In the weeks leading up to Guelph Dance Festival 2014, some of the Festival artists will share their vision with us here on the blog. These intimate, behind-the-scenes looks will bring us closer to the artistry, process, and experience of dance. We encourage you to not just read these amazing stories, but to ask questions and engage in conversation about dance in our comments section below. Embrace adventure with us in 2014!
The ladies of Mix Mix Dance Collective's JACK YOUR BODY share some workshop footage so you know what to expect when you join them for a Public Workshop, Saturday, May 31 at 5:30pm at Dancetheatre David Earle Studio. Tickets available through River Run Centre, workshop designed for all levels. Once you learn some moves with Mix Mix Dance Collective, dance the night away with them at the After Party & Late Night Performance, a first for the Guelph Dance Festival!
Ashley & Emily: We will be teaching a mix of waacking, house and hip hop in the class. All of these dance styles are featured in JACK YOUR BODY. We love teaching these styles to people who have never tried them before because they get to know something new. These dances all have their own music and unique history. You will not just be learning how to dance, you will be learning the culture that comes with it. Each of the dancers in JACK YOUR BODY bring their own strenghs to the show and are always excited to share their knowledge. We can't wait to share this show with a new audience! We feel that JACK YOUR BODY is a show that most people can relate to. Most audience members will have seen some of these dances and heard some the music, perhaps not knowing how it all fits together or the social issues around them. We will help change that!
See you on the dancefloor!
Mix Mix Dance Collective was founded to represent diversity in movement, music, and art practice. The work of the Collective deals with issues of equality to challenge socially-constructed identities such as gender and race. Mix Mix Dance Collective is comprised of Emily Law and Ashley Perez, who joined together to create their first 60-minute work JACK YOUR BODY, for the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival, and then for the 2014 Next Stage Theatre Festival. They are passionate practitioners, teachers, and students of many American street dance styles such as waacking, house, hip hop, and vogue, with a common interest in bringing street dance into a theatre setting.