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16th Annual Spring Break Body Talk Dance Workshop

HiP HoP PoW WoW, 2019

A Pow Wow is gathering of people. This Spring Break, teens will gather again to dance, rap and share in a positive way!
Workshops: March 17-21 at VIBE Dance Studio. 
Participants perform alongside guest artists: March 22 at VIU's Malaspina Theatre.
This ‘hip’ event, with support of Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, gets teens working alongside award winning professionals who motivate and inspire!  This year’s four remarkable instructors are:
AJ “MegaMan”, a world renown professional dancer, Battler & entertainer originally from Congo. He teaches Hip Hop, Popping/Animation, Memphis Jookin, Stepping/Gumboot & Bopping. He has taught dance on every continent! AJ is an important inspiration to youth and based right here in Nanaimo where he teaches at VIBE Dance Studio.
Ostwelve, aka Ron Dean Harris is a Stō:lo/St’át'imc/Nlaka'pamux multimedia artist based in Langley, BC. Currently he is working as the Program Director for “Reframing Relations” with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver delivering programming for indigenous and non-indigenous artists to interface with students and youth in schools and communities around the concept of reconciliation. 
Patrick Aleck, from Snuneymuxw, has a special gift for entertaining and inspiration.  He has turned life challenges with cerebral palsy into a strength as a motivational speaker, singer of traditional songs, and knowledge keeper.  
Trent Jack, of the Stz’uminus First Nation, is a youth advocate and traditional dancer.  He will share the power of traditional dance.
Thank you to Indigenous Banking, TD Bank Group, for your tremendous support of this project. 

Previous Years


15th Annual Spring Break Body Talk Workshop

MARCH 19-24, 2018 | MON-SAT
Looking for a Spring Break Activity? Sign up now for this week-long youth program. This year TEENS (13 to 18) are the focus as award-winning guest artists, each with their own youth empowerment programs, come together to bring out the best in local youth while sharing Indigenous culture!
Pow Wow and urban street dancers, JAMES JONES (A Tribe Called Red dancer) and partner, MARIKA SILA (Circus Hoop Artist), will share Indigenous dance, circus and urban street grooves. Local phenomenon, SIRREAL, keeps it real with his positive messages through rap arts. He will teach rap writing and performing. Snuneymuxw drum maker, JORGE TWO EAGLES LEWIS, will facilitate drum making and Snuneymuxw teachings regarding drums. Participants will make their own Coast Salish drum to keep.
Crimson Coast Dance is partnering with Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre for the weeklong workshop at Snuneymuxw Gym, March 19 to 23. The public is invited to a culminating demonstration by the teens and performance by these top-notch artists at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University, March 24, 7:30pm.

Join our youth council to plan Body Talk 2019! “I was able to make what turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made in relation to my career and adult life”. A.S., former Body Talk Youth council
JAMES JONES is a traditional hoop dance artist who has performed and traveled across Europe, China, Australia, North America, and is ranked among the Top 5 hoop dancers in the world. In 2009 James appeared as a finalist on popular TV show "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" and is currently hoop-dancing on a world tour with Juno award winning group A Tribe Called Red.
MARIKA SILA is an Inuit hula hoop performer, actress and yoga teacher that has toured across Canada, the U.S and Europe performing, teaching yoga and the art of hoop dancing. Through her committed daily practice, she has quickly become one of Canada's top hoop dancers and was recently voted the 2016 Canadian Hooper of the Year, by the CanSpin Awards.
SIRREAL was Born in Comox, BC and is currently holding it down for Nanaimo. This hip hop phenomenon takes full advantage of today's technology, wrangling his army of fans via internet, music videos, albums, concert promotions and constant hustle. Just like the music industry, the life of this rising star has not been easy. Devastated by the untimely death of both his father and older brother, Sirreal learned to stand as a man conquering his demons of addiction and poverty. Now, instead of drugs Sirreal boldly laces his lyrics with the die hard truths of reality and its consequences whether they be positive or negative. He continues to shine with over 300 shows all over BC and Alberta.
JORGE LEWIS is from the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo, BC and specializes in making drums. Jorge is a descendent of powerful Shamans, mask dancers and chiefs. Jorge was taught how to make his own drum which inspired him to seek out the cultural history about drums from his Elder, Ellen White - Kwulasulwut (“Many Stars”), who shared the story of how the drum came to the people. Through out Canada and internationally Jorge shares his knowledge in his Drum Workshops for the Elders, youth, women and men before they experience making their own drum.
Mailing Address: #5-150 Commercial Street Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G6
Office Address: CIBC Nanaimo Arts Centre - 60 Wharf Street, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G6
PHONE: 250-716-3230
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