Dancers invited to express themselves

NANAIMO - Crimson Coast Dance Society's dance jam kicks off Sunday (Jan. 3).

People are invited to get their groove on during Crimson Coast Dance Society’s dance jam.

The event is held on the first Sunday of each month. This month it is Sunday (Jan. 3), 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Rotary Field House, located at 850 Third St.

It is facilitated by Samantha Letourneau, who holds a masters in adult education. She will draw on her training and experiences with contemporary dance, music, yoga and Laban movement analysis.

“Movement is one of the most important forms of communication, for example a person with a hearing impairment depends on movement to express themselves through forms of sign language,” said Letourneau in a press release. “A gesture or movement phrase can elicit a certain emotion or contain a literal meaning. Movement and dance are strong modes in which we can communicate with each other.”

During the session, attendees explore how movement creates personal expression and communicates while engaging in awareness of the body.

“These jams are a place for dancers, actors, musicians, anyone who wants to explore movement to expand your self understanding, artistic expression and develop greater body knowledge,” said Letourneau.

Paul Manly, bassist; Tracy Myers, spoken word artist and percussionist; April Laurie, singer and Stephen Wolf, lap steel guitar and electronics provide the live music for the session.

Admission to the monthly dance jams is $10 per session. For more information please e-mail dance@crimsoncoast.org.