Healthy Dance Canada's BIPOC Advocacy Working Group is pleased to announce the runner-up for the Healthy Dancer Canada BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship 2023, Lucia Llano!
Lucía Llano was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia where she trained at MISI - School of Musical Theatre. She graduated with honours from York University with a BFA in Dance. As a student, she performed with the York Dance Ensemble and was awarded the Dance Department Fund and the Kondor AMPD Awards. Lucía continued her professional development upon graduation and participated in the Kenny Pearl, ProArte Danza and most recently the Deltebre Dansa Summer Intensive in Spain. She has worked with choreographers such as Mateo Galindo Torres, Dave Wilson, Nina Milanovski and Sophie Dow. In 2022, she danced in Jessie Reyez's music video ‘Mutual Friend’ choreographed by Martha Hart and most recently enjoyed working with hART Dance Company. Lucía is a lifelong learner who aspires to grow as a performance artist and promote movement education in Toronto and her home country.
Thank you to The Fifth Dance for supporting this year's runner-up! Healthy Dancer Canada and The Fifth Dance are thrilled to assist with Lucia's development and career aspirations. Follow Lucia on Instagram: @maluciallano. Learn more about the BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship.
Healthy Dance Canada's BIPOC Advocacy Working Group is pleased to announce the winner of the Healthy Dancer Canada BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship 2023. Congratulations to Bryn Bridgen!
Bryn is an Indigenous freelance dance artist based in Vancouver BC. As an emerging artist, Bryn has most recently worked for local dance company Dance//Novella, under the direction of Brandon Lee Alley and Racheal Prince. She was a performer in their newest work “STANCE” presented at The Polygon Art Gallery, and is also a dancer in their full-length work “When The Walls Come Down” most recently performed in the Sound Off Festival 2023, The Dance Centres International Dance Day 2023, and VIDF 2022. Bryn’s professional training includes the GibneyPRO Pilot Program 2022 directed by Alexandra Wells, Gilbert T. Small II and Bret Yamanaka, the Modus Operandi Link Program directed by Kate Franklin, David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen, and Lamondance under the direction of Davi Rodrigues and mentorship of Racheal Prince. Throughout her training, she has performed works by Rena Butler + Maleek Washington, Laja Field, Noam Gagnon, Richard Walters, Kirsten Wicklund and others. She has also worked with a variety of teachers including Beverley Bagg, Crystal Costa, Francesca Dominguez, Kevin Shannon, Nicolas Ventura and Zina Zinchenko among many others. Bryn will be returning to GibneyPRO in New York City for the 2023/2024 season.
Healthy Dancer Canada is thrilled to be able to assist with Bryn's development and career aspirations. Follow Bryn on Instagram: @brynbridgen. Learn more about the BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship.
HDC was recently awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant for a strategic planning and organizational development initiative. Since then, the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have been working closely with consultant Marlene Stirrett-Matson and met in Calgary from May 5-7 for an intensive retreat. Informed by input provided by a membership survey distributed in March, and an environmental scan conducted by HDC practicum student Allysan Lui, we are currently discussing the organization's values, vision, mission, structure and goals. Work will continue into the fall of 2023.
HYPERMOBILE DANCERS WEBINAR:
While an asset in many dance forms, hypermobility can also present dancers with distinct physical and psychological challenges. Based on the most current research, this workshop will provide information about the signs, symptoms, and evaluation of hypermobility. Participants will also learn to address the special needs of hypermobile dancers, providing the necessary support, management, and training to help them avoid injuries and achieve their maximum potential. Join for the first quarterly webinar of 2023, on March 26, with Linda Bluestein, MD.
Dr. Bluestein is an international speaker on the forefront of research on pain, hypermobility and dance medicine. An integrative medicine physician with certification in Performing Arts Medicine, she takes a unique approach to the evaluation and treatment of this highly specialized population. Dr. Bluestein received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine followed by the completion of an anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. She is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Note: This webinar is listed in Eastern Time. The zoom meeting will also be recorded for registrants that are unable to attend live.
Applications are now open for The Healthy Dancer Canada BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship! An initiative created to support emerging BIPOC artists pursuing careers in dance, this scholarship aims to address existing barriers faced by BIPOC artists, and improve access to supports that will further racialized artists in their professional pursuits.
This opportunity is open to BIPOC artists ages 18-30 who self-identify as emerging/early-stage professional dance artists in any and all genres. Both independent submissions (applying for yourself) and nominations (on behalf of another qualifying artist) will be accepted.
Applicants may also express interest in HDC’s Mentorship Program, which will pair the emerging artist with an established dance professional in a mentoring relationship for approximately six months. The Mentorship Program aspires to offer further professional advice, guidance, resources, and emotional/social support to BIPOC artists in the early stages of their dance career.
See the print document to learn more and to complete the BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship application. Submissions are due by May 1st, 2023.
Congratulations to HDC member, interdisciplinary movement artist Amber Downie-Back, who is the recipient of the Chrystal Dance Prize. The prize will support the project 'on the nature of...', an interdisciplinary work that explores themes of memory and nostalgia, while incorporating interactive and digital elements with dance performance and sound. Downie-Back will collaborate with Emilie van der Waals, a Netherlands-based contemporary dancer and choreographer from Sint Maarten, and sound designer Angus Gaffney, to push movement and sound in collaborative contexts with other media such as digital and video art. (Photo by Niks Vignal)
Congratulations to Jenna Magrath, recent graduate from University Calgary's combined BKIN/BA dance degree, who is the recipient of Healthy Dancer Canada's 2022 Research Award. Her study, Undergraduate contemporary dancers' perceptions of dance-related pain, injury, and fatigue, aimed to understand university contemporary dance students’ perceptions of pain, injury, and fatigue. It is known that dancers have high rates of injury, and that it is common for dancers to dance while in pain, injured, or fatigued. Cultural norms that promote dancing through pain, and fear and avoidance of disclosing pain, injury, or fatigue exist within dance contexts, and may contribute to injury risk. From our qualitative analysis, four themes were generated: (1) It’s more unusual for people to sit out than to dance through their injuries; (2) Pain, injury, and fatigue aren’t just physical; (3) Safe dancing environments are important; (4) Implementing dancer health knowledge into practice is complicated. Cultural norms of persevering through and normalization of pain, injury, and fatigue remain present in university dance programs. Findings highlight the negative psychological impact injuries can have, and that implementing knowledge into practice remains difficult. The role that dance educators play in dancers’ understanding of pain, injury, and fatigue was identified, and further emphasis on safe dance practice is needed to establish healthy dance habits. Change is still needed to foster physically and psychologically safe dancing spaces. Jenna also received a 2022 Student Research Award from IADMS for this research.
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