Tuesday, April 16, 2019

You’re invited to join Simcoe Contemporary Dancers biggest community dance piece yet!

7 performance opportunities. 3 chances to join in. 1 unforgettable experience

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) invites people of all experience levels to join us in creating and performing a dance piece that uniquely belongs to our community. The movement material will be co-created by participants and members of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. The piece will premiere at Dusk Dances Barrie – the kick-off to SCD’s 10th Anniversary Season, and performed in the fall during Culture Days and as part of SCD’s two holiday performances. 

“This year, based on feedback from previous projects, we are organizing rehearsals in a different way,” said Artistic Director Sarah Lochhead, “There will be multiple points along the way where people can join in and rehearsals will be focused on particular community groupings to help ensure the learning experience is optimal for all involved.” 

“Each part of the creation process will be proceeded by a community gathering and information session to meet one another and learn more about the project,” said Executive Director and Co-Facilitator Chrissy King, “This is a welcomed addition to the process as is having our rehearsals in one location rain or shine at Lampman Lane Community Centre and Park. We are very grateful to the Ontario Arts Council and The City of Barrie for helping us make this project a reality.”

There is no fee to participate, and all experience levels are welcome! This is a great opportunity to explore dance and create something unique together. 

While the project is open to all ages, we request that children under the age of 10 be accompanied by an adult or older sibling/friend and children under the age of 8 participate in Phase One or Phase Three with a participating guardian. 

All rehearsals will be held at Lampman Lane Community Centre with parts of rehearsal taking place outside in the park. 

Community Gathering and Information Sessions 
Lampman Lane Community Centre – Activity Room
Monday April 29 ,6:30pm – 8:30pm
Thursday June 13, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday July 10, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on rehearsal dates and to register click here.

This project is made possible by the Ontario Arts Council and The City of Barrie.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Join us for an exciting guest workshop

I'm very excited to announce our next guest workshop with Kevin A. Ormsby!
I've gotten to know Kevin through various events in Toronto's dance community such as being on the steering committee for the on the MOVE conference together, getting involved with the advocacy work of the Canadian Dance Assembly, and of course running into one another in the lobby at dance events.

In 2015, I attended the presentation of Facing Home: Love & Redemption - a collaboration between Christopher Walker, a Jamaican choreographer working out of the USA, and Kevin A. Ormsby, Artistic Director of Toronto’s KasheDance.  The production was described as "a powerful contemporary dance production that investigates the global impact of Bob Marley’s music - its expression of humanity’s struggle and its inspiration toward love, redemption and hope - and contrasts it to the deep-rooted homophobia in Jamaican/West Indian Culture." 

The experience of witnessing this performance sticks with me to this day. This work of art took something so familiar (like the music of Bob Marley) and found ways to interpret, contextualize and mobilize it in a way that I felt I was discovering the songs for the first time.

Please join us for this amazing opportunity to learn from the wonderful and talented Kevin A. Ormsby in a workshop of Afro-Contemporary dance rooted in collective space sharing and gestures informed by dances of the Diaspora. 

Sarah Lochhead
Sarah Lochhead - Artistic Director
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers ...

Workshop with Kevin A. Ormsby

Kevin A. Ormsby / Photo by Shane Drummond Photo
Sunday April 7, 2019
11:00am - 12:30pm
@ Barrie School of Dance, 149 Welham Rd, Barrie ON

A workshop in Afro-Contemporary dance rooted in collective space sharing and gestures informed by dances of the Diaspora.  

Use the button below to reserve your space via deposit ($20) or paying the workshop fee in full ($40). If you are an educator interested in observing the workshop choose the observation fee ($20).

Reserve your space today

About Kevin A. Ormsby

Artistic Director of KasheDance, Kevin A. Ormsby works as a dancer/choreographer and Arts Strategies Consultant. He a Professor of Dance Performance at Centennial College and an Adjunct Artist with Dance Exchange in Washington, DC. With career that spans over 30 years, he has performed with various companies and projects in Canada, Caribbean and the United States. A 2016 Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Fellowship recipient, OAC KM Hunter Dance Award nominee, including Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Fellow, and the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch — Staunton Award recipient in Dance. His creative practice explores where dance of the Diaspora interrogates contemporary dance.

Learn More: kashedance.com

About workshops presented by SCD:
Workshops are recommended for participants high school age or older. Age exemptions are considered on a case by case basis. 

All participants must complete a participation waiver and image release form.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Celebration of Dance Survey


We are planning another fantastic year presenting Celebration of Dance! This annual fundraising event allows dancers from all over Simcoe County come together to raise money for both local and international charities. 

This year, to help us choose the charities that will benefit from this event we are asking for your help! 

Please fill out the survey below to let us know what deserving charity you think should receive funds from the 16th Annual Celebration of Dance! Please respond by Friday March 8, 2019

If you are interested in participating or volunteering for this event please email our Outreach Coordinator Natasha at outreach@simcoecontemporarydancers.com!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

An exciting announcement from our Founder/Artistic Director, Sarah Lochhead:

Hello and Happy New Year! 

We’ve had an incredible start to our 2018/2019 season with the second edition of Dusk Dances Barrie, community performances/animations at Meridian Place, at the MacLaren Art Centre, the Collingwood Public Library, Barrie City Hall, the Innisfil IdeaLAB and Library, and Holly Community Centre. We are so grateful for the support you have shown us as spectators, participants, and volunteers, as well as right here online! We are dedicated to continuing to offer our community a mix of free admission, pay-what-you-can, and ticketed performances and events.

I’m excited to share with you that with the generous support of one of our patrons, we are launching our first ever Matching Campaign.

From now until January 30, 2019, contributions to our organization will be matched up to a total $1,500.

This is a great opportunity to double the impact of your contribution to SCD!

Yours in dance,

P.S. Did you know in the summer/fall of 2019 we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary? Your contribution will help support our activities leading up to this milestone season!

Please note SCD cannot provide charitable donation receipts.

Monday, November 12, 2018

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