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August 2012 Member's Newsletter

This edition features a profile of our Board of Directors; a call for applications for Dance Response, a new CADA/BC Program; and our monthly advocacy challenge.

CADA/BC's Board of Directors 2012—13

We would like to introduce our new Board of Directors, elected by the Members of CADA/BC at our June 26 Annual General Meeting:

Josh Martin

chair, cada/bc board of directors
chair, cada/bc tsp advisory council
independent dance artist / co-artistic director of The 605 Collective

Josh is a diversely trained dance artist, primarily working as co-artistic director of The 605 Collective and performer for Wen Wei Dance.

Debbie Friedmann

vice-chair, cada/bc board of directors
street dance artist / member of Souldiers Dance Company / student of cultural anthropology at Lanagara

As an emerging professional street dance artist, Debbie is constantly working to learn more about her art and its influence on the society around it.

Jason Dubois

treasurer, cada/bc board of directors
production & tour manager for Eponymous Productions

For the past 12 years, Jason has been involved with various dance and theatre organizations throughout western Canada. His credits range from administrator to designer and include work with Curtain Razors, New Dance Horizons, Kidd Pivot, Joe Ink, Martha Carter, Lola Dance, The Holy Body Tattoo, Wen Wei Dance and Vancouver New Music.

Lexi Vajda

secretary, cada/bc board of directors
independent dance artist

Lexi trained at the Goh Ballet, Danzmode Productions and Pacific DanceArts and has further pursued her training with the Modus Operandi contemporary training program. She has had the pleasure of working with OutInnerspace Dance Theatre, Amber Funk Barton, Alison Denham, Karissa Barry and MOVE: the company.

Kat Single-Dain

director, cada/bc board of directors
writer / director / choreographer / co-founder Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Graduating with honors from UC Berkeley and UBC, Kat found her niche in the rare and wonderful intersection of character development, clowning and dance—prioritizing honesty in art to connect performer and audience. She is the Performance Director for the Parade of Lost Souls Festival.

Salome Diaz

director, cada/bc board of directors
independent dance artist / arts administrator @ Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Salome has performed and trained with Kokoro Dance since 1995. Her interest is in exploring her cultural roots through butoh and modern dance.

Vanessa Goodman

director, cada/bc board of directors
dance artist / co-artistic director The Contingency Plan / Pilates Instructor

Vanessa received her early dance training in Toronto and holds a BFA from SFU. A company member with Dancers Dancing since 2006, she has also interpreted works for Justine A. Chambers, Jennifer Clarke, Marla Eist, James Gnam, Lisa Hostman, Jennifer Mascall and Julia Sasso. Vanessa’s choreography, with The Contingency Plan and independently, has been presented at various venues.

Stephanie Gutierrez

director, cada/bc board of directors
chair, cada/bc professional standards & agreement advisory council
lawyer / musician

Stephanie practices labour and employment law as well as general civil litigation. She received both her Law degree (L.L.B., 2008) and her undergraduate degree in Sociology and English Literature (B.A., 2005) from UBC, and has a performer's diploma in piano from the London College of Music and Media (Dip. L.C.M., 2001). In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys music, yoga, painting and drawing.

Jason Queck

director, cada/bc board of directors
chair, cada/bc fundraising committee
arts administrator & manager

Jason is an arts administrator whose work in dance has included positions with The Dance Centre, and as General Manager for Co.ERAGSA and Flamenco Rosario.

Starr Muranko

director, cada/bc board of directors
independent dancer / choreographer, artistic associate Raven Spirit Dance

Starr is a professional dancer and choreographer in traditional & contemporary aboriginal dance and works with Raven Spirit Dance and the Dancers of Damelahamid.

Philippa Myler

director, cada/bc board of directors
independent dancer / co-director Triadic Dance Works / choreographer / teacher

Philippa is co-director of the contemporary dance collective Triadic Dance Works. She performs her own work and teaches dance to children.

Kim Sato

director, cada/bc board of directors
chair, cada/bc membership & outreach committee
independent dancer / director, founder SOULdiers Company & Project Soul

Kim has been the Director of the SOULdiers Company for the past 5 years, an audition-based semi-professional hip hop company with whom she shares her passion for funk styles and hip hop culture. She also directs Project Soul, a crew that educates youth about hip hop through a 45min theatrical street dance show.

Tejinder Singh

director, cada/bc board of directors
Bhangra dance artist / executive director Surrey India Arts Club

Tejinder has studied Bhangra since 1985 and enjoys a wide and successful career as a performer, choreographer, teacher and producer. He moved to Canada from India in 1999 and began working as executive director of the Surrey India Arts Club.

