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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

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his past year was an exciting time to step into the shoes of new president of Dance Saskatchewan Incorporated (DSI). I have learned so much about our organization and continue to be passionate about supporting the many facets of dance in our wonderful province. Through dance we have the ability to influence, include and impact virtually every person. On behalf of our Dance Saskatchewan Incorporated membership I would like to offer our extreme thanks to our funders, the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund as administered by SaskCulture. Their support and recognition is motivational and greatly influences the direction we choose to take and the way we are able to support our membership. I am extremely proud of our hard-working staff who shoulder the “lion’s share” of the workload and bring programming and ideas to life, often working well beyond expectations. I also offer my thanks to some very dedicated board members and general members who extend their support above and beyond their roles. As this year represented the submission year, to begin a three-year funding cycle, we saw the continuation of some established work as well as hints of the beginnings of new directions that DSI will pursue. We had some opportunities to think outside of the box as we considered the next three years and what we would pursue. A focus of our board planning session in early 2016 was to closely examine the work, projects, programs, presentations and support of our members within our organization. As a result we saw the re-structuring of three special committees. We now have committees representing Performance, Education and Outreach, and Programming. We are an organization of dancers and dance lovers, for dancers and dance lovers. In restructuring the committees it is our hope that we are extending the perceived boundaries of these committees to engage and include more of our membership in lending skills and ideas as their DSI membership allows. A detailed membership review was conducted which assisted us to identify needs and direction from our members’ point of view. As a result of the survey we committed to some key issues by consensus. These include: facility accessibility, programming to including both young children as well as seniors, taking a pro-active approach to involving schools while still supporting the development of professional dancers, as well as creative initiatives of existing companies and dance schools. 1


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

In our continued focus, DSI is constantly seeking ways to address diversity by both board representation as well as researching ways of supporting and involving our newcomers, First Nations and Metis community along with others. The 2015-2016 year was also used as a trial for the hiring of contract specific coordinators. National Dance Week activities, Sharing Dance Day and the Dance on the Saskatchewan series of performances all experienced the benefit of a dedicated program coordinator and as a result demonstrated success. Reflecting on the success of these contracted positions, the board made a decision to move forward with the hiring of a full-time program person to support initiatives in programming, including the initiative of programming in the DSI facility. Dance Saskatchewan continues relationships as an active partner in initiatives with the Canadian Dance Alliance (CDA), Healthy Dancer Canada, as well as Dance and the Child International (daCi). Although DSI representation is provincial in scope, it is important to partner with these national organizations to allow our members accessibility and involvement in opportunities across Canada. As the 2016 year moves along, expect to see continued exciting work including community engaged dance, youth representation offering advice and giving voice to our organization as well as the recognition and support of the notion that everyone can use dance to affect wellness and fitness. In closing, it has been my privilege to serve as the president of Dance Saskatchewan this past year and I look forward to building relationships to enhance what we do in this province.

Diane Okrainetz

President, Dance Saskatchewan Inc.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Diane Okrainetz Vice President: Tim Tkachuk Past President: Kathy Bond Directors: Sneha Chakraborty Herb Clarke Samantha Fynn Lorin Gardypie Jannica Hoskins

Natasha Martina Violet Naytowhow RJ Nichol Lauren Scharfstein Noreen Wensley (deceased May 1, 2016) Luanne Schlosser (appointed July 2016)

PERMANENT & CONTRACT STAFF

Linda Coe-Kirkham, Executive Director Christine Janzen, Office Manager Holly Horel, Resource Centre and Archive Manager Chris Nagy, Building Manager Cedric Jan De Sotto, Building Assistant Mike Mirlin, Program Coordinator ‘We Dance Because’ Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, Researcher (Summer Student) Dance on the Saskatchewan Contract Staff: Jay Okrainetz, Events Coordinator Anastasia Vander Most, Welcome to the Bazaar Jackie Ackerman, That’s Entertainment Mike Mirlin, Embracing Diversity Jackie Latendresse, Portal Herb Clarke, Dance Party Extravaganza IT Services Contract Staff: Matt Mirlin

