Thank you for your patience while we navigate this strange new world. I’m sure you will share in our sadness, but expect you will not be surprised to hear that the 2020 London Dance Festival will not happen as planned from June 26-28.
We had hoped to announce some alternative plans for the summer, but unfortunately we must put all activities on hold at this time due to a lack of funding. Once funding is restored we intend to move forward with some great ideas that will allow us to celebrate dance within the current pandemic framework.
If you have submitted an application for the summer festival, we will keep your submission on file and review it once we are able to start making plans again. We will be leaving all application forms open, so if you have an idea for a dance piece you are welcome to share it with us. Our social media channels will be quiet for a while, but we look forward to sharing and connecting with you again soon!
Stay safe and keep dancing, Bizz & the LDF/CMA team
The Centre of Movement Arts is looking for volunteer assistants to help Bizz teach Chair Yoga for individuals with special needs. This is a unique opportunity for yoga teachers in training and other movement/body workers to learn ways of adapting yoga for students with a wide variety of abilities.
This is an unpaid position, but there is potential for some paid work later on as a sub teacher. Interested teachers are invited to sit in on a class.
Class Description: This is a unique class that welcomes students with a variety of physical and mental abilities. We begin with a gentle warmup to mobilize the joints, followed by basic seated yoga poses. The class ends with meditation and massage. Solo and partner poses are done with the help of the instructor and the students’ attendant staff, and are adapted to each individual’s range of motion, strength and preferences. Bizz brings her love of music to the class by singing songs that inspire students’ movement.
This is a unique and very fun class to teach. It requires patience, compassion and a sense of humour. It is an engaging challenge to adapt poses to a variety of bodies and movement abilities. Most students are in wheelchairs or use walkers, but not all. The class includes individuals who are verbal, non-verbal, blind, with limited sight, have cerebral palsy, and other physical, mental, and developmental challenges.
PLEASE NOTE: We will be taking a break from Nature Walks beginning in August 2019 while we look for a sponsor to help keep the program going. Thank you for coming out to support our walks this year! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Celebrate National Dance Week 2019 from April 22-29 with the London Dance Festival presented by the Centre of Movement Arts
Watch videos of amazing dances from past performances Donate to help us bring more great dance to London this year – and earn great rewards! Share our videos with your network and help us spread the word
Help us raise money to:
Bring more dance to Festival stages in 2019
Deliver more Dance Mob and movement workshops to
The money goes directly to the Centre of Movement Arts, presenter
of the London Dance Festival, and a registered non-profit (#1969121) that
supports dance and movement in London. Money raised will be used to pay artists
who perform in the festival and other performance events.
I don’t have
a credit card or Paypal account, can I still donate?
Yes! You can support us by volunteering at
festival events, by sharing our promotions on social media, become a sponsor, or
donate in-kind goods and services. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for
How can I
participate in the festival?
You can apply to perform your dance work at
the festival, participate in the Dance Mob workshops and performance, attend as
an audience member, and more! Learn more on our website.
get a tax receipt?
No. Unfortunately we are unable to provide tax receipts, as we are a non profit (but not a charity).
There’s no right or wrong way to dance walk, just get outside and groove, strut, shimmy and shake! With live music, including holiday tunes, for inspiration, on this winter walk through Kilally Meadows we’ll add a little extra movement to keep us warm. Bizz Varty will offer dance moves for you to try and outdoor enthusiast Nina Sampson will share information about the natural world around us. Join us and jingle all the way!
Meet at Windermere and Adelaide entrance at 2:30 pm. This walk will be approximately 60 minutes.
Dress for the weather, this walk will happen rain, snow or shine. See Nina’s tutorial on layering up for a winter walk, below!
Accessibility: This walk may happen on snow-covered trails, so may not be suitable for mobility devices, including strollers. Please check for weather-related accessibility updates during the first weeks of December.
Join our Dance Mob! The Dance Mob (formerly known as the Flash Mob) is a fun and easy dance created by local artists and performed by the community. No dance experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome. You can learn the moves from the instructional video (embedded below), or at one of our workshops (listed below). Then come down to our Community Showcase in Ivey Park on June 30 at 6pm and dance with us!
2018 Dance Mob Workshop Tour The Dance Mob choreographers Samantha Sendas & Katharine McCormack will be touring the city in June teaching the dance to Londoners of all ages. Want them to stop at your school, business, or organization?
Email us at LondonDanceFestival@gmail.com to book a FREE workshop. No experience required, all welcome.
More dates will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed
June 16, 12-1pm Sound in Motion (1444 Glenora Drive) OPEN TO THE PUBLIC June 26, 6:15-7pm North London Dance Centre (1055 Sarnia Road) OPEN TO THE PUBLIC June 30, 4:45pm Ivey Park (331 Thames St) OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – and your LAST CHANCE!
PERFORMANCE: June 30, 6pm Ivey Park
Explore London’s many walking tails while learning about the physical and mental health benefits of walking as a regular movement practice in this walk & talk series hosted by Nina Sampson and Bizz Varty. Walks will include a warm-up and cool-down.
All Together Now: May 26th at 3 pm Join the Centre of Movement Arts to explore movement in nature! This gentle walk will take us through Springbank Park and explore how we can use nature to move more. We will focus on how to move at a pace that keeps the whole group together and strategies you can use when walking with people who have different movement needs. You’ll also learn more about nature in the city. All bodies welcome.
Location: Meet at Springbank Gardens, 205 Wonderland Road South
Time: 3-4:30 pm
Parking: Available and FREE, but limited. Please take transit/carpool where possible
Terrain: paved paths, human powered wheels welcome! Flat to gentle uphill/downhill
Trail stats: Approximately 2 km (approx 30 mins of walking)
Dogs: Well-behaved, low-stress dogs welcome. All pets must be on leash at all times
Kids: All ages welcome, at your own discretion
Moved by Nature: June 12 at 7:00 pm
Join the Centre of Movement Arts to explore movement where the cityscape and nature meet. This gentle walk will take us through Gibbons Park and along the Thames Valley Parkway. We will explore how we can use nature to move more, how we can become more comfortable moving in nature, and why we might want to. All bodies welcome.
Location: Meet at Gibbons Park parking lot (2A Grosvenor St), east of pool/splashpad
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Parking: FREE! Please take transit/carpool where possible
Terrain: Paved paths and grassed fields. Flat to gentle uphill/downhill
Trail stats: Approximately 2 km (approx 30 mins of walking)
Dogs: Well-behaved, low-stress dogs welcome. All pets must be on a leash at all times