Set as a circle dance to represent the environmental concerns of 1960’s, this choreography is a study of Canadian Joni Mitchell’s iconic tune “Big Yellow Taxi”. At any given time in this work, three or four layers of rhythm overlap. Incorporating live music solely through vocalization carries Ms Mitchell’s melody into a weave of rhythms played by the dancers, creating a unique and beautifully integrated rhythmical exploration of this song.
Sweet Kate is a five-piece a capella vocal ensemble, specializing in polyphonic madrigal choral music from the 1600s.
The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative (ORI)
The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative (ORI) is the voice of Ottawa’s tap dance community. A not-for-profit entity, we collaborate with local, national and international tap artists and musicians to create new rhythm tap dance work, and offer educational programs, classes and tap jams for all who enjoy or want to learn the art of tap dancing. All ORI Ensemble members and guest performers have a rich variety of professional dance, music and theatre experiences.
Carole Anne Piccinin
Carole Anne Piccinin founded the ORI out of a life-long passion to explore and celebrate the art of tap dance as a percussive form in a musically authentic and community-focused way. She has studied dance since age six, having lived the lives of performer, teacher, studio owner, choreographer and adjudicator along the way. Carole Anne credits Canadians William Orlowski (National Tap Dance Company of Canada) and Heather Cornell (Manhattan Tap) for making the connection for her many years ago that tap dance is music. She is grateful and honoured to be a part of the Canadian rhythm tap community and scene. Carole Anne has created and taught tap dance and music programming for a multitude of dance schools and programs, musical theatre youth companies, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, the City of Ottawa, and developed the Canadian Children’s Museum Musicworks! program. Passionate about tap dance to her core, she studies and collaborates with rhythm artists and musicians wherever and whenever she can. She is a dance reviewer for Ottawa Tonight. A mom of two young boys and married for over 20 years to her loving husband, she served for five years on the Canada Dance Festival board of directors and is the Executive Director at Ottawa Festivals d’Ottawa.