April 2, 2010

In Workshops on April 2, 2010 by danceumbrella


Date: April 5, 2010

Time: 9:30pm-11:00pm

Cost: $20

Location: OIP Dance Centre, 190 Richmond St East, Toronto, ON M5A1P1 (Richmond St and Jarvis St)

No pre-registration required! First come, first serve basis!


Discovered in greater city Los Angeles, “Miss. Prissy” is one of the most well rounded entertainers the southside of Hollywood has ever seen before. She is trained in all areas of dance ….from ballet down to hip hop and has vocal abilities that have been compared to the likes of Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Mariah Carey, and the eight time Grammy Award winning Lauryn Hill.  Not only do they have the chops to kick thru hip hop’s door but they have an edgy twist that is sure to get any music head out their seat.

Though the tours with Snoop Dogg, the Game, and Madonna didn’t come until after her appearance in the 2005 film Rize, which chronicled the lives and competitions of some of South Central Los Angeles’ top krump dancers, Miss Prissy (called “the Queen of Krump” in the film), born Marquisa Gardner, was already a well-respected dancer and teacher in her own neighborhood before Rize was ever shown. Classically trained, Miss Prissy started lessons at age four, learning everything from ballet to jazz to tap. She discovered hip-hop dancing at 13 and enjoyed its expressiveness, but didn’t really begin to take her art seriously until after high school, when she began teaching it to kids. It was at one of these lessons that a student introduced her to krump, the new form of dance that was becoming popular in L.A., and brought her to a session. Miss Prissy was struck by its wild energy, and soon joined in on the performances and competitions herself, her natural talent and creativity making her one of its stars. In 2006, wanting to pursue her own musical career, Miss Prissy declined Madonna’s offer to continue dancing in her tour and began pursuing music. She is currently teaching various styles of dance across Europe and Asia and also promoting her debut album “Intro to Miss Prissy….The Jill Of All Trades”.

Leader’s Tango Workshops with Tango Soul

FRIDAY APRIL 16 and 23



*The Embrace

*How to Lead Ochos/Turns

*Dynamics in the Dance


*Dancing in Milongas

Total Cost: $60

To Register:


Tel: 416-696-5950

Location: Joy of Dance, 95 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

Argentine Tango Workshops with Oscar and Mary Ann Casas

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010

Location: Rhythm Motion Dance Studio

3352 Dundas St. West (at Runnymede), Toronto, ON

1:00-2:15 pm ALL LEVELS

The Art of Crossing Part 1

Being able to control the crosses will add to your dance both dynamics and a better ability to improvise.

2:30-3:45pm ALL LEVELS

The Art of Crossing Part 2

A complete understanding of the concept of axis manipulation will allow you to free yourself to compose your own volcadas and enganchadas at any time.

4:00-5:15 pm ALL LEVELS

Milonga, Demystifying Traspie

Understanding the concepts of milonga will allow you to use traspie immediately.

PRICES: $25 for one workshop, or $60 for all three workshops.

Space is limited so call or drop by soon to reserve your space to take a class with Buenos Aires’ legendary milonguero, Oscar Casas.

For more information about Oscar and Mary Ann Casas, visit their website at:

Workshops – Afro Cuban – with Teddy Olaso and Ana Machado

Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010

Location: The Martha Hicks School of Ballet – 2384 Yonge St., 2nd

Floor (Canada Post Bldg.)

C.P.R. (Coordinated, Pliant Relaxed)

1:00 – 2:45 pm

w/ Teddy Olaso

All highly coordinated, pliant and relaxed looking movements can be found in advanced centering techniques, using your core. Core work, however, goes beyond merely activating your core on a physical level – it also involves the right mental framework and technique and how it spreads naturally throughout the rest of the human body. This class will address why some people appear to be more “gifted” than others when

it comes to movement execution – meaning they can function at any speed, change the size of their movements easily, and look subtle or powerful without looking stiff as if they were not even trying!

