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Newsletter #1

March 1996

Welcome to the first Free Flow News Letter.

Hello! We are the Free Flow Dance Company. The Dance company has recently relocated from Kitchener Ontario to Toronto. We are now located at 50 Noble Street ( at Queen W. and Brock ) Our new phone number is 416-539-0869.

Current members include:
Jackie Latendresse - Choreographer and Artistic Director
Kasia Kord, Lucy Rupert, Trina Spiller, Rebecca Carney - performing company

THE MOVE

In December 1996 Jackie and Trina were busy searching out prospective live / work studios in the down town Toronto area. Despite the cold weather and Christmas holidays their hard work was rewarded when they found the Noble St. studio. Lucy had recently moved to Toronto and was just starting to settle in. After a month or two of Chaos the new Free Flow Studio began to look and feel like home.
In January a huge fund-raiser party was held so that we could buy a fridge. Well we got the Fridge and would like to say thank you to all of you from both Kitchener and Toronto who helped us get this place going!
Classes began somewhat regularly in the middle of January and students are currently into their second session of dance.
We now have the ballet bars up and a few small mirrors along with an entire wall of photos from our previous season by Michel La Flamme.

THE CLASSES

Currently the Studio offers classes to adults students. Classes include Stretch and Strength, Ballet, Modern, Creative combo, beginner ballet, Medieval Dance for couples, Private lessons and semiprivate lessons in Ballet, Tap, Modern,
Special workshops are always in progress such as relaxation classes or creative movement classes.

For Rent! Studio space that you can afford!
Free Flow rents space to solo choreographers and small dance and theatre groups for rehearsals. The fee is $10.00 first hour and $5.00 each additional hour.

For class or rental info please call Jackie at 539-0869.

WHATíS ON THE GO FOR FREE FLOW?

We are currently in rehearsal three days a week for our upcoming summer season. Works for the new season include several new pieces of choreography.
Lotus:
This work is what we call a Zen water dance. Inspired by the intoxicating voice of Lisa Gerrard this dance is a combination of minimalist and trance like movement. The water images parallel the Zen processes of enlightenment.
Mythological Requiem:
Selections from Mozartís famous requiem are matched with dance that brings to life mythological stories and creatures. The choreography is a mixture of traditional ballet and modern dance techniques.
Walking after Midnight:
Dancers groove to the crooning of Patsy Cline in a light hearted spoof about Country Line Dancing!
Laughing:
This dance work is a strange tribute to minimalist choreographer Yvonne Rainer and offers a creative look at the bizarreness of human nature. Theatrical in nature this piece offers a subtle sense of humour in conjunction with the interesting sounds of Meredith Monk and John Cage.
Harridan Plexus:
Yes! We are remounting this work due to popular demand. It has been pared down to suit four dancers instead of five and a couple of things have been removed and reworked. This hard core industrial piece had a great quote written about it by ID magazine.

Quote: The Plexus core looked like mutant outer-space Barbies from the naughty back pages of the Intergalactic Sears Catalogue.

We LOVE this quote! If you have any interesting quotes you would like to tell us about any of our works you have seen let us know!

Our mailing address is:
Free Flow Dance Company
50 Noble St. Toronto ON
M6K 2C9

RECENT EVENTS

April 5th Kitchener Arts Awards Ceremonies at the Walper Hotel
Jackie has received the "Leading edge performing artist award" 1996

April 11th and 12th Inside Dance at Debbie Wilson Dance Studios Toronto 345 Adelaide St.
Free Flow performed in this dance series which was sponsored by the Debbie Wilson Dance Studio. For more information on other inside dance projects contact the Wilson Studios at 416-979-8209

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 20th to 29th Ottawa Fringe Festival
We will be performing our own one hour show with the fringe festival.
Seven performances are slotted For more info call 613-232-6162
July 12th Waterloo Community Arts Centre
Free Flow is returning to their home town to premiere their new body of works.
Performance at 8:00 p.m.
Ticket cost: $8.00
For info call 416-539-0869 or contact the Arts centre at 519-886-4577

July 25 and 26th we will be performing at the Kitchener Arts Festival

Free Flow will be performing on Sept. 6th in Jackieís hometown Kincardine. Stay tuned for more info regarding other venues.

