February Community Check-In & Restorative Class

School of Hip Hop, 760 Little Simcoe St. (Free Parking, wheelchair inaccessible)

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Please stay tuned for a new date

Join us for a casual chat about the state of dance in London. We’ll start with a movement session to get grounded and in sync (approx 45 mins). Then you’re invited to share your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and feedback, and connect with other local dance artists. FREE and open to everyone.

We’re taking the Check-In & Class on tour this year, stopping at dance studios all around town. Get in touch if you’d like us to come to your organization!

PLUS Make Your Mark to End Racism
In partnership with 519 School of Hip Hop, we invite members of the London dance community to brainstorm a collaborative art project to present at the awards ceremony of LUSO’s  “Make Your Mark to End Racism” annual video contest. The ceremony will take place on March 21 to commemorate The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and will be hosted by Leroy Hibbert of LUSO Community Services. The filming will take place in early March but all are welcome to contribute their ideas and be part of the conversation during the Community Check-In.

December 19: Event Cancelled

We regret to inform that due to the new COVID-19 restrictions we will be postponing tomorrow’s workshop and community check-in event at O.N.E. Stay tuned for new dates coming in the new year. Thank you for supporting dance in the city. Take care and stay safe 🩰

Fall 2021 Classes & Workshops

We’re excited to launch a series of workshops exploring different ways dancing bodies can move. We’ve deconstructed the “typical” dance class into three components: Tuning In, Tuning Up, and Restorative Movement. All classes are open to all levels, but some experience is recommended for the Tune Up sessions. These classes will temporarily replace the Technique Tuesday series while we work out what classes and workshops to offer in 2022.

Masks are mandatory in all classes.
Pre-registration is required. 
Pricing: $20/class or 10 for $150 (HST included). (Passes must be used within 1 year of purchase.) Sliding scale pricing available – please email for details.
Payments: can be made by etransfer or through our website.

Sun November 2111am-1pmTune In &
Dance Community Check-In
SHHFREE today!
Sat November 2711am-12pmJoy of MovementSIM
Sat November 2712:30-2pmTune InSIM
Fri December 34:30-6pmTune InSHH
Sat December 411am-12pmJoy of MovementSIM
Sat December 412:30-2pmTune Up SIM
Fri December 104:30-6pmTune Up SHH
Sat December 1111am-12pmJoy of MovementSIM
Sat December 1112:30-2pmRestorativeSIM
Sat December 1811am-12pmJoy of MovementSIM
Sat December 1812:30-2pmTune InSIM
Sun December 1911am-1pmRestorative &
Dance Community Check-In

Sound in Motion (SIM), 1444 Glenora Drive
Free Parking, Wheelchair accessible

519 School of Hip Hop (SHH), 760 Little Simcoe Street
Free Parking, not wheelchair accessible

Class Descriptions 

Tune In
Get to know your body. Tune in and become grounded, centered, aware.
No experience necessary. Open to all levels, aimed at adults, ages 14+ welcome.

Tune Up
Make friends with your body. Tune up your instrument’s strength and range of motion.
Some dance experience would be helpful (see full description). 
Open to all movement backgrounds, aimed at adults, ages 14+ welcome.

Restorative Movement
Self-care for dancers, dance teachers, movement and bodywork practitioners. 
Bring your sore, tired body and make it feel better.
Open to all levels, aimed at adults, ages 14+ welcome.

Joy of Movement
Have fun and get a little silly as you stretch, sweat, dance & sing!
No experience necessary. Open to all ages and abilities. 
Studio is wheelchair-accessible, and all movements can be done seated. 

Dance Community Check-In
Join us for a casual chat about the state of dance in London. We’ll start with a gentle movement session to get grounded and in sync (approx 45 mins). Then you’re invited to share your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and feedback, and connect with other local dance artists. Free and open to everyone.

Register Now!

Meet the Teacher

Photo by Jason Sunio

*Bizz will teach all the pre-holiday workshops, and if they are successful we’ll add new teachers to the roster in January.

Elizabeth “Bizz” Varty is a dance artist, educator and arts manager. Her signature blend of movement education draws from ballet, modern, and contemporary dance forms, somatic practices, yoga, pilates. Her classes typically include big laughs and great music. She invites you to discover the joy of moving with awareness and ease. Bizz is the founder and director of the Centre of Movement Arts, presenter of the London Dance Festival. She’s been teaching dance and other moves for more than 20 years. She holds a BFA in dance from York U, and is a certified Yoga and Pilates teacher. 

Annual London Dance Festival is Back!