R.M.T. (Rumba Movement Technique)

3:00 – 4:30 pm

w/ Ana Machado

In these classes, Ana will guide you through all the exercises required to achieve good Rumba movements even before the actual routine is taught using Afro-Cuban and modern dance techniques to make the movements look authentic and also have a touch of elegance that matches contemporary Salsa styles. Unlike quick crash courses in many Salsa events wherein little available time is given to technique and the right showmanship to express them, specific training methods and isolations will be covered to ensure your future practices are geared towards the advancement of the required choreography ranging from footwork, body isolations, line positioning of arms, and posture.

R (Rumba Routine)

4:45 – 5:45 pm (Beginner-Intermediate) / 6:00 – 7:00 pm


w/ Ana Machado

Ana will put together an Afro-Cuban Rumba routine, stressing the importance of the exercises and theories covered in the previous classes. These movements are suitable for social dancing during shines (solo styling), as well as competitions and performances with the right showmanship and technique. Two separate routines will be taught for each level which will be challenging technically and artistically regardless of one’s social dancing level. However, those who have little experience isolating their bodies and/or have no or little experience in Afro-Cuban dances are recommended to take the Beginner-Intermediate level as the level of difficulty for Intermediate-Advanced level is higher and instructional pace faster. All registrants can attend both the Beginner-Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced workshops at no extra cost but should not expect the instructional pacing and choreography requirements to adjust to their level to maintain the class standards and provide a realistic but achievable challenge for everyone.

$60 before April 3 / $70 @ The Door

Advanced Registration Required / Classes Limited to 20

Please email: / 416-809-1072

Workshop – Introduction to Lecoq Training – with Adam Paolozza

Curious about the Lecoq School? Ever wondered how their training works?

Modeled after the format of the Lecoq school, this unique, three-day workshop offers students an intensive introduction to Lecoq-based training.

During each session we will concentrate on three areas:

Physical training: The focus here is The Moving Body. Using physical exercises and exploring Mime-based technique students will improve rhythm, balance and develop powerful tools for gestural expression.

Neutral Mask: The corner stone of Lecoq training, the leather neutral mask, designed by Amleto Sartori, provokes students to discover a large, theatrical presence that is balanced, centred and focused while expressing powerful, authentic emotions on stage. With the mask students also become aware of personal physical habits that block the creative process.

Improvisation: The Body in Play. Students will develop their acting muscles through various games and improvisations drawn from Commedia dell’arte, Clown, Tragedy and Melodrama.

The Lecoq pedagogy explores the powerful link between emotion, expression and movement. “Everything Moves” says Lecoq. This is a unique opportunity for performers, directors, writers or choreographers of all skill levels, who are interested discovering the underlying laws of theatre and how it uses the body, gesture and the theatrical space to express passion.


Three four-hour sessions: April 28th, 29th, 30th, from 10am-2pm.


Theatre Direct’s Christie Studio at Artscape Wychwood Barns

601 Christie Street

Toronto, ON

M6G 4C7


$150 (20% discount for all union members)

Sign up before April 9, 2010 and get a $25 discount

NB: A $50 deposit is required on or before April 23, 2010 to hold your place in the workshop

*please make cheques or money orders payable to*

Adam Paolozza

198 Bartlett Ave. Toronto, ON M6H 3G1

For more info or to reserve a spot e-mail Adam: adampaolozza (at) or call 416-454-3208

Adam Paolozza has taught clown, mime and mask in Canada, the USA and in Europe. He is artistic director of TheatreRUN, an international ensemble dedicated to creating original, innovative theatre in French and English. In Toronto he collaborates regularly with Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Why Not Theatre. He is co-creator of the smash hit, SPENT and recently appeared in GRIMM Too at the Factory Theatre. He is currently a member of Canadian Stage’s emerging director’s program BASH!  He is a graduate of the Lecoq school in Paris. He has studied Decroux mime technique with Company Intrepido and clown with Théâtre de Complicité’s Jos Houben.

For more info on TheatreRUN:

Arabesque PRO COURSE ~ Middle Eastern Dance Intensive

Location: Arabesque (and various), 1 Gloucester Street, #107, Toronto, ON

Limit of 10 students each year

Candidates are accepted by audition only

TWO WEEK INTENSIVE – work intimately with live musicians!

Since 2001, Pro Course graduates have hailed from Japan, Mexico, Austria, China, Portugal, Hungary, Panama, Russia and across

Canada and the United States.

