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March Edition 1998

We are the Free Flow Dance Company. Our studio is located at 50 Noble St. Toronto Ontario, M6K2C9.
The studio phone number is (416) 539-0869. You can e mail us at: freeflowdance@hotmail.com

Check out our web site at: http://freeflow.home.ml.org

Artistic Director: Jackie Latendresse

Full Company Members: Lucy Rupert, Rebecca Carney

Part Time Members: Susan Main, Kari Isaacson, Kathleen Oudit

Guess What?

Itís time to renew your newsletter subscriptions!

A Free Flowing Thanks to all our new Supporters and Subscribers!

Subscribers: Darwin and Martha Wilson, Leon Latendresse, Winnifred Simmons, Lori Bunyan

A Fundraising Update!

Thanks to: Robert and Donna Yorke for their Bronze Star Donation

Leon and Karen Latendresse for their Bronze Star Donation

Gerry and Mildred Latendresse for their Silver Star Donation

Jack and Dorothy Latendresse for their Gold Star Donation

Winnifred Simmons for her Bronze Star Donation

Lori Bunyan for her Platinum Star Donation

Anonymous for their Platinum Star Donation

You still have time to make a donation to the Free Flow Cross Canada Fringe Theater Festival Tour!

Star System

Gold Star - $300 - $500, Silver Star - $100 - $299, Bronze star $50 - $99,

Platinum Star - $10 - $49

Please make all checks payable to Jackie Latendresse and do not send cash in the mail!

Donations of all sizes are welcome! Thank You!

The Studio Update

As per usual classes are running in Ballet, Modern, Creative, Stretch and Strength, Tap and Medieval Dance. Private lessons are available! We are still seeking full length mirrors so keep your eyes open at garage sales! The Studio is available for rentals. Small companies and Solo Choreographers are welcome! Rental fee is $10 first hour and $5 each additional hour.

For class or rental information please call 539-0869.

Whatís on the go for Free Flow?

We are currently preparing for our upcoming summer tour across Canada! Confirmed Venues include, Ottawa, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Victoria. We are on the waiting list for the Winnipeg fringe festival but we have been told they are adding an extra venue so we should get in if we stay on the waiting list.

Keep your eyes open in Kitchener/Waterloo as we are planning to stop in and do a show!

Company Member News

Kari Isaacson has freed herself from her job, and immediately following the end of "The risks of a single lover..." took off for some much needed R&R out on the West Coast! (We all wish we could have gone too!) Kari will be taking over the Stretch and Strength classes at the Free Flow Studio this summer while Jackie is away with the Company.

Kathleen Oudit has been promoted from Guest Artist to Part Time Company Member. She will be taking over the Ballet, Modern, Creative classes during the summer months. Look for more of her in the new season.

Trina Spiller is taking a break from Free Flow and has resigned as a full company member, so she can actively pursue her career training as a dancer at the Toronto School of Dance Theater.

Rebecca Carney is fabulous but she doesnít know it yet. The cards are shuffling for her and when they are dealt she will find just the right arrangement. Rebecca received rave reviews for her roles in "The Risks of a Single Lover" and deserved every one of them!

Lucy Rupert. recently debuted a new solo at T.D.T. school which was flatteringly received. News from abroad brought a Presidentís Award in poetry and 1st place in a short fiction contest with Schrodingerís Cat Magazine. Aside from psychotic phone messages left by strange men, Lucy is recovering nicely from an injury to her gluteal region and enjoying the spring in the wind!

Kasia Kord has expressed her interest in returning to the company for the fall season, as a part time member. We all look forward to working with her again! We have missed her greatly.

Recent Events

Free Flowís Savage Garden Fundraising Event was a true success! Choreography was shown by, Free Flow Members, Latendresse, Rupert and Carney as well as guest artists, Sion Childs, Sarah Gagnon, and Nicole Fougere. Both Sarah and Nicole are former members of Free Flow!

Congrats! to Rebecca on her first choreographic work!

The wild and crazy fashions of Arijanna Bacalo were modeled in part by the dancers and Jackie. ( And were met with a rousing round of applause!)

Donna Jenner won the raffle for the painting by Jackie Latendresse (and no it wasnít rigged!)

Kudos to everyone involved and in attendance!

Thanks to all our volunteers and to Paul and Brenda at the Garden!

We are collecting Airmiles if you would like to donate yours to us please give us a call!

(416)539-0869

The Free Flow 1 Year Anniversary Party was a HIT! We packed in a large crowd, of friends and family. Lucy Rupert presented a new work in progress, Lou Latendresse performed a reading of one of her newest stories regarding a boy and his perverse desire to become a donut, Moses Moore tested out some improv storytelling using audience participation, Jackie Latendresse taught a few Medieval dances to the guests including the Sellingerís Round (which has a couple of very loud beer hall runs in it - the whoops could be heard for blocks) Craig Hughs and members of his improv theater class arrived and ran some fun scenes with the crowd. Finally the bar ran dry and everyone stumbled home happy and soon to be hung over!

