With Gratitude

Before we sign off for the summer and start preparing for our next season, I’d like to share my gratitude for the hard work and dedication of our staff and board members. It was admittedly a strange year, with the fresh start and no shortage of life’s curveballs, but these incredible women lent their strength and passion to our organization and ensured the success of the Festival. These wonderful people jumped in with both feet, put their faith in my vision and helped keep it all afloat and running smoothly.

A huge and sincere thank you to: 

Mariana Calles, dedicated co-op student turned marketing assistant.

Alissa Cassidy, general manager extraordinaire. 

Vidya Natarajan, Jenn Pearce and Julie Mytka, board members and cheerleaders. 

Honourable mention and many thanks to the significant others and families of this stellar team, for the support both in person and behind the scenes. 

With much love and excitement for what’s next,

Bizz Varty, Executive Director

2017 Flash Mob Workshop Tour Schedule!

2017 Flash Mob Workshop Tour
The Flash Mob choreographers will be touring the city teaching the dance to Londoners of all ages. Want them to stop at your school, business, or organization? Contact us at LondonDanceFestival@gmail.com to book a FREE workshop. No experience required, all welcome.

Workshop Tour Schedule

Date Time Location Address Details
Tues June 20 1-2pm Louise Arbour Public School students only
Thur June 22 7-8pm Private party guests only
Mon June 26 7:45-8:45pm Sound in Motion studio 1444 Glenora Dr Open to the public
Tues June 27 2-3pm Innovation Works 201 King St
Tues June 27 6-7pm North London Dance Centre 1055 Sarnia Rd Open to the public

Emerging Artists Workshop with Sharon B. Moore 

Date: Sunday July 2, 10-11:30am
Location: 236 Dundas, 3rd floor (ONE studio)
Cost: $15

Come and let your imagination soar in this workshop that integrates movement, voice and theatrical convention. Through ensemble and duet explorations you will seek to expand your emotional palette and unhinge your natural movement choices into new territories. You will leave with exercises and tools to explore for interpretation and creation within any movement or theatrical context. Email londondancefestival@gmail.com to register.

June 30: Community Day

Friday June 30 – Ivey Park
12pm All-Ages Workshops
5:30pm Arts Networking Hour
7pm Showcase Performance

We’ve got something for everyone! Try out new moves in fun workshops open to all ages and experience levels, plus a final chance to learn the Flash Mob dance (see website for schedule and details). Serious dancers can learn all about funding, services and opportunities in the Arts Networking Hour. In the evening, enjoy a performance by local artists plus special guests Tentacle Tribe from Montreal.

July 1: Canada Day Celebration

In partnership with London Celebrates Canada
Saturday July 1–Harris Park
3pm & 4:30pm  Flash Mob and Multi-Cultural Performances

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through dance with a showcase our city’s multi-cultural heritage. Catch two half hour performances featuring local artists, plus appearances by London’s Ill at Will breakdance crew and Breath in Mvmt. dance company. You’ll also have two chances to dance alongside your fellow Londoners in our annual Flash Mob (see side panel for participation details).

July 2: Emerging Artists

Sunday July 2-Wolf Performance Hall
10am Emerging Artist Workshop with Sharon B. Moore
4pm Red Carpet Reception (FREE)
6pm Performance

An exciting evening of dance works by emerging artists from London and beyond. This performance is our way of nurturing young choreographers and attracting fresh talent to our city. You’ll also see a world premiere by special guest Sharon B. Moore of Toronto. In the morning, Sharon will facilitate a workshop for emerging choreographers. Join us at the pre-show reception for refreshments (cash bar), raffle prizes, and a chance to meet the artists.

Performance tickets are $15 before the event or $20 at the door, buy online at www.OnStageDirect.com/ldndancefest.

Workshop fee is $15 (location TBA), email londondancefestival@gmail.com to register.

June: Youth Composition Workshop with Hannah Goldberg

Photo: Hannah Goldberg by BeanBot Productions

Youth Composition Workshop with Hannah Goldberg
Artistic director of the Elias Movement Project
Dates & times: June 17, 18 / 10am-4:30pm (2 Days) Postponed until the summer
Cost: Early bird price $120 until June 3rd, after $150. (scholarships opportunities available)
Location: Fanshawe College Centre for Digital and Performing Arts, 137 Dundas Street
Maximum 25 participants. Ages 12 & up

This workshop will uncover some of the “nuts and bolts” of composition, and will provide the participants with various tools which will aid their choreographic process. Through guided improvisational exercises and tasks, participants will actively take part in the practice of movement composition, and will gain insight into the intricate journey that unfolds during the creation of a work-in-progress, leading eventually a final product.

Forms WorkshopRegistrationForm.PDF/WorkshopRegistrationForm.word
Send us the form to our email londondancefestival@gmail.com