Loa Olafson

My background in dance includes intensive involvement in classical ballet technique, pilates conditioning, modern dance technique & Hip Hop. In Spring 2010 I completed my 3rd year in the BA Dance Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg. Moreover I am in my 4th year with Define Movement a Hip Hop performance crew under the artistic direction of Dammecia Hall. In February 2010 I taught Hip Hop through an Artist in the Schools mentorship at Champlain school.

This fall 2010 marks the beginning of my third year working with Graffiti Art Gallery as a dance instructor in the St.Art programs. Through St.Art programming this summer I ran my second Hip Hop intensive for inner city kids out of Turtle Island Community Center. At the conclusion of our camp the dancers performed for Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean at the opening of the youth panel discussion at Norquay Community Center in Point Douglas. Another highlight of my summer was the opportunity to work at the Youth Peace Building Project as a Hip Hop workshop instructor. This is a weeklong residential community based initiative of 7 partner organizations with a focus on facilitating dialogue between First Nations and New Comer youth. 

I’ve taught workshops for Ircom, Spence Neighborhood Association, Rainbow Resource Center, West End Cultural Center and Crossing Communities. I also teach for the University of Winnipeg Student Association’s weeklong annual Freestyle Hip Hop Festival and the CKUW Radio Camp series. In the upcoming months I’m looking forward to workshops with Beyond Borders and Needs.   


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