Saturday, May 4, 2019

2019 Community Dance Piece - What to Expect

Thank you to everyone who came out to our first Community Gathering and Information Session last week. We are excited to get started with our first rehearsal of Phase One on Monday May 6th!

In the event that you were unable to attend, we've put together some key information for you to help answer questions you may have on what to expect.

Code of Conduct 
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination. Any person found to be harassing or discriminating based on any point of difference including but to limited to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, or disability will be asked to leave the project.

When we are outside in the park you must always be with a buddy. If you need to leave the group (to use the restroom etc.) please inform your rehearsal facilitator and go with your buddy or a designated SCD company member.

For any rehearsals or performances involving youth/children their guardian is responsible for informing SCD in advance as to who is picking the participant up or how they are permitted to travel home.

During the first rehearsal of Phase One, Phase Two and Phase Three, we will work together to develop a list of community agreements around the question: “What do we need from one another to feel supported in this project?”

Where are the rehearsals?
Rehearsals will be held at Lampman Lane Community Centre and Park.

We will always meet inside the community centre at the beginning of rehearsal.
Part of our time each rehearsal, weather permitting, will take place outside in the park as the first four performances of the piece will be danced outside.

Rehearsals involving youth/children will always end inside the community centre to assist with safe dismissal.

What should I bring?
Please make sure to bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a nut-free snack, and bug repellant.

At the first rehearsal will we be collecting participation and image waivers from all participants.
These will be emailed in advance of your first rehearsal and hard copies will also be available onsite.

What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Light layers are best for summer rehearsals to have options for sun and bug protection.

Please wear running shoes! We will be dancing in the park and barefoot is not a safe option. Shoes that tie snuggly are ideal. For the portion of rehearsal indoors running shoes are also encouraged.

What will rehearsal be like?
During the first rehearsal of Phase One, Phase Two and Phase Three, we will work together to develop a list of community agreements around the question: “What do we need from one another to feel supported in this project?”

We will begin moving with a gentle group warm up. From there, your rehearsal facilitator will lead the group through a series of activities that encourage developing our own movement. We will use guiding words, feelings, images, and ideas, to start building a section of the dance. Members of SCD will also be in rehearsal to support and help shape the process.

We may not use music very much at first (especially because park by-laws discourage the use of amplified sound) but we will use music more as the piece starts to take shape.

Every rehearsal will have a short 10-15min break around halfway mark and light refreshments will be provided.

What kind of dance piece will we be making?
The piece will draw on the people in the process. If you have a special talent or skill you’d like to incorporate in the dance please let us know on your registration form, or let us know during the first rehearsal. Dancers in Phase One and Phase Two will be working to build sections of the dance, while participants who begin in Phase Three will be helping build and create transitions between sections as well as be part of larger group sections.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Happy International Dance Day!

Happy International Dance Day!

Today we are reflecting on the reason we dance and why community is at the heart of what we do. This video explains the science behind the experience of dancing together.

Sociologist Émile Durkheim set out to find a scientific explanation to understand: What glues societies together in spite of our differences? Part of the answer led him to coin the term "Collective Effervescence" and dance is an accelerator of this force.

Interested in being part of our collective movement project? Come on out to our Community Dance Piece - Information Sessions. The first meeting is tonight at 6:30pm at Lampman Lane Community Centre. Let's move together!

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.

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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!