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International Dance Day: Dance in Dundas Square

In Announcements on April 21, 2010 by danceumbrella

Media Contact: Meredith Anderson, 416.504.6429 x 23 (office) or meredith@danceumbrella.net

DATE:                                     May 2, 2010

TIMES                                     1:00- 5:00 pm

TICKET PRICES         ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

VENUE                       Yonge-Dundas Square (corner of Yonge & Dundas across from the Eaton Centre)

CONTACT PERSON    Christine Moynihan (416) 504-6429 x 28 or

Meredith Anderson (416) 504-6429 x 23

International Dance Day 2010

DANCE IN DUNDAS SQUARE!

Drop in and join us for a lively celebration of Toronto’s diverse and inclusive dance community.

May 2, 2010, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm,

Yonge-Dundas Square (corner of Yonge & Dundas across from the Eaton Centre)

FREE to the public                                                 www.danceumbrella.net/idd.htm

In celebration of International Dance Day 2010, DanceTO is proud to present an afternoon of FREE dance activities at Yonge-Dundas Square, featuring a variety of dance forms and Toronto-based performers. On stage and off the stage, the square will be alive with performances, interactive dance presentations, open classes and information on an array of dance styles & traditions.

We are excited to feature contemporary pieces; hip hop numbers; ballroom demonstrations; world dances like Korean, Chinese, and African; sword dances; belly dancing and improvisations. There will be opportunities to learn contemporary, hip hop, and ballroom; and do workshops in African dance, Nia, and Bollyfit. Situated in the open heart of Toronto, this special public event offers an eye-opening and interactive experience, highlighting Toronto’s rich, diverse and inclusive dance community. This event is fun for all ages, including kid specific activities, and everyone is encouraged to participate!

This year the celebration continues throughout the month as Dance in My ‘Hood events are scheduled in various Toronto neighborhoods. There will be dance at Pearson Airport on April 29; spontaneous public performances May 1 (check out Yonge-Dundas Square, Union Station and the Harbourfront Centre in the early afternoon); May 5 at 8 pm brings Screening MAD An Evening of Dance on Film curated by Allen Kaeja to the Magpie Cafe, (831 Dundas Street West, Toronto) including films by Denise Fujiwara, Allen & Karen Kaeja and Douglas Rosenberg, and Bravo!FACT shorts by Peter Chin, Moze Mossanen, Rubberband, Britt Randle and Anne Troake and more; there will be free dance workshops at Trinity-Bellwoods on May 15; May 16 brings salsa to  Vivace Studios (291 Jane St.) with a salsa demonstration, a salsa workshop and a party; also on May 16 CPDG Cultural Arts Association will be conducting workshops Chinese Classical and Ethnic-Folk Dance at the Scarborough Town YMCA (230 Town Centre Court, Meeting Room 3); on May 8 and 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 explore Grange Park to find the performances in conjunction with the Murmur project (murmurtoronto.ca) and so much more. For more information on these and other FREE “Dance in My ‘Hood” events, check the website at www.danceumbrella.net/idd.htm

This year, celebrated Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite penned this International Dance Day Message:
On April 29th, we invite you to celebrate International Dance Day. You are dancers, all of you. Life moves you; life dances you. To dance is to investigate and celebrate the experience of being alive. Like life, a dance creates and destroys itself in every moment. Like love, it is beyond reason. Ephemeral as breath, concrete as bone, dance is made of you. You sculpt space. You write with your body in a wordless language that is deeply understood. You grace the space within and around you when you dance. Force, trajectory, inertia, and recovery: dancing is a ride, a duet between your instinct and imagination. To dance is to heighten your experience of the present moment. Your body is your location – when you dance, you are profoundly engaged in being there. To dance is to feel the resonance of your life, to delight in your existence. To be human is to be danced by experience, energy and emotion. On International Dance Day, let’s celebrate the life that moves us.

The Toronto Dance Day Committee, now called DanceTO is a volunteer-run committee that organizes events to celebrate dance in the City of Toronto. DanceTO committee members are: Mariano Abarca, Meredith Anderson, Rosslyn Jacob Edwards, Christine Moynihan, Stephanie Nakamura, Kate Nankervis, Heather Saum and Cara Spooner.

These events are generously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program.

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