Moving Connections community participants. Photo by Drew Berry. December 2019.
JOIN OUR FREE COMMUNITY MOVEMENT PRACTICE ONLINE
Open to people of all ages, bodies, and abilities- No dance experience required
"I felt that I had completed something, that it was a positive moment for me to feel that sense of purpose."
-Moving Connections Online Participant, 2020
Moving Connections has shifted to an online workshop format that brings people together through a live movement practice. In a choreographic sequence developed just before the pandemic, we will move in harmony with one another, from our own spaces. These workshops provide a place for friends, family and community to come together to move and connect.
Through the choreographic sequence, this non-strenuous movement practice will warm the body and activate the mind. The sequence can be done standing, sitting, or with any other modification.
Let’s connect online until we can connect in person!
OCTOBER 14-NOVEMBER 6, 2020
These workshops consist of Wednesday Learning Labs and Friday Practice Labs.
Drop-in to one workshop or register for the whole series.
Learning Labs will be your tutorials for learning the choreographic sequence and will be taught in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2). The labs will take you through 32 gesture-based movements - 16 in Part 1 and 16 in Part 2. There will be time to ask questions about the sequence. (Wednesdays from 5pm-5:45pm EST - October 14, 21, 28, and November 4)
Practice Labs will be your opportunity to fully engage in an uninterrupted run of the choreographic sequence, connecting Part 1 and Part 2 as a flowing, meditative movement practice. (Fridays from 5pm-5:30pm EST - October 23 and November 6)
*While it is not a requirement, it is recommended that you attend both Learning Labs (Part 1 & 2) prior to participating in a Practice Lab.
"Thank you so much for today! Such a beautiful experience. I kept smiling with amazement and joy...that a group of strangers could perform a series of actions creating intimacy and cohesion. I loved it."
Phyllis Whyte (Moving Connections Participant)
"I truly appreciated the sensitivity and generosity you and your team extended to us non-dancers. It felt such a safe and supportive space."
Brenda Somers (Moving Connections Participant)
Here is just some of what our Fall Moving Connections Online Participants are saying
"It was a joyful moment online together, feeling connected, creative, relaxed, inspired. More embodied in these times."
"I think it's an amazing, and unique in my experience, accomplishment and done with such care and tenderness for each participant."
"Seeing all of us moving together as a group in our individual interpretations was so beautiful and moving."
OUTDOOR PRACTICE OPPORTUNITY
On Sunday, November 8th, we will be offering a physically distanced outdoor practice session in Toronto! Karen Kaeja, the project founder, will be leading a warm-up and all of our Moving Connections Facilitators will be present, guiding the phrase. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to connect with you all in person!
For extra safety measures, we will also be setting up clear physical distancing marks on the ground and we ask that you please wear a mask. If we reach capacity for an outdoor gathering, we will then add a second time slot for the same day, all before the 4:30 pm sundown.
If you are interested in attending, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org and put outdoor practice in the subject line.
We will be documenting this Outdoor Practice to create a short film! Because of this, all participants must be OK with your image being shared publicly. It is important that you have attended both Learning Lab 1 and 2 OR a Practice Lab in order to attend this Outdoor Practice Lab.
11:00am- 11:15am Arrival
11:20am - 11:30am Karen Kaeja leads warm-up
11:30am - 12:00pm Practice Moving Connections sequence outdoors with documenting
12:00om-12:15pm Creative Exploration
The Bickford Center. 777 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L6
More info on the exact meeting place to come. Please communicate with us if you have any accessibility needs.
Frequently asked questions
What is Moving Connections?
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These workshops are facilitated by professional dance artists experienced in community engagement. Meet our fantastic team below!
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ONLINE on Zoom!
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We are excited to announce that in our last workshop of the Fall Session of Moving Connections (Practice Lab, Friday Nov 6th at 5pm EST), we will be recording the last run-through of the choreographic sequence to be shared on our social media platform!
As always, for those who do not wish to have your image shared publicly, we welcome participants to keep their videos turned off. We hope this recording of the beautiful connections that we have all been moved by, can bring light to a moment in the pandemic and be shared with friends and families.
MEET OUR TEAM!
PROGRAM FOUNDER & DIRECTOR: Karen Kaeja
CHOREOGRAPHY CREATED BY: Karen Kaeja in collaboration with community members, Dec. 2019 Moving Connections module
ONLINE TEACHERS: Nickeshia Garrick, Mio Sakamoto, Elke Schroeder, Katherine Semchuk, Irma Villafuerte
PROGRAM COORDINATORS: Drew Berry, Katherine Semchuk
CONSULTANT: Dr. Pil Hansen
ADDITIONAL DECEMBER 2019 TEAM
WRITING COACH: Sandra Campbell
PSYCHOTHERAPIST OT: Margaret Powell
ADVISOR: Michelle Silagy
COMMUNITY FACILITATION: Jordana Deveau
MOVEMENT GUIDES: Michael Caldwell, Jordana Deveau, Mio Sakamoto, Elke Schroeder
RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Myrto Koumarianos
SCRIBE: Drew Berry, Elise Tigges
2019 COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS: Pramila Aggarwal, Nadia Alpert, Mary Barr, Linda Bayliss, Pat Beaven, Pieter Biessels, Jane Deluzio, Joanne Desjardins, Lori Eisler, Luisa Giacometti, Christine Jackson, Suzanne Jaeger, David Keshen, Ana Lima, Sallie Lyons, Mary Anne Quance, Brenda Somers, Jini Stolk, Harold Tausch, Dianne Taylor, Cylla von Tiedemann, Patricia White, Phyllis Whyte, Myriam Zitouni
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORT TEAM:
Elizabeth Bowes, Jane Deluzio, Lori Eisler, Lori Endes, Christine Jackson, Sallie Lyons, Lori Pacan, Phyllis Whyte
While we remain connected online, we welcome feedback from you at anytime email@example.com
Moving Connections is made possible by the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and University of Calgary / Kaeja d’Dance partnership SSHRC grant - Moving Connections and aging partnership: sharing danced memories to build meaningful relations led by Dr. Pil Hansen.