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Registration for Adult Beginner Ballet and Modern Classes at Ballet Espressivo is now open

The School of Ballet Espressivo, located in downtown Toronto at Yonge and Bloor specializes in adult dance education and is expanding its offering to include not only classes in ballet, modern dance and improvisation, and ballet floor-barre but also public performance opportunities for its students. Early registration is highly recommended!!!

Ballet classes are not just for professional dancers .  Ballet helps to prevents injury; improves alignment, balance, posture, flexibility, co-ordination, and circulation; tones and elongates; develops core strength and engages both mind and body.

The Ballet Espressivo School, founded in 2006, offers courses in classical ballet, modern dance, dance improvisation, ballet floor-barre (stretching and strengthening), and  offers performance opportunities for its students, led by its instructor Donna Greenberg, who has over twenty-five years of teaching experience, and a background in both music and a variety of dance-styles.

Throughout the lessons, thorough and constructive feedback is given, feedback needed for students to progress, to avoid injuries, and to prevent the development of bad habits. The student-teacher ratio is kept low in order to maximize time for addressing individual student needs. Much emphasis is placed on not only correctness of form but also musicality, line, and artistry.

The courses are designed for adults, for those seeking recreation, or wishing to improve bodily alignment and overall physical condition, or those aspiring to a more serious study of dance. The Ballet Espressivo School has an international reputation, attracting students from Toronto and its environs and even abroad.

Reap the benefits of a low stress, low impact and highly rewarding form of exercise that tones the body, burns calories, increases core strength, improves flexibility, alignment, posture and boosts self-image. Students will be guided through a systematic and thorough approach to stretching and strengthening including extensive wall work. Through this ballet floor barre, students will gain greater knowledge of core support and control while studying classical ballet technique i.e. how to work efficiently, according to the laws of the body, as well receiving plenty of individualized attention. An excellent preparation and/or complement to our regular ballet classes as well all other forms of dance, sports and physical activities.

For registration details or further informations about dates, times and available classes, visit Ballet Espressivo‘s website

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre presents WINTERSONG- Dances for a Sacred Season

WINTERSONG’s 30th anniversary warms the heart with a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by solstice traditions.

Our neighbours and colleagues at CCDT  are celebrating 30 years of illuminating the solstice through dance with a world premiere by Apolonia Velasquez and the return of Santee Smith’s ravishing Star Dreamer, a traditional story of the significance of the Pleiades to Iroquoian midwinter ceremonies.  Other highlights include Deborah Lundmark’s Dancing Day, set to John Rutter’s luminous choral music and the return of Ryan Lee’s 2016 premiere, Until the Sun Comes Back.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre presents WINTERSONG  – Dances for a Sacred Season
Part of Harbourfront Centre NextSteps 17/18 November 07, 2017 (Toronto) –

Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
207 Queen’s Quay West

Friday, December 8 – 8:00pm
Saturday, December 9 – 2:00pm

Tickets: $22.50 – $38.00

Box Office: 416-973-4000 or ONLINE


Vazari presents PLUNGE on Thursday, November 30th at Buddies in Bad Times

Every fall, Vazari an interesting, new dance company in Toronto produces PLUNGE, a cabaret style fundraiser and season launch event that brings together a diverse roster of incredible performers from Montreal and Toronto.

Be amazed by an evening of entertainment, fun, and debauchery. This one night extravaganza includes drag, circus, burlesque, comedy, and magic! Admission is restricted to persons over 19 years of age.

When: November 30th, 2017
Doors open at 8pm
Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto

VIP Table: $150*

*VIP Tickets include entry for 4 guests, 4 drink tickets, and a balcony table. Must be purchased in person or over the phone: 416 975 8555

Advance Tickets: $20
Door Tickets: $25


AXIS Syllabus Classes and a CONTACT IMPROV Jam with Madeline Shen

Madeline Shen is offering an Axis Syllabus workshop through conversation, pictures, anatomical models, and (of course) MOVEMENT!  Classes  will be focusing on healthy joint parameters and the multi-joint dialogue that happens to accomplish whole body movements. She will zoom into individual joints and zoom out to multiple joints, and play with the modulation of joint parameters. If each joint is a dial, what are the different ways to dial the dials? How sensitive can movers get to these dialing dials?

