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2011 Annual Report

Here’s what happened in 2011!

THE COMPANY

Artistic Director: Jackie Latendresse
Dancers: Jackie Latendresse, Kelly Van Damme
Administrative Assistant: Ryan Bradshaw
Board Members: Kieran Kobitz, Jack Latendresse, Jackie Latendresse, Denis McBain, Alan Page, Meagan Williams, Susan Williams

DANCE EVENTS

On March 6th, Jackie Latendresse presented new work inspired by breath called “a tender and violent duet” with Lia Pas at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina.

Free Flow presented Danny Grossman’s “Triptych” at the University of Saskatchewan on March 7th. The showing was followed by a talk back about the performance, and a brief workshop teaching some Grossman technique and elements of the work.

On April 6th, Free Flow Dance joined forces with the Mysterium Choir at Grace Westminster Church. Accompanied by an original musical composition by Lia Pas, dancers Jackie Latendresse, Kelly Van Damme, Micheal Bantjes and Danica McNab performed “a small piece of sky”.

Our International Dance Day show was held at the Free Flow Dance Centre on April 29th, celebrating dance in all its forms. Thank you to our performers, including Free Flow Dance Theatre, Saskatoon Tango society, Oriental Dance arts, Glenlily Highland dancers, Saskatoon Improv Dance Collective, contemporary dancer Micheal Bantjes and belly dancer Joan Goodman!

On June 10th, the collaborative piece titled “A Tender and Violent Duet” was again presented, this time at The Refinery as part of the She Bam Festival. At this event, Free Flow also presented “Nerve”, choreographed by Jackie Latendresse, and Danny Grossman’s “Triptych”.

W.I.P. NEW DANCE SERIES

The Works In Progress New Dance Series has had another successful year with unfinished works being presented on June 4th and September 24th by choreographers and dancers from across the country, including Johanna Bundon, Ntara Curry, Newton Moraes, Kyle Syverson, Jaime Williams and Free Flow Dance!

On December 10th, Newton Moraes, Kyle Syverson, Jaime Williams and Free Flow Dance returned to present their finished work at the Works in Progress Gala. Thank you to all of our participants who made the W.I.P. Possible!

GREAT MYSTERY PROJECT

October 21st and 22nd marked the presentation of the Great Mystery Project at The Refinery, a collaborative effort between Free Flow Dance and Adrian Stimson. As described by the Star Phoenix, “Brilliant Saskatoon-based artists Adrian Stimson and Jackie Latendresse turned their longtime friendship and love of the Burning Man Festival into an incredible, inclusive event. Using black lights and UV glow, they created an alternate universe that, with accompanying diffraction glasses, felt like moving around inside a hologram. This was a legitimate art event, but the post show dancing and crowd participation gave it a party feel. Think rave culture grown up – combining storytelling, Blackfoot cosmology and dance, rightfully supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.”

FUNDRAISERS

Our fundraising began on March 26th at the annual Naughty Bingo! Huge attendance, generous donations and live performances made this year’s event another great success! Special thanks goes out to our sponsors, including Positive Passions, For Lovers Only, Bodacious Bustlines, Hanky Panky, Mayhem Minerals, Skin Deep, Heavenly Decadence Hostessing Rosebud Burlesque Club, Lil’ Devil, Aids Saskatoon The Refinery Theatre, Black Flash Photography, Cupcake conspiracy and Harlequin Romance!

Our efforts continued with the Pin-Up Hair Workshop on April 10th, led by the lovely Ginger La Fringe of the Rosebud Burlesque Club. This was followed by an 80’s Night dance party on May 14th, featuring prizes for best costume and funkiest dancer!

July’s fundraisers began on the 9th with Back Alley Antics, showcasing an array of Saskatoon artists in the back alleys of downtown. Our line-up of talented performers included KSAMB Dance, Ryan Bradshaw, the other 60%, Al Amar Dance Theatre, Rikki with Spinning Circles, The Rosebud Burlesque Club, Jack Walton, jugglers Paul and Matthew, Saskatoon Tango Society and of course Free Flow Dance! Our gratitude goes out to our volunteers and the huge crowd of spectators!

Next up was The Great Mystery party on July 22nd, a fundraiser for the project of the same name. Live DJs, glow in the dark acts and scrumptious bannock and jam made this an incredibly fun and unique event.

On September 24th, hip 70’s fashion and music abounded at the Free Flow Dance Centre for Free Flow’s final fundraiser of the year, Discomania! The night included a free hustle lesson and a dance competition with prizes!

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

Free Flow Dance again had the opportunity to teach free dance workshops in 2011 to other non-profit and community organizations in Saskatoon. This year’s participants included Central Haven, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saskatoon, International Women of Saskatoon, Camp Fyrefly, Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Saskatoon Convalescent Home, Sherbrooke Community Centre and Oliver Lodge. Thank you to the City of Saskatoon for funding this important program.

ART STAR!

The Star Phoenix saluted our very own Jackie Latendresse as one of Saskatoon’s leading “Civic Art Stars”, writing “Between overseeing a giant Saskatchewan art project at the Burning Man Festival and producing an immersive art experience called The Great Mystery, Latendresse had a busy year. She is a cornerstone of the city’s dance scene as the owner and choreographer of the Free Flow Dance Centre and Dance Theatre Company and headmistress of the Rosebud Burlesque Club.”

COMPANY RETREAT

On December 2nd, Free Flow’s company dancers and administrative assistant took a well-earned night away to Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw. Before visiting the mineral pool, Free Flow’s 2011 accomplishments were reviewed, and new goals for 2012 were brainstormed and recorded. 2012 is going to be a great year!

THANKS!

Thank you to our membership, as well as the artists, choreographers and volunteers who made this past year a success! A special thanks to the Saskatchewan Arts Board for funding us with the Global Annual Arts Funding Grant, and to Canada Council for the Arts for supporting the Great Mystery Project!

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