Mike Glidewell was the big winner of the 50/50 draw. (he took a cab while everyone else stumbled)

"The risks of a single lover..." had a very successful run in Feb. at Damn Straight Studio. Audience attendance was terrific and we saw a lot of familiar faces mixed amongst the new ones! Well now that we have our first "Toronto Show" under our belt, we will start working towards another one in the fall.

Thanks go out to all our volunteers! Thanks to Eryn and Sharon at Damn Straight!

Thanks to Terrence, Serge, Rebecca, Nancy, Sion, Kari, Lou, Craig and his Van!

Reflections on The Risks of a Single Lover...........

By Lucy Rupert

Never have so many aromas, temperaments and costumes been crammed into one small, and I mean SMALL, dressing room. Backstage at The Risks of a Single Lover was definitely crowded, both physically and emotionally, yet no one killed, or as far as I could tell, was tempted to kill. Despite such claustrophobia - inducing conditions, the mood was indelibly harmonious.

The performances followed suit. Opening night was shaky, and luckily the most poorly attended show of the run. After Wednesday night however, the shows became, at least for me anyway, consistent. Small mistakes were adequately covered and there were few of them to begin with.

The incredibly amusing exception to this was the Sunday matinee. Throughout the show we, as performers, felt the sagging enthusiasm from the audience. Perhaps they were just tired, but it was a little discouraging. By the last piece, also the largest with 8 dancers, we were all feeling a little kama kasi and decided to be a bit over the top in our dancing. We all oozed attitude which propelled us into some new territory for the piece. Susan and I missed a slightly complicated lift and wound up laughing so that we lost our place in the piece and had to improvise until we found a musical cue, Stifling our laughter the rest of the way. Becca, in a frenzy in her seated position found herself enrapt in the mood and also about two inches from the floor as the chair began to tip. In character, of course, she threw herself back upright and managed to send the lit cigarette ( a vital prop) flying.

Allís well that ends well, said the Bard and as soon as the lights faded we convulsed with laughter. With the tension of that moment and that audience released, Sunday eveningís performance was inspired, a fabulous way to end the run and to celebrate all the dancing that Trina has done with Free Flow, as it was her last official performance with the company.

Dancing is about taking risks, knowing when to go, when to stay, when to laugh at yourself and when to buck up and just do it. The Risks of a Single Lover was indeed a risk, financially, artistically and physically (especially for those dancing under duress). And the result was success for simply having taken the risk.

 

 

The Way We Run

Free Flow is a self supported organization. We do not receive any government funding at this point. We rely heavily on creative fundraising and on you our audience members and students to keep our company going. We try to continuously offer a variety of exciting events, classes and performances for you to attend. we are always looking for volunteers, new students and patrons.

Please tell a friend about us and pass on this newsletter as we rely on word of mouth to expand our classes and audience range.

A big thank you to all of you who have supported us in the past and continue to support us now in our new endeavors!

ITS THAT TIME!

Yes it is time to renew your newsletter subscription!

This marks the second year of Publication for the Free Flow Newsletter!

For the low price of $10.00 you will receive a newsletter approximately every two to three months.

You will be kept up to date on the company and itís members as well as receive information on upcoming shows in your area.

You will receive information on social gatherings and events at Free Flow.

You will be recognized in the newsletter for your support!

This is a great way to support the arts and itís independent companies in this time of cut backs.

Buy a subscription for a friend!

The publication year runs from March 1998 to December 1998.

The cost of $10 helps to cover the expenses of printing and mailing.

Please make all checks out to Jackie Latendresse. Please do not send cash in the mail.

Thank you for supporting Free Flow!

Letter from the Artistic Director

Hello Everyone! Well we made it through our first year in Toronto and our first year of publication for the newsletter! Things have been going great for both the Studio and the Performing Company over the past year. Our first major show here in the big city was met with wonderful reviews from audience members and our peers alike. We are all looking forward to the summer tour which is fast approaching, and would like once again to express our thanks to our supporters for helping to make the trip a reality. We are still trying to raise traveling and accommodation funds, and we welcome any financial support you may still be able to give us.

Free Flow is almost officially 5 years old now! It has seen many members and dancers come and go, yet it remains strong. The memories of performers past, enhance the performers of the present and inspire the performers of the future. I feel I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with all of these talented and unique individuals, and look forward to all of those whom I have not yet met. It is the small things in life that really matter....... seeing a smile on a friends face, being there when that difficult turn is mastered, discussing life over a cup of tea at the kitchen table, taking that one in a million chance just for the love of it.

Keep dancing through the universe!

Sincerely, Jackie Latendresse

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