The 16th Kalanidhi Festival of Indian Dance opens TONIGHT at 7:30 PM at The Paula Fleck Theatre, Harbourfront

The 16th Kalanidhi Festival of Indian Dance  WHIRLING STREAMS opens tonight at Harbourfront.

The live and live-streamed Festival will present over 40 dancers from Canada and India and feature the classical and contemporary dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Chhau, Kathakali and Modern over the course of six days – from traditional to cutting edge!

The festival features such superstars as Canada’s multi-honoured dancer and choreographer Menaka Thakkar, Artistic Director of both Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and the Kalanidhi Festival; the internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra of India; Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda’s breathtaking aerial dance company Navarasa Dance Theater of the United States, Montreal’s award-winning Sinha Danse and more!

Renowned dance artist and teacher Menaka Thakkar is responsible for creating several generations of Indian dancers across Canada trained in the classical systems of Bharatanatyam and Odissi. She is the recipient of two of the highest honours that Canada can offer to any dance artist:  the 2012 Canada Council Walter Carson Prize for Excellence in Performing Arts (Dance) and the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts (Dance). She gives a rare performance of Karna Kunti in the Abhinaya style on opening night.

The legendary Sujata Mohapatra has traveled the world as a soloist and won whole-hearted applause from audiences and critics alike. As the disciple and daughter-in-law of the late guru Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra who revived the Odissi form in India, she inherited his devotion and passion for the classical dance form. Her lyrical movements epitomize grace and technical perfection.

Boldly knitting together dance, singing, martial arts, and original music into seamless theatrical presentations, Navarasa Dance Theater’s multilayered, multilingual productions inspire, engage and entertain audiences around the world with their daring aerial work.

Sinha Danse brings Roger Sinha’s Burning Skin, presented at the very first Kalanidhi Festival in 1993. Twenty-four years later this important work about the choreographer’s racist experiences in Canada is even more relevant now considering the growing tide of white nationalism and anti-immigration. Roger Sinha was recently awarded the 2016 Cultural Diversity Prize in Dance from the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The 16th Kalanidhi Festival of Indian Dance
March 28 – April 2, 2017
Paula Fleck Theatre
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

7 Day Pass $126/$98 – One ticket to all seven shows
4 Day Pass
$90/$76 – One ticket to four shows of your choice
Single show tickets:  Tuesday-Saturday: $27 &$18 ($18 for seniors, $15 for students, under 25 & arts workers)
Sunday Retrospective and Symposiums: FREE.

For  a complete schedule, tickets to individual performances or  to order passes, click HERE
Tickets and passes may also be purchased by calling Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.


DanceWorks presents inDANCE’s World Premiere of Holy Cow(s)! Thursday March 23 to Saturday March 25

This weekend, DanceWorks presents cutting-edge Toronto dance company inDANCE with their world premiere of Holy Cow(s)! choreographed by Artistic Director and Dora Award nominee, Hari Krishnan.

A subversive and physically complex full-length dance production, Holy Cow(s)! turns South Asian dance on its head, toppling taboos of gender, identity, sexuality and cultural (mis)appropriation: provoking desire and derision through humour and eroticism.

Holy Cow(s)! is Krishnan’s deeply personal reflection on consumerism, dance as a product for public consumption and superficial ‘east-west’ binaries. The eclectic dance vocabulary, drawn from Asian dance traditions and contemporary western dance sensibilities utilizes solos, duets, trios, and ensembles, all performed to a commissioned world music score by Niraj Chag (London, U.K.).

The provocative dance performance also features solos choreographed by Sean Curran (New York City), David Brick (Philadelphia) and Jay Hirabayashi (Vancouver). Other collaborators include lighting designer Jack Caar (Connecticut) and costume/visual designer Rex (Toronto).

Holy Cow(s)! is performed by seven talented Toronto dance artists: Paul Charbonneau, Beth Despres, Peter Hessel, Roney Lewis, Megan Nadain, Vinod Para and Xi Yi.

DanceWorks presents Holy Cow(s)! as part of Harbourfront’s  NextSteps Series
Thursday March 23 through Saturday March 25
8pm nightly
Tickets are now on sale, with dynamic pricing in effect, and discounts for students/seniors/arts workers/ and groups of 10 or more.
Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR purchase online here

Compañia Carmen Romero Opens Jacinto Tonight at The Theatre Centre

Compañia Carmen Romero opens a new full-length work, Jacinto tonight at The Theatre Centre as part of its Dance Card Series.

Jacinto is a contemporary flamenco performance created by  Compañia founder and artistic director, Carmen Romero, who both choreographs and performs. Her artistic collaborators on Jacinto include: producer Soraya Peerbaye, guest choreographer Oscar Nieto, director and dramaturge Karin Randoja and musical director Benjamin Barrile.  The costume design is by Rita Benz ,with art direction by Vanessa Guillen and lighting by Michelle Ramsay.

Jacinto tells the story of a woman in search of catharsis as she grieves the loss of her father. Through letters, photographs and talismans, she unearths the mysteries of his life.

Jacinto examines the dark angels within us: the black crow inside one’s heart, the pain that is passed on from generation to generation. It can lie dormant within us, but it also wants to free us; it dances out the fear.

Fantastical, seductive, volatile and unnerving, this is a new solo dance-theatre work by one of Toronto’s and Canada’s most powerful flamenco artists.