She invites participants to play with concepts in a lab-like curiosity, learning movement phrases to illustrate and practice concepts, ask questions and  move their bodies.

All levels and experiences are welcome – Shen will always provide a slow investigative lane or zone for those who are newer to the work, or prefer a slower pace! Also, it is not necessary to come to the first class to be able to come to the second!!

About Madeline:
Madeleine Shen lives in the city jungle of Toronto and spends her time teaching math, dancing and thinking about the body. She is currently studying at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and is an avid member of the Axis Syllabus International Research Community. She is a certified Axis Syllabus Teacher. With a background in contemporary and modern dance performance, and Biomedical Engineering, she has a dream of one day opening a multifaceted health care practice with movement education and artistic exploration.
What is the Axis Syllabus?
The Axis Syllabus, first consolidated by Frey Faust, is a collection of anatomical attributes and ways of moving that are basically safe and energy conservative. The Axis Syllabus seeks to provide accessible information on body alignment and movement practices using physics, anatomy and relevant scientific data from various fields, as a guide. In classes led by teachers of the Axis Syllabus, spiral and wave-like movements are often used to create kinetic energy and minimize excess tension. Exercises can prompt internal discoveries that people can transfer into their daily life or any activity with a movement focus. For more info see:http://axissyllabus.org/
NOV 26 (Sunday) Contact Improv Pre-Jam class
I am very happy to be teaching the pre-jam class for the Sunday Jam!
Class description:
Collective Architecture
Every body is a miraculous dynamic architecture, constantly changing and adjusting to move through space, interacting with gravity and the surrounding environment. Contact Improvisation brings bodies together to form collective architectural creatures. By listening through the body of another, one can feel/sense/see the space beyond physical limits.
 NOV 26 (Sunday) and Dec 3 (Sunday) Axis Syllabus Offerings

This summer, after 7 amazing years of study and investigation and evolution, I received the honour of becoming a certified teacher of the Axis Syllabus. I am very excited to start sharing and teaching this important and impactful information! More info on what the Axis Syllabus is can be found below.

Rahmin Lada announces Shoot For The Moon, a new fundraising platform

Belinda McGuire

As GIVING TUESDAY approaches, some of you will be thinking how best to attract donors and sponsors. Others among you will be thinking where and how to best spend the money you set aside to support worthy causes.

Below is a message from Rahmin Lada, principal instigator of SHOOT FOR THE MOON a new fundraising initiative he has undertaken. The foundation has a particular interest in dance companies and choreographers.

“Shoot-For-The-Moon is a carefully curated fundraising platform dedicated to making sure that every cent you give counts. We take no fees from the artists that we we work with, any contributions that you make go directly to the artists or organizations involved, we will match 10% of every monthly contribution you make to any of our clients (and in certain circumstances, we will match any monthly contribution dollar-for-dollar) As the founder of SFTM, I wanted to find a better way of giving. If I were to give to an organization or an individual, I didn’t want to see 7-10% of a contribution go elsewhere (mostly to fees to maintain a platform) As a donor, I didn’t want to look at my credit card bill and see a $100.00 contribution turn into $140.00 due to exchange rates and extra charges. For me, to maintain and build a strong relationship with an artist or organization, I wanted every contribution I would make to feel like a positive, honest one, because that is how you build & maintain strong relationships, & compel further the possibility of long-term giving. Shoot-For-The-Moon was born out of a strong desire to do better for those artists & organizations who are working hard for the benefit of others (with little support or financing) and in order for us to do better, it was necessary to rethink how we give.

If you’d like to learn more about what we do, please email me at rahim@shootforthemoon.art. At the present time we are putting the finishing touches on various fundraising platforms, but you can at least get a preview of what some of our clients are doing if you press play on each image. Whether you are a client, or a potential donor, I respond quickly to any inquiry (I like to think of us as a professional organization with a significant personal touch) Several of our projects are now online, but if you want a hint of what is to come, I encourage you to visit the other pages on our website, and if you’re wishing to become a client, just tell me a little more about yourself & I will reply as soon as possible.”


