May 28- Workshops

In Workshops on May 28, 2010 by danceumbrella

Workshops with LAJON DANTZLER, JIAN PIERRE-LOUIS and Class with MARK

Do Dat Entertainment and OIP Dance Centre are bringing to you a really nice treat this Sunday…it’s a Triple Threat Sunday. We have three amazing instructors who are ready to lace with some new styles and new flavor…check out the details below!!!

Date: Sunday, May 30th 2010

Time: 11:00am – 5:30pm


  • LaJon Workshop: 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Jian Workshop: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • Mark Advance Hip Hop Class: 4:00pm – 5:30pm


  • LaJon Workshop = $15.00
  • Jian Workshop = $15.00
  • or pay and take both for $25.00
  • Mark Advance Hip Hop Class = $14.00


OIP Dance Centre – 190 Richmond Street East, 2nd floor, Toronto, ON


Please note: You do not have to pre-register, just come and sign up on the day.

LAJON DANTZLER:  Born and raised in the South Bronx, La Jon aka “Lil Luda” aka “Smiles” grew up stepping and dancing in the streets.

Class Description: LaJon’s class is a rigorous learning experience in which, combined with his energetic and fun personality, to create none other than a comfortable and motivational environment that enables students to work to their full potential. He focuses on musicality, as well as being inside of the music first and foremost. Furthering you then to concentrate on the cleanliness of the movement, while allowing the students’ own personal styles to emerge.

JIAN PIERRE-LOUIS: Born in Queens, New York and coming from a mother who danced most of her life, Jian’s destiny of becoming a dancer was only a matter of time. He was taught at a young age the true ways of hip hop dance and its culture, which included party dancing, popping, bboying and freestyle.

MARK SAMUELS: Dancing has always been a part of Mark’s life; it’s a lifelong passion of his that started for him at the young age of 14. While most guys his age were playing sports or video games, Mark was stuck in front of his T.V. watching music videos and dance movies. It’s evident that the passion and joy of that ‘unexplainable feeling’ felt years ago still burns deep within Mark’s soul.

Baroque Dance Summer Workshop

La Belle Danse proposes a Summer Workshop in Baroque Dance.

When: Monday evenings July 5 – Aug 9, 2010 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Where: 80 Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Tuition: $108.00 for six 90-minute sessions

Bellydance Workshop with Audra (The Dark Side Studio)

Where: The Dark Side Studio, 355-A College Street, Toronto

When: 3 weekends (you must attend all 3) –

  • Friday October 22 through Sunday October 24, 2010
  • Friday November 19 through Sunday November 21, 2010 and
  • Friday December 10 through Sunday December 12, 2010

Audra will be teaching three weekends over a four month period working, as she always does, technically and creatively to push you past where you thought your limits were into a new realm of thinking and dancing. The difference in the Triple Charm series is that enrollment is strictly limited to 10 participants in total and our group remains the same as we work together to grow and learn. The refinement of technique will be worked on throughout the session including drills and concepts involving arms and hands, shoulders, hips and torso as well as layering and increasing of speed and adding complex foot patterns. All drills will be taught with various levels of dancers in mind, so that there will be plenty to focus on both immediately and for future practice.

  • Instruction and exercises in music creativity, emotional expression and choreographic development will also be a focus of the Triple Charm series. Dancers will also be asked to individually present prepared material to the class with Audra providing feedback and suggested paths of possible development.
  • The second and third weekends will build upon the technical and creative aspects worked on in previous sessions and for this reason, no additional participants will be added after the first weekend.
  • Ideas such as constructing a personal practice, costuming, musical choices and professionalism will also be discussed throughout the series.
  • Each session will have a small amount of preparation work that the dancers will be asked to complete before classes begin as well as nightly homework to be completed during each session.
  • The Triple Charm workshop series is open to any style of belly dancer, previous dance experience is required. A desire to learn, an open mind and a good sense of humour are also required.

Hours: Fridays 3 to 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 5 pm (each day has a 30 minute meal break and two short water breaks)

15 hours each weekend, 45 hours in total

  • Cost: Two payment options are available.
  • Single payment $760 (includes applicable tax)
  • Payment plan – Please contact Audra for details.

