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OUR BOARD

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Laura-Beth Power - Chair

Laura-Beth (LB) is a lover of all things dance and movement. Although she is most known in the community as a yoga and meditation teacher she has made made consistent contributions to Neighbourhood Dance Works over many years. Dating back to to 2005 when she first became a volunteer to now, filling the role of outreach coordinator, board member and lead zombie in the annual zombie gram’s fundraiser, her love for the organization continuously grows. She looks forward to what is to come!

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Alison Carter - Treasurer

Alison has been on the board for Neighbourhood Danceworks (NDW) several times. In 2003 when NDW
had been inactive for a few years Alison chaired a subcommittee of the Resource for Centre for the Arts
board, at the behest of Robbie Thomas and Sarah Stoker, to bring NDW back to life, until 2006 when she
moved to Nova Scotia for studies. She returned to NDW in 2011 and became treasurer of the board for
several years. She has just resumed this role in September 2023.


Alison began contemporary dance and improvisation with Jo Leslie in 1986.  During the 1990s and early
2000s she performed with the dance collective Louder than Words, African drum and dance group
Dzolali directed by Curtis Andrews, Gutsink collective produced by Sarah Stoker and Artistic Fraud
Theatre company directed by Jillian Keilly. She has since participated in community dance projects
convened by Neighbourhood Dance Works with Geri Morita in 2009 and Andrea Tucker and Andrea Duff
in 2020. She joined NDW’s Navigating Home project with choreographers Christopher House and Anne
Troake in 2017-2019.


Her day job is working as an Occupational Therapist, which never gets boring!

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Robert Azevedo - Secretary 

Robert Azevedo has been living in Corner Brook, NL since 2020. Born in Moncton, they began dancing on the East Coast before moving to Vancouver, BC to receive their BFA in Contemporary Dance and English Literature at Simon Fraser University. Following that they also graduate from Douglas College with a Diploma in Sign Language Interpretation.

Robert works primarily as a dance artist and ASL-English interpreter and sometimes bridges those two interests by working on accessibility in the arts. They volunteered for several years at the PuSh international festival of performing arts (Vancouver) as an accessibility volunteer and also briefly with VocalEye (Vancouver) working on creating audio descriptions of dance for blind and low vision audiences. Since moving to Newfoundland they have worked with CBNuit (Corner Brook) DanceNL on improving accessibility.

They also sit on the board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Visual Language Interpreters (NAVLI) serving in their second year as secretary and were a founding board member of Vines Art Festival where they sat for six years. Robert looks forward to this new board adventure and working to boost the profile of dance in Newfoundland and Labrador with Neighbourhood Dance Works.

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Roshni Fiech

Roshni is an avid enjoyer of the arts. Her biggest passion being music, she is always singing at home and has now also experienced singing on the Festival of New Dance stage. Looking to join the local arts scene in some way, she contacted Calla and joined Neighbourhood Dance Works as a summer intern in 2018 and has since joined for two more summers and festival volunteering. She has volunteered at other music festivals and venues as well and has joined the student-led newspaper the Muse as a writer. She strongly believes in the positive change music, writing and the arts can facilitate as well as how the creative outlet can support mental health and expression, and wants to be a part in sharing it with the world.   

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Louise Moyes

Louise Moyes has run her company, Louise Moyes Docudance, for 30 years, creating and producing inclusive shows that blend community participation with professional arts. Her topics range from the collapse of the fisheries to women’s work, walking her dog, and a walking tour of her neighbourhood, Long’s Hill. She works with children on the autism spectrum and living with learning disabilities, to create their own shows. Louise has sat on the boards of Neighbourhood Dance Works and Dance NL. She is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Innovation in Dance.

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Gloria Williams

Gloria is sole proprietor/director of Soothe Downtown Spa, St. John’s, NL, Canada. Her compilation of work/life experiences include some of community development & mental health social work, health promotion consulting, yoga instruction, dance performance, esthetics spa service provision, and plant based nutrition & culinary arts education - which is ongoing. Gloria offers an annual local or global retreat that includes yoga, hiking, dance and relaxing spa services with a plant based culinary focus! http://soothespa.ca/

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