Porch View Dances continues until July 23 – with Kaeja Dance, Yvonne Ng, Allisons Cummings and Lua Shayenne

Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) will perform 3 vignettes in Porch View Dances, an award-winning community dance festival that engages everyday people as creators, storytellers and performers – many of whom have never danced before. Audience members travel from house to house to see new dance works created with professional choreographers and performed by local families in the front yards and porches of their own homes.

Porch View Dances includes choreographic commissions by Allison Cummings, Karen Kaeja, Allen Kaeja, Yvonne Ng and Lua Shayenne.

JULY 19-22 | 7pm, JULY 23 | 1pm
648 Markham Street, ending in Vermont Square Park (819 Palmerston Ave)

dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival announces WYSIWYG Program for 2017

Dance Made In Canada /fait au Canada is pleased to announce the details for WYSIWYG  -What You See Is What You Get.  

Featuring ten-minute works by artists drawn by lottery, the late night WYSIWYG series is comprised of:  Blue Ceiling dance/Lucy Rupert (Toronto), Angela Blumberg (Toronto), Jasmyn Fyffe Dance (Toronto), Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton) and Anne-Flore de Rochambeau (Montreal).

Blue Ceiling dance performs Frankenstein Fragments.  As Lucy Rupert sews together different limbs and organs with fragments of past dances, a literal monster assembles and emerges, with a bit of a devilish sense of humour.

Angela Blumberg presents The Four Elements. This duet is the second piece of the trilogy, Time that draws from the elements water, earth, fire and air to explore change and impermanence.

Jasmyn Fyffe presents an excerpt from Reload.  This work asks one question, “How do we unload today to reload for tomorrow?”

Good Women Dance Collective perform Caveat. The trio examines what happens to the characters after the end of the fable Avaricious and Envious, picking up the story where Aesop left off.

Anne-Flore de Rochambeau presents Fadeout.  The human body is an intricate and auto- regulated engine, designed to adapt and transform as we age. When an anomaly dives in, a race driven by survival emerges through a degenerative mutation.

WYSIWYG – as part of dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival
presented by princess productions

Fri Aug 18 @ 11pm
Sun Aug 20 @ 2pm.
at Toronto’s Betty Oliphant Theatre
404 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON
M4Y 2G6
Single tickets from $10-$25 / MainStage 3-, 4- or
6-Pack from $50 – $112 with discounts for seniors, students & artsworkers

Tickets on Sale NOW at princessproductions.ca

Tirgan Festival at Harbourfront presents Inner Journey II, featuring Regard Persan and Rumi Canada Sufi Sacred Dancers

Part of Rumi Canada Mystical Music series, Inner Journey takes audiences beyond an ordinary experience of music, to a place where the magic and power of music, mystical poetry / lyrics and sacred dance comes together: allowing audiences to travel deeper, explore who we really are and come in touch with the true human spirit and universal consciousness.

The Rumi Dancers of Canada will be accompanied by Montreal-based trio, Regard Persan.

Tirgan  is the largest festival of Iranian culture held outside Iran. The festival runs from July-27-30, 2017 at Harbourfront.

Thu, July 27
Concert Stage
235 Queens Quay West
Tickets:  $30

To order, go to the event page

Bill Coleman and BoucharDanse at Canada Dance in Ottawa this week

Congratulations to DUO clients, Bill Coleman and Sylvie Bouchard and her company BoucharDanse on their performances at Canada Dance  in Ottawa this week. Coleman presents his internationally acclaimed solo show Dollhouse while BoucharDanse presents Gigue en Souvenir inspired by traditional Quebec folk dances.

In her message of welcome Canada Dance Festival Artistic Director Jeanne Holmes said:

“From July 2nd to 16th, the CDF, in partnership with Canada Scene, will present a series of contemporary dance works in unique spaces and non-traditional venues. Our 2017 activities once again will take dance off of the stage and into the community, this year as part of the outpouring of arts activities throughout our nation’s capital during this summer’s Canada 150 celebrations.

There are extraordinary and distinctly Canadian talents exploring new ideas and influences in movement: intimate works from influential and established creators; challenging perspectives from emerging voices; and inspiring community dance projects reflecting the world in which they are performed. All infused with the creative spirit of the contemporary artists who call this country home.”

For further information about the festival go to: canadadance.ca

Merde to everyone!