No refunds on workshop registration. Attendance at all 3 workshops is required. If circumstances prevent you from attending all hours, no refund will be offered. This is a package and no single weekends will be sold.

Korean Cultural Summer Camp

July 5-10, 2010.

9am-3pm Monday to Friday, special performance and exhibition on July 10

$400/each, $360 when register 2, $320 when register 3. Early bird special: $100 off each when register before June 15.

For boys and girls from Gr. 1 to Gr. 9

Extended childcare and group discount available

The Korean Canadian Cultural Assoication (KCCA) and the Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada (KDSSC) has teamed up to create the first Korean cultural summer camp in Toronto. Students will have introductory lessons on Korean dance, music, craft, traditional customs and children’s games. Please see the poster and contact the KCCA for details and registration.

Professional Training Program Audition 2010

Time: 6:00 pm

Date: August 9, 2010.

Location: 1133 Leslie Street, North York, Ontario M3C 2J6

Requirement: Minimum 17 years of age or mature student status, with at least 2 years of serious training in drum or dance. Knowledge in Korean dance and music would be an asset.

Cindy Yip, KDSSC

Workshop – Taksim and Slow Rhythms with Sarah Skinner

June 6 2010: Taksim and Slow Rhythms with Sarah Skinner

Belly Dance Technique and Combinations workshop


The Studio for Movement: 1382 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3J1

Slow, sultry and sensuous, the slow segment of the show is where the dancer must express an emotional connection to the intensity and drama of the music. In this workshop, Sarah Skinner will teach movements that highlight the texture and the mood. Sarah will demonstrate correct body lines, and explain how to seamlessly flow from picture perfect poses into fluid and graceful dance combinations.


More about Sarah:

Contact for rsvp and payment:

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Summer Training Intensive – August, 2010

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Canada’s premiere Aboriginal contemporary dance company, invites dancers of all backgrounds to join us in Toronto, Canada at Canada’s National Ballet School in August, 2010 for a dance training intensive like no other. Led by National Ballet School of Canada trained Mohawk choreographer and dancer, Santee Smith, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre performs across Canada and on stages around the world (including performances in 2009/2010 at festivals in Australia, Japan, Mexico and the United States).

Two programs are offered:

• Advanced Dance Practitioners: Take up to three consecutive weeks of intense training in ballet, modern, Santee Smith choreography [or use your preferred description] and traditional powwow.

• Recreational dancers: An intensive one week technical foundations class with the same faculty as our pre-professional dance students.


  • Santee Smith – KDT Repertoire/Contemporary Indigenous Dance
  • Johanna Bergfeldt – Contemporary Technique
  • Michel Faigaux – Ballet
  • Rosa and Crystal “Beanie” John – Powwow Styles, Hoop Dance
  • Michael Greyeyes – Viewpoints I and II

Plus: Special Guest Teachers and many other workshops that will complement your dance practice and challenge you this summer.

Visit our website for complete details, faculty bios, class schedules and pricing options. Prices start at $20 for drop in classes.


3-hour Intro to Blues dance workshop

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010

Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Location: Yonge and Bloor Studio, 765-B Yonge Street

If you have been hearing about all the great stuff about blues dancing but don’t have the time to dedicate for a weekly progressive series, then the Welcome Workshop is for you. In this condensed three-hour workshop, we will introduce you to basic movement and aesthetics of blues dancing.

No experience or dance partner is required for the welcome workshop.

What you will learn:

– basic blues movement.

– fundamental partnering concepts

– connection and musicality

– dancing in close and open embrace.

Price: $30 ($25 for full-time students)

Feel free to email me randypante [at] if you have questions about this workshop. There is a limit of sixteen (16) participants for this workshop so please register early (either through facebook or by email (we have sold out on our April and May progressive series).

* Website:

Axis Syllabus Workshop with Ruth Douthright

Back by popular demand! Ruth will be teaching in June too! The Art of Falling – Finding flight in the state of off-balance and landing with grace and resilience.

  • Thursday June 24 and Friday, June 25
  • Monday June 28 – Wednesday June 30

All classes 10am – 12noon at Trinity St. Paul’s (427 Bloor Street West, Toronto) EXCEPT Tuesday–which will be at Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto), Studio TBA.

