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Dance NL founded

By Brittany Duggan

The creation of Dance NL, a sectoral dance association for Newfoundland and Labrador, was announced November 6th. The organization was officially formed on September 20th with the designation of a founding board after consultation with members of the province’s dance communities. The project Dance NL Road Map will be the organization’s first endeavour and, as chair and founding board member Kristin Harris Walsh describes in the organization’s press release, will aim to gather “as much information as possible from as many communities as possible in order to discover who is dancing, what they are dancing and where they are dancing.” According to Harris Walsh, who also serves on the advisory board of the Society for Canadian Dance Studies, the Dance NL mandate is to “preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activities throughout the provinces.” She is joined on the board by Martin Vallée, Christina Penney, Calla Lachance, Richard Stoker, Sarah Stoker, Andrew Draskoy and Diana Leadbeater.

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