North Side Story Dance Competition – hits the stage at Ryerson July 29, 2017

North Side Story Dance Competition (NSSDC), a new urban dance competition will light up the stage on July 29, 2017 at Ryerson Theatre in Toronto. NSSDC provides a platform for youth ages 15-29 to develop their artistry, creativity and passion for dance. Eight Ontario-based dance team have been selected to compete for the top three prize levels; first place ($2,000), second place ($500) and third place ($250). The teams must incorporate the competition’s theme, “Time” into their performances.

A unique feature of the competition, is the production support that each team will receive. Typically, urban dance competitions will provide teams with only 10-15 minutes of tech time to set staging and lighting, usually on the day of the competition. At NSSDC  each team will work directly with a production crew (Jnvuong Audio and Truss Productions) over multiple weeks to enhance the production quality of their performance. From lighting to staging to props, the production support will help the teams elevate their performances and bring their choreographic visions to life on stage.

The judging panel features some Toronto’s best hip hop and contemporary dance artists; Tori Mehaffey (ProArteDanza), Nigel Edwards (Lost is Found) and Paulo Santiago (International Choreographer).

1,200 spectators will have the opportunity to watch these talented dance crews give everything they’ve got to compete for the title. Guest performers include Simply Swagg Mini Militia, FOREAL Dance Company, Lost is Found, Stephanie Calderia and Zara Diniz.

Want to know more?  Go here:  nssdc.co

The Toronto Dance Community Love-In presents PS: We Are All Here – Part II – July 13th and 14th @ Pia Bouman

Toronto’s most badass dance series, with a heart for experimentation presents a series of curated dance works from around the world and around the corner.

TCDLI transforms Parkdale treasure Pia Bouman Scotiabank Studio Theatre into an all-embracing love-nest for performance and party they promise will be chaotic, immersive, messy, pleasurable, lo-fi, inquisitive and supercilious.

CURATED BY THE LOVERS: Robyn Breen, Tina Fushell, Kate Nankervis

Pia Bouman Scotiabank Studio Theatre
6 Noble Street, Toronto, ON

July 13, 14
Performances 8:00pm
Doors: 7pm

July 13
Supriya Nayak. Marco Da Silva Ferriera. Elizabeth Chitty.

July 14
Lo bil. Justin DeLuna & Francesca Chudnoff. Brendan Jensen. Lexi Vajda.

JULY 14th

After-parties hosted by DJ CrystalWhispurr music by local DJ’s and space design by Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, and Francesca Chudnoff and video installation by The RUDE Collective.


Get Tickets: HERE




Sampradaya Dance Creations presents Parshwanath Upadhye in Punyah Krishna July 15th and 16ht at the Sampradaya Theatre


Sampradaya Dance Creations is thrilled to announce that Parshwanath Upadhye is assuming the role of Guest Choreographer and Lead Dancer for their home season production – Punyah Krishna.

There will be two opportunities to catch his Canadian debut as a choreographer and to experience his vibrancy as a performer, with shows scheduled for July 15, 2017 at 7pm and July 16, 2017 at 4pm at Sampradaya Theatre in Mississauga.

Punyah Krishna, inspired by the selected verses of Adi Shankaracharya’s famous poem “Krishnashtakam” has been choreographed by Upadhye to be an aesthetically rich and stylistic bharatanatyam work. The performance will evoke the essence of Lord Krishna by bringing to life the evergreen tales of his multifaceted nature. From an irrepressible toddler to an irresistible lover, from a beautiful dancer to a gallant warrior, the life of Krishna reveals a playfulness and ever-present greatness. This piece will be danced by Upadhye alongside four local dancers including company dancers:  Purawai Vyas, Govindi Dyal and Donya Sandu and guest dancers, Harikishan Nair (Toronto), Kieran Heralall (Toronto) and Kalaisan Kalaichelvan (Uxbridge).

SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations is a Canadian, Mississauga-based professional dance company specializing in the creation and production of classical and contemporary dance works rooted in the tradition of bharatanatyam, a dance form originating from India. Founded in 1990 by Lata Pada, CM an accomplished dancer and choreographer, the Company continues to inspire audiences with annual productions produced locally and internationally while nurturing the talents of emerging young dancers.

The Company proudly celebrated its 25th anniversary in May 2015.

Whether you are a classical dance fan, or simply want to experience an excellent evening of dance, be sure to catch Punyah Krishna.

Tickets can be purchased by calling:  905-607-8434.

$25 for adults,
$20 dollars for students/seniors/arts workers.

3250 Ridgeway Drive – Unit #4
Mississauga ON L5L 5Y6
Phone: 905-607.8434

For more information, please go to sampradaya.ca.