By learning how to fall, we are disarming a primal fear and generating more movement potential and possibility. For movement artists, safe falling management is vital to ensure a healthy and injury-free career. It empowers us to take more risks when creating new movements, dancing with partners or fulfilling a choreographer’s vision.

In these classes we will explore sequential movement pathways through the study and application of appropriate landing and launching pads and the construction and deconstruction of ramps into and out of the floor.

About The Axis Syllabus:

The Axis Syllabus is a conscious movement method with a strong scientific spirit, dedicated to resist stagnation and to promote a critical and holistic quest for the improvement of the human condition.

The approach claims to be first functional, based on constantly updated anatomical, bio mechanical and physio dynamic principles. The training aims for physical as well as emotional safety opening the playground for responsible bodily communication, personal creativity, challenges, surprises and moving adventures.

The AS encourages the student to respect individual limitations as well as taking the chance to confront personal challenge. Everybody has the freedom to follow their own learning curve with reducing, adapting or adding to the given material.

About Ruth Douthright:

Ruth Douthwright is a teacher of Axis Syllabus and graduate of Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montreal. She co-founded dance projects, performing and teaching dance in diverse venues. Credits Include: Aichi Bunka Kaikan, Kyoto Arts Center (Japan), The Canada House (London UK), Meeting Point (Bruxelles), Aeolin Hall, (London, ON), Tanzhaus (Dusseldorf), 418 (Santa Cruz, CA), Los Talleres (Mexico City), Nomadic Colleges (Brazil, California, France, Hungary, Italy..) Ruth works with Ardent Body Communications Dance Collective (Marseille/Berlin), L’Inattendue Compagnie (Bruxelles), Eastward Moving (Ontario), Tipping Point Productions (Toronto/Santa Cruz).

Influential teachers include: Marc Boivin, Frey Faust, Candice Loubert, Vincent Mantsoe, Linda Rabin, Min Tanaka, Sharon Wise and Jean-Luc Yerles.

You need to pre-register for this workshop.

$50 for 5 classes

To pre-register please email In your email please remind us if you were wait-listed for the May workshop!

Women in Dance Spring Intensive Workshop!

Women in Dance is a collaborative showcase featuring female dance talent and choreography within the Toronto dance scene.  We give Dancers and Choreographers the amazing opportunity to share their passion of dance and highlight their creativity to our immediate community.  We are an artistic dance show that is created, performed and inspired by women.

On Sunday, June 20th, Women in Dance will be hosting an INTENSIVE DANCE WORKSHOP. The WID Workshop will feature four of the top WID showcase Choreographers. This will be an afternoon of inspiring, training and connecting female dancers across the city. Proceeds of the workshop will go towards funding the 2010 Women in Dance Showcase coming this fall.

FOUR fabulous Instructors/Workshops being offered:

1-2 PM: Janet Castillo – Street Jazz ( )
2-3 PM: Heather Anne Leslie – Contemporary
3-4 PM: Kay-Ann Ward – Dancehall ( )
4-5 PM: Lindsay Ritter – Commercial Jazz ( )

Location: City Dance Corps- Studio C, 489 Queen St West, 3rd Floor (just west of Spadina Ave)

$40- 4 workshop pass
$25- 2 workshop pass (please send your workshops of choice to

$20 – for ALL 4 CLASSES!



For further information/questions, please contact:
Laura Furtado:
Melissa Nascimento-So:

Little Pear Garden Collective – Chinese Dance Summer Intensive Works

Summer Intensive Workshops 2010

Little Pear Garden Collective is proud to bring you the three wonderful Chinese dance teachers from China and Canada – Beida Li, Jack Shi and Jeffery Chan. Six weeks of master classes for a variety of dance techniques and choreography on Chinese Folk, Chinese Classical and Chinese Contemporary. Presentation will open to the public on the last class of every two weeks of workshop.


