Weekly on Tuesday
Participants are welcome to arrive between 12:30pm and 1:00pm
Class Leads: Chawna Exner and Ashley Brodeur
Who likes to party? Come join us in celebration of movement and community! In this 2-hour class, you will learn social and partner dances, freestyle, hip-hop party moves and personal expression.
Each two-hour session will include:
At the end of the session, we will celebrate with a themed dance party on March 26!
Prioritizing access and inclusivity, Community Dance Classes at the NaAC are created for dancers 18 years of age and older, from all skills, genders and backgrounds. All movement variations and abilities are welcome. No experience is required.
ASL interpretation provided on request.
Dancers can attend this class in person.
This class is for people 18 years old and older.
With a background largely in the styles of contemporary, jazz, and hip hop, Chawna has had a life-long passionate relationship with dance! After pursuing professional training in the University of Calgary Dance Program, Chawna crossed paths with the art of Burlesque and has since established herself as a prominent Burlesque artist under the stage name Eva Angel. Burlesque has brought her to grace many stages in Calgary and across Canada, including the Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton International Burlesque Festivals, Wild Mountain Music Fest, and Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo. In 2018, Chawna began work with an accessible dance company, Momo Movement (now National accessArts Centre), and has sought to discover ways to bring equity and accessibility into dance and Burlesque ever since.
Performing Arts Manager, Ashley Brodeur, became enthralled with the National access Arts Centre in the dance studio. After leading a movement session, her time with the artists at the NaAC ignited a passion that has inspired a career shift holding great potential of impact to the performing arts ecosystem. Creator and Director of Maven Movement, providing professional level performance and training opportunities on an equitable scale has been her focus for the past 7 years. With professional performance credits that include Culture Shock Washington, D.C., the Dubai Shopping Festival, The Fringe Festival, TIFF, BravoFact!, collaborations with brands such as Loreal, Labatt and XBox, Toronto’s Choreographer’s Ball and the Much Music Video Awards with PSY, she believes it is essential to ensuring high caliber performance opportunities are available to all, especially those underrepresented in traditional professional atmospheres. An attendee of the BFA Dance Program at York University, the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown College and the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, she has actively trained in Los Angeles, Toronto and Saint Petersburg, Russia. Previously, she has taught coast to coast in Canada, the Dominican Republic and has shared her skills with hundreds of students throughout various school residency programs. A long-time faculty member at the School of Decidedly Jazz and iLLFX Education, she has also guest taught at numerous dance studios throughout Ontario and Alberta resulting in an extensive wealth of knowledge and adaptability to dance and the performing arts.