Building Contract Staff: Alex Batycki Savana Gallant

COMMITTEE MEMBERS Finance and Audit Committee Tim Tkachuk Diane Okrainetz Samantha Fynn Kathy Bond RJ Nichol Governance Committee Lauren Scharfstein Diane Okrainetz Luanne Schlosser Nominating Committee Diane Okrainetz Kathy Bond Special Committees Marketing/Fundraising Committee Diane Okrainetz Tim Tkachuk Natasha Martina Kathy Bond Jannica Hoskins Performance Committee Herb Clarke Kathy Bond Violet Naytowhow Lorin Gardypie Diane Okrainetz Jannica Hoskins

Outreach and Education Committee Diane Okrainetz Sneha Chakraborty Jannica Hoskins RJ Nichol Samantha Fynn Violet Naytowhow Occupational Health and Safety Linda Coe Kirkham Chris Nagy Lorna Batycki Will Brooks Ad Hoc Committees Building Committee Kathy Bond Diane Okrainetz Tim Tkachuk We Dance Because (Adhoc Committee) Kathy Bond Diane Okrainetz Tim Tkachuk Samantha Fynn Ann Kipling Brown

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DANCE SASKATCHEWAN INC.

COMMITTED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF DANCE 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 arts forms with expanded opportunities in a wellness environment

OUR VISION:

• To create a viable unified organization which represents and advocates dance interests • 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 SERVICES:

• Resource Library – Books, videos, magazines. Resource kits covering all forms of Dance • Footnotes – a quarterly magazine packed with information on Dance • Member Directory – An online member’s only directory connecting members of Dance Saskatchewan Inc. to one another in a secure member to member format • Creation Space – providing professional studio space for the entire dance community • Professional Development – Workshops, master classes, seminars, backstage tours and audition opportunities for those wishing to enhance their dance skills • Best Practices – support to volunteer run dance organizations in Saskatchewan • Advocacy – Providing information to media, the public, governments and members on dance issues concerning education, professional development, advocacy and special needs

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STRATEGIC DIRECTION

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he Dance Saskatchewan Board and staff were all active participants in the submission of a multiyear funding submission during the past year. The process involved a review of the strategic plan and an examination of the committee areas that best support the plan. A significant outcome of the work in 2016 resulted in the creation of a year-at-a-glance document that will stream all of the organizational activities into three core committee areas. This will be developed with expanded terms of reference in 2017 with an emphasis on increasing programming and program support under three key committees: Program Committee, Education and Outreach Committee, Performance Committee. 3 Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will have a positive public profile as the advocate for dance in the province. 3 Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will deliver a broad range of programs and services that support a healthy dance community in the province. 3 Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will have an excited, participatory membership that is engaged in dance. 3 Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will have the staff structure and resources necessary to support the ongoing initiatives of the organization as identified by its membership. 3 Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will have the necessary financial resources to sustain the organization and to effectively deliver all of its programs and services. 3 Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will be recognized for its organizational excellence and effectiveness in providing services to its diverse members and stakeholders.

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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

