2018 Call to Artists

Centre of Movement Arts Presents the 2018 London Dance Festival
Calling All Dance Artists!

The London Dance Festival is inviting all dance artists, whether amateur, emerging or established to participate and perform in the 2018 festival. The festival will take place in various locations in downtown London from June 29 to July 1. Learn more about the festival at londondancefestival.ca

This year the London Dance Festival is seeking a variety of submissions from performers, choreographers and workshop facilitators.  Preference is given to London and area artists, but we welcome submissions from across Canada and around the globe. Movement and music content must be appropriate for a family audience. DEADLINE: May 5, 2018

2018 Summer Submission Opportunities (see details below):

  • Emerging Artist Performers: Eldon House, Friday, June 29
  • Community Showcase: Ivey Park, Saturday June 30
  • Spotlight Series Performers: Various festival locations, June 29 to July 1
  • Movement and Dance Workshops: Various festival locations, June 29 to July 1

Apply Now!
Artists may apply for all opportunities for which they are eligible. To apply for any of the opportunities below, complete the online submission form available at https://goo.gl/forms/ApKXHzB7cVJyow9J2 include the following:

  1. Applicant biography and performance history (max 200 words).
  2. Description of proposed dance piece or workshop (max 150 words).
  3. Two to five high resolution photos of the work, artists, company, choreographer and/or teacher, to be used for promotion of festival events (will only be used if selected). Please include photographer and artist credits.
  4. Web link to performance or rehearsal footage for performers/choreographers, or teaching footage for workshop facilitators. (Please ensure web links are active and working). If video of the proposed piece/workshop is not available then similar work should be submitted.

DEADLINE: May 5, 2018

Click here to see 2018 Summer Submission Details.

Questions? Email us at info@londondancefestival.ca


Thanks to all for making the Spring Showcase possible

The Centre of Movement Arts and the London Dance Festival would like to thank all the artists, choreographers, dancers, companies, volunteers and audience members who participated in our Spring Showcase. Our show was an outstanding success and we could not have done it without you! The performances were inspired and our audience was captivated from beginning to end. Our volunteers went above and beyond to help the show run smoothly. A BIG round of applause and pat on the back to all who made the Spring Showcase possible. Thank you!

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CMA Spring Showcase 2018

Advance Tickets: $18 adults, $15 children. Purchase tickets at  www.onstagedirect.com/londondancefestival or from one of our performers. Tickets at door: $20, cash only.

Featuring: PointeTango Dance Company, Elias Movement Project, Rising Moon Belly Dance, En Avant Dance Company, Young Company of North London Dance Centre, Sound in Motion, Ashlyn Carwana, Sound in Motion, Tori Kuhn, and more!

2018 Spring Showcase: Call For Submissions


Calling All Local Dance Artists!

The Centre of Movement Arts, in partnership with London Dance Festival, is inviting all London dance artists, whether amateur, emerging or established to perform in the Spring Showcase.

The Showcase will be held at the Wolf Performance Hall on Saturday March 24, 2018, with professional lighting and stage management.   Performance groups will be awarded an honorarium for their presentation. Please note that this will be a ticketed event, and each group will receive 2 complimentary tickets.

We are looking for dances of approximately 2 to 10 minutes, in any style. All ages are welcome to apply. Music and movement content must be appropriate for a family audience.  All groups will be paid the same honorarium and only one honorarium will be given per group regardless of the number of pieces presented.   From all submissions, we will select approximately 15 pieces.

To apply, send us the following by Thursday, February 8, 2018:

  1. Completed Application form (see next page)
  2. Applicant biography (max 1 paragraph)
  3. Description of proposed dance piece (max 100 words)
  4. Web link to performance or rehearsal footage (please ensure web links are active and working). If video of the proposed piece is not available similar work should be submitted.

Send applications to CentreofMovementArts@gmail.com

Download application form: WORD VERSION or PDF VERSION

Live Streaming: DO DanceWeekend 2018

Once again we’ll be live streaming the Dance Ontario Dance Weekend performances on Sunday January 21. DanceWeekend is a veritable feast of globally inspired dance from 25 professional companies. The performances are taking place in Toronto, but you can see them for FREE here in London at the London Fringe Playground from 12:30-3pm. Come join us! 

LDF 2017 – Throwback to July 2 Emerging Artists

Feb 26
Choreographer & dancer:
 Carley Stastny (Toronto/London)

Inspired by the events of 26/02/17. Simple solo incorporating multimedia elements and text based soundscape. Themes of self and singularity/humans as individual entities to be explored.

