stemerman of Move n’ Soar also lead a workshop for those in attendance. For the first time as part of National Dance Week, DSI hosted a luncheon to share in dialogue with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Creative Saskatchewan around the theme of ‘Dance Creates a Creative Economy’. Thanks to Sherry Luther and Phillip Adams for their thoughtful presentations on how dance can contribute as part of the creative economy in Saskatchewan and elsewhere. DSI also hosted a preliminary planning meeting to launch plans to support hosting the Dance and the Child International (daCi) Canada Gathering in 2017. This event will highlight the links that dance has across Canada and Internationally. National Dance Week concluded with a celebration of International Dance Day at the DSI Centre.

National Dance Day 2016 Photo Credit - Andrew Mareschal

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We Dance Because... A new initiative for National Dance Week


e Dance Because… was created to serve as a sampling of the opportunities for dance education that will be part of the 2017 daCi Canada Gathering to be hosted in Saskatoon in June 2017. Dance and the Child International (daCi) is a non profit organization with the aim to promote the growth and development of dance for children and young people on an international basis. Many countries have developed their own National Chapters who undertake their own programming in the off years of the International Gathering. The Canadian chapter will be hosting it’s own gathering of daCi members from across Canada in June 2017. As a long time member of daCi, Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will provide some financial support to this endeavour. A total of 86 youth grades 4 through 7 and their teachers from three Saskatoon schools attended a full day at the DSI Centre as part of ‘We Dance Because…’. Workshop sessions were delivered in a manner that is guided by the principles of dance and the Child international (daCi) as an introduction to the creative process of making dance happen. In a session called ‘Loops into the Spiral’, FadaCommand leaders Misty Wensel, FadaDance, and Orion Paradis, Music Producer, SoulSound Recording Studio, Regina, shared their collaborative work with dance and electronic music/mixing. As collaborators for the past 18 years exploring their interest and passion for how dance and music meet on the dance floor. Misty guided participants through a process of using inspiration from improv movement structures and blended choreography with Orion’s

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great music mix. Her past work with the youth company of FadaDance has taken her dancers to the daCi stage in Jamaica, Brazil, Taiwan, and Denmark. Misty will be actively involved in the daCi Canada Gathering – 2017. ‘Puppets on the Move: An Exploration of Dancing Objects’ was a session created by Sherron Burns and Ashley Johnson. The resulting experience that came from joining a puppeteer and a dancer was magical! In addition to her work as an Arts Education Consultant, Sherron is an award winning puppeteer. As an arts educator and artist, she combines play, movement and curiosity into everything she does. Ashley Johnson is a dancer, dance educator and Mitzvah Technique teacher based out of Regina. She has co-founded an interdisciplinary somatic creation company titled Prairie House. As a dance educator Ashley is interested in the integration of an art practice into daily life. She was a dancer in residence with Living Sky School Division for three years, where her focus was ‘Joyful Learning’, why we dance, how we dance and when we dance. Dekontee Maximore captured the interest of all the participants with an exploration of African rhythm and dance. With an extensive background in African dance, Dekontee is in her final year of studies in the college of Kinesiology. She has taught workshops across the province for many years and has performed as part of the African Princess Dance Troupe for the past 9 years. She thrives on the opportunity to share her passion for dance, her desire to share her culture within the community, and to inspire young individuals to feel the joy that dance can bring.

Puppets on the Move Workshop Photo Credit- DSI Staff

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Puppets on the Move Workshop Photo Credit- DSI Staff

Puppets on the Move Workshop Photo Credit- DSI Staff SUMMER 2016 footNOTES


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

If you are interested in contributing to footNOTES with an article about dance or informaion 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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