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ow in year three as one of the first 5 organizations active in the SaskCulture “Diversity Pilot Project’, we are pleased to celebrate significant growth in the diversity of those engaged in dance in Saskatchewan. Dance Saskatchewan has adopted a formal user policy for the DSI Centre that emphasizes respect and inclusion and access to involvement in a welcoming environment for everyone. SaskCulture has supported the cultural organizations by providing the consultative services of Flo Frank as well as facilitated gatherings that allow sharing and discussion. Dance Saskatchewan has focused on opportunities that better engage schools, families and seniors with added opportunities for new comers as well as partnership programs that celebrate First Nations and Metis culture. During the past year Dance Saskatchewan invested additional resources to employ program specific contract staff to assist with supporting programs that increase participation. Dance Saskatchewan will employ a full time program coordinator who will continue to explore new ways of assessing program needs and develop programs that continue to be mindful of the assessment lens to assist with the analysis of all aspects of our programs. The assessment lens will include the following: AWARENESS: Are people aware of Dance Saskatchewan Inc. and what it does for whom? PERCEPTIONS: Is Dance Saskatchewan Inc. for them or for others? What is the image and reputation of Dance Saskatchewan and those who work or volunteer for it? Is Dance Saskatchewan Inc. safe/accepting/welcoming and are we willing to make any changes? ACCESS: Can people easily access Dance Saskatchewan Inc. information, programs or services? Can they understand and relate to the offerings? Is Dance Saskatchewan Inc. committed to actively reducing barriers? RELEVANCY: Is Dance Saskatchewan Inc. information, programs and services of interest, relevant and meaningful to diverse audiences? How is DSI making the connection to have more diverse participation and to continue with current diversity for members/ stakeholders? ENGAGEMENT: Are Dance Saskatchewan’s opportunities for engagement providing a sense of access and for involvement? RELATIONSHIP AND RECIPROCITY: Does Dance Saskatchewan Inc. consider the value of a mutually beneficial relationship – respect and encourage give and take? Is there reciprocity in this relationship and does it open other doors for all involved? CONTRIBUTION TO EVOLUTION/FUTURE: Can diverse participation contribute to the future of the organization? Will diversity be reflected in programs, will voices be heard, will leadership be developed and will there be ways for new people to shape the future?

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HIGHLIGHTS 2015-2016 • DSI participated as an active member of the Association of Cultural Industries of Saskatchewan (ACIS) advocating for recognition of dance as part of live performing arts and greater recognition of emerging and professional dance as being viable in Saskatchewan. • DSI reassessed its committee structure to enable a focus on education and outreach initiatives, expand performance opportunities and to better develop programming that is responsive to the needs of its members and stakeholders. • DSI partnered with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet to provide a pre-show discussion and tickets for those who attended Residential Schools as part of the touring production of ‘Going Home Star’ • DSI provided in excess of 1000 free or subsidized hours for studio space at the DSI Centre to emerging and professional dance companies for the creation of new work in 2015 – 2016. • DSI celebrated ‘International Dance Day’ with a day of workshops at the DSI Centre with over 150 in attendance for an evening performance that celebrated the diversity of dance. • DSI staff undertook the completion of phase 2 of multiphase project to archive the work of Free Flow Dance Theatre Company with the support of a grant from The Saskatchewan Association for Archives and Archivists. • DSI participated in the celebration of National Dance Week, an initiative of the Canadian Dance Assembly with programs supporting each of the themes identified with over 800 participants throughout the week. • DSI awarded 9 Youth Ambassador Awards at Festivals and Competitions throughout Saskatchewan. • DSI provided additional improvements to its facility to enable transformation of the Studio One space as a performance space with seating to accommodate 125 people. • DSI hired staff to undertake a comprehensive membership assessment in order to obtain feedback on programs and services and to identify member views on programs, diversity initiatives, professional development opportunities and gaps in services available. • DSI hired a Program Coordinator to assist with the creation of expanded programming during National Dance Week and to support partner programs with Canada’s National Ballet School and the PotashCorp Children’s Festival.

