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Allende Arts Festival: Lady Noyz

By Julye Huggins
LadyNoyz Dusk Dances

On September 11th, the Allende Arts Festival in Toronto is hosting Familia Saturday with activities for children of all ages. The festival, founded seven years ago in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the military coup in Chile on September 11th, 1973, celebrates and shares the political and socially engaged artistic works of Latin Americans in Canada.On Saturday’s roster of events is an urban dance workshop with Lady Noyz (aka Nylda Gallardo-Lopez). Her hip hop teaching offers warm-up drills, stretches and movement explorations, but also exposes students to foundational qualities of the style, including respect, confidence and originality. Her artistic statement from the festival website states: “My work aims to give students the tools to not only understand and appreciate the culture, but to affect it. Students are taught to interpret sound and emotion and make them manifest in movement. Through such practice, they gain strength of self in both mentally and physically.” With an awareness of the roots of hip hop, emerging from the struggles and frustrations of the poor and disenfranchised, Lady Noyz empowers youth to develop community and creativity through dance.
Learn more:Allende Arts Festival

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