They have gone on to be ambassadors of a comprehensive art form, replete with meaning, tradition and integrity.

Join this elite group of artists with 65 hours of in depth training from 10 master teachers, each experts in their fields of Stage Presence, Musicality, Choreography, Improvisation, Creativity, Showmanship, Character Portrayal, Marketing and History.

Receive thorough Performance Feedback, Coaching and Technique Refinement. Take a huge leap in your Bellydance journey with all the mysteries solved and homework to keep you busy for 5 years. No certificate can measure up to the new confidence and assurance in your profound understanding of Middle Eastern Dance gained through the Arabesque Pro Course.

Arabesque Professional Course creates fully rounded professional dance artists and teachers who learn and experience the art form as a whole. While working with live Arab musicians both in class and performance, students gain a deep understanding of why and where the movements come from.

During this intensive course, students also benefit from the expertise of a number instructors in different fields including Yasmina Ramzy, Dr.George Sawa, Bassam Bishara, Suleiman Warwar, Wagdi Bechara, Walter Alza, Jennifer Watkins, Robert Desrosiers, Brian Smith, Arun Srinivasan and Sashar Zarif.

see feedback here:


Now that March Break is over, it’s time for everyone to start thinking about Summer! New this year, NBS is launching a Summer Intensive program, “Studio to Stage”. Designed for student dancers ages 12-16 with some dance experience, this is an exciting opportunity to learn from NBS’ Artistic Staff in our award-winning facilities.

Space in this new program is limited, so register today!

Visit our website to learn more…

Hannan’s Belly Dance Studio – SUMMER INTENSIVE 2010

Location: Hannan’s Belly Dance Studio – 211 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

July 7th to July 11th

Featuring Nada El Masriya, Hannan Sultan, Dr George Sawa, Kathleen Kajioka and Raymond Sarweh.

20 Hours of Intensive Belly Dance Training and Feedback from Experienced Experts.

Small class size, maximum 10 students, for personalized instruction and feedback.

Early bird price $595 (+tax) only until May 31st

Full price $745 (+tax)

For more information call 416-462-3498 or email

Hannan will be teaching:

  1. Cane Combinations: Peppy, fun, and sassy, this class touches on traditional Saidi cane dance movements and launches into creative ways to express yourself Saidi-style.
  2. Veil Choreography: This choreography is full of drama, feeling, and innovative veil movements. Tricks, spins, and shapes are used along with veil accompaniment of travelling and torso movement. Drills and combos for percussive hips, elegant arms, and gooey moves.
  3. Performable Combinations: A wide-ranging collection of training exercises and performable combinations to suit a variety of music and moods. Focus on legant execution of movement.
  4. Marketing for Dancers: Learn Hannan’s effective and simple approach to marketing. Bring all of your questions!

Note: Throughout all of the dance instruction, special attention will be placed on developing stage presence and improving performance skills.

Nada will be teaching:

  1. Choreography Building: Building a successful and interesting Choreography is a sign of a mature performer. Learn how to build your own with help, tips and personalized feed back.
  2. The Art of Improvisation with Live Music: Most dancers don’t know of the communication between the musicians and the dancer in Belly Dance. Learn how to lead the music and when to be lead by it and well as how to improvise to different instruments.
  3. Essential Folklore: Learn authentic Simsimayya, the folklore dance of Port Said and Alexandrian dance (bring your own Melaya).
  4. Advanced Combinations: Learn interesting combinations that will complete your dance and make it fascinating.
  5. The Secrets of Egyptian Shimmies:Learn 4 moves with shimmies that are only danced by Egyptian dancers.
  6. The truth about Belly Dance Costumes: Here are the hints and tricks that make you establish professionalism in your Belly Dancing from Day 1.

George Sawa will be teaching:

  1. Arabic Belly Dance Rhythms: Essential and Advanced Rhythms for Belly Dancers.
  2. Dancing to Live Music: Advanced Improvisation to different instruments with Nada El Masriya.
  3. The Ecstasy of Arabic Music and Dance: Understand the beauty and joy within Arabic Music and Dance.

You will have a chance to practice what you have learned and perform to live music at our Hafla on July 10.

(Extra Feedback time for your Hafla performance can booked with either Nada El Masriya or Hannan Sultan as an extra option.)