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HIGHLIGHTS 2015-2016 • DSI initiated its involvement as part of the Culture Committee for the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games to be hosted in the Battlefords. • DSI was able to offer Master Classes at the DSI Centre as a result of partnerships with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Ballet Jӧrgen and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. • DSI improved its on-line search capacity in order to allow its members to more accurately search for dance resources on line. • DSI provided 4 dance workshops at craft markets in its partnership with the Saskatchewan Craft Council. • DSI celebrated ‘Culture Days’ on the first and the last day of its fiscal year with a full day of workshops at the DSI Centre with attendance by 80 students from Sun West School Division in 2015 and then partnered with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra to support ‘Before Dark’ a pre-show reception preceding ‘After Dark’ presented by SSO and Free Flow Dance Theatre Company. • DSI was pleased to support the hosting of the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference in 2016 at the DSI Centre as well as a reception for the many out of province dancers who attended at the ‘Works in Progress’ (WIP) event at Free Flow Dance Centre. • DSI partnered with the Broadway Theatre to present Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal who demonstrated that touring work can be adapted to a theatre that typically not known as a dance venue. • DSI secured sponsorship from Kevin Voinorosky, Fineline Property Management that with matching funds from ArtsVest, Business for the Arts, will support renovations to the DSI Centre to improve accessibility for those with mobility limitations. • DSI was able to send a staff person and a Board member to ‘Leading from Beside’ presented by the Vancouver Park Board and Made in B.C. on Tour to gain insight in supporting future programming in Saskatchewan based on a communityengaged arts practice model. • DSI partnered with the Canada’s National Ballet School to involve Saskatchewan in one of its first intergenerational program opportunities – Sharing Dance. • DSI was an active participant in the development and delivery of a dance workshop component at the 2016 PotashCorp Children’s Festival as well as served as host of the opening ‘Sunset Party’ featuring the diversity of dance in Saskatchewan. • DSI continued a long-standing partnership with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan to present 5 events known as the Dance on the Saskatchewan Series.

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DSI PARTNER DEVELOPMENT

ENHANCING DIVERSITY IN DANCE

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ance Saskatchewan continues to undertake ongoing analysis of how dance can be supported, accessible to all and celebrated regardless of who you are, where you live or where you come from. The emphasis continues on exploring new partnerships. We are supported as risk takers with a willingness to explore how we can deliver more effective programming and expand opportunities as partners working together. With an expanded focus on connecting to schools, Dance Saskatchewan worked closely with other arts organizations, professional artists and festivals to connect dance to events and communities willing to work together. These efforts also included partnerships to expand the delivery of dance program opportunities working with the support of organizations outside Saskatchewan including the Canadian Dance Assembly and Canada’s National Ballet School. Key Program Partners in 2016 included: • Canada’s National Ballet School • Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet • Canadian Dance Assembly • Fairhaven School, Saskatoon • Lac La Ronge Indian Band • Living Sky School Division • North Park Wilson School, Saskatoon • PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan • Prairie Spirit School Division • Saskatchewan Craft Council • Saskatchewan Libraries Association • Saskatoon Folkfest Inc. • Saskatoon Open Door Society • Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival • Sun West School Division • Sutherland School, Saskatoon • Vincent Massey School, Saskatoon

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SALUTES ITS 2016 YOUTH AMBASSADORS

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outh Ambassador Awards are provided at up to 12 Dance Festivals each year. Award recipients are selected by adjudicators for their display and commitment in their chosen dance genre, ‘for the love of dance’. 2016 award recipients receive a complementary membership, complementary use of DSI studio space, complementary admission to all DSI sponsored Master Classes and discounted tickets to the upcoming touring performances. Congratulations to our Youth Ambassadors! • • • • • • • • •

Nicole Becker.........................................Tisdale Alicia Clark.............................................Saskatoon Ashton Dyok..........................................Watson Teigan Furber.........................................Tisdale Tyson Grismer........................................Saskatoon Rhett Gust..............................................Davidson Rose Miller.............................................Saskatoon Vonia Nimchuk......................................Meacham Leila Zanidean........................................Gull Lake

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MEMBER GRANT PROGRAM 2015-2016

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ance Saskatchewan Inc. continues to receive an increased number of requests from its members to support creation of new work for presentation, training initiatives, touring support and professional development. In 2015 it was determined that applicants would be required to have held membership with Dance Saskatchewan for a period of 1 year in order to be eligible to apply for grant funding. Emerging and professional dance group/individual applicants are also expected to explore additional funding opportunities available to them. Collaborative projects and applicants who demonstrate their potential to strengthen and advance dance, increase opportunities for participation in dance or to give back to the dance community may be assessed to have greater merit. Individual applicants seeking professional development assistance should demonstrate how their skills contribute to advancing dance in Saskatchewan. Big Sky Dance Collective – Regina Awarded funds to create two new works choreographed by Caitlin Coflin and Connie Moker Wernikowski. Contradictions Collective – Saskatoon Awarded funds to support the filming of ‘Contradictions’ as well as in-kind donation of space for the creation of the work to be presented as 3 performances at the DSI Centre.

