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All Workshops Are Virtual,  Open Level & Free Of Charge

Toprock 101 with Sevi Sev from Immigrant Lessons

August 10th, 11:45-1:15
YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

Toprock is one of the four elements of breaking and has developed into a style of dance on its own. Unlike the other elements of breaking (footwork, freezes and power moves), toprock is a mostly standing dance, with the exceptions of drops or go-downs. Toprock originated in the Bronx during the early 1970’s, practiced and perfected by Black and Latinx youth. It evolves from the fusion of a variety of movements and is commonly characterized by the mixture of grooves with fast and athletic legwork. This top rock class will cover the foundational grooves and movements of the stye, as well as showcasing a variety of classic top rock songs, and culminating in a routine that can be both performed or broken apart into a freestyle.

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Freestyle Grooving with Sosa from Immigrant Lessons

August 10th 1:30-3pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

This class is designed to guide the students to focus on the exploration of concepts and ideas of grooving while utilizing heavy influences of street dance foundations, mostly hip hop and dancehall grooves (e.g. Bounce, Rock, Wave, Winin’/Wine). Sosa will be guiding students into getting to know “the feeling” of the body, learning to appreciate and converse with the music. The goal for this class is to provide a playground for dance, a space to inspire students to feel and be free, be child like when exploring movement and exploring individual ways of expressing ones self through dance and music. Confidently and unapologetically.

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Breaking Footwork with Jam’n Camr’n from Immigrant Lessons

August 10th 3:15-4:45pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

Breaking is a street dance style created by Black and Latinx pioneers in the Bronx, New York in the early 1970s. Breaking is considered widely as the first form of hip hop dance. Emerging from the parties of the era, breaking was reserved for when the DJ spun the part of the record called “the break” where only the drums played. Partygoers would hit the floor to perform a series of complex patterns, angles, rotations, kicks and extensions from a squatted or front support position. This subset of breaking is referred to as footwork or down rocking. In this class, we’ll be going over the fundamentals of breaking footwork, delving further into the history and techniques behind each step, as well as finding ways to create new movements using these foundations.

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House Dance with Sharon Lee from Immigrant Lessons

August 11th 1:30-3:00pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

Sharon’s house class will focus on some foundations that will be used in a set of choreography. While learning this construct, she’ll also take you on a self-creative journey in which the students will be able to explore freestyling within and out of their boundaries while deconstructing the limits that were set in. She hopes to teach her students ways they can stretch their foundation and adapt it to different musics and/or settings.

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Movement Exploration with Simran Sachar from Immigrant Lesssons

August 11th 11:45-1:15pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

A creative, thorough, self-exploration pertaining to your own authentic movement and honouring where you are no matter what your dance background is. No labels. this class is a creative/freestyle based class. From a dreamy state to puzzling tasks, Sim will have you shedding old layers and breaking all the rules you thought existed.

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Hip Hop Dance with Sosa from Immigrant Lessons

August 13th 11:45-1:15
YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

From basic grooves, to understanding of rhythm and music, students will be challenged to learn and freestuyle hip hop “party steps” and grooves ranging from old, middle and new school eras of hip hop dance as well as passing down stories and knowledge behind the steps. Part of this curriculum is to have the student’s recognize the importance of acknowledging the beginnings and how we, as learners, pay respects to the people of the hip hop culture.

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Breaking & Freestyle Concepts with
Sev & Josh from Immigrant Lessons

August 14th 10-11:30am

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

Breaking is a street dance style created by Black and Latinx pioneers in the Bronx, New York in the early 1970s. Breaking is considered widely as the first form of hip hop dance. Emerging from the parties of the era, breaking was reserved for when the DJ spun the part of the record called “the break” where only the drums played. Partygoers would hit the floor to perform a series of complex patterns, angles, rotations, kicks and extensions from a squatted or front support position. Over time, breakers have taken the athleticism and creativity of the dance to stratospheric heights with their own unique styles and movement patterns. In this class, we will be going over different approaches to creating and performing a breaking freestyle round.

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Immigrant Lessons Roll Call

August 14th 11:45-1:15pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

Choreography taught by the whole tribe!

Featuring:

Sharon Lee

Sophia Sosa Gamboa

Simran Sachar

Sevrin Emnacen-Boyd

Josh Cameron

Tegvaran Sooch

Hayden Pereira

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Waaking/Punking w/Joshua Ongcol

August 11th 3:15-4:45pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

Josh will be giving an intro to waaking and punking with some history, basic technique, ideas culminating to a routine!

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Dancehall Fusion w/Her Tribal Roots

August 12th 11:45-1:15pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

An upbeat class that integrates movement from Dancehall, originating from Jamaican culture in the 1970s, with other street dances and each individual’s own freedom of movement.

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Hip Hop Hip Hop/Grooving/Breathing w/ Brotha Jason

August 12th 1:30-3:00pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

 Jason Bempong is a Canadian born Ghanaian Dancer, Performance Artist, Actor and designer currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. Jason has been studying from the greats from Michael Jackson and James brown to Les Twins and Tight Eyez. while attending workshops to help him expand in a variety of styles including Dancehall Hip Hop and Krump. His main focus with dance currently is exploring the flow of energy through movement and music.

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Waaking/Punking w/Joshua Ongcol

August 12th 3:15-4:45pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

Josh will be giving an intro to waaking and punking with some history, basic technique, ideas culminating to a routine!

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Expressive Movement with Her Tribal Roots

August 13th 10:00-11:30am

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

A grounded class that focuses on emotion and expressive communication through simple movement sequences and choreography.

