Celebrate 25 years of Dance Weekend at Harbourfront this weekend

Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre appear at Dance Weekend on Sunday Jan 21st at 4:00 PM

DUO is going to check out DANCE WEEKEND and see the fabulous range of diverse talent on display, including some of our  clients: Riley Sims, Roshanak Jaberi, Esmerelda Enrique Dance Company, Little Pear Garden and Arabesque Dance Company to name a few.

Since 1992, Dance Ontario’s DanceWeekend has showcased over 7500 incredible artists working in over 30 dance forms.
The Creative Partnerships Program has commissioned over 40 original works, supporting both emerging and established choreographers. Dance Ontario takes over Harbourfront Centre’s Paula Fleck Theatre to celebrate their 25th Anniversary Edition with three days of spectacular events ! Totally unique and completely captivating, DanceWeekend 2018 is a veritable feast of globally inspired dance.

350 dancers and musicians take the stage,
28 unique performances in Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Ballet and more
3 FREE dance workshops to get you moving
2 world premieres from exciting new choreographic voices Shameka Blake and Riley Sims
1 unforgettable Urban Dance Battle

See you at the Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront from January 19 – 21, 2018.  For a full schedule of events and programs check out DANCE ONTARIO’S Facebook page.

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 pam@mtspace.ca

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)

Have a say in the City of Toronto’s 2018 Budget’s Funding for The Arts – but hurry!

It is not too late to have your say on Toronto’s 2018 Budget.

The Budget Committee is in its final days of deliberation and will hear directly from the public on January 8, 9 and 10. All Toronto residents are welcome to comment on the proposed Budget at these hearings.

In the next two weeks Budget Committee will decide whether to accept the current city staff budget which identifies but does not recommend an increase to arts grants. Alternatively it can reaffirm the City’s longstanding $25 per capita arts funding target, and include the final $2 million for the arts in 2018.

At less than 0.02% of the City’s $10.9 billion operating budget, the $2 million increase is easily justified. Investing in the arts is good for the economy with every $1 in city arts grants leveraging over $20 in ticket sales, donations and support from other levels of government.  See our website for Key Messages.

Letting your Councillor know what you think can be very effective. We continue to be confident that Toronto’s Mayor and City Councillors understand the benefits arts funding bring to the city. Contributing to the livability of the city for residents in every neighbourhood while making Toronto an important international business and tourist destination gives arts funding a unique importance in budget deliberations.

Register to speak at the Budget hearings being held January 8, 9 or 10 at City Hall and Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, East York and York Civic Centres. Let City Council know what the additional $2 million in funding could mean for you. Click here for information on making a deputation to Budget Committee.

Call or email your City Councillor thanking them for Council’s arts funding commitment and requesting that it be upheld for 2018. For a sample email click here and scroll to Email your City Councillor. To find your Councillor’s contact information click here.

Susan Wright
Deputy Director
Toronto Arts Council

About Toronto Arts Council 

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations. Since 1974, TAC has played a major role in the city’s cultural industries by supporting a very broad range of artistic activity. From the emerging artist to the most established, from celebrated institutions to arts that challenge convention, TAC is typically the first funder to offer support. Today, TAC grants lead to exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops seen annually by over 9.5 million people. Through its ongoing funding of over $18 million annually, TAC cultivates a rich engagement between artists and audiences. It is proud to reflect Toronto’s vibrancy through the diversity of the artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. For more about Toronto Arts Council, visit www.torontoartscouncil.org

Dusk Dances Call to Artists – deadline January 5, 2018

Dusk Dances’ 2018 Guest Curator Michael Caldwell is inviting applications for dance works, to be presented at Dusk Dances Withrow Park, in Toronto, from August 6 -12, 2018.

DD is  specifically looking for proposals for a remount/re-imagination/adaptation of an already existing work -or- the completion of a work already in process. They  will not consider applications for commissions -or- new works not yet in development, at this time. Dusk Dances mostly presents dance works that are ten (10) minutes in length.

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience – which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents – to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.

Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten (10)-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. 2018 will mark the 24th season of Dusk Dances, and will be programmed by Guest Curator, Michael Caldwell.

Applicants must:
  • have recently presented three (3) choreographic works;
  • be a professional dance artist, who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
*We will not accept proposals from students currently enrolled in a post-secondary college, university or conservatory institution.
Please provide the following information and support material:
  • contact information (name, address, phone, email, website);
  • a biography, which includes information about your choreographic experience (recent works, residencies, commissions, awards, etc.);
  • a one-paragraph piece description of the proposed work;
  • a short paragraph re: your previous experience with creating works in site-specific venues, highlighting any outdoor presentations;
  • a brief statement, describing your interest in adapting this proposed work for a 10-minute presentation in an outdoor setting, and how you will accomplish this;
  • an online link to a full-version of your proposed work.*

*If you are proposing an excerpt of a longer work, please submit the full-length video, and identify the section (s) that you plan to remount (include time code markers).

*If you are proposing a work that is not yet finished, please submit as much video documentation of movement development as possible.

*Please do not include additional video documentation for other choreographic works – we will only view video of your proposed work.

Dusk Dances provides:
    • a presentation fee;
    • travel/accommodation/per-diem for out-of-town artists only;
    • outside eye services from the Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard and the Guest Curator Michael Caldwell;
    • all logistics for the festival;
    • technical personnel and equipment (including microphones and sound systems);
    • marketing and publicity (posters, postcards, newsletters, social media, house programs, etc.).

Dusk Dances is an equal-opportunities employer. We encourage applications from all cultures and backgrounds, with specific attention to marginalized communities.

If you have any questions re: your submission, please email Michael Caldwell (Guest Curator) at michael@duskdances.ca. Artists will only be contacted if the proposed work is being considered for presentation.

Deadline: Friday, January 5th – 11:59pm

Thank you for your interest in Dusk Dances!

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.

n.the.now 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, in.the.now is the newest addition to TOES workshop series. Events range from 1-4 days in length.

TOES is currently booking in.the.now workshops for Fall 2018.

I f you are interested in offering a Fresh Dance Intensive or in.the.now 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.

RAYMOND WILL EAT DINNER TODAY and other notes I’ve found on the ground…by Susie Burpee at hub14 this weekend

For the past 15 years, Susie Burpee has collected notes she has found on the ground.  Love letters, grocery lists, thank you notes, F*CK You! notes, appeals for forgiveness, cries for help, x-rated stuff, school poetry…

With just a few details, paper and words becomes flesh and soul.   The collection seems to breathe as an interconnected social commentary.  Part exhibit, part performance, her latest art project is about consideration. How do we consider the situation of someone we’ve never met?

In her blog post about the show, earlier this week, Susie mused, “What is my reflection, projection, bias, or just wishful thinking?  How do we consider how we consider?”

She’s really excited about this long-in-the-making project.  She also wants you to know that she’s grateful to hub14, dramaturge Cathy Gordon, and for the technical support provided by James Kendal.

RAYMOND WILL EAT DINNER TODAY and other notes I’ve found on the ground…by Susie Burpee

Gallery Residency Showings at Hub 14
December 8 and 9, 2017 @ 8pm
December 10, 2017 @ 4pm
Hub 14, 14 Markham Street, Toronto


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


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.