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Steps from the Heart
January 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
One event on January 9, 2022 at 11:00 am
A special step dance collaboration by April Verch & Simon Harmer
Acclaimed step dancers April Verch (Canada) and Simon Harmer (UK) have come together to work on a special new project, Steps From The Heart. Combining research, new choreography, performance and teaching, it celebrates two of their dance heroes, Donnie Gilchrist and Alex Woodcock. April and Simon are working collaboratively to create new steps, with the finished performances being filmed in late 2021. The new piece will be premiered as part of an online presentation and interview about the project and its sources of inspiration. There will also be a workshop the following day teaching key elements of the new steps, with the two Zoom events scheduled for January 8 & 9, 2022.
When & Where
Saturday, January 8, 2022 – Presentation and performance
Sunday, January 9, 2022 – Workshop
Live on Zoom at 11:00 AM EST / 4:00 PM UK time
Simon Harmer (based in the UK) who has been performing and teaching step dance for over 30 years, from English clog to Appalachian styles.
Simon and April are paying tribute to two of our step dance heroes, Donnie Gilchrist (Ottawa Valley) and Alex Woodcock (Northumberland.) They have researched their lives, careers, and steps and compiled that information to share. They’ve also developed a set of new steps inspired by them and choreographed a new routine together (all via the world wide web!)
The presentation on January 8 is not just for our fellow dance enthusiasts. If you are an arts lover who would like to learn more about these dancers, dance history, the artistic process, and to view their performance of the routine they created, you are most welcome! If you would like to “view” the workshop rather than take part, that’s fine too. Everyone is welcome and tickets are priced so that these events are accessible to all.
Saturday, January 8, 2022 –
Presentation and performance premier (75-90 mins approx)
Sunday, January 9, 2022 –
Workshop (60-75 mins approx)
Both events will be live on Zoom, start time 11am EST/4pm UK time.
Tickets are on a “name your price” basis.
For more info and to book your place, please visit the website.
If you’d like to get regular updates about the project & join the conversation in advance, please consider joining (and/or sharing!) our Facebook Event!
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien