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.

Register NOW to Audition on Jan 28th for ProArteDanza’s Summer Training Program (ages 12-19+)

 ProArteDanza’s 2018 Summer Training Program is a 4-week intensive in classical ballet and contemporary dance to be held July 30-August 25, 2018.  To register and for any questions regarding the audition and/or the program, email training@proartedanza.com

ProArte Summer Training Program Auditions
Sunday, January 28th, 2018
The audition schedule is as follows:
Junior Aspirante
: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (ages 12-14)
Aspirante: 1:00-3:30pm (ages 15-18)
Apprentice: 4:00-6:30pm (ages 19+)

Location:  National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto
Website: http://www.proartedanza.com/


Civic Theatres Toronto is co-presenting Open Art Surgery 2018 with Breakin’ Convention and KeepRockinYou at the Toronto Centre for the Arts this year.

It is FREE to participate  BUT – the application deadline is  Monday (Jan 22).

Led by Breakin’ Convention’s Artistic Director, Jonzi D, participants workshop ideas, before being allocated studio space to develop and create new work. Artists are given the time and space to be creative and unrestricted while Jonzi remains on hand to advise at all times. Participants will also take part in a range of theatrical workshops throughout the week.
The Open Art Surgery event, hosted by Jonzi at the end of the week, will feature each of the new works and the audience is invited to critique, provide feedback and ask questions to the artists involved.

The application is on the WEBSITE  Good Luck!

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

Join the team at dance Immersion! Deadline to apply is January 26th!

dance Immersion is looking for someone to join their dynamic team as their new Program Manager. The successful candidate will work  on their team on multiple projects and productions.

If  you are 30 years of age or under, with a Post-secondary diploma or degree looking to build your career in arts administration this could be a great opportunity!

The full-time position starts in February 2018.  Deadline: January, 26th at 5:00pm

Job Title: Program Manager
Organization’s Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job Category: Paid
Job term: Full time
Career Level: Entry/Intern
Region: Ontario-Metro Toronto Area
City/Town: Toronto
Salary: $15 per hour

Job Description

This position offers invaluable work experience within a non-for-profit performing arts organization. All employees work under the direction and report to the Program Director of dance Immersion. With a focus on administration, this position includes a variety of tasks that relate to organizational communication and problem solving skills required in running this unique organization. This position is being offered for 26weeks with the potential for long term hire.



Lights Dance Festival seek submissions – deadline March 1st, 2018



Lights Dance invites you and your work to join them in our 2018 Festival! We are a Toronto-based organization that
aspires to bring together the vibrant dance and film communities in Canada and celebrate the diversity and beauty of expression through movement.

The Festival will be a one-day event taking place in May 2018 at the Daniels Spectrum. This is a wonderful opportunity to
gain performance experience and be featured to a wider audience!  The festival is currently taking dance performance and dance film work.

To submit, please visit https://lightsdancefest.com/  for full guidelines and details.

Email:  lightsdancefestival@gmail.com if you have any questions!

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School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Registration is now open!

Registration for our Summer Intensive Programs is now open!

TDT’s Summer Intensives focus on strong technical training to help develop any motivated dancer.  They are excited to offer two full-time programs this July:

Pre-professional contemporary/modern program (ages 16+) – July 2 – 13, 2018
A perfect intensive for aspiring professional dancers looking to develop their strength and artistry, and to advance their technical and performance skills. Plus, an option to audition for the Professional Training Program on July 14, 2018.

Teen Intensive (ages 13-16) – July 23 – 27, 2018
A challenging program for young dancers with a keen interest in modern and contemporary dance – an exceptional opportunity to expand your skills and train with the best.

For more information go to the school website  or register online.   Early Bird discounts on fees are available for registrations received before May 15, 2018!  Questions? Give us a call at 416-967-6887 x 22 or reach out by email.

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.



If international superstardom is on your to-do list for 2018, check this out!


Révolution, promise the producers, will be the biggest dance competition ever broadcast in Québec !

Whether you’re  a soloist, duo or group,  dancers of all ages in every style are encouraged to demonstrate their passion for dance and their willingness to work it in pursuit of an ultimate grand prize of 100 000$ !

Guided by three celebrated dance artists, competitors in every genre will strive to refine their performances to try and become Quebec’s dance favourite.

Révolution will be a celebration of dance in every form!  The competition goes to air in September, 2018, on TVA.

Revolution FB page

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)