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2014 Youth Moves

Eight exciting and eclectic works performed by dancers under 19.

See the action Sunday June 1st at 4pm in the Co-operators Hall of the River Run Centre.

Click here for Youth Moves tickets.

Contemporary School of Dance

Waterloo, ON

in my heart, 2013
Choreography: Heather Roy-Kleihauer

Contemporary School of Dance. Photo by Maxime Gibson.

in my heart lives a dance waiting to be danced and love waiting to be found. Joy and closeness are expressed in a vignette of pieces, woven with friendship and a desire to love. Many thanks to Heather Roy-Kleihauer for creating this work for our company dancers!

For more information on Contemporary School of Dance, visit the Artist Bios page.

Dasein Dance School

London, ON

Abandon, 2013
Choreography: Louis Labergé-Côte

Photo courtesy of Dasein Dance School.

Abandon is a non-narrative abstract work created in close collaboration with the dancers in a very short amount of time. Several physical ideas and images were explored through improvisations, games, and choreographic tasks. Before we knew it, a dark, cold, poetic, and mysterious world came to life. We hope you enjoy the journey…

For more information on Dasein Dance School, visit the Artist Bios page.

Guelph Youth Dance Company

Guelph, ON

High Tide, 2012
Choreography: Jordana Deveau

Guelph Youth Dance Company. Photo by Peter Grimaldi.

Created on and for young dancers, High Tide takes the viewer on a dizzying physical and emotional journey that explores the notion of home, the theme of loss, and the power of community. High Tide was created to honour the strength, perseverance, courage, and memory of the choreographer’s grandmother, Edith Galdy, whose style, stories, and photographs provide her with endless inspiration. Special thanks to the original cast, the 2012 Grade 10 class at Alexander Mackenzie High School, whose contributions were essential to the creation of the work.

For more information on Guelph Youth Dance Company, visit the Artist Bios page.

Creative Children’s Dance Centre Inc.

Toronto, ON

Pour, 2002
Choreography: Mairead Filgate

Creative Children’s Dance Centre Inc. Photo by Kassandra Prus.

A portrait of an imaginary rain storm comes to life. Greatly inspired by the contrasting music of Rene Aubrey, Tom Waits, and Johann Sebastian Bach, this physical and dynamic group work moves from heavy weightedness to the ethereal, while the dancers are caught in a mysterious inner landscape of reverie.

For more information on Creative Children’s Dance Centre Inc, visit the Artist Bios page.

no. 369 Collective

Orangeville, ON

Go Slowly, Premiere
Choreography: Kerri-Ann Hutton

Go Slowly
was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story “Little Match Girl”. In a time of desperation and neglect, a young girl slips from this life into the next. Unsure of where to go, souls/spirits of other children help to guide and support her, showing her the way to peaceful refuge through the light, and encouraging her to “go slowly” on her way.

For more information on no. 369 Collective, visit the Artist Bios page.

Renaissance School of the Arts Dance Company

Waterloo, ON

Mad World, 2013
Choreography: Deanne Bingleman

Renaissance School of the Arts Dance Company. Photo by Deeanne Bingleman.

Unable to exist without a constant gadget connection, where age has no boundaries, we are propelling through this world of digital moments captured but never actually experienced, taking human interaction out of the equation for relationships. After a visit to the packed food court of a mall, where all was silent except for the sounds of fryers and hundreds of texting hands, the choreographer felt compelled to bring it to life through dance in hopes of reawakening the “human interaction” in us again.

For more information on Renaissance School of the Arts Dance Company, visit the Artist Bios page.

Carousel Dance Company

Waterloo, ON

Hi, my name is, 2013
Choreography: Lauren Runions

Carousel Dance Company. Photo by Libby Askin.

Guest choreographer, Lauren Runions, was inspired by the dancers when she created Hi, my name is. During their first rehearsal together, the dancers introduced themselves with ‘hi, my name is…” followed by a history of their dancing. The piece is about meeting someone for the first time and getting to know them. A special thank you to Lauren for coming to Waterloo to create this work.

For more information on Carousel Dance Company, visit the Artist Bios page.

Perpetual Motion Youth Company, Swansea School of Dance, and YMI Dancing

Cambridge and Toronto, ON

BliP, Premiere
Choreography: Julia Aplin

BLiP is a about biodiversity, evolution, and the interconnectedness of all things. The work is a collaboration between YMI Dancing, Swansea School of Dance, and Perpetual Motion Youth Company. BLiP is about creating connections, appreciating differences, and understanding how all living things need each other. Quirky costumes designed by Appleberry Ink abstractly represent different species. The music of Hans Reichel, featuring the unusual daxophone instrument, accompanies the dancers as they create moments of unity and express their individual creativity. A “blip” is “something that is small that does not last a long time”. This piece celebrates the profound importance of each blip of life in our world.

For more information on Perpetual Motion Youth CompanySwansea School of Dance, and YMI Dancing, visit the Artist Bios page.

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