Free Afrofusion Dance Classes with Esie Mensah at the Sony Centre


Join Esie Mensah at the Sony Centre on Tuesday evenings in February to learn Afrofusion dance.

Afrofusion is a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with a multitude of dance styles such as Hip Hop, Dancehall, Soca, Contemporary, House and more. It is a fusion of various vocabularies seamlessly put together to create a very unique blend of movement. Special thanks to  the Sony Centre and their talented partner Esie Mensah!  No previous dance experience required, all levels welcome!

• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your own water.
• Drop-in spaces available

Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm
February 6, 13, 20


Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts.

Register Here

Making Dance Maps/Mining the Source – a four day workshop with Yvonne Ng at The Refinery in Guelph – Jan 22-25

Princess Productions 2016

“Both dance works—Zhōng Xīn and In Search of the Holy Chop Suey—began with a simple question: what if we were all given the same map?  This led to a deeper curiosity:  What makes us who we are? Can I see with new eyes? How do I know when I become me? Am I still who I am even without my familiar…?”

Making Dance Maps instructor, yvonne ng

About Making Dance Maps
These four, two-hour workshops will follow the same process, starting with these questions, we will focus on:

Day 1 / Touch
Monday, January 22, 2018 – 7-9pm
Tap into your perception through your skin and bring awareness to this sensory faculty and use it to generate original movement vocabulary.

Day 2 / Colour
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 7-9pm
Explore colour through movement and writing. Colours are everywhere in our lives, affecting our emotions and thoughts, causing actions and reactions. Use specific exercises to connect colour directly and indirectly to choreography.

Day 3 / Poem Score
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 7-9pm
Model three Poem Scores Yvonne Ng wrote for Zhōng Xīn, inspired by Deborah Hay and Stephanie Skura, to create your own solo.

Day 4 / Text & Movement
Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 7-9pm
Create your own text and use as a tool to produce new movement vocabulary.

Over four days, Yvonne will work with participants to explore creative avenues and new entry points into finding the ‘dance’ in the memories and stories inside us. Yvonne offers this method of Open Source Forms® (OSF) as well as the work of Simone Forti, Yukio Waguri & Yumiko Yoshioka (Butoh) and Lisa Neilson and her own artistic research to lead participants in movement explorations, guided by the philosophy that we are all natural movers with a vast capacity for expression.

Participants will be guided in an improvisational setting and using imagery as a powerful tool for transformation, and weaving together various ways to warm the body and the imagination into a ready state of physicality.  This will allow the participants to uncover and originate movement focusing and building on their impulses and personal histories found in their physical self. Using the choreographic vocabulary that each participant has generated, Yvonne will guide the participants with strategies to development of their choreographic voice, and with a practised eye will gently mitigate the natural tendencies to fall back on learned or derivative choreography.

This work celebrates diversity, collaboration, and individual creative empowerment: free of inhibition, accessing intuitive knowing, and inviting the mind to collaborate.

A remarkably effective and revolutionary way of learning, the OSF approach can catalyze learning and transformation in many kinds of practices, in movement as well as voice, acting, and other fields of learning and creation.

Background on OSF:
Fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), Open Source Forms is about cross-fertilizations and deep commonalities of SRT and creative process: shedding outer layers, finding primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, and imagery as powerful tool for transformation.

Workshop Details
COST $35 full (8 hours) or $10 per workshop (2 hours)
LOCATION The Registry Theatre
SCHEDULE Daily workshops designed to be attended separately, in any combination or all together.
GEAR Wear warm, comfortable, loose clothing, be prepared to work in bare feet or socks. Participants are encouraged to bring paper and pen to write and draw with, water to drink, snacks.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL For pre-professional and professional artists.
CLASS SIZE Limited – Please register in advance

To register, or for more info:
call 519-585-7763 or email

tiger princess dance projects:  In Search of the Holy Chop Suey and Zhōng Xīn
As a culmination of the workshop, see Yvonne Ng and tiger princess dance projects in In Search of the Holy Chop Suey and Zhōng Xīn in a special performance at The Registry Theatre on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30pm      TICKETS

Making Dance Maps: mining the source with dancer Yvonne Ng is presented as a partnership between MT Space and The Registry Theatre and the Dance @ The Registry Series which is supported by Heffner Toyota, Heffner Lexus, and the Ontario Arts Council.



on the MOVE is happening February 2, 2018 at The Sony Centre in Toronto

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres.

Presented by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) in collaboration with regional and national arts service organizations ( including DUO), on the MOVE welcomes young dancers into the professional dance community, and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession.

Visit the DTRC website to view the full schedule featuring dance artists including: Aria Evans, Hollywood Jade, Supriya Nayak, Mateo Galindo Torres, Arsenio Andrade, Emily Law and many more!