Tonight – Tuesday, July 11, 2017: Toronto Dance Love-In hosts Heart-to-Heart


A conversation co-hosted by Toronto Dance LOVE-IN members Robyn Breen, Tina Fushell, and Kate Nankervis in partnership with the newly established Institute for Dance Studies, University of Toronto‘s  Seika Boye, VK Preston & Niomi Cherney.

Heart to Heart, an open public conversation, will bring together shared perceptions and experiences from all those who attend checking in with the relevance of training at this time.

We’ll discuss what humans are training for? Who is training? What training can be? What is a ‘space’ for training?

To Dance Love-In wants to know: How can The Love-In best serve the TO Dance Community in training modes while continuing the revolution of dancing making and doing in Canada?

Badass Movers, Body workers, Community Organizers, Critics, Writers, Artist of all backgrounds – COME, all welcome

TO Dance LOVE-IN wants to hear from you!! What do you do to maintain your PRACTICE!?
Heart to Heart: a conversation about the relevance of training in TO today!

Pia Bouman Scotiabank Theatre
6 Noble Street
Enter thru parking lot

Porch View Dances start July 19th in Seaton Village!

Toronto…Dance lovers will flock to Seaton Village for the sixth year of Porch View Dances. From July 19 to 23, join your neighbours to experience and celebrate the often-quiet stories that make a community what it is. Kaeja d’Dance, Toronto’s cutting-edge contemporary dance company, brings together professional dance artists with ordinary citizens, creating a truly magical outdoor event in the heart of Toronto.

Conceived and developed in 2012, Porch View Dances is an innovative dance festival, engaging members of the community in Seaton Village and surrounding neighbourhoods. Performed by local non-dancer residents in the front yards, porches and courtyards of their own homes, Porch View Dances includes choreographic commissions by local and Canadian talent, including: Allison Cummings, Karen Kaeja, Allen Kaeja, Yvonne Ng and Lua Shayenne. The audience is guided from dwelling to dwelling throughout Seaton Village by our tour guide Maurycy (played by Allen Kaeja), watching the stories of a neighbourhood unfold. The event culminates at Vermont Square Park, where the audience joins in Karen’s Flock Landing – a gentle and inclusive movement experience for the general public.

Now in its 27th year, Kaeja d’Dance has “been called a “power couple,” “go-getters” and “the coolest couple on the dance scene”. But no phrase quite encompasses the extraordinary range of ways in which the Kaejas engage with dance and each other. Before there was a buzzword for it, the Kaejas were engaged in outreach, finding ways to make dance accessible, engaging different communities, exploding barriers between art and life, professional and amateur, [and] making dance public in unexpected locations” (Michael Crabb, Toronto Star). This year alone Kaeja was the first Ontario company invited to tour the Red Noroeste de Festivales de Danza, to 6 cities in Mexico, they completed a EDge UK commission that had a 4 month European tour, taught and performed in Japan and will head to Israel to teach and perform in the fall.

Co-Artistic Directors Karen and Allen Kaeja have been living and working in the neighbourhood for years. “Allen and I are thrilled to bring dance to the streets in our very own Seaton Village”, said Karen. “We are always incubating ways to bridge the gap between professional art and the general public. We invite you to take pleasure in our community, reflect upon what dances lie within your own home, and be inspired by the talent that is right here in our city.”

Porch View Dances
Presented by Kaeja d’Dance
Starts: 648 Markham Street, ending in Vermont Square Park (819 Palmerston Ave)
July 19-22 @ 7pm
July 23 @ 1pm
Tickets: PWYC

Bicycle Opera’s pedal-powered fundraiser is Saturday, July 1st at the Burdock!

Bicycle Opera Company offers a unique way to celebrate Canada Day and support their up-coming production, SWEAT. They  are hooking up a bicycle-power generator to a karaoke machine and inviting some of our talented opera singer friends to sing their favourite guilty pleasure tunes!

Audience members can jump on the bicycle to power the mic, or jump on the mic, everyone can sing!

Plus, there will be a teaser of Sweat by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton! They can’t wait to share it with you!

Saturday July 1st at
5-7 pm
Burdock (music hall)
1184 Bloor St W, Toronto

$25 in advance/$30 at the door
Tickets available at: http://burdockto.com/musichall/

Sweat is Bicycle Opera‘s first ever full-length Canadian premiere. This chamber a cappella opera is about women in the global garment industry. Sweat goes on tour July 15th, so catch us before we zip out of town!

There will be plenty of time to enjoy fireworks and parties after the event wraps at 7 pm.