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Workshops

SEDA Dance is excited to offer a variety of workshops throughout the year, featuring some of Victoria’s best instructors. Workshops are a separate registration. Please email info@sedadance.ca for more info.

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“Contempsamba” with Vitor Freitas

Saturday, September 25

Intermediate/Advanced: 2-3:15pm  |  $25
Beginner Samba for Beginner dancers: 3:15-4:15pm  |  $25

A fusion of techniques, Vitor’s “Contempsamba” workshop combines contemporary dance movement with the fun and contagious dynamic of samba. Come explore a different way to move your body! Vitor Freitas hails from Saquarema, Brazil. He has studied contemporary dance, ballet, and ballroom, and has had the opportunity to appear in several TV shows and in a Netflix movie. Given the increasingly difficult situation in his home country, Vitor immigrated to Canada in 2019, just before the pandemic. He was recently supported by Suddenly Dance Theatre’s Fountain of Youth Program and also won Dance Victoria’s recent “Let It Move You” dance contest.

Mama Core Restore Series
with Jen MacDonald

September 13–October 25 (6 weeks)

Mondays, 9:30-10:30am
$105 for 6-week workshop
For more info on this series, visit mamarestorevictoria.com

During postpartum, your body is unique and has different needs than at other times during your life. MUTU Pro™ Certified, Jen MacDonald will guide you through a 6-week program to help you restore and reconnect with your pelvic floor and core. Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation), prolapse, and leaking (when you sneeze, run, exercise, or laugh) are common postpartum, but not something you have to live with forever! This series will help you gain strength and energy. Learn how to truly feel great in your new body! 

4-Week Jazz Workshop
with Tiffany Miton

Saturdays, October 2, 16, 23 & 30

(No class Thanksgiving weekend, Oct 9)
Intermediate Level: 2-3:15pm  |  Early bird price: $80 ($90 after Sep 20)
Beginner Level: 3:15-4:15pm  |  Early bird price: $75 ($85 after Sep 20)

LOOK IN, DANCE OUT

Creating Your Self Portrait Through Dance
with Kathy Lang
Saturday, November 20  |  2-5pm

All levels welcome
Early bird price: $40 ($45 after Oct 30)

A choreographic workshop to support your personal exploration and self expression. Kathy will guide you through your own written text and movement vocabulary, using choreographic tools, improvisational response, and emotional translation to create your danced self portrait. You are your own muse!

Photo on left: Aengus MacIntosh

NEW THIS SEASON!

Intermediate & Advanced Choreography Series

SESSION 1 (14 weeks)
Advanced dancers 
Mondays, Sept 13-Dec, 13, 8-9:15pm
With choreographer Kathy Lang 

Intermediate dancers
Tuesdays, Sept 14-Dec 14, 8:15-9:30pm
With choreographer Kiera Shaw  

Session 2: January-March
Session 3: March-June (tentative)

Crave, create and perform! Two blocks have been set aside this season for additional choreographic opportunities for intermediate and advanced dancers to participate in additional new creations.Various choreographers will be scheduled throughout the year to research and develop a new piece. Dancers will be warm from the previous technique class and will enter straight into the rehearsal process. Dancers have the privilege of working through additional choreography to enhance their process work and have additional performance opportunities. Dancers must apply for this series (each session is a new cast and application) and are accepted based on level and choreographer’s discretion. Dancers must hold a firm commitment to the project, are expected to have impeccable attendance, a professional attitude towards the process, have strong choreography retention, be prepared for each rehearsal and open to various rehearsal styles. This is a sessional course and is not eligible as part of dance class fees. Full payment must be made upon acceptance of application.

COMING THIS FALL!

Contemporary & Contact Improv
with Farley Johansson

Dates coming soon!

For over 30 years, Farley has referred to himself as a kinetic chameleon, moving from classical ballet to contemporary dance, capoeira and contact improv. Farley’s safe approach to large movement and his gentle and witty delivery makes his class a wonderful experience! Throughout his career in dance, he has experienced a broad spectrum of injuries. Those experiences lead him to become a RMT with a strong interest in treating orthopaedic and sport-related injuries. Farley’s vast dance experience and medical training equip him with great knowledge on exploring movement creatively and safely.

Past workshops

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Iyengar Workshop Series for Dancers
‘Finding the Back Body’

Join dancer and Iyengar teacher Brandy Baybutt for our second workshop of the series. In this workshop, we will work with awakening awareness in the back body by moving into back extensions with coherent actions that support and lengthen the spine. While turning the focus to our backs, we will explore the freedom that can come to the chest, or emotional centre.

Improv with Kiera Shaw

Intermediate/Advanced

Connect to the joy of moving! Movement research is centred on play, imagery, and presence. Class is structured in guided improvisation, providing dancers the opportunity to explore how they want to move. Exercises are rooted in imagery, action, and sensation as we play, get curious, and connect to the joy of moving!

Kiera offers tasks intended to amplify presence, and cultivate curiosity and exploration in movement. There will be times of connecting to our stamina and athleticism as well as soft stillness. A primary focus will be to create a space where we can discover our wants, desires, and impulses as we move.

Classes will each have a different intention and focus to explore, keeping it fresh for those who come regularly and accessible for drop-ins.

Iyengar for Dancers Series

Workshop #1: Body Symmetry: Finding Balance and Symmetry
All levels welcome

Join dancer and Iyengar teacher Brandy Baybutt for our first workshop of the series. Body Symmetry will focus on bringing balance within the two sides of the body to ground, stabilize, and nourish neglected areas. In dance we often work one one side more than the other. In this class, we will awaken some areas that will help to create more evenness within the body and mind.

Creative Exploration
with Makaila Wallace

A workshop series to explore, create and play. Open to non-dancers who want to move! You will be guided in a more structured environment through elements of improvisation, spatial and body awareness, personal creation and music interpretation. Join Makaila if you love to move!

Photo: Michael Slobodian