MOE BRODY- MY JOURNEY WITH HARBOUR DANCE CENTER

MOE BRODY: Owner of Vancouvers Hottest Dance Centre

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After finishing her degree in Human Kinetics at UBC, Moe returned to dance with the NBA Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team and then choreographed the CFL’s BC Felions and the creator of UBC’s Dance Team. She has done movies with Hayden Panetteire called I Love You Beth Cooper, for Ashanti and Brittany Snow in the movie John tucker Must Die, Dr. Doolittle 3 and Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief. She’s done commercials for McDonalds, Barbie, Kyocere, Coca-Cola and Disney. She is also on faculty with The Source, Rise, Danzemode, Groovestreet Productions and Broadway Bound International. As an adjudicator at dance competitions, she derives much satisfaction dispensing helpful advice which she hopes will inspire future dancers. She is co-owner of Harbour Dance Centre in downtown Vancouver where her favorite place to be is in class, sharing a good story or two.

Please enjoy her amazing journey and know its never to late to do what you love!

MOE BRODY- MY JOURNEY WITH HARBOUR DANCE CENTER

How did I become one of the owner’s of Harbour Dance Centre? I have to take you way, way back. It was a long journey, but a great one.

In grade 8, my dance teacher shut down her studio. I found out she started teaching for some friends of hers that had opened a new adult studio. What was it called? Harbour Dance Centre? Never heard of it. I took class from four amazing women: my teacher, Valerie Easton, Belinda Sobie, and the two owners, Pam Rosa and Danielle Clifford. Now you’d think I would have found this haven and never left right? Haven’t you heard of a thing called High School? The drama, fitting in, new friends…yup, they pulled me out of dance and into some excess pounds on my thighs. I stayed at Harbour until about grade 10, then it was bye-bye dance.

My teenage years were hard. I moved out of my mother’s home in grade 12 with no money but a lot of drive to work. I went to UBC with four courses on my plate and three jobs to pay for it all. Dance wasn’t even on my radar. However, it was all I knew. I had no relation to any other passion in my life. Because of this I studied Kinesiology; anything to relate to the body. We analyzed the momentum of a baseball swing or the anatomy breakdown of a basketball free throw….but no one liked my idea of the velocity of a pirouette. Dance was still in me, just way down deep. After graduation, I got a job in Sports Marketing for a new sports franchise in Vancouver (The Vancouver Voodoo Roller Hockey Team). It was here that things took a turn. The President of the (Vancouver Voodoo Roller Hockey) Team suggested we get a Dance Team, some sexy girls to fill the arena. He asked me to do some research on how much this would cost. He and I were shocked to find out how much dance choreographers actually charged. (I had no idea. Like really, no idea). He then said, “Moe, isn’t dance your thing? You’re on salary, this us one of your new tasks in your job description. Get on it!” I panicked. I was now 24 years old and hadn’t really danced in 9 years. I knew how to do the six-step prep for a clean double pirouette, and that about summed it up. Crap! What was I going to do? Wait, Harbour Dance… I wondered if that place is still open. What? Belinda is still teaching? I better get back into class!

With the same dance attire that I left with, parachute shorts, leg warmers, ripped flashdance t-shirt, I put it back on! She gave us a thrashy jazz combo, and I was in heaven. Everything felt so natural, so easy. Why did I ever leave this? In between groups, Belinda stopped the music and walked over to my spot. She got right up to me, face to face and said…..”Moe……you still got it. Where have you been?” Let the bawl-fest begin. Between the tears and the sweat, I left so dehydrated you’d think I was in the desert.

The Dance Team audition went well. Some old familiar faces came through, Joanne Pesusich, Laura Bartlet, Lisa Stevens, Sandi Croft….the old “young” Harbour gang. At the same time, Joanne was planning her move to L.A and had some studio teaching hours to give up. She asked me if I wanted to teach dance. Me? I didn’t know anything except what I learned in the 70’s and early 80’s. She assured me nothing much had changed. So back to Harbour I went to get into ballet and jazz class (as well as some new dance style called hip hop, funny right? )

Since you’ve read my novel, you know my history with Harbour Dance Centre. When I started back up in dance in the mid 90’s, I knew this place was something special. In 2009, Danielle was thinking of retiring. In 2010, it became a discussion. In 2011, it became a reality. Again, I am one lucky girl. The place that gave me my passion back is now something I can call mine.

Special thanks to this weeks guest blogger Moe Brody of Harbour Dance Centre.

Blog made possible by: www.harbourdance.com, www.daniellelgardner.com & Impact Dance Productions

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Jam Session: SASQUATCH STYLE!

 

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On behalf of all music lovers our staff at Impact Dance Productions would love to share a little piece of what we were fortunate to be a part of this past weekend at The SASQUATCH Music Festival in Washington.

We arrived on a Friday afternoon wind blown and ready to jam!!Come Monday we had encountered some of the most incredible artists which we would love to share with you!

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Sasquatch 2013-Photo by Danielle Gardner of Impact Dance Productions

 

Bands to check out:

The XX (Top of our list for a reason!)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Baauer

Suuns

Indians

Sigur Ros

Laid Back Luke

Capital Cities

Danny Brown

The Tallest Man On Earth

Grimes

Mumford and sons

Imagine Dragons

Cake

The Lumineers

Steve Aoki

Alt-J

The postal service

To all artists needing inspiration or just want to jam to some good tunes check out the list above and better yet join us next year at Sasquatch 2014! We hope you take a listen to these amazing artists and are inspired by their words,beats and most of all creativity.

Enjoy!

-Impact Dance Productions- 

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Jam Session by Impact Dance Productions

At Impact Dance Productions we believe music should be heard by all !
We would love to share a few fun playlists to compliment your day.
Sit back,blast some tunes,close your eyes and let the music warm your soul.
“FEELIN A LIL OLD SKOOL” playlist
-My generation by The Who
-Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
-Caught up in you by .38 special
-Stand by me by Ben E King
-The Jive Bombers by Bad boy
-Babe im gonna leave you by Led Zeppelin
“I JUST WANNA CRY” playlist:
-Hero by Regina Spektor
-Creep by Scala&Kolancy Brothers
-Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven
-No Ones’s Gonna Love You by Cee Lo Green
-Just a game by Birdie
-Breaking the law by Emelie Sande
-Explosion’s by Ellie Goulding
-Into the dust by Mazzy Star
“LETS CUDDLE” Playlist:
-Kiss me by Ed Sheeran
-Never quit loving you by Jill Barber
-Cant stop thinking about you by Martin Sexton
-Lost in the light by Barchords
-Addicted to love by Florence and the machine
-I dare you by Ali Milner
“PUMP IT” Playlist
-Fire by Ingrid Michealson
-High for this by the Weekend
-Yeah yeah by Willy Moon
-I ❤ u so by Cassius
-Iron (remix by Gucci Vump)by Wood kid
-Love me (Kat Krazy Remix)by Stooshe
-Do it like that by Ricki-lee
-Your body (ken Loi Remix) by Christina Aguleira
Let us know what you think of our playlist and subscribe for more music!
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