workshops & INSTRUCTORS

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THE A.R.T OF LEARNING: A look at how we learn motor skills, and teaching strategies to enhance learning - Andrea Downie

This session will be led by Andrea Downie. How can dance educators facilitate and enhance learning for all students in their dance classes? This workshop will explore the ways people learn movement (motor) skills and the practice conditions that improve dance performance. We will discuss how to foster deep learning, which involves acquisition, retention and transfer. We will also discuss instructional strategies, motivational methods that can be easily implemented into dance classes to address the needs of diverse learners.

Bio:

Andrea Downie is a Founding Member and Past President of Healthy Dancer Canada, and the Founding Director of EnhanceDance.  She is a Registered Provider with Safe in Dance International for the Healthy Dance Certificates, a third-party teacher tutor with Royal Academy of Dance Canada, and a certified teacher of Simonson Technique.  Andrea is also the Conditioning-with-Imagery (C-I) Training Course Director, the Level 1 C-I TrainingTM Teacher Certification instructor, and a Level 1 & Level 2 certified C-I TrainingTM teacher.

 

Specializing in pedagogy, motor learning and somatic movement, Andrea is pursuing a PhD in Kinesiology at University of Calgary where she is also a sessional instructor in the Dance Program.  Andrea received her MA in Dance Studies and her HonBFA in Dance Performance from York University, completed her professional training at Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dance Space Centre) in New York City, and performed with Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects while there.

 

An educator with 25 years of experience, Andrea has experience working with professional, pre-professional, and recreational dancers of all ages, levels and abilities. She works actively as a guest dance instructor, teacher tutor, choreographer and speaker across Canada, enthusiastically sharing her passion for dance in safe, supportive and inclusive learning environments.  

 

COMPONENTS OF BUILDING MENTAL RESILIENCE IN YOUTH - Lauren Ritchie

How do you define is resilience? What does the process of building resilience look like? In this seminar, Lauren will discuss how mental skills can contribute to both our resilience as educators and what mindset tools we can use to support and nurture resilience within the dancers. These concepts and exercises are focused on embracing the obstacle while using the flexibility, creativity, and mental agility already practiced in dance.

Bio:

Lauren Ritchie

Mental Performance and Mindset Educator, MEd, BA, ESFCC.

 

As a human, you can train three things: your mind, your body, and your craft. Recognizing the lack of mental skills training in dance, Lauren completed her Masters of Education in Coaching Studies with a focus on mental skills and mindset training. She created programs and exercises dedicated to educating and empowering both dancers’ and educators’ mental health and mindset to optimize physical and artistic training. From her MEd to a BA in Professional Communications, to an accredited Art & Science of Coaching Certification, Lauren has a unique blend of education and resources that offer a holistic training approach for dancers.

 

Lauren is also the creator and host of The Dance Podcast; an invaluable resource dedicated to inspire and educate dancers, teachers, and parents through candid conversations with industry professionals. Her engaging and encouraging teaching style has inspired dance teachers and students across the country to be their best – mind, body, and craft.

CREATING STUNNING CHOREOGRAPHIES WITH VIVID STORY LINES : A Creative Passion Project Seminar - Carlo Atienza

During this seminar I will be exploring dance through the art of story telling. We will examine how choreographers can navigate through their audience's emotions and dictate not only how they feel, but also how they see, think, and ultimately experience their world.  

Bio:

Carlo Atienza is based out of Vancouver, Canada where he is best known for his work directing The Faculty (Body Rock 3rd place Champions 2013, and 2nd place Champions 2014) as well as TwoFourSeven Company (Canadian National Hip Hop Champions 2013-2016, Body Rock Champions 2017,Vibe 3rd Place Champions 2018, and World of Dance LA Champions 2018, Body Rock 3rd place Champions 2019, The Release Adult Champions 2019).

 

As a choreographer, Carlo has a reputation of being an exceptional visual storyteller. His unique methods of staging and his willingness to tackle challenging concepts and themes are what continue to elevate his craft and set him apart from the rest. Carlo pulls inspiration from all realms of movement from hip hop to contemporary both new and old school. His ability to embody such a diverse vocabulary has proven to be a valuable asset in his artistry. 

 

Carlo is now making moves in the commercial world where you can see much of his work in music videos and television. Most recently, his work has been featured on season 2 of NBC's World of Dance, Season 1 of World of Dance Philippines, Disney and world renowned pop group BTS.  Make sure to keep up with all of his current work on his social media handle @ati3nza. 

RACISM & THE DANCE WORLD: HISTORICAL CONTEXT FOR THE CURRENT CLIMATE - Dr. Henry Daniel

This will be a lecture followed by a Q&A session.

 

Bio:

Professor of Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology, scholar, performer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Full Performing Bodies, Daniel’s research concentrates on strengthening notions of Practice-as-Research (PaR), Arts-based-Research, and Research/Creation in Canada. He leads a group of artists and scholars who help define new parameters for excellence in these areas. He has a professional background in dance, theatre, and new media with a career that started in his native Trinidad  & Tobago and continued in the USA, Germany, the UK, and Canada.