Photo by Ken Greenhorn

FadaDance – Regina Awarded funds for the creation and delivery of an innovative new dance performance ‘Get on the Bus’. The performances occurred in 9 site-specific locations in Regina and enabled a much broader audience to see dance in a non-traditional dance environment. Free Flow Dance Theatre – Saskatoon Awarded funds for the creation of new interdisciplinary work featuring dance with live music and projection elements. The work engaged audiences in feedback as a ‘work in progress’; was presented at Back Alley Antics; during the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference and at The Refinery.

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MEMBER GRANT PROGRAM 2015-2016 Michelle Fracchia-West – Saskatoon Awarded funds to support completion of teacher training certification in Edmonton as the training program was not available in Saskatchewan. Fairhaven School DreamTeam – Saskatoon Awarded funds to support a dance based mentorship program to engage new comers and other students to become active participants. The program included traditional Knowledge Keepers, Rapping, Hip Hop and Hoop Dance. Students were active at National Dance Week events and in Sharing Dance.

Photos by Teresa Hill, Fairhaven School

Mike Mirlin – Warman Awarded funds to conduct youth focus groups and to have youth members identify ways that Dance Saskatchewan could better engage youth members as idea makers. Following an initial research component a selected group of young members met regularly to discuss their ideas as the DSI Youth Advisory Council and presented their ideas to the Board of Directors.

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NATIONAL DANCE WEEK

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ance Saskatchewan established an Adhoc Committee to discuss hosting a pilot project to undertake the delivery of ‘We Dance Because’ as part of National Dance Week in 2016. The event would be the largest undertaking in the 5 years the organization has been involved in supporting the themes established for the week by the Canadian Dance Assembly. The committee hired Mike Mirlin to coordinate the activities of the week along with introducing ‘Sharing Dance’ to the participants of National Dance Week. This marked the first time that schools outside the DSI membership hosted events to celebrate dance in communities. DAY ONE: Dance is Vital to our Communities The Power of Dance in Community

The Fairhaven School community involved students and their families in a full day gathering for dialogue and learning about how dance contributes to maintaining culture and contributes to strong connections in community. Lorin Gardypie presented a keynote address on the value of dance in building community. Students, teachers and family members participated in hoop dance workshops with Lawrence Roy and had an opportunity to share their own stories of how dance is important to communities. DAY TWO: Dance is Fitness and a tool for Healthy Communities Pilates Mat Class and a Yoga Workshops for Dancers The day provided an opportunity for the dance community to complement dance training with an introduction to the benefits of Pilates and Yoga as a means of improving strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness. Kathy Bond and Laura Harris facilitated the workshops.

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NATIONAL DANCE WEEK DAY THREE: Dance’s Diverse Communities – A Commitment to Social Cohesion Movie Night at Dance Saskatchewan Inc. DANCING: A Social Issue: A short documentary behind the scenes 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. Dancing Across Living Skies: The impact of Dance Artists in Schools – A documented summary of DSI’s partnership with Live Arts Saskatchewan featuring DSI members Rae Ann Hydamaka, Tammy Troupeau and Karla Kloeble. SILENT SURVIVORS: Two distinctly different documented versions of the story of Residential Schools will be viewed. This work is going to be remounted for film and audience feedback will be highly valued as part of this undertaking. DAY FOUR: Dance is a Source of Wellbeing for Seniors An Interactive Dance and Performance Opportunity for Seniors

Seniors from Oliver Lodge, under the leadership of Kathy Bond performed for family and friends with a number they have created specifically for National Dance Week! Everyone in attendance was also invited to share in a group activity lead by Leigh Stemerman from Move n Soar.