Beginner Bellydance workshop with Kelly (Alhambra Dance)

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010

Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Location: Tandem Dance Fitness Studio, 3300 Yonge Street

This workshop is excellent for people with absolutely no belly dance experience as well as for those who have been dancing for a while and are looking for new ways of becoming inspired!

Topics to be covered:

• technique

• travelling steps

• yummy tummy moves

• moves that make you jiggle and giggle

• celebrate the coming of spring by learning to use colourful veils

• put it all together and play follow the leader with the instructor

Be prepared to:

• Laugh, have fun and maybe even work up a sweat!

• (Kelly will provide veils and hip scarves for you to borrow).

• Feel free to bring a friend or family member with you!

Cost: $30 for 2 people coming together, $20 for one person

To register call the studio directly @ 647.348.4953

Faye’s Ladies’ Tango Weekend – Registration is now open

Registration for “Faye’s Ladies Tango Weekend” is now open! If you have not received the PDF file with all details please email us and we will be glad to send it to you. Registration is limited this year so don’t wait to notify us of your attendance!

We will officially be opening Friday April 30th with a VIP party for all registries. This is a pre-milonga women only event officially sponsored by Eurovintage and Pascual Toso. You will be able to sample their newest wines while you have a chance to mix and mingle with your fellow tangueras. We have lots of surprises for the evening that involve tango shoes, tango jewelry, tango clothing and that’s just the start of a great weekend…

workshops :: Toronto Flamenco with Joaquín Grilo

Joaquín Grilo was born in the cradle of flamenco in Jerez de la Frontera in 1968. His dance studies began with Cristobal “El Jerezano,” and continued at the dance academy of Fernando Belmonte and Paco del Rio. Joaquín’s incredible talent and personal dance style has been recognized by many of his flamenco peers as well as other artists. Joaquín is a sought after performer and teacher. His performances continue to impress audiences and critics worldwide and his dance workshops are always filled to capacity.

Dates: April 24 to April 28


Intermediate Level

April 24, 25 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

April 26, 27, 28 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Advanced Level

April 24, 25 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

April 26, 27, 28 7:35 PM – 9:05 PM

Where: The Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Avenue (north of Queen Street West and south of Dundas Street West), Studio A


Full Course: Intermediate $290 or Advanced $290

Single Class: $60

Registration: click here for registration form

Locking Workshop with Marc ‘Scramblelock’ Sakalauskas

Scramblelock Locking Workshop in Toronto

A lot of people have been asking when I will be teaching in Toronto so here is your chance!

Date: Saturday April 3 2010

Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Trinity St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor St W, Toronto

Subway: Spadina

Cost: $15


This class is open for all levels, so if you are interested in learning the basics to locking, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!

Here’s my official press release..

Marc ‘Scramblelock’ Sakalauskas, originating from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, took up streetdance in 1998. Empowered by bboying, Marc soon developed a genuine love for the dance and became fascinated with the roots of Hip hop beats: The Funk. He then discovered Locking in 2000 and began researching both the dance and music intensely.

In order to properly learn Locking, Marc started at the beginning, traveling to learn from many originators and highly respected dancers in the locking scene, including Don “Campbellock” Campbell, Greg Campbellock Jr, Fluky Luke, OG Skeeter Rabbit, Loose Caboose, Richie Rich, Suga Pop, Gemini, Flo Master and many others.

Having won several international locking contests, including the Bboy Summit, Battle of the Year and Freestyle Session, Marc has proven himself a worthy adversary on the international scene and continues to train and compete. He is constantly challenging himself to evolve, and his style is known for a precision and musicality that only comes from dedicated training and a passion for The Funk. Since relocating to Montreal, a hotbed for dancers and music, Marc has appeared at various events, including opening for the famous rapper Talib Kweli and performing at several Adidas fashion shows.

A real patron of dance, Marc has organized various events for the Montreal and Toronto dance community, including the Locking 4 Life Canada Tour, Steel City Cyphurs, Family Affair and Funk Fo Your Feet, as well as weekly funk nights in several Montreal clubs. Marc enjoys teaching, imparting detailed knowledge on the foundation, music and history of Locking, as well as instructing his students how they must apply their own innovations and personal flavor to the dance form.

