As a provincial service organziation the Alberta Dance Alliance is your portal to everything dance related in Alberta!
Take a look through our site to find out what is going on in the Alberta Dance scene and how you can become a part of our vibrant movment-based community.
1. Send ADA your events for International Dance Week 2017
Contact Alberta Dance Alliance to notify us of your special events, activities, and performances during international dance week (April 22 - 29, 2017). Your submissions will be included on ADA's website, and passed along to the Canadian Dance Assembly.
2. Celebrate International Dance Day in Alberta by sharing your message
Each year Alberta Dance Alliance collects messages from professional, recreational and youth dancers, as a reflection of the Alberta community. ADA will share your dance message through our website and social media. Three messages will be selected to represent the Alberta community, and will be announced during International Dance Week. Your message can be presented in either a video or as a written message posted on the ADA Facebook page.
Messages should be 125 words or less.
Submission Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017
Please post your completed dance message on the ADA Facebook page (facebook.com/ABDanceAlliance).
3. Resources for your use
The following materials have been provided by the Canadian Dance Assembly and your provincial service organization for your use!
- Roger’s bio and message in English and French
- A program insert in English and French (for your performance and activity programs)
- Several bilingual banners - 476x160, FB cover pink, FB cover grey (for your Facebook page and website)
- Photos of Roger Sinha - 1, 2, 3, 4 (include on your social media and print materials)
Celebrate IDD 2017 by sharing this year's message by Canada's selected choreographer with your audiences, friends and colleagues!
Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. Since 2005, the Canadian Dance Assembly has issued a Canadian message in conjunction with the UNESCO message. This year, CDA invited Roger Sinha of Sinha Danse to share his inspirational message to all Canadians.
Roger Sinha was born in England to an Armenian mother and an Indian father, and later moved at the age of eight to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After graduating from Toronto Dance Theatre, he settled in Montreal and quickly became involved in several collaborations within the blossoming local artistic community. He danced in the renowned work, Joe, by choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault, where he forged relationships with many dancers and choreographers including Hélène Blackburn, Sylvain Émard, Pierre Paul Savoie and Daniel Soulières. In 1991, he formed his company Sinha Danse and began developing his distinct choreographic language based on an intermingling of his Indian background and Canadian culture. His creations unite Bharata Natyam, a dance originating in Southern India, martial arts and contemporary dance. This unique fusion of influences has given birth to hybrid choreographies that are unquestionably distinctive.
Retrospective from Sinha Danse on Vimeo.
Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. Every year, an international message authored by a well-known dance personality is circulated around the world as part of International Dance Day celebrations. Check the ITI Unesco website to view the international message.
Touch the cosmos
the source of our divinity
the face of the ancestors
so we can see our children
Woven above beside below
unite all within
our flesh and bones
The Earth is turning
humans in mass migration
turtles gather in silent preparation
the heart is injured
a movement of love
a movement of justice
the light of truth
~ Lemi Ponifasio
Lemi Ponifasio is a Samoan and New Zealand choreographer, dancer, stage director, designer and artist. Ponifasio was born in Lano, Samoa.
>> More information about Lemi Ponifasio
Since 2005, the Canadian Dance Assembly has issued a Canadian message in conjunction with the UNESCO message.
Read the 2016 Canadian Message by Susanne Chui
Read the 2015 Canadian Message by Luca 'Lazylegz' Patuelli
Read the 2014 Canadian Message by Santee Smith
Read the 2013 Canadian Message by Vicki Adams Willis
Read the 2012 Canadian message by Yvon Soglo "Crazy Smooth"
The Canadian Dance Assembly is proud to partner with Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli as the National Youth Ambassador for Dance for the next two years. Patuelli will be spreading his inspiring message of “No Excuses, No Limits” to youth across the country online and in person.
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli has been dancing (B-boying) since he was 15-years-old. Born with Arthrogryposis, a birth defect affecting the bone structure, joint movement, and muscle growth in his legs, Luca has been using crutches from a very young age. He has developed a unique dance style incorporating his crutches and the strength in his arms, that has gotten him worldwide recognition. Continue reading about Luca HERE.
Luca is co-founder of Projet-RAD, an organization that provides people with various disabilities the opportunity to take inclusive urban dance classes in a warm and safe environment adapted to their needs. Along with co-founders Melissa Emblin and Marie-Élaine Patenaude, Luca was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General David Johnston in December 2015.