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Free Flow Dance Theatre Fall Newsletter

Hello again! It has been a beautiful summer if not a little dry out here on the prairies this year. The one thing I can say is that the fall in Saskatoon is refreshing and cool. It is a very comfortable time of the year here and everything feels much more moist than usual.

As usual Autumn is a busy time in my life, what with the return of students and school and the start of new dance classes and deadline for grant applications I have hardly had time to eat and sleep.

I have started teaching a course at the University of Saskatchewan. It is a fine arts course that introduces the 4 art streams (dance, drama, visual and music) to 1st year students. I am teaching the dance component of course and I am happy to report that I am loving it! This type of job is right up my alley and as most of you know I can talk about dance for hours……… this job is made for me! I have been covering dance history, its relevance in the education curriculum, effects on society, how to view and speak about dance and of course have been slipping in lots of videos and workshops as well! Every 6 weeks I have a whole new group of students so it is pretty fast paced and requires a lot of speedy marking, but I really do love teaching university level students.

I have been doing a little practicing as a theatre technician and after running sooooooo many shows during the fringe here in August I am feeling fairly confident. I hope to continue to study with the technicians at the Centennial hall here.

My Modern dance class for adults is up and running and this year I have a really great group who are all dedicated and determined dancers. It is going to be a fun season with them. We are working on Limon technique and for fun I will be trying to integrate some of the basics of Horton Technique (which I am teaching myself) into the classes.

The W.I.P. Gala Performance on Sept. 27th at the Refinery Theatre was a HUGE success! The theatre was almost totally sold out with only 2 seats left! This is wonderful as this series is a very new thing for Saskatoon and this show of community support really makes all the hard work feel worth while. My piece home? went very well. It has expanded from a solo into a trio with myself, Nadine Bemis and Anastasia Tataryn dancing in it and has lengthened into a fifteen-minute work since the March W.I.P. showing when it was first presented. I am very pleased with all of the performers and their work. Thanks to the Saskatoon Improv Dance Collective, Paula Skotnitsky, Krista Solheim, and Tina Bertoncini! The whole show went so smooth thanks to Justin Gladue and Jim Arthur up in the tech booth! I simply couldn't have asked for a more successful event! Thanks also go out to Sara Ezzat and Calvin McGillivray my trusty volunteers Jessi More (AKA Nicholson) my M.C. and to Cynthia at the refinery for being so terrific!

As I said 'tis the season for grant applications… yes I have been spending a lot of time seated at the computer or hunching over a calculator recently. I have managed to finish and submit two applications, one to Dance Saskatchewan for the 2nd season of the W.I.P. and the other to the Saskatchewan Arts Board for a research grant. I would like to create a new show that would be inspired by the many dance forms of the Vaudeville/ follies/burlesque genre. So please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me! Unfortunately I did not receive any funding this time around from the Canada Council to develop a show based on the quest for home. I did managed to create and present a shorter piece through the W.I.P., which was fortunate. All those suitcases have come in handy!!!!!!!

Well this letter is getting a bit too long so I will leave it here. Please write or email us, as I love to hear from you. Do try to check out our newly renovated company web site at www.freeflowdance.com. Thank you to Kathleen Oudit and Alan Page for setting this up! You are awesome!

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