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Moving Connections community participants. Photo by Drew Berry. December 2019.

MOVING

CONNECTIONS

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!

FALL SESSION

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

NEW INFO! 

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 kaeja.team@gmail.com 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. 

 

Schedule 

11:00am- 11:15am  Arrival

11:15am-11:20am Welcome

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

 

Location

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?


This format of Moving Connections is an online workshop that brings people together through a live movement practice. In a choreographic sequence developed in collaboration with a community of older adults just before the pandemic, we will move in harmony with one another from our own spaces. This practice evokes a distilled reflection of hope embracing meaningful connections made with people in our lives. The choreographic sequence consists of 32 movements that are simple, gestural and easy to learn.




Who can participate?


This workshop welcomes anyone who is interested - no dance experience is necessary. This workshop is open to participants of all bodies, abilities, and ages, however we suggest adult accompaniment for very young movers. The choreographic sequence can be done standing, sitting, or with any other modification. Our instructors will provide movement options for all abilities and accessibilities. If you have specific accessibility questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact urban@kaeja.org. Videos with guided instruction, Closed Captioning and ASL will soon be available soon upon request.




What will I be doing?


You will practice a gentle choreographic sequence, made up of 32 gesture-based movements. Wednesday Learning Labs will be your tutorials for the sequence and will be taught in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2). Friday Practice Labs will give you the opportunity to fully engage in the choreography as a meditative practice, stringing both parts 1 and 2 (all 32 movements) together. The choreography can be done standing, sitting, and with any other modifications. Guided by a professional dance artist who will be demonstrating and engaging in each movement throughout the entire workshop, you will learn alongside a community of online participants. You will be dancing before you know it!




Who is teaching it?


These workshops are facilitated by professional dance artists experienced in community engagement. Meet our fantastic team below!




Who created the choreographic sequence?


The choreographic sequence was developed by Karen Kaeja in collaboration with a group of older adults during a community workshop in December 2019. Through guided prompts and explorations, these movements stem from personal stories, contributed by those who were present in the workshop. The Moving Connections Project and workshops were conceived, directed and developed in 2018 by Karen Kaeja. The project is an umbrella for her three decades of research of intergenerational collaborative dance making created through personal stories. Karen’s early training as a Dance Therapist where she pioneered the first Dance Therapy program at North York’s Baycrest Centre, seeded her research on the benefits of dancing for older adults and has now blossomed into the Moving Connections Project.




How much does it cost?


FREE! A donation option is available to support the Moving Connections program here.




Where are the workshops?


ONLINE on Zoom!




What is the schedule?


There is one Fall Session available. Details and schedule for a Winter Session to be released soon! Learning Labs / Wednesdays | 5:00-5:45PM October 14th - Learning Lab (Part 1) October 21st - Learning Lab (Part 2) October 28th - Learning Lab (Part 1) November 4th - Learning Lab (Part 2) Practice Labs / Fridays | 5:00-5:30PM October 23rd - Practice Lab (Part 1 & Part 2) November 6th - Practice Lab (Part 1 & Part 2)




How do I register?


Register here!




Where do I ask for information?


E-mail urban@kaeja for more information.





ZOOM SHARING

NEW INFO! 

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!

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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 urban@kaeja.org


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.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL LAND

Kaeja d’Dance would like to acknowledge that we are situated upon traditional territories. Our artists, collaborators, staff and team are grateful to be creating art on this land that has been nurtured by recorded and unrecorded human activity for by thousands of years. We honour and respect the traditional lands and waterways of the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the Métis Nation. We are in the 'Dish with One Spoon' territory - a treaty between these nations reflecting a commitment to share the territory and protect the land. We also recognize the enduring presence of diverse Indigenous peoples on this land.

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