FREE ONLINE DANCE CLASSES
July 21, 2020 5 – 6pm PDT
July 28, 2020 5 – 6pm PDT
Aug 6, 2020 5 – 6pm PDT
Aug 13, 2020 5 – 6pm PDT
Build a community by getting to know your neighbours & being creative together! Everyone is welcome in class and we especially invite folks from local downtown Vancouver neighbourhoods to attend and get to know one another. Share this widely and invite your friends!
Where: on Zoom! Spots are limited.
Reserve your spot in advance!
July 21 and July 28:
Aug 6 and 13:
Class description: All levels welcome! This fun class will blend mindfulness, improvisation, & visualization. We focus on connecting to joy of movement. Dance and improvisational exercises will be accessible and self-paced, with a focus on exercises that help to unlock creativity and expression. The class will also include some discussion.
The goal of these classes is to help build a positive connection with dance and movement and to create new relationships and moments of inspiration in the local community. You can take each class on its own, or take all four classes – each class will offer something different. For this edition, we focus on neighbourhoods around downtown Vancouver. However, anyone can come to the class, no matter what city or country you live in! Just make sure you register ahead of time – spots are limited.
Ages 16+. No dance experience needed! Class is self-paced & tailored to your level. Taught by Alina Sotskova, Ph.D. Alina is a psychologist & contemporary dance artist. This class does not provide any counselling services. It is a class that uses principles of mindfulness and positive psychology integrated with contemporary dance and improvisation methods.
About the instructor: Alina Sotskova is the Artistic Director of Voirelia. At Voirelia, Alina sets the artistic vision for the hub, creates contemporary dance works, collaborates with other artists and scholars, and teaches workshops. Alina holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a practicing psychologist in BC, working with adults and groups.
This project is supported by Vancouver Foundation Responsive Neighbourhood Grants. Presented with support from Voirelia: Dance, Psychology, & Philosophy Hub.
Photos by Carol Gandra.
We want you to enjoy these classes and hope they help build a creative, supportive local community. We are delighted to have you in the classes – this is already a gift! If you are in a position to be able to make a donation to our non-profit hub, you are welcome to do so here: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/fg9r9-voirelia
It will support our work and help us offer more classes like this in the future.
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We have an on-going fundraiser and every bit helps! You can donate here:
Voirelia Hub is a non-profit. All funds go directly to supporting operational costs of the hub, wages for professional artists who work with our non-profit hub, helping Vancouver-area artists to keep creating meaning-making art for the community. As other performing arts organizations, we have been impacted significantly by COVID-19 changes as well as by a recent major flood in the Voirelia headquarters/studio space. We are working on adapting to these challenges and thank you for your patience.
We are and always have been committed to inclusive, mutually supportive, and respectful work environment. We strive to improve ourselves in this continuously and will continue to learn, listen, and figure out new ways we can support artists from BIPOC communities and from other groups that experience systemic injustices. The model for our hub is based on a feminist ethic of care that puts empathy and healthy relationships first and recognizes intersectionality in the experiences of people from marginalized groups who face systemic discrimination regarding their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or other aspects of their identity. From the very beginning, we created Voirelia in the hopes of being a safe, mutually supportive, non-competitive space for diverse, like-minded artists to create performance with meaning. If our programming is inspiring, interesting, or helpful for you and you are able to donate to help us in this mission, we thank you deeply. If you are not able to donate, or if your donations are currently going to support anti-racist and anti-oppression work that many excellent organizations are doing right now (scroll down for a list of of organizations to support!), just come to our upcoming classes and online performances and let it be a place of community, connection, and rejuvenation for you. If you are not able to give anything financially, please do not worry – your presence already means a lot.
Voirelia has a firm stance against racism, oppression, and discrimination. As a local, grass-roots dance non-profit, we are committed to examining how we can be better allies and how we can continue to act in solidarity to challenge systemic racism and discrimination.
Please consider donating to the following organizations in these links (if you are not able to donate at this time please consider signing a petition, donate by streaming, spreading the word, speaking with loved ones, and informing yourself by investigating these links and beyond.)
BLACK LIVES MATTER VANCOUVER
Resources for non-Black folks to support Black communities in Canada + beyond.
RECENT PAST EVENTS:
“OUR STORIES:” ONLINE DANCE FESTIVAL BY ADDO PLATFORM
June 8-12, 2020
Voirelia’s Artistic Director, Alina Sotskova, was one of the artists in the June edition of the festival. The live performance was on June 11, but you can still learn about the new work Alina is developing for this festival and will soon be able to watch new videos: see here.
Check out more about Our Stories on Addo Platform’s page.
Some photos of Alina’s research for this new solo, which explores the relationship with nature as a vehicle towards understanding vulnerability, building deeper connection with self and others, and reinvigorating connection to own and others’ humanity:
I M A G I N A R I U M
Commissioned by The Dance Centre for International Dance Day virtual celebration, this is a dance film made during COVID-19-related self-isolation. It will premiere on The Dance Centre’s channels on April 29, 2020.
This work is about a longing for the connection with nature, and a recreation of a garden inwardly – in your home, in the body, in the mind.
Concept/choreography: Alina Sotskova. Cinematography: Jason Kirkness & Alina Sotskova. Music: Chris Giles.
on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres, organized by Dancer Transition Resource Centre. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities. Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in-studio. Let us give you the advantage so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession. It’s everything you need to know to get the edge in your dance career!
When: January 31, 2020 (8:45 am – 4:30 pm)
Voirelia will be taking part in the Community Fair portion of this event! Come chat with our Artistic Director and our Voirelia team members who specialize in psychology and dance about our Dancing with a Healthy Mindset initiative and about different ways Voirelia can support your dance career. By attending, you can will also be entered to win a free one hour coaching consultation on dance career-related topics with the Voirelia Artistic Director and Psychologist, Alina Sotskova, Ph.D.
Where: The Dance Centre
(Level 6, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver)
You can find out more information about the event here: https://dtrc.ca/english_services/content/on_the_move_vancouver_2020
VOIRELIA’S NEXT FREE TALK ON PSYCHOLOGY, DANCE, CREATIVITY, AND MENTAL HEALTH:
Join us and bring a friend! This talk will focus on resilience and steps all can take to enhance mental wellness. We will talk about concrete tools and practical strategies you can take home with you to help enhance mental wellness and resilience. We will also talk about and see examples of dance and artistic works and talk about how engaging in dance and creative practices can help support mental health.
No registration needed. Space is on a first come basis – arrive a few minutes early to make sure you have a spot!
See the Facebook event page for updates, photos, videos, and more information.
Presented as part of Psychology Month 2020 by BC Psychological Association.