Archive | November, 2014

Bollywood Indian dance with Amrita – Nov. 18, 2014

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WASM members enjoyed an afternoon of an introduction to Bollywood and classical Indian dancing with Amrita Choudhury held at the MAI on Jeanne Mance.
Lovely and talented dancer, Amrita Choudhury has been teaching various forms of Indian classical and folklorique dancing for years; she also is a dance therapist and choreographer.   She told us that people of all ages, from first steps to death, dance in India.     For them dancing is an expression of joy, peace, and harmony with nature and a way to tell stories with their bodies.   She cheerfully showed us some arm movements including picking flowers, which we followed with music, then leg movements, and soon we were dancing; it was fun and energizing!

Amrita also organizes a 3-day retreat in the Laurentians in May (8-10) which we are considering as an activity. For more information regarding her classes and retreat her website address and telephone number are:  Tel:  514-768-9711

Submitted by member,  Judith Blin.


National Film Board – Nov. 4, 2014






Organized by Cathy Keays.
The NFB documentary workshop was a great experience for our WASM members.
There were 12 of us which brought the cost to $9.50 each.
Anne Koizumi, our instructor, started off the workshop with a very interesting presentation.
Then she gave us a quick tutorial on how to use iMovie. Finally we were on our way in groups to make our own documentaries on several themes which they provided for us. We gathered our photos, music and sound effects from the NFB‘s database and put in our own voiceovers.
It was great fun and a lot was learned. – Cathy Keays

The Magic Lanterns at the Botanical Gardens – Oct. 2014

As you know, it rained yesterday for our outing to the Botanical.  Nevertheless, several brave souls did outsmart the weather, including me, said Josette Wecsu, member-at-large, and organizer of the event.

The rainy weather posed no obstacle as our adventurous group of WASM members huddled together to share conversation, a glass of wine and a light dinner at the Garden Café.

At the fall of darkness, we entered the Chinese Gardens of Light to explore the exhibition called: Zheng-He: A Voyage of Discovery.  We were absolutely enchanted by the brilliant colors and magical luminescence of these sculptural lanterns.