Join us for an exciting, free, LIVE dance event in Ivey Park. Learn new moves in all-levels workshops, then see London’s talented dance artists perform on nature’s stage. We’re also looking for volunteers to help out at the event. Connect with us on our social media channels @ldndancefest so you don’t miss a thing! 

This year registration is required: http://londondancefestival.ca/ldf-2021-festival. Masks must be worn to enter the event site, but may be taken off once you are safely two meters from others in a designated audience or participant space. London Dance Festival is brought to you by the Centre of Movement Arts, a non-profit celebrating dance and movement in the Forest City.

This event is FREE but donations are gratefully accepted!

LDF 2021 Call to Artists Deadline

The London Dance Festival is pleased to announce we have a date and venue for an outdoor performance and workshops: September 18 in Ivey Park. The workshops will happen in the late afternoon (approx. 4-6pm) and the performance in the early evening (approx. 6pm). There will be a technical rehearsal in the early afternoon (approx. 1-4pm). The film screening date has not been set, it will be announced shortly.

Dance artists of all ages, career stages, and styles are welcome to apply (we will be in touch with all previous applicants, there is no need to re-apply)Please tell us as much as you can about your proposed dance performance, film or workshop, and get in touch at info@londondancefestival.ca if you have questions.

*Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2021*

Read More about the requirements Here
Questions? Email us at info@londondancefestival.ca

Apply Here: https://forms.gle/5pS5aiSQrKLiVKen6

LDF Countdown to Summer ’21

Join us virtually from June 26-30 for FREE DANCE FUN! Groove with us as we count down the last 5 days until summer vacation with 4 cool dance things to watch this summer, 3 fun workshops for all ages and levels, 2 previews of upcoming choreography projects, and 1 dance film premiere from our friends the Young Company of NLDC. Learn more here.

Dance Week 2021

International Dance Week 2021: April 24-30

Anyone can learn new moves in all-levels workshops in Flamenco and Philippine Folk Dance. Experienced dancers can try classes in Bellydance and Bollywood styles. All classes will be held on zoom, register here, or see website for more details.

Flamenco with Patricia Vasconcellos of Flamenco del Sur
Saturday April 24, 3:30-4:30pm
FREE on Zoom
Open to all levels register here

Have lots of fun leaning the “Por Tangos” Flamenco Rhythm in this all-levels workshop with Patricia. She’ll teach you a short choreography with clapping, Braceo (arm and wrist movements), and footwork. You’ll finish the dance with a typical Flamenco “Remate.” Please wear comfortable closed shoes (ballet shoes,
running shoes, ballroom or flamenco shoes).

Technique Sunday: Belly dance with Luna of Rising Moon
Sunday April 25, 12:15-1:30pm
$5 (or free if you fill out a survey!) on Zoom register here
For experienced dancers, details here.

Explore the ancient art of Bellydance. We will focus on fundamentals including slow figure eights, arm and hands frames and movements, different kinds of shimmies and travelling steps. We will play with combinations and form a connection with the music. Please wear comfortable workout clothes and a scarf of any kind around your hips if you have one. No shoes are required. Also keep water handy to stay hydrated especially after the shimmy practice! 

I grew up in Colombia, South America, and moved to London, Ontario in 2003 where I started taking bellydancing classes with various master instructors. Through the years, I developed a passion for this art and it is what I love to do. I enjoy performing, developing choreography, and exploring the various bellydance styles and fusions. Since 2012, I have been teaching in London. I am the founder of Rising Moon Bellydance and have performed as a soloist and with my troupe in various festivals and events in Ontario and the US.

Josette Joseph by Aezelle Carpio

Technique Tuesday: Bollywood with Josette Joseph
Tuesday April 27, 12:15-1:30pm
$5 (or free if you fill out a survey!) on Zoom register here
For experienced dancers, details here.

Josette has been training in Bollywood and Indian Classical styles for 19 years and has performed on tv, on stage in front of thousands, and alongside some of Bollywood’s top stars. In this class, participants will learn some Bollywood technique along with a quick routine to “Jai Ho”.

Josette has been dancing for 19 years. She began training and performing in Bollywood, which she currently teaches at PFA, then branched out to Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop in high school. She has competed in numerous competitions (and placed first with her team in a national competition), has performed on TV, and has been paid to perform around Ontario. She has trained with well-known, Toronto-based companies such as Badass Babes and DARK Dance.

Philippine Folk Dancing with Mari Udarbe Han
Wednesday April 28, 5:30-6:30pm
FREE on Zoom
Open to all levels register here

Mari will be teaching about cultural expression with an introductory session on “Pangalay”, a Philippine Indigenous dance originating from the Tausug people of the southern Philippine islands. This dance is characterized by hand movements that resemble the ocean waves, which is enhanced by long, metal fingernails called “Janggay.”

