Dance Advance Workshop Series
Presented by: Peterborough Dance Works in partnership with Public Energy

Generous funding provided by the Ontario Arts Council

Dance Advance Workshop Series brings nationally renowned artists to Peterborough/Nogojiwanong for innovative workshops to advance artists’ performance practices.

Master Class with Santee Smith (Kaha:wi DanceTheatre)

Sponsored by the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

When: Friday, November 1, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Where: Nozhem First People’s Performance Space, Enwayaang Building, Trent University
Cost: Pay-what-you-can except free for students taking courses in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies.
Register: Email to admin@publicenergy.ca

Santee Smith’s Master Class will focus on our connection to the earth and natural patterning such as spirals and circles. Taking inspiration from her Onkwehon:we (The People), Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation fundamental movement forms, Smith’s workshop physicality explores a supple and responsive spine, footwork, and across the floor full-bodied movement sequences. Santee’s company, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, is performing her latest dance work, The Mush Hole, on November 2 at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, presented by Public Energy.

Adaptive Circus Arts – An Intro Workshop for the Disability Community

Erin Ball performs outside on red aerial silks. Co-hosted by Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts
Thurs Sept 12, 2019
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St. Peterborough
FREE (Limited space email peterboroughaerials@gmail.com to sign up)

Capacity: 6 people (Space Limited)
Age: Adults & 13+
Facilitator: Erin Ball
Partner & Group Acrobatics plus Aerial Hoop & Silks

Open to anyone who identifies as a person with a disability, especially if you thought circus arts was not for you.

Erin Ball is a circus artist and coach based in Kingston, Ontario and she is the owner of Kingston Circus Arts. She is mainly an aerialist but also does some hand balancing. She took a year off in March 2014 due to life changing events that resulted in the loss of her lower legs. She has returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing. She loves adapting and creating new/different ways of executing skills.

Erin loves to move and to connect with others through movement and play. She has worked with many diverse groups of people. She developed a workshop and manual in 2017, called Flying Footless, a course for aerial coaches working with amputees. She recently hosted the first amputee circus camp week at Kingston Circus Arts.

Erin currently has many artistic projects on the go, including her company LEGacy Circus with Vanessa Furlong, various aerial and ground works, and creative audio description projects (to make circus more accessible for the blind and partially-sighted community). Erin regularly collaborates with artists from across Canada and the US, including Femmes du Feu, Heidi Latsky Dance, Alex Bulmer, Michele Frances (choreography and aerial coaching), and many more.
Website: http://www.kingstoncircusarts.com/

Thank You!

Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2019-20 Season Funders and Sponsors



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