DATES: July 12-16 (Mon-Fri)/ July 19-23 (Mon-Fri)

TIME: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Jeffery Chan

Presentation open to public on July 23


DATES: July 26-30 (Mon-Fri)/ Aug 3-7 (Tue-Sat)

TIME: 7:30pm to 9:30pm


Presentation open to public on August 7


DATES: August 9-14 (Mon-Sat)/ August 16-19 (Mon-Thu)

TIME: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Beida Li (guest teacher from China)

Presentation open to public on August 19


  • $20 per class
  • $150 for 2 weeks
  • $250 for 4 weeks
  • $350 for 6 weeks

VENUE: Toronto Dance Theatre, Studio A (80 Winchester Street,

Toronto, ON M4X 2B2)


CONTACT: DUO 416-504-6429 ext 49 or Queendy Lee

O.I.P. Summer Dance Intensive 2010

OIP Dance Centre is holding its 5th annual Summer Dance Intensive 2010 for dancers 9 years and up. This year we prepared something special for you! Our teachers’ team will include Canada’s BEST Choreographers including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stars: Danny Lawn, Caroline Torti, and Jesse; also Danny Davalos, Kojo “TUCH” Mayne, Heather Leslie, Mariano, and others!

Classes will include Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, House, Stepping, Breakdancing, and Popping & Locking. Different levels are offered!!! This is the best opportunity to improve your dancing skills and technique!!!

This year we will be offering 4 WEEKS!! Come for one, two… or even all four! Each week will be different!

This year’s weeks will include:

July 12th – July 16th, 2010

July 19th – July 23rd, 2010

August 9th –August 13th, 2010

August 16th – August 20th, 2010

Register early, book with a group, or sign-up for 2 or more weeks, and receive a discounted price!

Check out for more information

OR  Call OIP Dance Centre at 647-477-5225 or email

LOCATION: OIP Dance Centre, 190 Richmond Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1P1

Workshop – All About Undulations – with Nada El-Masriya

3 hr Undulations Workshop with Nada El-Masriya

Develop technique for soft, smooth and strong bellywork. We’ll work on rolling undulations downwards and upwards, focusing on fluidity and proper alignment. Simple belly pops and rolls will be introduced, and we’ll learn a bellywork combination.

Better register soon, her last 4 workshops sold out completely, weeks in advance.

Register Online

Sunday June 27 at 11AM – 2PM at the Danforth Studio (211 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

$45 in advance and $55 at the door (space permitting)

For more information call 416-462-3498 or go to

Cadence June Intensive

Start: Monday, June 7, 2010

End: Sunday, June 27, 2010

Location: Toronto, Ontario

The most versatile program of it’s nature. Engage in a unique opportunity studying under the company and taking part in creation within an environment that fosters connections with Toronto’s most elite dance professionals. Daily Classes in:

  • Body conditioning
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Pilates
  • Silks
  • Dance For the Camera
  • Improvisation
  • Semi-private technical coaching

Guest Choreographers and Teachers both past and present include:

Joshua Beamish, Gioconda Barbuto, Mercedes Bernardez, Valerie Calam, Sarah Doucet, Karen Kaeja, Allen Kaeja, Hanna Kiel, Robert Kingsbury, Ayelen Liberona, Sharon Moore, Simone Orlando, Donald Sales, Avinoam Silverman, Johnny A. Wright and Debbie Wilson.

Please Send:

BIO, CV, and picture to by May 31st to register.

Cost: $700

Scholarships and payment plans available, please inquire with registration


Dates: Monday, August 23 – Saturday, August 28, 2010 Toronto

This six-day intensive course is designed for dance teachers. Participants will learn: (1) the purpose and correct execution of each exercise in the beginning and intermediate level work, (2) the latest developments and new material in C-I Training™, and (3) the progression for teaching the material over time. Practice teaching opportunities will be provided. Teachers wishing to take the qualifying practical exam at the end of the course will receive C-I Training™ Level 1 Certification.

Secondary School Dance Teachers welcome! Practical applications of C-I Training™ for the Ontario curriculum, grades 9-12, will be provided.

Times: 9 am – 3 pm each day (1/2 hour lunch)
Location: Studio D, Accolade East Building, York University, Toronto, ON
(mats provided)
Course Fee: $650
Contact: for more information and registration

XPACE Proposal Workshop

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto

XPACE offers proposal workshops prior to each of our application deadlines. At the workshops we will discuss proposal writing guidelines and tips that attendees can use to develop proposal and grant writing skills. The group discussion and one-on-one conversations will provide you with lasting knowledge that will build your proposal and grant writing skills. This workshop will be lead by XPACE staff, as well as a special guest- to be announced.