2010 August Intensive

Registration now Open Arts

August 9-13, 2010

at Canada’s National Ballet School

Returning for a sixth year, Peggy Baker Dance Projects’ intensive workshop is designed for professional dancers and students from full-time dance training programs. Each day includes six and a half hours of studio time in the superb studios of Canada’s National Ballet School. Mornings focus on physical practice beginning with a Pilates-based warm-up taught by Sahara Morimoto, followed by a demanding and exhilarating contemporary technique class with master teacher Peggy Baker. Afternoons are dedicated to creative practice, and participants will need to have 3-6 minuts of solo choreography to be used as the bassis for an exploration of powerful and innovative rehearsal techniques under the direction of Ms Baker. Every day concludes with the balancing and integrating impact of a yoga class led by Sylvain Brochu

Fee: $375+GST

Class limited to 25 registrants

Information and registration: 416-538-4436

Step Up 2 The Nexx Level – 3 week Summer dance intensive

Sunday, August 1 – Friday, August 20, 2010

Location: GOTTA DANCE STUDIO, 3581 Dundas St West, Toronto

Step Up 2 The Nexx Level is a 3 week dance intensive program giving dancers from beginner – advanced the skills required to become a better dancer and performer.

Dancers will be working with Nexx Level Dance and Theatre’s Chris Clarke Monday – Friday and a variety of other Choreographers and dance crews from around the GTA including Dance Fitness Specialist Michael Meadows from Street Souls Dance and Fitness

For age ranges




For more program information please visit

Registration is NOW OPEN

Early Bird Registration closes April 25th,2010


Guest Faculty include:

The Moon Runners

Most Valuable Dancers (MVD)

Anthony Williams (8 Count Dance Complex)

* More guest faculty will be booked as participant feedback form arrive

** We are working on getting those interested in attending from out of town discounted hotel rates please keep checking back for updates

Kaeja Public Workshops – early bird deadline coming up!

Don’t miss out on the early-bird price – Register for any workshop before April 4 and save 10%!

Dance Film in a Day

April 24 – 10 am to 5 pm

$95/$75 (CADA and student)

Enrollment limited

Facilitated by Gemini nominated, award-winning dance film director Allen Kaeja, participants will learn to make a short film. Bring your own camera or cell phone!

Fly with Karen and Allen Kaeja …partnering and choreography!

Merging skilled, sensorial and playful movement

#1: Contact dance / Kaeja Partnering workshop Fri, May 7 – 10 am to 4 pm $75 – Open to all levels

#2: Kaeja Partnering / choreography workshop Sat, May 8 – 10 am to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm $95 – Enrolment limited

Karen and Allen will create a dance for and with the participants enabling a vocabulary of set choreography and improvisation to be performed in the evening of the workshop. Open to dancers/movers with contact/improv experience, professional dance artists/students.

Location: All workshops at Ryerson University

Pre-registration required for all workshops

Special Rates: $150 for both May 7/8

Two scholarships available for May 7/8

Info/Registration: []

Photos: Karen Kaeja and Sylvie Bouchard in Between Seams (dir. Allen Kaeja), Karen and Allen Karen by David Hou.

Silvestre and Orixa Dance Workshop with Rosangela Silvestre

Registration is now open for Rosangela’s Dance Workshop May 14,15,16.

Reserve your spot for this amazing dance experience. Ms. Silvestre is joining us from Brazil to connect us with her Silvestre Technique

What is Silvestre Technique – a beautiful language of dance for everyone. This technique connects the Mind, Body, and Spirit with a series of exercises incorporating the symbols of nature, chakras, and the energy of the universe. When we find the balance of all these aspects we move in a different way, and we connect fully to the dance.

Learn More about this …

Also Rosangela will be teaching classes in Orixa Dance which is the traditional Afro Brazilian dances. Another gem you do not want to miss.

On the final day of the workshop Ms. Silvestre will be presenting for the first time in Canada her one woman show Faces of Nature!

A full weekend of dance…what more could you ask for!

Sign up now to reserve your spot!!

