APPLICANTS: Board of Directors 2019, Member-at-Large
Through December, HDC members will vote to elect ONE new member to the Board of Directors. This year, we received applications from Louis Laberge-Coté (Toronto) and Astrid Sherman (Vancouver). Please read their statements of interest below. Voting is on-line from December 1-31 (members should send their votes to firstname.lastname@example.org see you email inbox for specific instructions). Each member is entitled to one vote, and election is by majority of HDC members.
Statements of Interest
I have extensive experience as a performer, choreographer, dance teacher, and mentor. I have collaborated with a wide range of professional artists and students working in different disciplines and dance forms, ranging from traditional and classical to experimental and avant-garde, often connecting with many cultural and minority groups. As a result of these experiences, I have acquired a broad perspective and a sincere appreciation of numerous dance and art practices, ethnocultural concerns, and political realities. I have worked diligently to develop a profound understanding of the local, provincial, national, and international dance scenes.
I have made concerted efforts to involve myself in administration and advocacy, and have gained valuable experience through my years of service on the Boards and juries of various institutions and arts service organizations. I have also managed and self-produced several successful projects, involving grant writing, contract negotiation, scheduling, budgeting, fundraising, networking, marketing, curation, and outreach.
I am wholeheartedly committed to my professional and artistic development. I keep looking for new and innovative teaching methodologies so that my pedagogical practice is in line with the ever-changing needs of the contemporary dance job market. Learning about different approaches to movement training, performance, and sustainable dance practice is precisely in line with my current research interests.
I would be honoured to be considered for the Healthy Dancer Canada Board as a committee member at large and/or with a focus on serving on the Conference Committee. I have been a member of Healthy Dancer Canada since 2012 and presented at the HDC conferences in 2012, 2014 and 2018.
In 2016, I organised a Regional “Day for Teachers” in Vancouver for the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and invited Healthy Dancer Canada to be co-presenters. I am currently serving on the Dance Educators’ Committee for IADMS with a focus on Regional Dance Educator Meetings and this would be a great liaison between the two organisations for the 2019 Montreal IADMS International Conference. I would love to see Healthy Dancer Canada playing a large role on the “Day for Teachers” that occurs alongside this multi-faceted international dance medicine conference.
I have organised Regional Meetings for IADMS in Vancouver in 2015 & 2016 and in South Africa in 2018. As a dance educator, I have also presented research at the IADMS Conferences in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017 focused on “take-home” information for dance teachers to easily implement in training. I am often invited to speak and present masterclasses both locally and internationally and would be a good ambassador for Healthy Dancer Canada, as are my own graduates dancing around the world, for implementing and following a “Holistic Dance Education.”