Mari Udarbe Han is registered physiotherapist with a decade of experience in orthopedics.  She is the owner and operator of 519physio, a treatment space housed with 519 School of Hip Hop.  Inspired by her own dance journey as part of the Kayumanggi Philippine Performing Arts of Manitoba and Synergy Dance Productions, she is passionate about artist health and wellness.  In 2020, she hosted the first ever “Artist Wellness: Virtual Summit” with many guest speakers covering topics including nutrition, hypermobility, strength, mental health, etc.  Mari believes the goal of physiotherapy in dance (and in life!) is to optimize performance, reduce injury and rehabilitate various musculoskeletal conditions through self-awareness and movement. 

Contemporary with Samantha Sendas
Friday April 30, 4-5pm
FREE on Instagram
Open to all levels register here

Sam Sendas is very excited to be joining London Dance festival yet again, this time from the comfort of her own home. Sam was the 2018 LDF Dance Mob choreographer and is still keeping busy in the London dance community in various ways (prior to the recent turn of events) She can be seen in performances with Breath in MVMT, teaching and taking classes  at O.N.E Dance Studio, Choreographing for the premiere of The Saidat Show LIVE, or just dancing around in any open space she can find. Sam is very grateful for the opportunities London Dance Festival has given her, especially now during this time of social distancing. She hopes everyone is staying safe and can’t wait for the day when we can all dance together again.


Dance Community Round Table
Sunday, April 25 at 2pm.
Join us to discuss the current needs of our dance community in London. Feel free to share your ideas on how we can keep supporting local talents during these difficult times. All feedback is appreciated.

More details here.

Dancer Wellness with Mari Udarbe Han
All week on social media

Mari Udarbe Han is a registered physiotherapist with almost 10 years of experience.  She is an advocate for dance medicine and rehabilitation, and is the official wellness director of 519 School of Hip Hop. Mari has been working on initiatives to provide accessible education and to increase awareness in London’s dance community.

Dance Ontario #DanceWeekend21

The Dance Week fun will continue April 29-May 2 with Dance Ontario’s #DanceWeekend21 events. Be sure to check out all the great films, workshops, and more

International Dance Day – Virtual Family Dance Party!
April 29, 2pm FREE

Join Alan Faigal for a fun family dance party on April 29 at 2pm to kick offDance Ontario’s #DanceWeekend21 on International Dance Day, everyBODY is invited to dance along in a family friendly energizer of JOY! Register HERE.

Technique Tuesdays

Weekly Technique Class for Experienced Dancers
Tuesdays 12:15-1:30pm on Zoom

Photos clockwise: Priyanka Tope by Nachiket Deshpande, Isabella di Liello by Alvin Collantes, Sandra Wilson by Hugh Wilson, Bizz Varty by Nina Sampson

A class for experienced dancers to train with professional teachers in a variety of dance styles. Keep your body in tune and learn about dance culture and history with a weekly technique class taught by an expert in their field. You do not need to have training in the style being offered, however it will be assumed that students have advanced-level movement skills and body awareness. Join other experienced movers and learn something new! The classes will be hosted on Zoom each Tuesday from 12:15-1:30pm.

For the month of April, each class is just $5. Sign up for all 4 classes for just $20! Payments are accepted by e-transfer, please fill out this form to register https://forms.gle/1tezGWgMAkCRJCmFA. We do not want to exclude anyone, if you want to participate and this fee is beyond your means, please reach out.

Click here to see the April Schedule, Class Descriptions and Teacher Biographies.

Can’t make the scheduled time? No problem! We’ll record classes and send the link to everyone who has pre-registered.

We’re looking for more teachers! Send us a description of your work and the class you would like to teach at info@centreofmovementarts.ca 

Tell us what you think!

London Dancers, Teachers & Dance Professionals: Let your voice be heard!

What does the London dance community want and need? We have some big questions to answer to determine how we’ll move forward for the 2020/2021 season. We would like to hear how we can better serve artists, improve our allyship, and adapt to digital and distanced dance. Tell us what you think by participating in our round table meetings, completing a survey, and/or answering our call for ideas

Here are some of the questions we’re asking:

  • How can CMA & LDF better serve our dance community?
  • What do you need in order to make a better living in dance?
  • What’s missing in your dance life and our city? 
  • How can we improve our BIPOC allyship?
  • Do you feel represented in our events?
  • How would you spend our budget? 
  • What should we pay you for?
  • How can we capture the energy of live dance in a digital format?
  • What are the upsides of digital dance training and performance?

Learn more and share your feedback and ideas here.