The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
March 16–19, 2017

Thursday, March 16 – 8:00pm – Preview Performance
Friday, March 17 – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 18 – 8:00pm
Sunday, March 19 – 2:00pm

Tickets: Preview $15–$20 | Regular $30 | Student/senior/arts worker $22
Dance Card passes available
Service charges may apply
Book 416-538-0988 | PURCHASE ONLINE HERE


Claudia Moore Offers Open Movement Classes This March at Dovercourt House


Claudia Moore, Artistic Director of MOonhOrse Dance  will be leading three open movement classes for all levels in March.

Monday March 13, Wednesday March 15 & Friday March 17
11:00am – 1:00pm
Dovercourt House, 2nd Floor

Come for 1, come for all!
$10 each or $25 for all 3

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COBA Hosts a Fundraising Dinner and Concert on February 25th

Our colleagues and neighbours, COBA – Collective of Black Artists, based in the Regent Park neighbourhood, has been an important part of the Toronto dance community for over 20 years. In spite of their excellent reputation and hard work, the company is currently in financial difficulty.

Determined not to take this lying down, the company has organized what promises to be a great fundraising evening featuring dance, music and a fine Carribean meal by Simone’s Caribbean Restaurant, a local favourite, all in aid of the company.

Renowned author and storyteller, Itah Sadu, owner of the independent bookstore,  A Different Booklist, will MC the evening’s entertainment.

Performers will include:  COBA’s Children’s Youth Ensemble (CYE) and members of the Collective, singers Julian Taylor from the Julian Taylor Band,  and Kevin Brathwaite.

The evening will also include a fifty-fifty draw and a small silent auction table!

All amounts are welcome but the suggested donation amount is $100 per person. If you are unable to attend, COBA can accept any donations through the event tickets button.

A good party and a great cause should  lead to a good evening for all.

To buy a ticket or to make a donation to COBA, click HERE

TAC and OAC Deadlines Coming Up STAT!

NOVA Dance courtesy of The Theatre Centre

Got plans to make or show some moves in 2017?

Both the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council have funding deadlines for individual dance artists, collectives and dance companies coming up fast. Click on the links above for a full list of upcoming deadlines.

And don’t forget:  if you need help writing a grant, DUO is always here to help.  If you’re planning to make one of those February deadlines, call us soon : like, now!






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TO LOVE-IN Winter Workshops 2017

All workshops take place at Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Studio 313

Costs: $75/week or $15 to drop-in (10am-12pm)

All workshops are lead by and with Professional Artists, yet are OPEN to ALL MOVERS with a physical practice.

**Discount opportunity: $70 for whole week with pre-registration before the first day of workshop by emailing **Prices include HST.

January Bring a New Lover and get FREE class.

Rustlin’ Vessels with Lucy May (MTL) January 9-13, 2017 10am-12pm

How to Fail, part TWO with Alanna Kraaijeveld (MTL) February 6-10, 2017  10am-12pm

Moving Voice/Voice Body with Gerry Trentham March 27-31, 2017  10am-12pm










For more information visit:

Alias Dance Project 10th Anniversary Season: through your eyes

February 2nd – February 4th @ 8pm

February 5th @ 2pm & 8pm

Dance Makers Centre For Creation

Introducing Alias Dance Project’s 10th anniversary season double bill production, premiering two works:

UNTITLED by Lauren Cook and Troy Feldman, in collaboration with Omar David Rivero & ME, YOU and US by Hanna Kiel.

THROUGH YOUR EYES is created with and performed by dance artists: Caitlin Amodeo, Drew Berry, Francesca Chudnoff, Lauren Cook, Amanda Davis, Luke Garwood, Emily Law and Greg Selinger. With lighting design and stage management by: Gabriel Cropley. 

Buy tickets here:
Or call: 416-519-0890

DUO Clients Make Globe & Mail’s End of Year Top 10 List

ProArteDanza artists in Fearful Symmetries 

Congratulations to DUO clients ProArte Danza and Rutas Festival  for making Martha Schabas’ Top 10  Toronto Dance Shows of 2016 list published in yesterday’s  Globe and Mail .

ProArteDanza‘s artistic director Roberto Campanella’s FEARFUL SYMMETRIES and the RUTAS presentation of Hamlet de los Andes  by Teatro de los Andes, in the RUTAS Panamericas Festival were both singled out for praise.

DUO is proud to have these artists and organizations  as part of our roster of talented clients.  Bravo!




Fall For Dance North Opens Wednesday Night at The Sony Centre!



After a successful first season – selling out to an audience nearly 10,000 strong – Fall For Dance North returns October 5-7, 2016 for its second year. Co-presented once again by the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the 2016 festival will feature 10 acclaimed Canadian and international dance companies, over three evening performances, and a newly added matinee program. That’s almost 13,000 seats!.

OCTOBER 5 – 7:30PM
Aszure Barton & Artists | Maria Shalvarova & Alon Gilin
Company Wang Ramirez | Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

OCTOBER 6 + 7 – 7:30PM
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens De Montréal | Natasha Bakht
Peter Chu & Anne Plamondon | Ukrainian Shumka Dancers

OCTOBER 7 – 2:00PM
Throwdown Collective | Company Wang Ramirez
Maria Shalvarova & Alon Gilin | Ukrainian Shumka Dancers
Lua Shayenne and Company

OCTOBER 5 – 7, 2016