DANCEWORKS celebrates its 40th this weekend at HARBOURFRONT



Last night, DanceWorks, Toronto’s acclaimed and longest running contemporary dance series, opened  its 40th Anniversary Celebration, a stellar evening of world premieres and past favourites. The house was packed, the show rocked, and the closing number by Denise Fujiwara had the house on its feet with its hands in the air.  Kudos to Mimi Beck and company for serving up a great start to a weekend that both celebrates and reflects the vibrant history of independent contemporary dance in this city.

Featured artists in this unique evening include choreographers/performers Esmeralda Enrique and Joanna de Souza who collaborate on the world premiere of Amalgam; choreographer Denise Fujiwara with the world premiere of Moving Parts; choreographer/performer Learie McNicolls with two works; remounts of The Night Journey and excerpts from Dancing With The Ghost; and choreographer Holly Small with composer Robert W. Stevenson with a re-imagining of Cheap Sunglasses.

Mimi Beck, curator of DanceWorks, said: “DanceWorks began at the Music Gallery in 1977. We’ve had 222 numbered performances since then. True to its early roots, the 40th anniversary edition – DW 223 – features music, dance and performance by five seasoned choreographers, all of whom were presented in previous seasons. These pieces are a sampling of themes from different decades of DanceWorks, drawn from 1981 to today.”

DanceWorks began as a collective of independent dance artists in 1977 and has grown to become Toronto’s leading presenter of independent dance. DanceWorks offers seasons of eclectic, exhilarating choreography programmed to intrigue, challenge and enthrall.

DanceWorks presents its 40th Anniversary Celebration– part of Harbourfront Centre NextSteps dance series – a thrilling mix of world


 premieres & re-imagined remounts featured over the last four decades!

Thursday, November 16 – Saturday, November 18 at 8pm nightly
At Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., Toronto

Dynamic Ticket Pricing – the earlier you purchase, the more you save:

Prior to the week of the show – $36During the week of the show – $40
Day of Show – $42
Discounts: Seniors-$28
Arts Industry-20% discount
Students-$15 and Groups of 10+ -$23

Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 OR purchase online at

UNCOVERED opens at KOERNER HALL tonight!

Our friends and neighbours at Musical Stage Company open UNCOVERED tonight at  Koerner Hall.

“Like A Rolling Stone”, “Born To Run”, “The Times They Are A-Changin”, “Dancing In The Dark” and “Blowin’ In The Wind”: the songs of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen were the soundtracks of two generations, giving voice to protests and hopes.

In The Musical Stage Company’s signature concert experience,  music director Reza Jacobs’ wildly imaginative arrangements of these iconic songs are performed by musical luminaries in the exquisite Koerner Hall. Divine Brown , Brent Carver, Jackie Richardson and Melissa O’Neill are just a few members of the star-studded ensemble performing at this not-to-be-missed event.


Beyography starts tonight at 5:30 PM at the SONY CENTRE – FREE!

Feeling the urge to channel your dance diva?  Head to the Sony Centre today for the start of  three FREE classes of Beyography!

Beyography is a tribute dance class where you are encouraged and welcomed to release your inner Diva. In this intensive, two-hour class you’ll learn the choreography to a music video!

November 14 – “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child
November 21 – “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
November 28 – “Run the World” by Beyoncé

Registration is free for participants. 30 spots will be available to pre-register a spot, 20 spots will be reserved for drop-in participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ONLY pre-register if you are sure you can attend.Class capacity is 50 participants.

Dates/Time: Nov 14, 21, and 28 from 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front St East, Toronto)

Cost:  FREE

More information for registration and contact  HERE

Need cheap, last minute rehearsal space? hub14 can help…


Announcing hub14’s NEW last-minute rental discount!  (the late bird gets the worm)

hub14 aims to provide affordable space for the independent contemporary performance community in Toronto and beyond.  To support this mission we are launching a new last-minute discount program.

$12 last-minute rentals exclusively for hub14 members!

How it works:

  1. Make sure you’re a hub member ($40 for a full year of discounted rentals)
  2. Get yourself on the late bird e-list (separate from our regular email list)
  3. Every Monday you will receive an email of this week’s last minute available bookings
  4. You have until Wednesday at midnight to contact hub14 and quote “late bird” in your booking request to receive the discounted rental rate.

Join the Late Birds!

David Smith offers Reggaecise Teacher Training on December 3rd

David Smith,  is the creator of  Reggaecise®- the ‘Original Jamaican Caribbean Workout ‘– a high-impact aerobic workout experience, which combines Reggae music, dance, exercise and the carefree attitude of the Caribbean.

Smith and company have a Reggaecise® Instructor training session on Sunday, December 3.  If you’re interested in teaching a different kind of fitness class, this might be great for you.