VIDEO EDITING with ADOBE PREMIERE: Beginners Dance Video Editing - Katrina Mugume

Producing a great quality dance video is more than just capturing a beautiful performance. It also takes a basic understanding of the process, creativity and practice!  With time and dedication, you can confidently elevate your edits to match your artistic and professional vision by; manipulating choreography to hide and/or reveal dancers, re-focus the viewers attention and even manipulate mood using music and effects. 

 

For this beginners workshop, we will cover the basics of editing dance video using Adobe Premiere Pro (the industry standard). This includes:

  • Effective planning for a shoot

  • Software interface, navigation and workspaces

  • Importing, organizing and inserting media onto the timeline

  • Basic editing; assembly, cutting and trimming

  • Adding basic effects, transitions and titles

  • Adding and layering audio and music tracks

  • Rendering and exporting a project into a final video file

 

This class is for beginners and experience with adobe premiere pro is not necessary however, you may prepare by visiting the Vancouver Public Library’s Premiere Pro study guide

Bio:

Katrina Mugume is a Ugandan filmmaker based in Vancouver Canada. Her works tell the stories of the Intersection between blackness and being African and Woman through art film, dance film and documentary. As a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Film School, she is working on her debut short ; “AFANDE”, an intimate documentary on the life of her father, a revolutionary Ugandan general. Outside of that, She is passionate about fostering community for women in the creative industry, working for Women in Film and Television Vancouver and volunteering as a creative curator for various collectives/causes in both Vancouver and Uganda. 

 

ELEMENTARY:

 

USING BREAK DANCING TO TEACH CROSS-CURRICULAR WORK - Mark Siller

The lesson: An Intro to Breaking & Hip-Hop Culture Through the Water Cycle.

 

In this one hour lesson we will touch on hip-hop as a cultural movement. We will introduce the basic vocabulary and structure of the dance and create a parallel with the water cycle which you will/have learned in school. The aim of the lesson will be to use breaking as a vehicle to also teach a scientific topic. Dance is a form of communication and the movements in breaking have meanings of their own. It’s encouraged to learn the foundation of this dance but also create your own movements, style and meanings. After this lesson hopefully you will feel comfortable enough and have the confidence to throw down a breaking round whenever you feel and at the same time be reminded of this beautiful water cycle that we are all connected to.

Bio:

Mark Siller has been dancing for over 20 years. He started through influence from old Kung Fu movies, realizing he could create a movement and dance style his own. His main style is breaking which is an element of hip-hop culture. Mark has also dabbled in other funk styles as well as contemporary. Mark has helped build the breaking scene in Vancouver and started successful collectives based around movement like Ouro Collective and Hybrid Movement. He has also represented Vancouver internationally in competitions, festivals and through teaching.

 

SECONDARY:

 

CONTEMPORARY WITH A THEME OF OPTIMISM - Lauren Ritchie

Winston Churchill said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." It is a trainable characteristic to notice the positives, recognize what is working, and hold the belief that there is an opportunity during difficult experiences. What changes within our dancing when we learn and practice from an optimistic framework? In this movement class, Lauren will use the theme of optimism within the movement and heart-centered artistry to train and practice optimism through dance. 

Bio:

Lauren Ritchie

Mental Performance and Mindset Educator, MEd, BA, ESFCC.

 

As a human, you can train three things: your mind, your body, and your craft. Recognizing the lack of mental skills training in dance, Lauren completed her Masters of Education in Coaching Studies with a focus on mental skills and mindset training. She created programs and exercises dedicated to educating and empowering both dancers’ and educators’ mental health and mindset to optimize physical and artistic training. From her MEd to a BA in Professional Communications, to an accredited Art & Science of Coaching Certification, Lauren has a unique blend of education and resources that offer a holistic training approach for dancers.

 

Lauren is also the creator and host of The Dance Podcast; an invaluable resource dedicated to inspire and educate dancers, teachers, and parents through candid conversations with industry professionals. Her engaging and encouraging teaching style has inspired dance teachers and students across the country to be their best – mind, body, and craft.

TEACHING HIP HOP FUNDAMENTS, FREESTYLING TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES - Natasha Gorrie

Workshop description coming soon!

Bio:

Natasha Gorrie has grown up in the hip hop dance scene since a young age. Her first brush with hip hop dance was when her mother taught her how to do the running man in the living room of their home. Natasha’s mother was a self-taught freestyle dancer, with a huge passion for new jack swing dancing. Natasha began training at her mother’s dance studio at the age of 8, and that studio pioneered hip hop choreography in the Vancouver’s lower mainland.  Ever since then, Natasha has had a love for the fundamentals of hip hop and funk styles.  To round out her training, Natasha also trained in ballet, jazz, musical theatre and tap.

 

Natasha is a rare talent that has managed to excel in the professional dance industry, while building a well-known and respected reputation in the underground dance community across Canada, and around the world.

 

Co-founder of the powerhouse female crew “Diamonds In The Rough” based out of Vancouver. As a group, they have travelled throughout the USA and Canada to battle, perform and train. Natasha also a founder of freestyle and training company called Higher Ground. Running out of Vancouver BC. Natasha has recently choreographed for Special K Kellogg’s commercial as well as choreographer for the Hype Team for this season’s BC Lions. Also,  danced for Selena Gomez in the movie ‘Another Cinderella Story’.

 

Natasha loves to freestyle and share with her community. She is passionate about training and is constantly broadening her vocabulary and knowledge in the culture and history of street dance. Knowledge is key.

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