Vocal Butoh: Morning Practice with Gerry Trentham & Denise Fujiwara November 27 – December 1 & December 4

Participants of this intensive two-week program will explore a new frontier of performance training.  The program integrates the embodiment practices of Linklater based voice and speech work as a means to increase creative potential, range and precision as performers and performance creators to bring life to text. Open to all levels of experience.

Vocal Butoh: Morning Practice with Gerry Trentham & Denise Fujiwara
November 27 – December 1 & December 4-8

9:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

CDA hosts a Toronto Professional Dance Community Meet-Up on Monday, November 27th

The Canadian Dance Assembly invites professional dance community members to join your colleagues for a Manager’s meeting focused on equity and inclusion. The link to RSVP is the email at the bottom of this post.

CDA has initiated a multi-year investigation to re-imagine service for the dance sector and an organizing structure to deliver on that service. The intention is to transform service for dance to be radically open, inclusive, and more reflective of Canada’s identity. To continue reading about this initiative and its related reports and blog posts please click HERE

Meeting Agenda:
Report back from CDA’s Decolonizing Canadian Dance Retreat
CPAMO’s Organizational Change Program
Advocacy Update: Cultural Export Strategy
Community Updates and Other Business
Light refreshments will be provided

When: Monday, November 27th
Where: Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

The meeting will be held in the Memorial Room.
(Wheelchair accessible, using the front door entrance of the church.)

CDA hopes  to see you there!
If you haven’t already  RSVP’d or, if you have any questions, please email: office@dancecanada.net

Applications for d:mic/fac 2019 now open!

“Chorus II” as part of the Desnoyers Series. Choreography by Sasha Kleinplatz. Dancers: Benjamin Kamino, Fred Wiper, Milan Panet-Gigon, Nathan Yaffe, Lael Stellick, Simon Portigal, and Radwan Moumneh. Photo by Sandra Lynn Bélanger.

dance: made in canada/ fait au canada (d:mic/fac) will be presenting both new and existing works by established, mid-career and emerging choreographers working in Canada, at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto August 14 – 18, 2019. Programming will be divided into two categories: Mainstage, curated by three artists from Canada’s dance community, including Artistic Director Yvonne Ng and What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG), a lottery-based platform. Choreographers may apply for both.

d:mic/fac will provide festival publicity, marketing, a production team (including Stage Manager and Lighting Director), venue and other support for applicants selected by the curators for presentation. Mainstage choreographers will receive a fee for their work, and WYSIWYG choreographers will receive an honorarium. Artists working in all genres and cultural aesthetics are encouraged to apply. Full guidelines and application available online HERE. Questions? Please e-mail info@princessproductions.ca.

Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you know who may be interested in taking part in the Festival. Many thanks in advance!

d:mic/fac Festival dates: August 14 to 18, 2019

Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 11:59PM   Pacific Time


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Propeller Dance in Ottawa hosts their annual Community Day, Sunday December 3rd

Please join Propeller Dance for their annual Community Day featuring a gathering of the Propeller Dance community, performances by their  students, a chance to meet the teachers and musicians, refreshments and merchandise for sale, and more!

Propeller Dance presents Community Day
Glebe Community Centre (accessible venue and washrooms)
175 Third Ave, Ottawa,
1:00 pm performance start time
$10 adults, $5 students, or pay-what-you-like

Invite family and friends to join us to see first-hand the power of possibility which comes through in everything that Propeller does!  Following the performance, all are also invited to stay and attend the Annual General Meeting at 2:45 pm.

Jennifer Archibald teaches at Dancemakers on December 27th



Dec 27th at Dancemakers New York City based Canadian Choreographer Jennifer Archibald will teach a 3 hour contemporary master class open to all professional and pre-professional dancers. The workshop incorporates the technical fundamentals of both modern dance and hip hop into a gritty street level execution of contemporary dance.  The class pushes the dancer athletically, to move with and against gravity as well as to lyrically fly across space, encompassing both the hard edge of street dance and the fluidity of classical technique.The class will include a 90 min technique class, repertory, partnering, and improvisation acting concepts.

Enroll at www.jenniferarchibald.com and  Register online. For questions email archcore40@gmail.com.