Exciting workshops from CanAsian International Dance Festival

In Workshops on January 26, 2011 by danceumbrella

Body Economy and Awareness through Whirling Instruction and Concepts
with Ziya Azazi, Vienna, Austria
Saturday February 19 and Sunday February 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $80 or $45/day
* NEW LOCATION:  OIP Dance Centre, 190 Richmond Street East, Studio B

This workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to experienced movers.  This workshop will challenge the participant through whirling, spending less energy to achieve a higher level of awareness.  Whirling is not the main objective of this workshop.  The greater goal is to improve one’s physical, emotional and mental awareness through whirling and the preparation exercises.  It will lead the participants to perceive and accept what is happening in the moment, and and to discover innovative movements through whirling.

Butoh Workshop with Jocelyne Montpetit, Montreal, Quebec
Monday February 21, Tuesday February 22 and Thursday February 24 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 or $40/day
Location: Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, 509 Parliament Street, Studio C

Based on internalization of mental images developed by Master Tatsumi Hijikata, this workshop will lead the performer to a greater awareness of their external and interior space. This incredibly rich method of working was transmitted to Jocelyne Montpetit by Hijikata himself; a privilege that he accorded to very few foreigners. The workshops will also focus on spatial awareness exercises, which lead to an awareness of movement arising from the interior. This workshop is open to all levels.

To register and for more information please call 416-593-8455 or e-mail

Contemplative Movement for Closet Dancers with Denise Fujiwara

Presented by Esther Myers Yoga Studio
Sunday February 27 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $55
Location: Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, 509 Parliament Street, Studio C

Using Japanese Butoh and creative post-modern dance improvisation methods we’ll work towards becoming more present and therefore more creative while expanding movement vocabulary and conditioning the body for strength and agility.  If you can walk, you can do this dance work.

To register and for more information please call Esther Myers Yoga Studio at 416 944 0838 or


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