Jazz Funk Workshop

with Melanie Mah and Cody Bonnell from SYTYCDC Season 2!**


WHEN: Thursday, April 1, 2010 @ 8:00pm-9:30pm

WHERE: Canada’s National Ballet School (400 Jarvis Street, Toronto)

PRICE: $20!!

All dancers welcome! 🙂

**Please note: *Video and Photos will be taken during this event so dress HOT!!!**

For more information please email:

Skinner Releasing Technique Workshop with Joe Moran

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with international dance artist Joe Moran

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2, 2010

10:15am – 12:15pm

Location: Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Toronto

UK dance artist Joe Moran teaches a week of professional-level morning classes in Skinner Releasing Technique!

This influential and rigorous approach to dance has evolved from the simple principle that the process of releasing tension and habitual holding patterns enables dancers to move more freely, powerfully and articulately.

In Releasing, spontaneous movement, evoked by guided poetic imagery and occasional hands-on partner studies, facilitates a creative exploration of technical principles such as multi-direction alignment, suppleness, suspension, economy and autonomy. Moran’s teaching is informed by his studies with a wide range of experimental dance artists and somatic practitioners in Britain and America, and his practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, of which he is a certified teacher.

This workshop is open to all dancers who have completed their pre-professional training and is only $120 (early bird price of only $100 if you register before March 12th).

Call 416-967-1365 to register today!

Joe Moran is a London-based dance artist and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation. He creates dance and video works for theatres, galleries and public spaces. He is currently touring his adaptation of At Once, the new solo by iconoclastic America choreographer Deborah Hay, alongside a lecture-performance on the work. He recently choreographed Reform, a new work with projected visual imagery by British-Canadian artist Shaan Syed (Coventry, Dec 2009) and Background, a film by visual artist Magali Reus (La  Salle de Bains, Lyon; IBID Projects, London). In the 2008/09 Dance Art season, his work was presented at London’s Herald St and Wilkinson galleries. As a dancer, Joe has worked with a number of distinguished choreographers including Deborah Hay, Siobhan Davies (Bank project), Stephanie Skura (improvisation projects), Kate Brown, Florence Peake, Gaby Agis and Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre). Joe trained independently in dance and choreography at studios in ! London, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, following his undergraduate training in theatre at Bristol University. He teaches widely for universities, studios and companies in the UK and internationally.

Workshop – Bellylicious; She Who Flows & Feels

A Succulent Workshop for Women (part of Sundays with the Muse)

Date: Sunday, April 4, 2010

Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Location: Dovercourt House


Full series, 7 workshops: $195, pre-registered (non-refundable non-transferable)

Per workshop: $40, pre-registered ($20 non-refundable) $50 at the door REGISTER NOW WITH INDIVIDUAL FACILITATORS

Discover your own delicious flow, grace depth of feeling through the Dance Our Way Home practice of free-style movement, relaxation and guided imagery.

This new workshop created just for the Sundays with the Muse Spring Series* honours, supports and explores the magnificent treasures of the belly’s watery realm and wisdom. In a gently guided, safe and sacred female space, come connect with yourself and others through relaxation, feeling, sensation and movement. Become more open, soft, available to change and fluid living. Wear something sensuous, bring a mat or blanket, and water bottle.

*This Sundays with the Muse Spring Series is a collaborative series of experiential workshops created and lead by 7 women, dedicated to the enrichment of the body, mind, heart soul of a woman, seeking to empower themselves and others by sharing embodied teachings. Sundays with the Muse is a woman-centered, community-building, life-enhancing series which promises connections and experiences which will carry you past your daily circumstances and limitations, for mutual healing and growth.

Each 3 hour workshop is created to take you on a journey towards greater awareness and aliveness, based on the 7 sacred energy wheels or chakras, starting from the root of your being, upwards to your crown. Every delicious workshop will touch different realms of possibilities, from head to toe, heart to soul. Taking the full series is ideal, however, if that is not possible, enjoy those you can, as each workshop has it’s own stand-alone magic and healing.

Erica Ross is a dancer, artist, DJ, mother and traveler. She has been in the arts for over 30 years. For the last 10 years she has been facilitating women’s workshops and groups; following her bliss/soul-calling to share what she knows to be true, to support women in the realization of their magnificence. Erica’s work is informed by her love of humanity, mystery, earth and the Divine Feminine. She is co-founder and director of Dance Our Way Home and co-founder of The Move Dance Collective.