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW!

We have a new member of our company! Rebecca Carney has been asked to join us for our new season of work. Rebecca has worked with Jackie in Kitchener where she danced in the infamous "Smoking" piece. Rebecca is not trained in dance but rather in Drama. She attended college where she studied acting and technical theatre. She has always loved to be on the stage and now finds herself avidly involved in the dance scene. We all want to say "WELCOME" to Rebecca! Look forward to seeing her in our new works!

BIO TIME

Jackie Latendresse is the founder and artistic director of the Free Flow Dance Company. She first began the group in 1995 in Kitchener Ontario. Latendresse is a graduate of the University of Waterloo when she obtained an H.B. A. in Dance and a minor in Fine Arts. She has been working as an independent choreographer for almost seven years and has produced many full length evenings of her own original style of modern dance. Jackie is a driven person who knows what she wants and goes for it. She prides herself in bringing modern and experimental dance to the general public. She is best known for her original approach to dance using some minimalism, theatricality and quirky dance moves. Her subject matter often includes feminist perspectives and social commentary.

Kasia Kord is one of the co. dancers she is currently awaiting her convocation for her degree in Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo. She commutes to Toronto for rehearsals and will be making the move there in the Fall when she will begin her second degree in Massage Therapy.

Lucy Rupert is a grad of the U of Waterloo where she completed a joint honours degree in Dance and Music. She continues both professionally and strives to become an established solo dance artist and performer. She is currently residing in Toronto.

Trina Spiller also a U of W graduate (Sciences) joined Free Flow at itís beginning. She only recently began to study dance and has thrown herself into it full force. She is currently living at the studio with Jackie. Trina is working a lot and taking many dance classes in Toronto.

Rebecca Carney a graduate of Humber College in Drama has only recently joined our group. She is very busy at her dance training with Latendresse and her job she hardly has any time for anything else. But thatís okay she loves it! and weíre glad to have her with us.

THE WAY WE RUN

Free Flow is a self supported organization. Jackie runs almost all of the business aspects as well as does the show choreography and production. The dancers donate their time for rehearsals which may run up to 12 hours or more per week in a busy season. The dancers attend classes at Free Flow but also further their training at several other dance studios.

We rely on you our audience members and students to help keep our company going. Free Flow could use any time or funding that you may be able to offer. We are always on the lookout for volunteers, new students and patrons. Please tell a friend about us or pass this newsletter on as we also rely on word of mouth to help expand our classes and audience range.

Would you like to receive a regular newsletter?

You will receive a newsletter approximately every three months for the low low price of $10.00/yr. This fee is to help us to cover the cost of printing and mailing. You will be kept up to date on the company members and itís upcoming events. This is a great way to support the arts and itís independent artists. Check payable to Jackie Latendresse.

Would you like to make a monetary donation or donate used articles that we may need?

Cash donations are needed to help us afford to travel to our performance destinations and to buy new costumes as the old ones are constantly wearing thin among many other things such as administration and advertising costs. Your donation will be recognised in the newsletter. You can sponsor a dancer for $20.00 (please select a dancer). You can sponsor a dance piece for $50.00 ( call for information about shows in your area). You can sponsor a performance for $100.00 (call for information). We are looking for a number of used or new articles (see Needful Things List). Check payable to Jackie Latendresse.

NEEDFUL THINGS

Any old or new clothing that may be useful as costumes. Material for costumes. Computer paper and cartridges. Dance Floor or Black Theatre Floor. Compact Disk player (ours is skipping rather badly now after so much use). Compact disks, Cassette tapes, VHS tapes, full length mirrors, lighting equipment and sound equipment, and anything else you may think we need!

For any information regarding the newsletter, classes, donations, or volunteering please contact us: Mailing address:
Free Flow Dance Company
50 Noble St. Toronto ON
M6K 2C9

Phone# (416) 539-0869 (fax is available but call first so we can turn it on) or email freeflowdance@hotmail.com

Thanks to Mr. and Mrs Latendresse for the 2 mirrors and to Angie Atchmechuck our first subscriber for the news letter!

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