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Hip Hop Hip Hop/Grooving/Breathing w/ Brotha Jason

August 13th 1:30-3:00pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

 Jason Bempong is a Canadian born Ghanaian Dancer, Performance Artist, Actor and designer currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. Jason has been studying from the greats from Michael Jackson and James brown to Les Twins and Tight Eyez. while attending workshops to help him expand in a variety of styles including Dancehall Hip Hop and Krump. His main focus with dance currently is exploring the flow of energy through movement and music.

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Creeasian Dance Class

August 13th 3:00-4:30pm

YOUTH WORKSHOP: AGES 12-24

Learn foundation from top rock, drops, footwork, freezes.

All levels welcomed.

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Starseed  Puppets

August 15 & 16 9:30am-10am

Sheilagh Lane has enchanted audiences as a puppeteer and storyteller for over 30 years. She has performed in Europe, Glastonbury Festival, children’s theatres and schools in London England over a number of years and numerous Waldorf schools in the UK and Canada. For the last 19 years she has been the “puppet lady” at summer festivals.

Age old tales, told through puppetry, spark the seeds of imagination and awaken within the child, wonder, magic and humour.

Using a variety of puppet styles and accessing stories from many cultures, Sheilagh’s fascinating voice breathes life into her puppets.

Much of the year Sheilagh works inspirationally with children at Starseed Kindercottage, in Nelson BC, where her Waldorf inspired teaching skills and care for her students captivates children and parents alike.

This event will be live streamed to our website at www.nelsonmuralfest.com, to our facebook pages (@nelsoninternationalmuralfestival and @nelsondistrictartscouncil), our Mixcloud page and our Twitch account.

Performance & Writing

August 15th 11am-12pm

Join Jillian Christmas as she explores writing and performance in this webinar for the 2020 Nelson International Mural Festival!

This will be a closed Zoom workshop with limited spaces. You must register to join.

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Trans identity, allyship, & your place in a queer world w/ Milo from Trans Connect at ANKORS

Saturday August 15th 10:00am-11:00am

This event will be also be live streamed to our website at www.nelsonmuralfest.com, to our facebook pages (@nelsoninternationalmuralfestival and @nelsondistrictartscouncil), our Mixcloud page and our Twitch account.

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“The Sound of Healing”: Music and mental health W/ Francis Arevalo

Saturday August 15th 12:00pm-1:00pm

“The Sound of Healing”: Music and mental health with Francis Arevalo is a deeper look into the narrative and music of Francis’ recent EP release detailing his journey living with bipolar disorder type 1. In this presentation, he will invite you into his process using music and production techniques to heal and tell his stories, sharing the meaning and intention behind the choices he made for the project. To get the most out of this workshop, it is recommended to listen to Francis Arevalo’s “The Sound of Healing” in full before the workshop. CW: There will be mention and discussion of mental health, mental illness, bipolar disorder, depression, mania and related topics.

This event will be also be live streamed to our website at www.nelsonmuralfest.com, to our facebook pages (@nelsoninternationalmuralfestival and @nelsondistrictartscouncil), our Mixcloud page and our Twitch account.

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Storytelling on Stage w/ Claire Love Wilson

Saturday August 15th 1:00pm-2:00pm

Drawing on clown and embodiment techniques, learn how to connect audiences to YOU through the art of storytelling

Claire Love Wilson is a queer white/Scottish settler multidisciplinary artist based on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She works as an actor, playwright, musician, and singer-songwriter. Her artistic practice blends themes of joy, queerness, and unconscious desire with a playful and critical exploration of ancestry and place.

This will be a closed Zoom workshop with limited spaces. You must register to join.

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How creativity and imagination might transform the world
w/ Khari Mcclelland

Saturday August 15th 2:00pm-3:00pm

Khari Wendell McClelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving artist. Originally from Detroit, Khari has become a darling on the Canadian music scene with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s songwriting crosses genres and generations, joyfully invoking the spirit of his ancestors who straddled the US-Canadian border in efforts to escape slavery and discrimination.

This will be a closed zoom workshop. You must register to join.

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Hip Hop 101 with Emotionz

Sunday August 16 10:00am-11:00am

Hip hop history, beatboxing, rap, graffiti, songwriting.

This event will be live streamed to our website at www.nelsonmuralfest.com, to our facebook pages (@nelsoninternationalmuralfestival and @nelsondistrictartscouncil), our Mixcloud page and our Twitch account.

This event will be also be live streamed to our website at www.nelsonmuralfest.com, to our facebook pages (@nelsoninternationalmuralfestival and @nelsondistrictartscouncil), our Mixcloud page and our Twitch account.

Sing for the Soul with Della

Sunday August 16th 11:00am-12:00pm

Della has been touring the world as a professional singer for over a decade. Deeply rooted in Jazz, she weaves improvisation & Soul into a variety of different genres of music. Drawing from her own life and passions, Dee has created a unique experience in the form of a workshop, using practices and activities that focus on using mind, body & spirit for a new way of vocalizing. Dee provides a soul-opening workshop for all levels of individuals wanting to explore creative expression using the voice & the body. Taking you through a journey, she includes a guided meditation, stretching, breathing exercises, vocal techniques, tone refinement, rhythm structure, harmonizing, dance and more! This is a fun, open, and safe way to create with your voice, while obtaining new information on how to sing and how to improvise. You will leave this workshop feeling open and inspired with new knowledge and techniques to carry on singing and expanding your vocal capabilities.

Please Join Della & Sing for the Soul!

This will be a closed Zoom workshop with limited spaces. You must register to join.

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The Wisdom Cypher w/ebonEmpress

Sunday August 16th 12:00pm-1:00pm

This workshop is a 360 Hip Hop Connection led by artist ebonEmpress.

This will be a closed Zoom workshop with limited spaces. You must register to join.

 

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