Andrea Peña & Artists’s UNTITLED I comes to the National Arts Centre on Thursday, November 5th at 7pm. As part of NAC Dance’s #DanceForth programming, the performance will be live-streamed from the National Arts Centre.
Surraya Dawn Aziz is a gem. A beautiful mover who is simultaneously warm, engaging, and down to earth, Surraya has been contributing to the Ottawa dance scene as a dancer and educator for several years. We spoke virtually about her past, present, and hopes for the future within the realm of dance here in the capital.
Indigenous Experiences offers a rare opportunity to experience the traditional culture, teachings, and history of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples from a First Nations perspective. Their program brings this rich history to life through authentic, fun, and interactive learning experiences.
Moov Ottawa Dance was founded by Alea de Castro and Arnaldo Betancourt Silva in 2018 with the intention of providing more opportunities for street dance to flourish in the city.
Mariah Miigwans Smith Chabot is a multitalented dance artist and creator based in the Ottawa-Gatineau area and is a member of the Algonquin First Nation from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.
Saveeta Sharma is a powerful force in the Ottawa dance community.
Yvon Soglo has been dancing for over 10 years, during which time he has become known as one of Canada’s top street dancers.
This year marks Ottawa burlesque troupe Capital Tease’s 10th anniversary. Measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have affected Capital Tease’s regular performances, but they quickly moved their performances online through Zoom.
Anyone can jump right into this 30-minute dance lesson “without stressing over fancy footwork.”
Up to 15 dancers will perform in the live stream event put on by Compagnie ODD (Ottawa Dance Directive).
Interview: Brad Lafortune teaches Métis jigging workshops and shares the intricacies of Métis culture
Brad Lafortune hails from the Métis community in Sudbury, Ontario. He works as a physiotherapist in Ottawa and offers Métis jigging workshops and performances through MASC. Here, he talks about the unique identity created through a blending of rich cultures, as well as the opportunity to bring the joy of dance into people’s homes during COVID-19.
Founded in 2007, Propeller Dance is recognized as a leader in Canada for their innovative, inclusive creations and teaching practices, and for demonstrating that dreams can be achieved for people of all abilities. Artistic associate and company dancer Liz Winkelaar speaks about Propeller Dance as a role model for students and the community.
Trained in jazz ballet at the Montreal Jazz Dance Academy and then at the West Can Folk Performing Company in Montreal, Suzan is an accomplished artist and a seasoned teacher and choreographer. She recently appeared on CTV News Ottawa and will be offering workshops through MASC’s online program and the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms.
Rhonda Doxtator is a pow wow dancer from the turtle clan of Oneida nation. Here, Rhonda talks about working with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, finding cause for celebration beyond Canada’s devastating history of colonization, and art as medicine.
During this time of social and physical isolation, it is essential to sustain a sense of connectivity and community. Dance can achieve or assist with these aims.