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June 1, 2022 - June 7, 2022

Empathy Week 2022

Hosted by National AccessArts Centre (NaAC)

Location

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, 111 12th Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0Z9, Canada

Empathy Week 2022 is curated by Humainologie and partner organizations, Campfire Kinship and Prospect Human Services. For the full line-up, see the program here.

Empathy Week (June 1-7) is an annual festival created by Humainologie, a not-for-profit based in Calgary, Alberta. It is a community initiative with numerous organizations and individuals coming together to host a variety of events relating to empathy, human connection, and our shared humanity.

What: Gratitude GoGo Where: Decidedly Jazz – 111 12 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0Z9 When: Monday, June 6, 2022 Time: 1 pm – 2 pm MST

Go-go dance first became popular in the 1960s and its name was derived from the French term à gogo which means ‘in abundance’. Facilitated by National accessArts Artist and Ensemble Member, Alicia Morrison, and Performing Arts Assistant, Chawna Exner, this class aims to support participants in discovering various versions of classic Go-go movements that feel best in their own bodies and use them in dance combinations. If you’re looking for some gratitude, good vibes, and a whole lot of Go-go, this class is for you!

Chawna Exner 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 training in the University of Calgary Dance Program, Chawna crossed paths with the art of Burlesque, and has since built a career in the art form under the stage name Eva Angel. In 2018, Chawna began work with accessible dance company, Momo Movement (now part of the National accessArts Centre), and has sought to discover ways to bring equity and accessibility into dance ever since. She currently resides as Artistic Director for Blissful Dance, and Performing Arts Assistant for the National accessArts Centre.

Alicia Morrison Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Alicia began her training in dance at the age of 8, taking classes from various companies, including Momo Movement. She loves that dance allows you to move to different rhythms, use imagination, and show expression. In 2018, Alicia joined Momo’s (now NaAC’s) Performance Ensemble after being discovered in class by Momo’s Artistic Director at the time. Since then, she has had the pleasure of performing in various professional stage productions, including multiple showings of ‘The Mind Palace’. She has also resided as a dance instructor with Momo and the National accessArts Centre (NaAC) since 2019. Her goals for the future include creating her own songs and movies, and returning to the stage soon, a place she has always had a passion for!

Organizations

National AccessArts Centre (NaAC)

8038 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 0Y1, Canada

Phone number: (403) 253-3174

Email: info@ourIAC.ca

The Indefinite Arts Centre is Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization, providing artistic training, creation, and exhibition opportunities for people with developmental, physical, and acquired disabilities. Every week, 300+ artists come through our 12,000 square foot multimedia studio and gallery space in Calgary. Working alongside talented instructors, our artists are supported and empowered to experience the entire artistic creation process – from conceptualization to exhibition.

Venues

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

111 12th Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0Z9, Canada

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
  • Wheelchair Accessible Washroom