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”. This was not Free Flow's first collaboration with Lia Pas, and would not be the last. On June 10th, a new collaborative piece titled “A Tender and Violent Duet” was presented at The Refinery as part of the She Bam Festival. At this event, Free Flow also presented “Nerve”, choreographed by Jackie Latendresse, and “Triptych”, choreographed by Danny Grossman.
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!
June 4th marked the season opener of the Works in Progress Dance Series, featuring Newton Moraes of Toronto, Johanna Bundon of Regina and Free Flow Dance Theatre Company with Lia Pas. The following day at the Free Flow Dance Centre, guest artist Newton Moraes also held two workshops in Brazilian and contemporary dance, making for a fun and tiring afternoon!
Free Flow's year of fun-filled fundraisers began on March 26th with our annual Naughty Bingo! Huge attendance, generous donations and live performances made this year's event another great success! A special thank you 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 fundraising 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 fund raisers started 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 enormous crowd of spectators!Next up was The Great Mystery party on July 22nd, a fundraiser for the upcoming and highly anticipated performance of the same name. Live DJs, glow in the dark acts and scrumptious bannock and jam made this an incredibly fun and unique event. Be sure to come out for The Great Mystery, a collaboration between Free Flow Dance and Adrian Stimson, combining the art, science and aboriginal mythologies of the Milky Way; you can expect dancers, video installations, spoken word, sculptures and a surreal environment, creating a theatrical experience you'll never forget. It's taking place at The Refinery on October 21st and 22nd.
In Other News…
Free Flow Dance has continued to hold free dance workshops for Saskatoon's non-profit and community organizations, funded by the City of Saskatoon. Recent students include Bigs Brother Big Sisters of Saskatoon, International Women of Saskatoon, Central Haven Special Care Home and Saskatoon Convalescent Home. The workshops have been wildly successful and fun, and we look forward to holding them for years to come!
Administrative Assistant Ryan Bradshaw has returned to his post with Free Flow Dance. Ryan is a published author and spoken word performer, and he spent 3 solitary months in Iceland to work on his writing. We're happy to have him back!
The second Works in Progress showing will take place at the Free Flow Dance Centre on September 24th at 8pm. Stay tuned for our list of performers!
Our Discomania fundraiser returns on September 30th! Dig out your retro wear and join us at the Free Flow Dance Centre for a night of dancing, live DJs and contests!
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