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NATIONAL DANCE WEEK DAY FIVE: Dance Empowers Canadian Youth We Dance Because… 86 youth from grades 4 – 8 from three Saskatoon schools attended for a full day at the DSI Centre as part of ‘We Dance Because’. Workshop sessions were delivered in a manner guided by the principles of dance and the Child international (daCi) as an introduction to a creative process of dance. We Dance Because… served as a sampling of the opportunities for dance education that will be part of the 2017 daCi Canada Conference to be hosted in Saskatoon. Session leaders included Sherron Burns, Ashley Johnson, Dekontee Maximore, Misty Wensel and Orion Paradis. Participants were also introduced to the 2016 Sharing Dance Routine as part of DSI’s partnership with Canada’s National Ballet School.

DAY SIX: Dance Creates a Creative Economy DSI members joined DSI Board and Staff for a discussion with Philip Adams, Saskatchewan Arts Board and Sherry Luther, Creative Saskatchewan at a luncheon gathering to discuss opportunities for emerging and professional dance artists and the potential for dance to make a significant contribution to the creative economy. DAY SEVEN: Dance’s International Impact The day launched the planning for hosting of the daCi Canada Gathering in 2017 as well as to discuss the links to participation at the next daCi International Conference.

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY

IDD Photo Credits: Andrew Mareschal

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY

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nitiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of JeanGeorges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production.

2016 marked the year that the Canadian Dance Assembly announced that Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli joined CDA as the National Youth Ambassador for Dance. In this role, he will demonstrate to young Canadians how dance can improve one’s physical health, emotional well-being, intellectual development, cultural expression, creativity and mental health. Luca’s video message was released on International Dance Day. Since 2005, the Canadian Dance Assembly has issued a Canadian message in conjunction with the UNESCO message. This year, CDA invited East Coast artist Susanne Chui of Mocean Dance to share her inspirational message across the country: see page 17

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY MESSAGE

“We are always in motion; our blood flows, our lungs expand and contract and our hearts beat like a drum keeping time. All around us the world is in motion; leaves flutter, waves roll and crash, cars zip by. Inside of this wonderful life-song our minds and spirits swirl, connecting us to our inner and outer worlds and to each other. Dance is inside and all around us; all we have to do is open to it. Remember the first time you felt the urge to dance. Perhaps it was a moment of pure joy or a moment of sorrow; maybe you were alone or with others, in your living room, in a dance class, in an open field; perhaps there was music playing or perhaps it was quiet. Something inside of you could not be contained. You were moved and it moved you. Dancing from this place is expansive, it’s electric. You can see it in children moving freely; you can see it in someone letting loose on a dance club floor; and you can see it in a brilliant performance on stage. It is from this pure place of dance that I call upon us to awaken this International Dance Day (and every day!), and to share it with the world.” -Susanne Chui -Mocean Dance

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DSI PARTNERS WITH CANADA’S NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL

SHARING DANCE

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ach year a new dance routine is created and shared through on-line content to all ‘Sharing Dance’ Program participants. Public rehearsals are also held to generate participation from the broader community. All dancers join together in a celebration of dance on a designated Sharing Dance Day.

2016 marked the first year that the National Ballet School worked with Dance Saskatchewan to bring Sharing Dance to the city of Saskatoon. Dance Saskatchewan contracted Dekontee Maximore to host free open rehearsals at the DSI Centre throughout the spring as well as taught the routine to children in a number of Saskatoon schools. Additionally, Kathy Bond provided instruction in a modified form to a group of seniors from Oliver Lodge Special Care Home ranging from ages 74 to 92.

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DSI PARTNERS WITH CANADA’S NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL

SHARING DANCE

On June 6th the Dance Saskatchewan community came together to perform the routine as part of the PotashCorp Children’s Festival. More than 100 people between the ages of 6 and 93 danced together and shared their love of movement. A truly multigenerational opportunity to dance together! 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.

Photo credit: Canada’s National Ballet School

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.