When: February 2nd, 2018 (9:30 am – 5:00 pm)
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
(1 Front St E, Toronto)

School of Toronto Dance Theatre Young Dancers’ Programs begin this Saturday!

The winter term of the Young Dancers’ Program starts this Saturday, January 13there is still time to register your young dancer for yet another term of movement, dance and play. Kids love their Saturday dance class!

The classes for 3 and 5 year olds are full, but we can still find spots for all other ages. Please give us a call today at 416-967-6887, if you haven’t signed up your dancers yet. Check out the full schedule of classes on our website.

Ready to register or would like more information? Please contact:  Louise Plunkett | 416-967-6887

Contemporary Audition Master Class w Jacob’s Pillow in Miami

If you find yourself down South next week ( lucky you!) there is still time to join Jacob’s Pillow in Miami for a Master Class Audition led by Contemporary Program Director Milton Myers.

Contemporary Audition Master Class
Sunday, January 14 | New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL
Master Class Artist: Milton Myers
Demonstrator: Aya Kaneko
Accompanist: Kenneth Metzker
Registration/Warm-up: 11:30am-12:15pm
Master Class:  12:30-2pm
Q&A:  2-2:30pm

A signed liability waiver is required to participate, no exceptions; if ages 15-17, a parent or guardian signature is required.

Pre-Register by Jan 12 at 12pm EST and save $5!
$15* pre-registration rate, available when Program Application is submitted online.
$20* walk-in rate, space permitting.
Arrive one hour before the audition to register and pay. Cash & credit card accepted.

*Fee waived for current New World School of the Arts students. $5 discount for National YoungArts Week Finalists and/or Jacob’s Pillow Alumni.

For further details, click HERE

The Long View: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Arts Practice – PWYC workshop

Artistic work can come with irregular sleep schedules, eating patterns that zap you of energy instead of replenishing it and physical strains on your body. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Take the long view of your artistic life and learn to establish healthy habits that make sense for you at our next workshop.

Led by a Physiotherapist and a Registered Dietician, this afternoon workshop will help you gain insight into your individual habits and needs in regards to diet, exercise and sleep.

Thursday January 25 2018 | 12:30 – 4PM | Artscape Youngplace
Registration required
More info:

Auditions notices, open calls…this week has some exciting DANCING OPPORTUNITIES…

Luke Walker Company

Are you looking for some new opportunities in the new year?  Check out this week’s DANCING OPPORTUNITIES.  Click on the header to go through to the complete listing…

Audition Notice Kamea Dance Company

The Kamea Dance Company is auditioning for professional Male and Female Dancers for the 2018-20 season.Contracts from August 2018.  Where: Chasse Dance Studios, Chasséstraat 64, 1057 JJ Amsterdam, the Netherlands  When: Sunday, March 4th, at 9:30 -16:30  Deadline for applications: 25.02.2018

Open Call For Performances At The Akropoditi DanceFest 2018

Open call for performances at the Akropoditi DanceFest 2018 for July 2018 Where: Akropoditi DanceFest 2018, Syros, Greece When: 07 – 20 July 2018 Deadline for applications: Thursday, February 1st, 2018

AREA-Barcelona Workshop With Iker Arrue

The main goal of the weekend workshop is to introduce participants to the choreographic style and ways of working of Iker Arrue while familiarizing themselves with some of the repertoire Iker has created as director of Ai Do Project. Through specific choreographic phrases, the workshop will focus on limb awareness in relation to the body …

Dansteater Autentic Open Call

Are you a professional dancer, dance student or amateur dancer with good contemporary technique? The new “Dansteater Autentic” offers you the chance to be part of a company. In weekly rehearsals will we work with different themes and create together a dance performance. Creativity, improvisation and partner work are very important. Where: Alingsås, Västra Götaland…

Audition Notice Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy is seeking a range of Male and Female performers for projects throughout 2018 and 2019. Projects include replacements for international touring of The Dust We Raised, a new site-specific work for Cork Midsummer Festival and research weeks in Summer 2018 towards two new creations in 2019.

Seeking experienced professionals with strong physicality, presence and an affinity for theatrical work. All opportunities are paid + travel and accommodation if required. Where/When:  Dublin Feb 24th and 25th  NYC March 12th and 13th  Deadline for applications: Jan 31st, 2018

Workshop Improvisation Skills William Forsythe

Improvisation Skills W. Forsythe with Jone San Martín and Amancio González  Where: CreArt IDP International Dance Program, Balmes 129 Barcelona  When: 22nd to 26th of January / Schedule: 9 am to 13.30pm

Shooting Gallery Open Call

Open Call to Canadian artists for experimental dance and theatre works, between 5 and 15 mins in length.

