International Dance Day

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I had the absolute pleasure of presenting my work at Mile Zero’s Dance Blitz event in Edmonton on April 29th. It was an awesome venue at a historical building in Edmonton, the Chez Pierre Caberet. This was my first time working with props in a dance piece. As well, as my first time presenting work outside of Calgary. Watching the other performers s really inspired me, and I am thrilled to start creating again. I will be in the studio next creating a solo performance piece.

FREE Community Dance Classes!

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Free dance classes! Please send me a message if you would like take part. These classes are sponsored by Developmental Disabilites Resouce Centre. This organization so graciously opened up their classes to allow for anyone in the community to join in the joy of dance and movement. If you would like to start up a dance class in your community, let’s colalborate. I truely believe that everybody and every body can dance, and aim to create spaces that are accessbile and inviting. I have over 7 years experience working in the fields of addiction, mental health, disability and social justice. I work from a pedagogy that utilizes both community development and dance practices.

Dance is many things — a way to communicate and express, a way to connect to one’s self and to others. Dance and movement is an embodied way of engaging with the world. All senses are used during movement explorations. “Dance is a physical art form using the human body both as an instrument and as a thinking medium” (Kidd, 1998). Moving together is not just an image of togetherness, but is fully an embodied sense of community. Our physicality in the dance space provides an alternative way of being in the world. In the dance space we move free and expressive.

Rehearsals for Dance Blitz Have Begun!

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Our first rehearsal for Dance Blitz! On April 29th, for International Dance Day, I will be presenting an excerpt from “When Life Gives You Lemons,” This work was first presented at the Pulse Show, July 2018 and then reworked into a short film project. For Dance Blitz, I will further delve in to the choreographic process to present the work in an alternative space, using props and film projection. Excited to work with these beautiful movers.



'When Life Gives You Lemons Video' Premier

The long awaited ‘When Life Gives You Lemon's’ Video project has dropped! Check the link.

This was my first dance video project. The idea began to form during the 2018 Pulse Show rehearsals. The theme was lemons. I had a couple obvious songs such as NERD’S Lemon song and Beyonce’s Lemonade album. After that I was on the search for songs to do with Lemon and Lemonade and slowly our Lemon montage came together. My favourite Lemon feature was the spoken word piece by Beyonce we danced to at the beginning of the video.

From set design, costume design, choreography and the overall artistic direction I learned a lot from this experience. And can’t wait for the next video project — which is already in the works!

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Movement With A Message

Speaking at an assembly. Standing in front of all these youth and their parents is terrifying, but so worth it. This is the epitome of practice what you preach. The school residency programs I teach with Movement With A Message focus on creating courageous, compassionate and community-minded youth. Through the vehicle of hip hop and they cypher we push youth to embody what it means to be courageous.

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Buffalo Symposium

I was honoured to be a presenter at the 2018 Buffalo Symposium hosted by Metis Family Services Calgary. Indigenous Youth from across Canada gathered to take part. I shared Hip Hop dance and culture with the youth. Thank-you to Metis Family Services Calgary, and the youth for the opportunity, and the great time!

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Unganisha

To help increase awareness of Black History Month in Calgary, Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Creoternity Theatre, introduces UNGANISHA.

This dance theatre showcase celebrates the history and influence of African culture on modern dance styles, including Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Samba, Capoeira, Step Dancing, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, and Salsa.

I had the pleasure of working with choreographer De-Ann Weekes in this Afro-Caribbean piece.

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