In Call to Artists on December 3, 2010 by danceumbrella

DanceTO (formerly the Toronto Dance Day Committee) is pleased to announce the fifth annual International Dance Day celebrations in Yonge-Dundas Square!

Yonge and Dundas Square, May 1 or 8, 2011 3:00 – 5:00 pm

We are now accepting applications from artists to perform and teach at our launch event, Dance in Dundas Square, on Sunday, May 1st or 8th in Toronto (exact date TBC).

DanceTO is looking for performances that will be on the stage and off the stage around the square.  We seek representation from all forms of dance in the Toronto community, so if you do acrobatics, ballet, ballroom, b-boying, bollywood, clowning, cultural, contemporary, jazz, modern, musical theatre, street performance, or tap complete the application below to be a part of the 2011 International Dance Day Celebrations.

We are currently seeking funding for the presentation of these projects, fees ranges from $250 to $500. This funding we are pursuing will be for multiple years, so if you have an idea that you would like to have presented at the 2012 International Dance Day please submit. We will help you with seeking funding for the creation of this work and we would be able to give you a presentation fee for the work.

We are looking for works that are upbeat, musical, colourful and eye catching. We want to kick off International Dance Day on a high note. We are looking for works that will draw an audience in from across the square and works that would be able to be placed around the square so that not all the performances are on the stage but that there is literally dance happening all around the square. We want to entice people in and make them stay for the rest of the event.
We have expanded our activities to include a month of events with the Yonge-Dundas Square event being the largest and launching Toronto into a month of diverse artist-lead dance activities. If you are interested in hosting additional free public activities in your community and/or neighbourhood in the period from April 29 – May 26, 2010 2011, please contact us to be included in our outreach and public promotions.

How to apply:

  • Information sheet with: Company & member names, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, and website
  • A brief description of the choreography or workshop you plan to offer. We present short works between 5 and 15 minutes, and workshops may be between 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Technical requirements (sound, power, etc.) and whether you would prefer the stage or an off-stage space.
  • A brief biography and dance resume
  • Recent reviews
  • The work you will be presenting or a representative example of what you propose in:

DVD, VHS, or url for Youtube or on-line content. Materials will not be returned.

  • Note if you are interested in hosting additional free public activities in your community and/or neighbourhood and a description of the activity (May 2011)

International Dance Day is a UNESCO designated day for celebrating dance and dance artists. People worldwide are encouraged to experience dance, whether it is dancing in the streets or going to see a live performance.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2011; Send your completed application package to:
DanceTO c/o The Dance Umbrella of Ontario
476 Parliament Street- Second floor
Toronto, ON M4X 1P2
E-mail inquiries to

DanceTO was formerly called the Toronto Dance Day Committee. For more information on the committee and committee members, please contact Christine Moynihan at 416-504-6429 x 28 or

DanceTO would like to give a special thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage.

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