Journalism Major – Creative Communications
There are many aspects of my life that Feed my Cre.ature: so I blog about creative inspiration, journalism and the monster that is media.
Right now I’m the anchor/producer for Shaw TV Saskatoon – but this blog began when I started Creative Communications. Below is what my “about” page featured for my two years of college:
I freelance for a variety of publications, and staff for The Projector. I just love it, and I aspire to be a broadcast journalist; although, I do love print. Aside from this wonderful blog, I also write about the wonders of editing on EditDip. To view my full portfolio, click here.
I’m an avid tweeter, so please join in on the conversation at www.twitter.com/dponticelli
I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, and started dance at age four. After moving to Canada, I explored different genres – modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and contact improv. I experienced first hand how various styles lend themselves to each other. Just like writing, dance requires expanding one’s vocabulary; a big creative step was deciding to train in Aerial Dance. Essentially, choreography that “incorporates an apparatus often attached to the ceiling, allowing performers to explore space in three-dimensions” (Wikipedia). I started in 2006, while on Team Canada for the World Gymnaestrada in Austria, where I performed with aerialists.
In the past four years, I have gone from being terrified of heights to working on apparatuses such as silks, static trapeze, harness, rock walls, bungee, slings, straps, and stilts. I train and perform mainly in Winnipeg as part of Momentum Aerial and Acrobatic Troupe at Monica’s Danz Gym. We perform solo and group acts all over the city; otherwise, I am instructing silks and “Illusions of Flight” classes.
Most recently, in July 2011, I was an aerial dancer on Team Canada for the World Gymnaestrada in Switzerland.
Aside from dance, I also got involved with Cheerleading. I revived the program at Vincent Massey Collegiate and the growing co-ed team is now entering its sixth year. I continued coaching the squad two years after graduation along with the Winnipeg Dynamite Cheerleading Junior Team. This year, I’ve decided to focus on my final push through school.
And then there is all my otherness. Stage and improvisational acting, stage managing, using artistic skills to paint and build sets. I indulged my history loving side with a battlefields of WWI and II Europe tour. I write creative non-fiction, fiction, snappy poetry, and other fun nonsense. I share my writing. I read other’s writing. I can’t get enough of how words form sentences that form paragraphs, essays, books, and people’s thoughts and dreams.