CMA adds live music to Dance Nature Walks for the first time ever

Saturday April 13 @ 2:30-3:30pm

Dance Walk – Springbank Park

There’s no right or wrong way to dance walk, just get outside and groove, strut, shimmy and shake! For the first time ever we’re adding LIVE MUSIC by guitarist Michael Trudgen to inspire us as we stroll through Springbank Park. Bizz Varty will offer dance moves for you to try and outdoor enthusiast Nina Sampson will share information about the natural world around us! This walk will be approximately 60 minutes.

Meet by the seal statue near the gates to Storybook Gardens at 2:30 pm. Parking lot entrance is on Springbank Gate, on the North side of Commissioners Rd West.

Dress for the weather, this walk will happen rain, snow or shine. 

Accessibility: This walk will happen in paved trails and will be suitable for mobility devices, including strollers, weather permitting. 

Live music with Michael Trudgen. Photo by Chris Jenkins Photography

Michael Trudgen is a fingerstyle guitarist endorsed by Furch Guitars. He is based in London, Ontario.  He has two albums and can be found on popular music streaming sites!  His music is a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, and country. His performance on the Dance Walk is sponsored by the London Arts Council’s London Arts Live program.

2019 Call to Emerging Artists

Calling All Emerging London Choreographers

Dancer: Tori Kuhn. Photo by Mark Spowart

The festival is seeking dances of 3 to 15 minutes by emerging artists in all styles. Choreographers ages 16 and up are welcome to apply. For the first time this year the Emerging performance will have a theme: “Awaken Summer”. Applicants will interpret this theme through their choreography, expressing their own ideas about awakening, emerging, growing, blooming, beginning, sunshine, heat, and all things summer.

PLEASE NOTE: This year the festival is especially interested in works with 3 or more dancers. We will be accepting a very limited number of solos and duets. Click here to apply.

Preference is given to London and area artists, but we welcome submissions from across Canada. Movement and music content must be appropriate for a family audience.

Questions? Email us at info@londondancefestival.ca

***APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 29TH, 2019***

March 9: Dance Walk at St. Julien Park

Saturday March 9 @ 2:30-3:30pm

There’s no right or wrong way to dance walk. For this winter walk, we’ll add a little extra movement to keep us warm. Bizz Varty will offer the dance moves and outdoor enthusiast Nina Sampson will share information about the natural world around us. Join us, it’s FREE. 

Meet at South end of St. Julien Street at 2:30 pm. Walk will be 60 minutes approximately.

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.

Dance at Western: Studies in Motion 2019

Studies in Motion
Presented by the Don Wright Faculty of Music

Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre (Talbot College, Western University)
$10 general admission ($15 at the door)

Western Music. Dance at Western. Studies in Motion 2017. Photo: Claus Andersen

This dance showcase of student compositions is a representation of the accomplishments of the students in the Dance Minor program at Western resulting from creative challenges explored in their dance courses. Space, time, energy and shape, the four basic elements of dance, emerge in unique movement solutions through the creative process.

 

Advance Tickets: $10 (general admission) ($15 cash only at the door)
Purchase tickets in advance online by March 1, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via The Grand Theatre Box Office. Tickets available for purchase at the door of PDT (cash only) after 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

Event inquiries: musicevents@uwo.ca or 519-661-3767

Job posting: 2019 LDF Dance Mob Choreographer

CALLING ALL CHOREOGRAPHERS

The London Dance Festival is inviting choreographers to apply for the job of Dance Mob Choreographer (formerly Flash Mob Choreographer) for the 2019 festival. The festival will take place in various locations in London from June 28th to June 30th.

We are seeking a team of two choreographers to create an engaging dance mob piece. The dance may be choreographed in any style that is accessible for participants of all ages and abilities. Most of the dance must be simple and easy to learn, but it may also include a small section of more advanced steps for experienced dancers. Performances will take place outdoors on a grass or concrete surface.

Choreographers will perform the dance with community members as part of the Community Showcase event. The choreographers will also tour the city starting in May and June 2019 to facilitate a series of workshops in which they’ll teach the dance in local studios, businesses, schools, and organizations.

Choreographers will be paid for the creation and performance of the dance, and the facilitation of workshops. Artists are welcome to apply as a team or individually. All applicants must be available for workshop bookings at various times throughout May and June 2019. (We respect that applicants may have other jobs and commitments and the selected artists’ schedules will be considered when booking workshops).

Preference will be given to London and area artists. Click here to apply.

Questions? Email us at info@londondancefestival.ca

***APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY MARCH 31, 2019***

Nature Walk: Outdoor Play – February 9

Saturday February 9 @ 2:30-3:30pm
Outdoor Play – St. Julien Park

Reach, bend, squat, lunge and balance while exploring the Thames Valley Trail in St. Julien Park. A fun outdoor workout and walk that will revive your child-like sense of wonder as we move in response to the natural landscape. Certified Naturalist Nina Sampson will guide the walk through the woods and Bizz Varty will lead the workout. Discover new and unique ways to build exercise into your daily life, no equipment needed!

Meet at South end of St. Julien Street at 2:30 pm. This walk will be approximately 60 minutes.

Dress for the weather – see Nina’s tutorial on ‘How to Dress for a Winter Walk’

Accessibility: This walk will use unpaved trails and will not be easily accessible for mobility devices, including strollers.

Nature Walk – Saturday January 12

Saturday January 12
@ 2:30-3:30pm

Nature Walk at St. Julien Park

Take deep breaths of fresh air as we move and stretch our bodies and tune into the natural world. This gentle walk 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. Movement specialist Bizz Varty will talk about the mechanics of walking while nature expert Nina Sampson shares information about the natural landscape around us. All bodies welcome.

Meet at South end of St. Julien Street at 2:30 pm. This walk will be approximately 60 minutes.

Dress for the weather – see Nina’s tutorial on ‘How to Dress for a Winter Walk’

Accessibility: This walk will remain on paved & gravel trails and will be accessible for mobility devices, including strollers.