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Free Flow Update July 2004

Hello everyone!
It has been a very busy month for me so I thought it was time for another update.

What’s been done?

Well, where to start&hellip….. The performances at North Park Wilson School that I was working on went extremely well. I had about 100 youths that I was working with and each class developed their own dances based on the story written about the school and its natural prairie habitat garden. I worked with K to 3 and had a fabulous time dancing with them. The performances took place on June 4th at the school and both the morning and afternoon shows were well attended and the kids did a terrific job! Thanks to all the staff and students for making my job a pleasure!

At the same time preparations for the June 19th W.I.P. showing were underway. The show was one of the best yet! Over 50 people attended as well as almost 20 choreographers, dancers and volunteers. I would like to thank the trusty volunteers Jessi Brown, Sara Ezzat, Frank Engel, Jessie Nicholson and the staff at the DSI for all their help. Pictures from the event will be set up in the photo gallery on the Free Flow Dance Theatre web site. The dance presentations were very well received and it was exciting to have live music for Misty and Fran’s piece as well as the film and dance of Tanya Dahms.

I was nervous yet excited to show part of my newest piece (yet to be titled) at the W.I.P. and am looking forward to reading all of the audience comments. My new work is inspired by futuristic action movies like the Matrix and the dancers are working really hard to master the robotic moves and martial arts style choreography that is involved in the piece. The current dancers include Karen Polowick, Kyle Syverson, Karla Kloble and Jillian Kerry. Lucky for me the research on this one requires me to watch a lot of sci fi and action movies!!! I felt that the showing went well and was so inspired that the day after I managed to finish the choreography for the second section! We are still having a bit of trouble with the goggles though as they tend to fog up pretty good half way through…..

What’s next then?

I will be teaching a creative/modern class for the Leave a Legacy summer dance camp at the D.S.I centre. The camp begins June 28th and runs to July 29th. Any one who is interested in the camp should contact the D.S.I. centre at 931-8480 for information. The program is aimed at youth and is free of charge.

Tina Bertoncini and I are both plugging along on Triptych our co-produced show for the Saskatoon Fringe Festival. Performance dates are not available as of yet however I will be sure to post them as soon as they are. The festival runs from July 29th to August 8th at various locations on Broadway in Saskatoon. I am also hoping to work as a Venue Technician again this year.

Personal touches…

My parents arrived in the ‘toon on June 5th and shortly after we were off on our great prairies adventure! They brought the camper so we were roughing it in style. We went up through Saskatchewan and into Alberta to Drumheller. That is where the Canadian Badlands are! We hiked around the Hoodoos (huge weird mushroom shaped rocks) and hit the Royal Tyrell Dinosaur Museum. Stopped by the Last Chance Saloon for a beer and then made our way to Vulcan. Yes for those of you who are trekkies VULCAN! There was a Vulcan ship there to greet us and the tourist info booth was shaped like a space station. Unluckily we were 2 days early for the Spock Days Convergence. What a sight that would have been!!!

Waterton Park was our next destination. I stayed at the Bayshore Inn (where Justin is working for the summer) and my parents camped out in the park it was the first time my mother had ever seen the mountains and they also managed to narrowly escape a Grizzly bear which they saw on one of their hiking expeditions. I climbed Bear’s Hump and was real scared looking over the edge and hiked up to Bertha Falls! I loved the fact that the deer were all over town with their fawns and that when I stepped outside I was surrounded by beauty! No matter how many times I see the mountains they always take my breath away! A great time was had by all and I was very sad to leave, but the W.I.P. awaited me along with dozens of phone messages to return and about a hundred emails to answer… it was time to get back to reality…wah…

My folks stayed the weekend to see the show and we had a nice brunch together for Fathers Day. Now I am back to looking for work with numerous possibilities and above all I am considering going back to school to get my Masters degree. (we will see) I am looking forward to going to Burning Man and hooking up with my T.O. buddies there. Brian you rock for getting me the ticket!!!

Well people, that is about it for now. I hope to hear all about your summer adventures soon. Keep in touch and send money… just kidding!

Dancing across the Universe,
Jackie

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