If you just want to check out a class, Smith is offering a Workshop & Workout Event on Sunday, November 12.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to experience Reggaecise®, listen to some great Reggae tunes, and take in some live performances.

REGGAESICE™ Workshop & Workout Event
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
The Jamaican Canadian Association (995 Arrow Rd.)

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Masterclass 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)
Doors Open: 2:30 PM

Fee: $15 In Advance + $1 PayPal Processing Fee

N.B. $20 At The Door

Sunday, December 3, 2017

If you are a fitness enthusiast, love to dance, or want to inspire others to get / stay fit, sign up to be a Certified Reggaecise® Instructor.

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Instructor Training:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

• Dance experience or musicality in dance a requirement.

• Must be 18 years of age or older.

N.B. If you registered for the November 12, 2017 Reggaecise® Workshop then you are eligible for a credit towards this Reggaecise® Training that will be taking place on Sunday, December 3, 2017.

To register for either the teacher training course or the workshop, or for further information go to:

hub 14 announces this year’s resident artists

Congratulations to DUO clients Susie Burpee and Viv Moore who are among hub 14’s resident artists for the 17-18 season.

Viv Moore is working on a piece called  Becoming Invisible – A Disappearing Act.  She describes the work as follows:

“I will be physically exploring invisibility and disappearance. During the past 2.5 intense years, a frozen shoulder then caregiver stress, made me disappear. Social life narrowed, fitness levels plummeted, creativity diminished and my self-imposed sense of invisibility increased. The concepts of isolation and alienation associated with invisibility don’t fit for me – an outgoing person.

My alien body and mentally/emotionally fragile being needs to feel visible again. The weekly solitary studio practice and end-sharing will help kickstart a fresh curiosity in my continued inspiration as an eclectic dance theatre artist, and wherever that may take me in a new dancing body.”


Susie Burpee will be working on the notes project.  Here is a note from her on the project:

“For the past 15 years, I’ve collected notes that I’ve 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…

For me they are clues. 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, the notes project is about consideration. How do we consider the situation of someone we’ve never met? What is my reflection, projection, bias, or just wishful thinking?

Let’s consider how we consider.”

We look forward to seeing these projects as they grow.

Contemporaneity 2 shows left!

Contemporaneity is a new presenting series by Anandam Dancetheatre, featuring new works and works-in-progress by artists practicing in Asian, African, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance forms. Responding to the widespread use of “contemporary” to describe European and white American theatrical dance, Anandam re-centers “contemporaneity” as a shared inquiry, animating a current and collective interest in holding the dancing body in the world. Tonight again, and tomorrow night at 7:30 at Dancemakers, come for performances and conversations between choreographers, dramaturges, dancers and you, our beloved audience.
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MOVEMENT IN TIME is having a 1 day only BOGO Sale October 12th




Esie Mensah in ADORNED


On October 12, 2017 MOVEMENT IN TIME is offering  BUY ONE GET ONE FREE tickets to their performance this weekend at Harbourftont Centre Theatre on October 14, 2017 .

Available online, in person, or by phone: 416-973-4000 press 1.
Promocode: canada150

MOVEMENT IN TIME features work by seven Toronto companies: Ballet Creole, COBA, Esie Mensah Creations, Holla Jazz, KasheDance, Lua Shayenne Dance Company and Shameka Blake with works that includes Jazz, Contemporary, African, and more. it promise to be a great night at a great deal!



Anandam Dancetheatre’s Contemporaneity, a partnership project with Dancemakers

Join Anandam Dancetheatre and Dancemakers in widening circles of consideration and curiosity in the performance field. Contemporaneity is a new presenting series by Anandam Dancetheatre, featuring new works and works-in-progress by artists practicing in Asian, African, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance forms. Responding to the widespread use of “contemporary” to describe European and white American theatrical dance, Anandam re-centers “contemporaneity” as a shared inquiry, animating a current and collective interest in holding the dancing body in the world.


Aerial and multidisciplinary artist Diana Lopez, Afro-fusion choreographer Esie Mensah, and South African dance specialist Mafa Makhubalo are in residence October 2nd to 8th, giving opportunities for people to attend open rehearsals, Q&A’s and roundtable discussions.


Their creative process culminates a presentation of their works October 12th to 14th, 7:30 p.m., at Dancemakers.
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ProArteDanza presents Season 2017 as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 2017/18 Season


Don’t miss this pair of exciting world premieres from two world-class choreographers: Canada’s multi-award winning Matjash Mrozewski, in collaboration with playwright Anna Chatterton, and the internationally renowned Kevin O’Day, former Artistic Director of Ballet Manheim.

Fleck Dance Theatre

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 8pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8pm
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets $22-50