In partnership with DanceHouse, The Dance Centre and The Cultch...

CADA/BC presents Dance Response: a new program to facilitate dialogue around dance. Applications are being accepted until Aug 28.

Working with facilitator Barb Clausen and Kristina Lemieux, CADA/BC's Program Coordinator...14 CADA/BC Members will attend 10 dance shows, all taking place in Vancouver, over the course of the 2012/13 season.

Following each show, participants and interested audience members will engage in a facilitated dialogue, reflecting on the work they saw.

The idea is that we as dance practitioners can better understand dance work when we slow down and pay attention to what we notice, remember, feel and wonder about it. Through this process, participants will gain understanding in methods of investigating and talking about dance work.

This discussion will feed into an online component, where the participants will post observations to the Dance Response website and through their various personal social media channels.

The 14 participants will be selected through an application process. Participants will represent varied stages in a professional dance career and diverse dance forms.

The Shows

Friday, September 21

fabien prioville dance company

Experiment on Chatting Bodies

Scotiabank Dance Centre
w/the dance centre

Saturday, September 29

Cedar Lake

Works by Shechter, Ekman & Pite

Vancouver Playhouse

Saturday, November 10

Kidd Pivot

The Tempest Replica

Vancouver Playhouse

Thursday, December 6

Shay Kuebler


Scotiabank Dance Centre
w/the dance centre

Friday, January 18

Jérôme Bel

Cédric Andrieux

Scotiabank Dance Centre
w/the dance centre

Thursday, February 14

battery opera performance + Par B.L.eux

Body-Scan 2

Scotiabank Dance Centre
w/the dance centre

Saturday, February 16

BJM (Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal)

Works by Millepied, Soto & Marshall

Vancouver Playhouse

Saturday, March 23

Carte Blache

Corps de Walk

Vancouver Playhouse

Thursday, April 25

Chartier Danse


Scotiabank Dance Centre
w/the dance centre

Monday, April 30

Tara Cheyenne Performance


The Cultch Historic Theatre
w/the cultch

The Commitment

Each participant must be able to attend a min. of 8 of the Dance Response shows on the dates and times listed above AND stay for a max. of 70mins following the show to participate in the onsite discussion session.

Within 2 days of the show, participants must post their response to the Dance Response website. Participants are also encouraged to discuss their response via other platforms like Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.

The Expense

Participation in this program costs $275, which covers the expense of the tickets at a discounted rate. Payment may be made by cash, cheque or credit card (additional charges apply).

The fee is due September 7. Upon negotiation the fee may be paid in two installments. The 1st installment of $165 is due September 7; the 2nd installment of $110 is due January 4.

Should you be unable to participate in a show, you may be reimbursed for that show, at the cost for that show. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required to be eligible for a reimbursement.

Application Process

Please download and fill out this application form; email it to (subject line Dance Response Application) no later than Tuesday, August 28; 5pm. Successful applicants will be notified of their participation by August 31; 5pm.

Speak With Your Feet

This month's advocacy challenge...

Volunteer at a dance show/event/festival.

Volunteering at dance shows supports your dance community, your citizenship in it and helps expose you to live performing arts in your city.

Please find below a list of the main dance presenters in Vancouver, along with who to contact at their office to volunteer:

New Works: Dance Allsorts, All Over the Map and Pop-up Dances
Volunteer Coordinator:

The Dance Centre: Global Dance Connections, Discover Dance!, Dance in Vancouver
Volunteer Coordinator: Hilary Maxwell

Firehall Arts Centre: Dancing on the Edge, BC Buds, annual dance season
Volunteer Coordinator: Alex Danard

Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF): annual festival in March featuring new dance works...Volunteer Coordinator:

DanceHouse: large-scale contemporary dance series
Volunteer Coordinator: Bonnie Sun
Volunteers are recruited in late August / early September and booked for the whole season. Interested volunteers should email Bonnie with a short intro, volunteer interests and resume.

The Cultch: contemporary theatre, dance and music.
Volunteer Coordinator:

Live Performing Arts Festivals in Vancouver that feature dance:

PuSh Festival (January/February)
Chutzpah! Festival (February/March)
Vancouver International Children’s Festival (May/June)
In The House Festival (June)
Neanderthal Arts Festival (Summer)
Queer Arts Festival (August)
Powell Street Festival (August)
Fringe Festival (September)

If you are looking, or know anyone who is, for volunteers outside of Vancouver, please email us the appropriate contact info and we will post.

CADA/BC and its Members,

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