For the second portion of the afternoon, we invite attendees to bring in-progress XPACE applications for feedback and guidance during one-on-one discussions.

PLEASE RSVP BY EMAIL TO: . Additionally, please specify if you plan to bring a proposal to be discussed for the second portion of the afternoon.

Note: The XPACE Submission Deadline has been extended to: June 25th, 2010.

Find a submission package online at:

Workshops with Members of FORMALity (SAN DIEGO

DATE: Sunday June 6, 2010 – The Day After SPOTLIGHT!

LOCATION: Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave.


  • Groups (5 or more): $65.00/person
  • Individuals: $70.00/person

***For GROUP RATES to apply*** Email FULL NAMES of all members in the group. All group members must be on the WEST CUDS list in order to receive the group rate. Read below for more details.


  • 11:00am – Sign In and Registration
  • 11:30am – Workshop A
  • 12:45pm – Workshop B
  • 2:00pm – BREAK
  • 2:30pm – Workshop C
  • 3:45pm – Workshop D
  • 5:00pm – Q A, Photo Session


How to register


Option 2: IN PERSON AT GO! DIP STUDIO – Cash or Check accepted (Checks are made out to GO! Dance International Productions Ltd)

Option 3: CALL THE HOTLINE 905-480-0771 – – Leave your name and number to contact you back and we can arrange to meet up with you at a desirable location.


  • – 5 or more persons only
  • – Groups should assign one group leader to handle name registrations.
  • – Group leader to provide FULL NAMES of all the of the members in the group
  • – Payments should be made by the registration deadlines
  • – If a group member misses the Early Bird Deadline, they will need to pay the regular group rate.

QUESTIONS?! Contact us…905-480-0771

DanceFuzion ~ URBAN SWEAT The Summer Dance Intensive 2010

Session 1: July 19th-24th

Session 2: July 26th-31st

Where: York University, Dance Dept. Toronto, Canada

Invest in your dance training and Be part of one of the most exciting Summer Dance Experiences Canada has to offer! Experience:

* Two Sessions of Dance and Master Workshop Classes with World Renowned Guest Faculty

* Audition Presentation

* Musical Theatre Repertoire

* Professional Casting Directors, Agents and Choreographers on site to meet you

* Arts and Cultural Highlights in the city

* Fully Supervised Residence Accommodations Available

For more Info or to Register, call us 416-484-0499

Or go to our website

Stability with Mobility – Conditioning Classes for Dancers and Dance

Dates:  June 4

If these dates fill up (maximum of 10 people), the other session will be::  June 11

Price:  $35.00 per drop in

Location: Artists Health Centre (Toronto Western Hospital)

Duration: 1 ½ hour

Time: 10:00am to 11:30am

Contact the Artists Health Centre at 416-603-5263 for more information

This conditioning program is designed specifically for Dancers and Dance Teachers. It will include:

  • – Deep core exercises for lower back
  • – Stretching for lower legs and hips
  • – Self massage for lower body
  • – Balance exercises
  • – Basic anatomy

This program will also include technique correction:

  • – standing one leg and plié
  • – increase turnout
  • – relevé and foot pointing
  • – extension
  • – overall review

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.

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Classes – Ballet Creole School – Community School Program

Location: Ballet Creole Studios, 375 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON

Join in the Dance! at the Ballet Creole School. Classes offered for children, youth and adults, in the community at large in contemporary Afro-Caribbean dance, Cuban dance, Hip-Hop, and Drumming!

  • Tues: 6:30-8pm – Afro-Caribbean – Adult (beginners)
  • Thurs: 6:30-8pm – Hip-Hop – (Adult / Youth over 16)


  • 10 am (5-7 yrs) Afro-Caribbean
  • 10 am (8-10 yrs) African / Caribbean
  • 11 am Drumming and Percussion
  • 11 am – 12:30 pm Afro-Cuban – Adult (beginners)
  • 12:20 pm – Youth (11+) Contemporary / Afro Caribbean
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