Porch View Dances is in Ottawa this weekend! A big thank you to the Canadian Dance Festival for taking Porch View Dances out of bounds!

Check out some photos from our creation process in Ottawa!

We are very excited to be here and want to introduce you to some of the wonderful choreographers that have been working along with Karen and Allen and the amazing families of Ottawa's Westboro neighbourhood.

Siôned Watkins began dancing at a young age and performed in her first professional production at the age of 13. After training with Le Groupe De La Place Royale in Ottawa, she received her diploma from Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montréal and began a vibrant professional career. Siôned had the opportunity to perform internationally for 10 years and was involved in 5 creations. Also a choreographer, she has been involved in a number of award winning dance films (Ghostworld and Masques) and recently choreographed a solo (Memory of a Shadow) for composer Jean-Francois Laporte as well as  passionately creating for her many dance outreach projects.


"I was immediately drawn to Porch View Dances. I was intrigued and excited about the idea of exploring dance with a family unit and seeing where their natural connection would lead us in the creative process. I believe that we are all movers. I am touched by the strength and poetry of seeing a family moving and dancing together."Anik Bouvrette is a Franco-Ontarian contemporary dance choreographer recognized for the organic and poetic qualities of her work. She is Artistic Director and General Manager of Tara Luz Danse, which she founded in 2006 after working for more than ten years as an independent artist.

"I see dance in everyone, there is no divide. Dance is a connector that speaks more than words. Porch View Dances is a lovely, challenging, sweet project where we share a present moment. I've gotten to meet and work with incredible people doing good things for the world. What a joy!" Renata Soutter is a choreographer who creates, teaches and organizes socially-engaged dance innovations. She is Co-Artistic Director of Propeller Dance and her choreographies have been performed across Canada. She is a Diamond Jubilee recipient for her dance work.


Time: July 9th, 2016 * 1:30 - 5:30pm
Where: Dovercourt House, 3rd Floor (805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Ontario M6H 2X4)
Fee: $50, or $40 Early Bird Special before June 15! CADA Discount Available.  
Registration: Email or call 416-519-6030 now! Facebook

This four-hour workshop is an introduction to Kokoro Dance's approach to butoh training. Butoh is a Japanese dance aesthetic that began in the late 1950's through the work of Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. It is a radically different understanding of how meaning is derived from movement as it is grounded in the conviction that we each have our own original way of moving. Butoh is the search for your own movement expression. Common to most butoh practice is the use of imagery to motivate exploration of how your body uniquely responds to express meaning.
In this workshop, after an initial physical warm-up period, we will begin by learning how to understand what the butoh body is. We will change how we carry our bodies by changing our understanding of what our body is. We will change our sense of time and space by entering into a different understanding of time and space by paying attention to negative space and time, the space between events instead of focussing on the events themselves. We will explore how a string of non-narrative images can transform into meaningful choreography.
About Kokoro Dance
Founded by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi in 1986, Kokoro Dance has since created over 190 dance works and presented over 1,000 performances in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Lithuania, Argentina, and the United States. In 1998, Kokoro Dance initiated the Vancouver International Butoh Festival that evolved, in 2000, to become the Vancouver International Dance Festival that annually presents Canadian and international contemporary dance artists in performances and workshops during a three-week period in the month of March.



St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club
St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club Summer Day Camp offers an exciting variety of activities and events. Children ages 6-12 will experience a safe, fun, well supervised learning environment filled with age-appropriate programming and weekly Friday trips to places like Water Works.

St. Alban's, will be offering summer camps from Monday July 4th to Friday September 2nd, from 9am to 5pm every day Monday to Friday. Offering a variety of adventurous and fun filled camps like circus art, aquatics camp, sports camp, science camp, cooking camp, junior adventure camp, Digi- camp and much more. All the camps run for either one week or two week periods with each week ending with a field trip every Friday like Wild Water Works!

St. Alban's has been involved with Porch View Dances now for 5 years and we are very proud and honored to have them on board again.  

More information about St. Alban's can be found at and for further questions please call 416-534-8461.


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Cloud 9:  
At The Canada Dance Festival

Karen is pulling double duty at the Canada Dance Festival, meaning you can also catch her on June 11th, 2016 at the Arts Court in a new work by Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz,  for Cloud 9, featuring Louise Bédard (Montreal), Karen Kaeja and Claudia Moore (Toronto).

For more information, click HERE

Border Crossings:
Click HERE to read a wonderful article about all the Canadian connections at the the 2016 edition of the Red Noroeste de Festivales de Danza in Mexico!

Cross-Canada Checkup:
A wonderful article about the Canada Dance Festival, click HERE!

Congrats to everyone on their Dora Nominations! Special mention goes to Zhenya Cerneacov (one of our amazing dancers) and to Jillian Peever (who has worked with us in the past) - Merde lovelies!

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