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Free Flow Dance Theatre Update May 2003

Hello everyone!

It has been a while so I thought I would let you know what Free Flow Dance Theatre has been up to lately. The W.I.P. New Dance Series that began on March 22nd has grown and blossomed. The second edition of the W.I.P. presented five choreographers: Paula Skotintsky from Regina, Amber Funk - Vancouver, Kyle Svyerson - Saskatoon, Deanna Peters - Vancouver and the Saskatoon Improv Dance Collective, on Saturday May 3rd. It was very successful all around and the works in progress were met with much enthusiasm. There will be a final edition of the W.I.P. on June 28th and we still have a couple of spaces for choreographers available.

If you are interested in sponsoring the W.I.P. please let me know. $50.00 will sponsor a choreographer and $250 will sponsor all of the choreographers for one presentation. The program has been funded in part by Dance Saskatchewan but we are now fundraising for the final half of the series. The W.I.P. will also culminate in a Grand Gala event of finished works this September. The event will take place at the Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre Theatre at 209 Dufferin Ave in Saskatoon (dates to be announced soon).

I was very fortunate to be asked to present work at the Stream of Dance Festival in Regina by New Dance Horizons in April. The Regina troupe performed an excellent version of "There once was a Ball…" at the MacCallum Centre. Misty was unfortunately out of the country on a school trip with her students but we were lucky to have Tanya Dahms step in and learn her part! Yay Tanya, good work! I am happy to say that the piece is really evolving and the character development is getting better every time I see it. I presented a solo with a suitcase called "home?" at the 7 Minutes Max Show on the Friday night of the festival at the MacKenzie Art Gallery Theatre. It was a thrill to be back on stage after a bit of a hiatus, and I received a lot of positive feedback from audience members, which was nice. The festival was a whirlwind of dance, drinks and inspiration! I am already looking forward to going back next year. One of the highlights for me was the performance by One Yellow Rabbit (who I highly recommend seeing!)

International Dance Day was on April 29th. Free Flow celebrated by the Regina branch performing "There once was a Ball…" at the Regina Celebration show and I organized an event in Saskatoon. Both events were a huge success! The Saskatoon show was held at the DSI Centre and almost 200 people packed in to see the show. It was an evening of ethnic and artistic diversity. The performance included Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Kathak, Modern, Scottish Country, Middle Eastern, Irish, Musical Theatre and Flamenco to mention a few. I presented "La Chaise Fatales" with dancer Chelsea Vols at the celebration who of course danced beautifully. Thanks again to Kathy Bond for the use of her infamous chair! The performance was held as a fundraiser for the W.I.P. Series.

So what else is new….. Well the newly formed Saskatoon Dance Teachers Collective has started it's classes. We have held 3 classes so far and plan to continue into the summer months. There have been 18 teachers contact me so far expressing interest in joining and I am very happy to see it finally get started. Thanks to the DSI Centre for all of your help with this initiative!

I have also been teaching a choreography workshop for the grade 10 Dance class at Marion Graham High School in Saskatoon. I am helping them to create and original dance piece over a series of four classes and it has been an excellent experience for me as well as for the students. I am looking forward to seeing the final production.

I have finally started my tech training at the Centennial Hall with lighting Guru Dan Mooney and am trying to wrap my head around all of the things you need to know to program the computer lighting board. It helps to have the "game" version on my computer but I am really looking forward to getting back in the booth and learning it live. I am struggling through the manual now so wish me luck……. Its been a long time since I have been in school and I had forgotten how hard it is to study.

I am looking for SM work this summer so if any of you fringe artists need me please let me know!

I am working as Stage Manager for both the Saskatchewan Express (Saskatoon Branch) and Studio One dance recital year-end shows at the end of May. These jobs will be challenging but fun as each studio has between 150-200 kids to organize and get on stage! Whew!

I am pleased to say that the Free Flow Dance Theatre web site is getting a new look! Kathleen Oudit, former dancer and extremely talented artist and designer is creating a new look for it. The site is maintained by long time supporter Alan Page and hosted by the wonderful Will Soukoreff! (aka Robbo) I will send out a notice letting you all know when the new look is up and running.

Well this email update is getting very long so I will just end with a few thank yous. Thanks to Calvin, Justin, Sara and Jessi for all their help and volunteering for our recent events. Thanks to Bobbi and the DSI Staff, the Partnership,Kathy Bond and Saskatoon Pilates, Robin and the NDH Staff, Jessi Nicholson for putting me up in Regina and a special thanks to Connie at the Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan for the last minute rehearsal space! You are all fabulous!

I haven't been getting much "nice" mail lately, just bills and such so I thought I would mention that my birthday is coming up…………….yes it falls on the long weekend of May this year…….. so if you are inspired to send a card or lottery ticket or whatnot……….

Jackie Latendresse
444 5th Ave N. #102
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 2P9
(306) 665-5998

I hope to take a trip to Toronto (despite the SARS) soon, perhaps during the month of July??? I hope to have a get together at some point and have a chat with you all. Until the keep in touch!

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