Ottawa Performance: Dancers Give Back

February 25, 2014 2:03 am
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Does dance have the power to heal? Many argue its fluid movements, graceful approach and interpretive quality has the ability to not only tell a story but also evoke emotion. That’s why the annual performance, Dancers Give Back came to fruition. It’s about using the power of dance to both […]

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Breaks That Saved Northern Dreams and Healed Pains: One of the Oldest Hip-hop Dance Crews in Canada Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

January 20, 2014 9:48 am
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Images courtesy of www.canadianbreaking.com By Damira Davletyarova Spectators pressed in, trying to see the dancers on the floor. Hip-hop stars circled. Cameras blinked. One dancer spun, dropping the body on the floor; he extended his legs. Half-lifting his body, he paused in mid-air. At the Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, […]

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INTERTWINED: A New Kind of Dance Show

November 19, 2013 2:39 pm
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Intertwined – a dance show for the 21st century – will be presented at Centrepointe Studio Theatre on November 28 (showtime is 7:30pm). Intertwined will feature the choreographic works of Tressa Wilson and Claire Berry – local choreographers who are inspired by contemporary dance movement, while honouring the traditions of […]

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Two artists explore “singular narratives” at Arts Court’s ODD Box Studio Theatre November 21-23 (Showtime at 7:30pm)

November 14, 2013 4:00 pm
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Series Dance 10 – the curated presentation series of the Ottawa Dance Directive – presents two women artists revered for multidisciplinary and interactive works of dance, theatricality, and art and sound installation. Still Here – choreographed by Toronto performer Heidi Strauss – and The Goodbye by Ottawa’s own Laura Taler […]

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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble to stage tour-de-force performance at Ottawa’s Algonquin Commons Theatre

October 29, 2013 10:04 am
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The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s dance and musical extravaganza Hungarian Rhapsody will be performed at Algonquin’s Commons Theatre on November 27. The amazing production takes inspiration from a thousand years of Hungarian folk music and folk dance traditions to create its own unique dance rhapsody. As a musical genre, the […]

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New Shen Yun Performing Arts Show – with a Live Orchestra!

October 15, 2013 2:30 pm
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Presented by Falun Dafa Association of Ottawa – January 2-4, 2014 National Arts Centre Southam Hall Every year, Shen Yun Performing Arts unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs and musical scores that offer an exhilarating production on a grand scale. These exquisite performances celebrate the grandeur of classical […]

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COME AND JOIN THE PARTY! Help Sunshine Kids Realize Their Dreams

August 14, 2013 11:30 am
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The Masquerade Ball,  Saturday 26th October, 6.30pm. Tickets  on Sale now!! We Are “Dream-Makers” Since 1987, Sunshine has been trusted by families and healthcare providers to make dreams come true for 7,000 kids across Canada . The Sunshine Foundation is the only national Canadian charity to provide individual dreams to children with […]

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A Secret Jewel of Canadian Ballet

May 7, 2013 11:45 am
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Canada’s National Ballet School students perform in Spring Showcase 2012. It was all ballet in Toronto. Excitement at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) spread beyond Toronto and Canada to other continents. Canada’s NBS hosted the Assemblée Internationale 2013 (AI 13), a festival of dance, a forum of ideas, a celebration […]

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From the Horses’ Mouths: The Mystery of Choreography Revealed

June 5, 2012 3:10 pm
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If you read my last article for Ottawa Life you are now familiar with the Kafkaesque life many choreographers lead in the game of grantsmanship. However, there is so much more to this art and therefore this article is dedicated to how choreographers create a dance.

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Kafka Choreographers

May 15, 2012 4:30 pm
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Over the years I have had numerous discussions with my dance-making colleagues about the commerce of running a company and/or getting a dance project off the ground. In her latest article, Chick Snipper reveals the trials and tribulations of being a choreographer.

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Recipe for a Dancer

May 2, 2012 3:52 pm
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With the arrival of shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, it seems that all you have to do is become a dancer who is talented (and cute) enough to fox trot, hip hop, jazzercise and barrel roll your way into the dazed eyes of loud-mouthed judges and screaming fans who have the power to dial you to stardom. I mean, how hard can that be?

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