Thursday — 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WINTER: February 3rd to April 21st, 2022 (no class on February 17th – 11 weeks)
Contact Nicholas to register
PWYC – 15$ suggested
Payment by card, cash or e-transfer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-575-9745
Class in English, French, or both – according to participants needs.
Mask required – please consult Studio 303’s COVID-19 Protocol for further information.
CONTENT // Lo Fi Dance Theory classes are for dancers and movers of all genres and abilities, providing pathways into deeper perception, heightened awareness and expanded movement possibilities. These classes use specific “frameworks”, sequences, and improvisation, allowing students to reimagine the body and uncover new personal pathways to movement. Focusing on the very physical, sensorial and imaginative, LFDT classes allow for the discovering of new challenges and risks within our movement – of both body and mind. Recommended for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of their own movement preferences, building their unique movement vocabulary, or expand their options for generating choreographic compositions.
Find more information on upcoming classes via our social media platforms @lofidancetheory
ACCESSIBILITY // Instructions are given verbally and the exercises are physically exemplified throughout the course. Each class includes a portion of jumps, floor exercises and sometimes involves spinning and the use of music as a rhythmic suggestion. All exercises are modifiable, at the discretion of the participants. Everyone has the right to reduce the intensity or stop participating in an exercise at any time. No judgement, comments or discriminatory attitudes will be tolerated.
BIO // Since the start of her career, 13 years ago, as a professional dancer and a choreographer, Lauri-Ann performs with renowned artists and dance groups touring major cities of Quebec and Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and North Africa. She takes part in musicals such as Saturday Night Fever, televised galas, music videos (Corneille, Marie-Mai, Half Moon Run & more). Now drawn toward movement direction/conception, she joins the works of Laurence « Baz » Morais and Adrian Villagomez to create images for Jean-Michel Blais « Passepieds », « Le show Blizzard signé Coeur de Pirate », « Love Brand New » by Bob Moses, to only name a few. Lauri-Ann is now a member of the dance company Lo Fi Dance Theory, founded by Wynn Holmes.
Nicholas Bellefleur is a queer person located in tiohtià:ke mooniyaang montréal, a movement-based artist, the inertia of the laboratory A SAFER SPACE and the associte director of Lo Fi Dance Theory. Their work investigates the praxis of safe-r spaces, response-ability, decoloniality and healing justice.
Nicholas graduates from École supérieure de ballet du Québec in 2014 and joins Emily Molnar’s Ballet BC in Coast Salish Territories Vancouver as an apprentice. Hélène Blackburn then invites them to join Cas Public for two seasons where they perform more than 100 shows across what we currently call Canada, United States, Mexico and Europe, passing through establishments deemed prestigious by some, such as Paris Opera and Royal Opera House of London. In 2017, Nicholas takes part in the creation of a big scale multidisciplinary show, an MGM Resorts production, which dislocates them in China. There they embody Michael Curry’s puppetry and Travis Payne’s choreographies. It’s in 2019 that they return to tiohtià:ke mooniyaang to embrace their career as a freelance artist. Since then, they have become company member and associate director of LO FI DANCE THEORY alongside founder Wynn Holmes. Nicholas also takes part in projects with Le Fils d’Adrien danse, Virginie Brunelle, Les 7 doigts de la main, Fleuve Espace Danse, Morgane Le Tiec, Nouveau Mouvement, and more recently with Andrea Peña & Artists.
Wynn Holmes creates performances, recordings, and installations that explore the individual and collective power of bodies in motion. These works fuse dance, theatre, architecture, and music, and reflect on how movement, performance, and sound exist within complex systems and ecologies, urban planning, and pop-culture. Holmes’ choreographic style fuses folk and street-dance structures, manipulated and abstracted through a contemporary lens by the performers she collaborates with. Holmes is the director of Lo Fi Dance Theory, an organization comprised of a contemporary dance company, an international class series, and a research platform that unites dance artists and multidisciplinary collaborators with the public. Creating a community of exchange that fosters dance-centered experiences across all disciplines, cultures and communities in Canada and internationally, Lo Fi Dance Theory’s projects, classes, community outreach, and educational activities aim to push the boundaries between the arts and humanities – and, between social phenomena and kinetic possibility.
Evening classes are open to all levels, and it is recommended to register in advance for one or multiple classes.
Registration is done directly with the teachers, please contact them if you need additional information.