Photo credit: Canada’s National Ballet School

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NEW FORMAT IN 2015-2016

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n order to better support the diversity of dance in Saskatchewan the DSI Board of Directors approved the hiring of a contract employee to provide support to the Dance on the Saskatchewan Series. Jay Okrainetz joined the staff for a period of 9-weeks to oversee the development of performance specific promo on social media, to coordinate volunteer needs and act as the liaison to each of the five artistic coordinators. With additional staff support and a designated coordinator for each of the 5 events in the series, pre and post events were added. Many of the pre-show events were free to the public and didn’t require participants to attend the actual performance. These events were all very popular and will likely expand in the years to come.

Lawrence Roy, First Nations Hoop Dancer and Karla Kloeble, Hula Hoopster provided one hour pre-show workshops as part of ‘Embracing Diversity’

Leah Dorion moderated a panel discussion on ‘The State of the Arts in Saskatchewan’ that featured discussion on collaboration, support to professional artists and celebrating our successes. Panelists included representation from several Theatre Companies, The Saskatchewan Arts Board, The City of Saskatoon and the professional dance community.

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WELCOME TO THE BAZAAR

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night of Oriental and Asian, Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style Belly Dance fused with live music. The night was directed by Anastasia Vander Most.

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oordinated by Jacquie Ackerman and Diane Okrainetz, with live piano accompaniment by Christopher Cennon celebrated the musicals.

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EMBRACING DIVERSITY

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oordinated by Mike Mirlin, the evening was a celebration of our cultural diversity in dance.

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oordinated by Jackie Latendresse, the evening featured the work of Saskatchewan’s emerging and professional dancers.

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oordinated by Herb Clarke, this family-friendly dance party on the riverbank featuring live music, a DJ and interactive dance demonstrations.

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RESOURCE CENTRE & ARCHIVES

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he Dance Saskatchewan Inc. Resource Centre and Archives is proud to make available to members (country wide) one of Canada’s largest lending libraries of dance. DSI RC&A is a distinct and notably rare services provider as a stand-alone library since 1991. This past year we have been able to purchase more journals, books, DVDs and CDs than ever before and are continually expanding our special collections, archives, and for-loan collections. These days we always seem to be rehabbing the DSI Resource Centre and Archives to accommodate our everincreasing collections and member needs. By making the DSI Resource Centre and Archives more user friendly, including numerous changes to our online catalogue system and adding evening hours, we hope to be able to continue to serve more members than ever before. DSI patrons come from every age group and ethnicity, and include children and their parents, elementary school teachers and their students, scholars and dance enthusiasts of all ages and genres.

DSI’s Resource Centre and Archives fundamental goal is to make dance materials accessible to all. As an active outreach Resource Centre and Archive we want our dance community, and the public in general, to know what awaits them in contacting or visiting our centre. We provide materials and staff knowledge on a variety of subjects (including but not limited to: grant writing, advertising and promotion, contract drafting, finance/budgeting, lighting, sound, staging, costuming and multiple forms of dance through bibliographies, histories of, training techniques, and lesson planning).

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RESOURCE CENTRE & ARCHIVES

Our permanent collections in the DSI Resource Centre currently includes: current journal titles (5), books (1,533), DVDs (1207), CDs (123), and the Lusia Pavlychenko Collection (168). Our Archives include: The Oral Histories of many of Saskatchewan’s dance pioneers (45), the Free Flow Dance Theatre Company “20 years of dance” photographs (570 and 66 DVD/CDs) plus their complete DVD dance collection (170), as well as, DSI’s journal back collection (70; Titles ONLY, individual issue count unavailable) from as far back as 1946, DSI photograph collection (as yet un-cataloged), VHS (1,187) and poster (98) collections. It is our continued hope that as the dance population in Saskatchewan expands, so too will our DSI Resource Centre and Archive to meet these growing needs.