Shooting Gallery, is a contemporary performance series open to all forms of dance, theatre and/or live art; works in progress and premieres. Created as an opportunity for new ideas, experimentation in movement and interdisciplinary performance, we are striving to create a platform in the Vancouver artistic community for adventurous and interesting work in a low tech studio theatre environment.  Where: The Dusty Flowshop, Vancouver, BC, Canada  When: March 23rd + 24th  Deadline for application: January 10th

Auditions Art Factory International Contemporary Dance Programme

Art Factory International  Contemporary Dance Programme  Artistic Director Brigel Gjoka

A.F.I IX is an international contemporary dance programme, lasting 8 months from October 2018 to May 2019 for a total of 960h.  The platform offers a knowledge-intensive training in different disciplines, providing each participant the opportunity to challenge themselves with daily lessons of classical and contemporary dance, choreographic composition and improvisation.

Audition Notice Maria Sartzetaki And Piet Van Dycke

Young makers Maria Sartzetaki and Piet Van Dycke, senior at the choreography department of Fontys Dance Academy, are working towards their graduation performance on the 23rd of May 2018:  We are looking for three performers (m/f).

Why travel for a workshop when a workshop can come to you? Bring a TOES FOR DANCE workshop or masterclass to your community!

TOES FOR DANCE would like to remind you that – they travel!

If you are a dance school directors and studio owner looking to enhance your class schedule, you can bring a TOES FOR DANCE workshop or masterclass to your community!

If you’re looking for a fun, inspirational and educational opportunity for your students –TOES travels far and wide  offering high-quality, affordable, process-focused programs. 

The TOES FOR DANCE approach emphasizes transferable skills that apply both in the studio and everyday life: risk-taking, awareness, focus, responsibility, communication, and teamwork.

Fresh Dance Intensive is a fun-filled four-day workshop program designed to guide students towards embracing their uniqueness. Classes include Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Improvisation, and more. Since Fresh’s inception in 2007, it has hosted nearly 70 workshops in 6 provinces across Canada for thousands of dancers.

TOES is currently booking Fresh events for Summer 2018. is a contemporary-focused dance workshop celebrating the ephemerality of movement by providing the tools for dancers to heighten their awareness of the present moment and inspiring dancers to be creatively engaged. Classes include Body Mind Activation, Contemporary Technique, Improvisation and Creative Process. Established in 2016, is the newest addition to TOES workshop series. Events range from 1-4 days in length.

TOES is currently booking workshops for Fall 2018.

I f you are interested in offering a Fresh Dance Intensive or workshop for your students in your community, David and Kirsten  would be thrilled to discuss the possibility with you.  Email TOES!

TOES also offer masterclasses! You can hire a TOES FOR DANCE artist to teach within your weekly class schedule or within the context of another workshop. Please email TOES to inquire about rates and availability.

BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal – Free Masterclass for professional/advanced dancers

Teaching dance is a priority for Ballet Jazz de Montreal, and Civic Theatres Toronto is thrilled to offer this opportunity free to participants. The class will begin with a 30-minute contemporary warm-up. Afterwards, Kennedy will teach some choreographic moments of BJM’s active repertoire and Dance Me/Music of Leonard Cohen (which will be performed by BJM the following evening at the Sony Centre). This masterclass will be geared towards advanced/professional dancers. Prior dance experience is required.

Master Class with Kennedy Kraeling
Thursday, December 14, 2017
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Registration is required (no drop in spots available).

Visit the event page to register:



Auditions and Workshops from this week’s DANCING OPPORTUNITIES

This week’s Dancing Opportunities include an audition in Munich and a Summer Dance Intensive in Israel.  As always, click through on the header to get to the full posting.

Moving Through Acrobatics – Dance & Acrobatics Workshop

Moving Through Acrobatics – Dance & Acrobatics Workshop Gabbie and Nat are offering 1-day and 2-day workshops in several locations across the UK. The workshops are a training opportunity for those interested in movement, floorwork and acrobatics. Participants will gain an insight into how Gabbie and Nat train and research movement that lends itself to […]

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive 2018

Professional dance workshops offering a deep personal development experience with one of the best contemporary dance companies of the decade, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Where: International Dance Village, Kibbutz Ga’aton, Israel When: July 8 – August 16 2018 Deadline for applications: March 1 2018 How to apply: Register on the KCDC website:

Audition Notice Carta Blanca Dance

Carta Blanca Dance is looking for dancers with professional experience, 3 female dancers and 4 male dancers for a new creation produced by ANIMALIZE.ME in Munich. Auditions will be held in Munich on the 10th of December, working with choreographers Sanja Ristic and Jorge García Pérez, who will be the choreographers of the show. Where: […]

Audition DiA Junior Company

DiA Junior Company is the dance company of Dance in Art included in the framework of DiA’s Dance Research Programs. DiA provides students with a professional level, experience through working as a member of a contemporary dance company. The junior company works with 10 up to 15 dancers and performs a program of new work […]