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All Workshops Are All Ages, Open Level & Free Of Charge

 Jo Jo Dancer: Waacking & Voguing

Saturday, August 17th, 10-11am, Oxygen Art Center 

Jojo brings a world of experience and styles to the studio. After touring the globe and mastering everything from waacking to latin, he’s returning to his roots in Vancouver, BC. His big-picture vision combined with his intricate choreography results in stunning pieces of “dance alchemy”, that blend hip hop, funk, vogueing, waacking, house, reggaeton, dancehall, contemporary and more. Jojo believes dance can break barriers and inspire change – so join his class if you’d love to be challenged in ways that’ll change you as a dancer, performer and awesome human being!

Julica Cacres  : Accessing Our Distinct Voices 

Saturday August 18th, 11am, Oxygen Art Center

Julia holds a BA (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia with a major in History and a minor in Creative Writing. She has taught creative writing classes in schools as the Writer in Residence for school district eight in 2014 and as a contractor.  Julia was an intern at Mint Literary Agency in my home town of Nelson, B.C., from 2014-15. currently reside in the Village of Slocan, on the mouth of the Slocan Lake, where she edits from home as much as possible.

Ndidi Cascade: Elementalz

Saturday August 17th, 12pm-1pm, Oxygen Art Center 

Explore hip hop culture and the 4 Elements of hip hop, with a focus on rap writing and freestyle!  Discover how rap writing and freestyle can be used to catalyze self and community empowerment!  

Ndidi Cascade is a hip hop artist, songwriter, educator & facilitator from Vancouver B.C. 

Old Soul Rebel: Free Jam 

Saturday August 17th, 1pm-2pm, Oxygen Art Center 

Old Soul Rebels is a female lead Soul Rock n’ Roll group hailing from East Vancouver known for letting it all out on the stage and repping their ancestry. Chelsea D.E Johnson and Lola Whyte will lead you in a number of creative group exercise that will get you into your body and expressing yourself fully. Come catch the vibes and join OSR in the FREE JAM. Let’s get creative together!!

Free Form Footwork- Mutya Macatumpag 

Sunday August 18th, 10am-11am, Oxygen Art Centre

Finding spirit through Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Contact Dance. The focal point of this workshop is to empower youth to find the dance born inside them.

The components of this workshop include:

  • Spirit – checking into the space, using breath to catalyze a soft power in the movement
  • Hip-hop – creating awareness of time, tempo and riding the beat with our feet 
  • Contemporary/Contact Dance – preparing the body to engage with our first partner, the floor, by following along with fluid ground sequences

Mara Lane: Personal Identity Through Visual art

Sunday August 18th, 11am-12pm, Oxygen Art Centre

Mara Lane is a Montréal-based visual artist and educator who primarily employs oil painting, drawing and printmaking in her artistic practice.

Mara’s recent work engages issues endemic to identity and belonging; it focuses on the relationship of the individual with their surroundings, and the way that the environment manifests to each of us as an aspect of the other.

What does it mean to be observer or participant? What constitutes connection? What strikes us deeply and becomes woven into our narrative?

Involved with the process of communication between the subconscious and the conscious mind, Mara’s work expresses dreamlike symbolism and explores the shifting, liminal spaces that occur between sleeping and waking.

Kelly Shpeley: Scale: Moving From Canvas To The Wall

Sunday August 18th, 12pm-1pm, Oxygen Art Centre

Kelly Shpeley is a multi-disciplinary artist from Nelson and the unceded Sinixt territory, British Columbia, Canada. She has had gallery showings in Canada, the United States, and Norway. She’s been published in Juxtapoz Magazine, Print Work Magazine, and Trend Prive Magazine. She has also worked in the film industry for a number of different studios. She’s done artwork for Stan Lee, and was lucky also to be part of Neil Gaiman’s “Calendar of Tales” (January 2015).  She also painted the original poster for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Coastal Jazz) 2015. John Cleese and Noam Chomsky are owners of some of her art prints. She is currently working on a stop motion animation with associates of ILM. In 2018 she was part of the Nelson International Mural Festival. Currently, she maintains a studio in historic downtown Nelson BC.

Laura Landsberg : Voice & Circle Song Workshop 

Sunday August 18th, 1pm-2pm, Oxygen Art Centre

“Born in London, England and raised in Vancouver, BC, I received my formal education at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. I’ve since taken part in numerous vocal workshops to further develop my skills as a performer and teacher. I have studied with Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, David Worm, Axel Thiemer( Voice Care Network), Dee Daniels, Kiran Ahluwalia, Joey Blake and many other inspiring teachers. I have been teaching music since 1985 and joined the Selkirk  College Music faculty in the fall of 2004.  I am a certified voice care teacher and a member of the “Voice Care Network”.”

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