*Every workshop reserves 10 spots at half-price ($20non-refundable), offered on a first-come-first-served basis, on an honour system. We trust that only those needing the discount will ask for one of these special spots.

For more info, contact Erica at

To register, go to:

DanceFuzion Summer Intensive – Urban Sweat 2010

DanceFuzion’s Biggest and Best Summer Intensive Yet!

Location: York University Department Of Dance, 4700 Keele Street,Toronto, ON


Choose from one of two weeks (or come for both!):

July 19th – 24th

July 26th – 31st

We’re back and better than ever, with an incredible week of intensive dance programming, including:

– Master Classes and Workshop Classes in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre Repertoire, Audition Presentation and Technique!

– MASTER CLASSES FOR UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE STUDENTS! Want to keep dancing through the summer but also have to juggle a busy

schedule? Monday-Thursday evening classes (7-9pm) for Post-secondary (18+) dancers!

– World renowned guest faculty (keep your eyes on this page for specific updates about who is coming! GET EXCITED!)

– Industry professionals (casting directors, agents, producers and choreographers on site to see you!)

– Arts and Cultural experiences

– Supervised residence and dining accommodations for our out-of-town dancers

– End of the week Performance Showcase!

– A one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet awesome dancers from all over the country and work with some of the industry’s biggest names!

Register online at

Email us to

Call us at 416-484-0499


Partnering Workshop: The Scott Wells Workshop

The Scott Wells Partnering Workshop: Flying does Not Equal Jumping

Workshop description:

Here’s the workshop in which Scott teaches his crazy lifts. We will work for clear, satisfying contact in which pleasure is the first teacher. We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics, and deft maneuvers. In Terms of the acrobatics, everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust – everyone will do something new. We will learn some repertory, and practice taking the aerial work

into improvisation. The workshop is called Flying ≠ Jumping because I differentiate: jumping, a muscular action, from flying, an action of the bones that is affected greatly by emotions and attitude.


Open to intermediate to advanced level contact dancers and pre and professional dancers who are comfortable with contact dance technique

Facilitated by:

Scott Wells

Scott Wells Biography:

In 1981, Scott Wells discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both and currently directs a company in San Francisco and tours annually to Europe. Wells has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma State University. In 2005 Scott received the Izzie (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Outstanding Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. Wells has been practicing Alexander Technique for twenty years and BMC for ten. He recently completed his certification in Radical Counseling.

Things that Scott Wells is interested in:

I still teach Flying ≠ Jumping, but I also work a lot with subtle somatics to enrich body awareness, deepen the pleasure and heighten the abilities. My main work is as a choreographer and I rigorously investigate partnering and acrobatic movement ideas. I think this allows me to bring unique movement and training to my workshops. Also, I’ve been leading a performance jam in San Francisco. The atmosphere has more intention and group focus than a jam, but is less stringent than a formal performance. This work ranges from Authentic Movement to compositional scores that invite aesthetic discussions. We develop our ensemble work and gain performance skills and resources.

Examples of Scott Wells’ work:


April 14th to 18th 2010


Wed to Fri 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (workshop)

Wed Jam 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (jam)

Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (workshop)

Sun Jam 11:00 am – 1:30 pm (jam)

Sun 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm (workshop)

Sun 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (informal studio performance)


Dovercourt House BALLROOM (Second Floor)

805 Doverrcourt Road (North of Bloor)


$340 Regular

$260 Early bird rate, payment before March 15th, 2010

SIGN UP SOON! Scott Wells is a very popular teacher and as of today (Jan 19th) there are only 10 spots left. So sign up soon to make sure you get a spot.


Kathleen Rea, 416-545-1515

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Get ready to get fit, have fun and feel sexy! All four instructional workshops below are part of the DivaGirl Community! Find out how you can start your own DivaGirl Business! We are looking for new DivaGirl Instructors & DivaGirl Pro-Trainers across Canada!

Dance Grooves
Dance Grooves is a dance class series designed to highlight the important aspects of fitness, dance and fun. In this workshop, you will experience the different styles of dance of Broadway Jazz, Hip Hop, Bellydance, Disco, Salsa and Bollywood. Get up and dance!