Beginning her training in London, Ontario, Carley studied at the Jo Read’s school of Dance. Carley has recently graduated from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program and has since been pursuing her performance career in a variety of ways. She has had the privilege of working with many artists and choreographers including MADboots, James Kudelka, Hanna Kiel, Robert Desrosiers and Kate Hilliard. Currently, Carley is onstage at the 2017 Stratford Festival as well as continuing to develop her own work and explore different performance opportunities. Her vested interest in and passion for both performance and creation keep her ambitiously exploring her role in and method of creative process.

LDF 2017 – Throwback to July 1 Canada Day Celebration

Padmavathi Pravesa Daruvu
 Padmasri Dr. Sobha Naidu
Dancer: Yamini Kalluri

Young princess Padmavathi is with friends in her garden. She is yet to fall in love and describes her dream lover who is supposed to be Lord Vishnu. She talks about how her youth is increasing her desire to join her potential lover. She fantasizes to be beside lord Vishnu enjoying the luxury of riding on Garuda Vahana (Eagle).

Yamini Kalluri is a young upcoming Kuchipudi dancer based in Hyderabad, India. She has been practicing this dance form for more than ten years now. She has been under the tutelage of the legendary guru, Padmasri Dr. Sobha Naidu. Yamini is known for her grace, agility and uncompromising perfection. She has evolved into a fine dancer and created a fresh style of technique for herself. She has been teaching Kuchipudi for over 7 years now. Although young in age, her ambition and passion towards this dance form is immense. She aims to bring a new face to Kuchipudi. Her guru strongly believes that Yamini will be continuing her legacy and bring further glory to Kuchipudi. With all her support and blessings. Yamini has performed in various prestigious festivals and venues across India and internationally. Performances: Konark Dance Festival, Konark. Khajuraho Dance Festival, Khajuraho. Cuttack International Dance Festival, Cuttack. Margazhi Season, Chennai. Natyanjali Festival, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Chennai. Indradhanush Dilli Festival, Delhi. Nrittaradhana Dance festival, Kochi. Naadaneerajanam, Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam. Tanisha Yuva Natyotsav, Kuchipudi Village.Siliconandhra International Kuchipudi Dance Convention, Hyderabad etc. Footprint Dance Festival, University of Roehampton, London. Birmingham Balaji Temple, Birmingham, May 2016. Drive East Dance Festival, New York City, August 2016. ISKON TEMPLE, Raleigh, North Carolina, September, 2016. Balaji Temple, San Antonio, Texas, September 2016. St Petersburg, Russia, May 2017.

LDF 2017-Throwback to July 2 Emerging Artists

 Ashlyn Carwana (London)
Dancers: Sydney Ross, Aly McKone, Mackenzie Adams, Adrienne Pepper, Ashlyn Carwana

A piece about wanting to run, jump, laugh,cry, drop everything and return to whats familiar. Maybe we don’t want anything to change, maybe we don’t want anything to be different. Maybe we don’t want to leave but staying feels even worse. It’s these decisions that seem to follow us our whole lives. Watch us figure out how to grow up, watch us make decisions nobody told us we had to make. Created as adults, danced as children. We are excited, we are terrified, we are YOUNG.

Ashlyn Carwana is a local emerging artist excited to share her first piece with the public. Ashlyn has been dancing at Sound in Motion studio for 6 years, and is trained in Jazz, Acro, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical and Modern dance styles.

LDF 2017 – Throwback to June 30 Community Day

Eternally Young
Julie Mytka & Melisa Boose
Dancers: Clare Bennett, Nayli Deleon Kantule, Amber Graham, Hannah Granite, Madason Hale, Maya Hall-Hinds, Mikayla Hardie, Eva Howe, Julia Howe, Maryn Kelly, Eva Langlois, Emily McManus, Reegan Ruddock.

This piece looks at the elements of life and aging by how we feel and what we experience. It explores themes of loss, that can happen at any age, but also the idea that youth and vitality are an ageless mindset.

Sound in Motion is the collaborative passion of directors Julie Mytka and Avery Brown. After both had worked in performing and teaching contracts all over Canada and internationally, they recognized the benefits of bringing music and dance training under one roof. Joining this duo is a dynamic group of professional instructors to deliver engaging classes for students of all experience levels. More than music and dance, Sound in Motion is a community studio, helping to raise tomorrow’s leaders by giving them all of the benefits that performing arts studies provide.