Influences & dance styles

Creative Momentum’s sessions are influenced by the dozens of teachers who i (Joanne) have been grateful to study dance improvisation, disability arts, contemporary dance and screen-dance with; their names are mentioned below.

Here are some of the teachers who i have studied dance improvisation with in previous years, whose activities and ways of facilitating are important threads woven into the fabric of my sessions:
Dancing from the Inside Out and master classes with Margie Gillis,
Recent workshops and classes with AXIS Dance Company, All Bodies Dance Project, Dance for All BodiesAntoine Hunter, Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, Lindsay Delaronde, and Kevin Yee-Chan,
Previous classes with Robert Halley, Jung-Ah Chung, Merlin Nyakam, Raven Spirit Dance, Dancers of Damelhamid, Wen Wei Wang, Krystal CookOlivia C. Davies, Lee Su-FehArash Khakpour, and Sean Dorsey Dance,
Creative Practice for Contemporary Dance with Christopher House, Alexia McKinnon and Rodney Diverlus at the Banff Centre,
DanceAbility Method with Alito Alessi,
Improv with Crystal Pite and Kidd Pivot dancers,
Gaga Movement Language with Danielle Agami and Alvin Collantes,
Experiential Anatomy with Jennifer Mascall,
Butoh with Jay Hirabayashi,
Ensemble Thinking with Julie Lebel,
Presence of Mind in Motion with Helen Walkley,
Viewpoints with Ingrid Hansen and Andrew Barrett,
BrainDance with Annemarie Cabri and Lori Hamar,
Authentic Movement with Anthea Browne and Hana Kamea,
Open Floor Movement Practice with Kathy Altman,
5Rhythms with Joanne Winstanley, Soasis Sukuweh and Anne-Marie Hogya,
Faye Driscoll, Alia Swersky, Julyen Hamilton, and others at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation.

I have had mentorship visits in disability arts with Alice Sheppard, Carmen Papalia, Danielle Peers, Lindsay Eales, Neve Mazique-Bianco, Sarah Lapp-Bourne, and Sean Lee. I have taken Disability Justice workshops with many artists, including Patty Berne and Sins Invalid, a Creative Access workshop with Kinetic Light, and Accessibility as Indigenous Technology with Brian Solomon. I have studied creative audio description through VocalEye with teachers including Mo Pickering-Symes, Nathan Geering, Eleanor Margolies, Jane Brambley and Willie Elliott, and had mentoring with Amy Amantea and Steph Kirkland.

I have trained in contemporary dance at the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance, and through master classes with teachers from Toronto Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Crystal Pite and Kidd Pivot, Wayne MacGregor’s Random Dance, David Earle, Black Grace, Sudesh Adhana, and 605 Collective. Previously i studied various dance styles, such as ballet, flamenco, swing and other partner dances.

I have studied screendance with Constance Cooke and taken dance filmmaking workshops with Kemi Craig, Olya Glotka, and through the Festival of Recorded Movement. I learned video editing through Otino Corsano at OCAD U, and Audacity audio editing through the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. I studied site-specific dance with Stephan Koplowitz through Coursera.

As well, i draw on what i have learned from practices such as expressive arts, dance-movement therapy, qi gong, meditation, somatic transformation and trauma-informed grounding techniques.

Building upon 20 years of facilitating groups, the ways that i facilitate are also influenced by workshops with local organizations. I have taken trainings such as:
Creative Facilitation with Power of Hope,
Safe Harbour with the InterCultural Association,
Creating safer and more inclusive spaces for people of all genders and sexualities with the Positive Space Network,
Anti-racism Intersections with antidote,
Trauma and Resistance with the Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture,
Support Training with the Anti-Violence Project,
and Brain Health with the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.