Dance Grooves II
Let’s continue the dance revolution! In this workshop, you will experience the different styles of dance of Swing, Bhangra, Line Dancing, African, Funk/Motown and Pop. Dance Grooves II continues to aids your growth/learning of Dance and appreciation of this art form. Pre-Requisite: Completion of Dance Grooves

Sexy Fitness
Get fit- sexy styles! In this workshop, we focus on learn basic movements on three various platforms: standing, wall and floor. Choreography and teaching ideas are offer to aid in the creation of a sexy fitness class for the average woman!

Sexy Dance Sweat
This workshop is the continuation of the Sexy Fitness Instructional Workshop. It is an intermediate level workshop that is focused on continuing your learnings and dance developments in sexy dance. Our focus is on chair dancing, prop dancing and performance.  Pre-Requisite: Completion of Sexy Fitness.

Each workshop is credited with 2 FIS CECs with CanFitPro.

Sexy Fitness: Wednesday, May 5th: 6-PM
Dance Grooves: Wednesday, May 12th: 6-9PM
Sexy Dance Sweat: Wednesday, July 14th: 6-9PM
Dance Grooves II: Wednesday, July 21st: 6-9PM

Location: Dovercourt House
805 Dovercourt Road, 2nd floor, Toronto ON

Sexy Fitness: Sunday, April 25th: 10AM- 1PM
Sexy Dance Sweat: Sunday, April 25th: 1:30-4:30PM
Dance Grooves: Sunday, May 2nd: 10AM- 1PM
Dance Grooves II: Sunday, May 2nd: 1:30- 4:30PM

Location: Studio A Dance Academy
6790 Kitimat Road, Unit #19, Mississauga, ON

Rate: $69/workshop. **NEW!! 50% OFF workshops already completed**

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Physical Performance Intensives
with Adam Lazarus and guest instructors
Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, these 5 day courses challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions to find the pleasure of being present, space, rhythm, fixed point, complicity, focus, flop and play. These techniques are useful for performers in all disciplines/writers/teachers and critical thinkers.

Intro to Bouffon Apr.19-23, 2010
The fine art of satire. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to mock social hypocrisies while simultaneously making audiences love you.  Historically and culturally, Bouffon sat outside mainstream society, watching human hypocrisies and laughing.  Now and then, they came back to do a play for the hypocrites.  No subject, person or institution was spared their mockery.

Bouffon techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, as well as for writers, public speakers, teachers and critical thinkers. Through Jeu, students will re-discover their mental and physical agility, sensitivity, stillness and complicity in a group. The Bouffon allows the actor to be a big person in a small body and to refine their awareness of the world around them. Students are encouraged to embrace this awareness and the power of being seen and listened to.

Building Performance, Apr.26-May 2, 2010
Students come with ideas they want to work on and perform. Regardless of form, the focus of this week is on writing, directing and performing. This is a deeper exploration into the world of physical performance, culminating in 2 informal public presentations.  At the end of the week, the goal is for each student to have one or two numbers that are performable/expandable/sellable.

Saturday May 1 & Sunday May 2
Public Performances
PWYC with money going back to the students.

$315 1 week ($250 for union or previous students)
$600 2 weeks ($480 for union or previous students)

Payment plans available
Required deposit of $100 to hold a place – refundable up to one week before the workshop.

Location: Toronto at the Pia Bouman’s School for Creative Movement
Info/reservations:,, 416-821-3833

Adam Lazarus is a graduate and former apprentice of Master Teacher Philippe Gaulier’s school in Paris, France. He is a sessional instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto. He is a regular facilitator of workshops including recent consultations for Soulpepper, The Young Centre, Apostle of Hustle, Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times, DanceMakers, CanStage, Tapestry New Opera Works, and Volcano Theatre. Notable directing credits include Rachelle Elie’s Joe: The Perfect Man; Jesse Buck’s Bubkus; Melissa D’Agostino’s Lupe: Undone and A Very Lupe X-Mas, Precious Chong’s Zdenka Now! and Misha Shulman’s Apricots. He is also co-founder and artistic-producer of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.

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