Pre-show chat about reconciliation with Andre Lewis, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Lorin Gardypie, Silent Survivors prior to RWB - 'Going Home Star'

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FACILITIES REPORT

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he Dance Saskatchewan Centre in Saskatoon is home to the administrative offices of Dance Saskatchewan and also houses the administrative offices of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Musical Theatre Studio of Saskatchewan Express, and Rushnychok Ukrainian Dance School. The facility houses four dance studios, a classroom and the DSI Resource Centre and Archives. The facility is open 7-days per week and has in excess of 1,200 users on a weekly basis, representing 32 different genres of dance. Chris Nagy, Building Manager and his assistant Cedric Jan de Sotto take great pride in ensuring that the facilities are well maintained for all our users. The DSI staff work to develop a positive rapport with all the users to ensure a welcoming, comfortable and safe environment for dance education, meetings and performances. A major achievement over the past year was the continued work to enable the transformation of Studio One as an option as a performance space. With portable seating and a variety of options to configure drapery, the space provides nearly 3,000 square feet for audiences of up to 125 people. Over the upcoming year upgrades to both sound and lighting are being explored. The DSI Centre hosted performances as a fundraiser for Telemiracle 40, 2 performances by 306 Elite Dance Company, ‘Misfit Blues’ featuring Robin Poitras and Paul-André Fortier, 3 performances by Contradictions Collective, Dance in the Prairies School of Ballet and Ballet Jӧrgen Studio Preview performance and talkback. The DSI Centre is also undergoing renovations to improve access for our users with wheelchairs and mobility challenges. We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the sponsorship provided by Kevin Voinorosky and Fineline Property Management, Saskatoon, and to artsVest Saskatchewan for matching funds that have made this project a reality.

Toronto based Ballet Jӧrgen holds open class in studio 1 at the DSI Centre.

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CULTURE DAYS 2015-2016

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ulture Days celebrations DSI fell twice in the same year. In October 2015 the DSI Centre hosted students from Sun West School Division and Prairie Spirit School Division for it’s annual ‘Culture Crush’ event. Students grades 8 – 10 participated in a day of workshops that included dance, theatre and visual arts. In September 2016, Dance Saskatchewan hosted ‘Before Dark’, a reception held at the DSI Centre as the pre-show event for ‘After Dark’ which was a collaboration between the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Free Flow Dance Theatre Company.

DSI is pleased to recognize Nina Teese , 93, pictured with Kathy Bond, Past President & members of German Junior Folk Dancers. Nina and 3 year old Beatrice (Bottom right) represent the oldest and the youngest participants in National Dance Week, Sharing Dance and Culture Days activities.

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DANCE SASKATCHEWAN INC.

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Alex Batycki Lorna Batycki Kathy Bond Trevor Broughton Carly Brown Canada’s National Ballet School Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Herb Clarke Linda Coe-Kirkham Ann Cook Bobbi Crowe Fairhaven School, Saskatoon Donna Fehr Fineline Property Management Free Flow Dance Theatre Crystal Gilbert Ken Greenhorn Judith Henderson Holly Horel Johann Ingjaldson (SPDA) Christine Janzen Deena Kapacilla Human Kinetics Ann Kipling-Brown Nina Koroliuk Joan Krohn Lac La Ronge Indian Band Jackie Latendresse Living Sky School Division New Dance Horizons North Park Wilson School, Saskatoon Brent Okrainetz Diane Okrainetz Jay Okrainetz Open Door Society Robin Poitras PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan Prairie Spirit School Division Kirkham Miller Law Office Royal Winnipeg Ballet Saskatchewan Archives and Archivists Saskatchewan Arts Board Saskatchewan Craft Council Saskatchewan Express – Saskatoon Saskatchewan Pattern Dance Association Saskatoon Public Library SaskCulture Inc. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Connie Stanzel (SPDA) Sun West School Division Sutherland School, Saskatoon Danielle Tkachuk Tim Tkachuk Mark Turner Janet Uchacz-Hart Ultra Print Services Ltd. Lisa Unrau Jaime Vargas Vincent Massey School, Saskatoon Kevin Voinorosky Belva Wade-Zentner Michelle Weimer Pat Gabel Yablonski

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Dsi annual report 2016