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Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series

In Classes,Events on August 29, 2012 by danceumbrella

September is just around the corner, and a new season of dance is about to begin!

The Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series features companies from Vancouver, across Canada and overseas. Our Global Dance Connections series features an exciting program of contemporary dance including premieres from Vancouver-based Restless Productions, Shay Kuebler, battery opera performance (with Montreal’s Par B.L.eux), Joe Ink and Marta Marta Productions. Artists from further afield include Chartier Danse from Toronto, Japan’s dazzling Hiroaki Umeda, and performers from Germany, France and Belgium. Shows start at 8pm.
View full season details HERE

Subscribe to Global Dance Connections Our flexible build-your-own subscription format means you can choose three or more shows for just $20 a ticket. Subscriptions are available now: book ONLINE or call 604.606.6420.

Discover Dance! noon series

Our popular Discover Dance! noon hour series is a great opportunity to sample the diversity of BC’s dance scene. Entertaining, informative, and suitable for all ages, each show combines performance with artist talkbacks, and sometimes even audience participation!

This season features Aeriosa, Ballet BC, South Asian Arts, Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble, Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre and Historical Performance Ensemble. Shows run on Thursdays at 12 noon.
View full season details HERE

Subscribe to Discover Dance! Book for all six shows for just $50. Book online HERE or call 604.606.6420.



Alias Dance Project Professional Workshop – 10 more days to register!

In Workshops on August 8, 2012 by danceumbrella

One-Day Guest Teacher Workshop
Sunday August 26, 2012
10:00 am- 5:00pm.

Turning Pointe Academy of Dance
105 Vanderhoof Ave.
Toronto, ON M4G 2H7
Special Professional Rate – $30

Steps to Register
Please print out the Registration Form ( available on the Alias Website) and using the Workshop Schedule, choose which workshop option is best for you.
Mail cheque, payable to Alias Dance Project INC, to 368 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON, M4L 3B7.
Please peruse the Alias Workshop Brochure for more information!

Guest Teachers

Emily Law
Emily Law has sought out training with many notable teachers in various street dance styles and facilitated workshops with international teachers here in Toronto. She has competed in battles around the world and has won titles in house dancing and all-styles battles. Emily’s main focus in the street dance realm are house and waacking however she is knowledgeable in various other styles. Emily has also trained and currently works as a contemporary dancer. She has had the pleasure of working with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Valerie Calam, D.A. Hoskins, Brendan Jensen, Alias Dance Project, Gadfly, The Chimera Project, the Parahumans Dance Theatre, Event Horizon Dance, & Piotr Biernat.

Ryan Lee
Independent Dance Artist Ryan Lee graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Dance.  He has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers: Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Emily Molnar, Stepĥen Pier, Tino Segal, Linda Garneau, Menaka Thakkar, Darryl Tracey, D.A Hoskins and Guillaume Cote. Ryan has also been able to work with such companies as ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Keaja d’Dance, Anandam Dance Theatre, Larchaud Dance Project, inDANCE, The Little Pear Conservatory and The Chimera Project.  Ryan is also an in demand teacher, choreographer and adjudicator who has worked across Canada.

Eric Daniel
Eric’s background does not originally stem from martial arts or gymnastics, but this has not held him back from honing his acrobatic skills to the highest performance levels and bringing on his unique street style to the Team 2X dynamic. He has accomplished significant achievements since joining the team; performing on stage around North America and overseas, working on commercials for clients such as Sunny D and Prilosec OTC, and also working in the tv and film industry as a stunt performer.  Aside from performing he also enjoys teaching and sharing with others and is a certified instructor of XSD and teaches regularly out of the Team 2X headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.


GMD classes with Laurence Lemieux (Aug 16-19)

In Classes on August 15, 2011 by danceumbrella

Days: Tuesday-Friday, August 16-19
Time: 9:45-11:15a.m. 

Class fee: $8-$10
Where: 509 Parliament St. (n. of Carlton)

Laurence Lemieux is co-director of Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie, an international performer, and a recipient of the Dora Award for best performance.


Dancemakers Training Scholarships (Deadline Aug 31)

In Classes,Other on August 12, 2011 by danceumbrella

Training Scholarships Now Available | Application Deadline: August 31, 2011

Dancemakers invites emerging dance artists to apply for an 11-week training scholarship (September 12 to November 25, 2011). Applicants must have graduated from post-secondary training (or equivalent) in 2009, 2010 or 2011. Participants will join the company dancers for morning training led by Michael Trent, Bonnie Kim and guests Shannon Cooney, Bee Palomino and Michael DeCorte (yoga) among others.

Six full scholarships (all classes are free) are available to those interested in deepening their practice under the Company’s guidance. Please note that for the fall of 2011, the regular company class schedule will be offered three times per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 11am to 12:30pm. Some exceptions will apply and the schedule is subject to change.

Application: a one page letter stating how this opportunity would benefit your career and a maximum two-page CV.

Email by the deadline to: Successful applicants will be notified by September 2, 2011.


Toronto Dance Theatre presents a workshop in Klein Technique™ with founder Susan Klein (Sept 6-10)

In Workshops on August 11, 2011 by danceumbrella

September 6-9 (10:15am-12:15pm)
September 10 (11:00am-2:00pm)

Drop-in rates: $17 (weekdays), $25 (Saturday)
Special week rates: $60 for 4 classes (Tues-Fri), $80 for 5 classes (Tues-Sat)
To register, call 416-967-1365 ext. 28

Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester St., Toronto

This workshop will emphasize a pivotal principle of Klein Technique™, the concept of moving from our deepest structural and energetic tissue, the bone. Through an interweaving of theory and practice we will work on the muscles of deep postural support: the psoas, the hamstrings, the pelvic floor muscles, and the external rotators. We will work with a body-felt understanding of how these muscles bring the bones into alignment, a place of connectedness, which leads to true power and efficiency of movement. Students of all levels of practice in Klein Technique™ will gain insight into their movement patterns and habits and gain a greater internal understanding of their bodies.

For more information on Susan and her work please visit


GMD Classes, with Heidi Strauss (Aug 9 – 12)

In Classes on August 8, 2011 by danceumbrella

Heidi Strauss is teaching this week! (Aug 9-12, Tues-Fri)
Heidi creates exciting journeys in movement that are challenging and inventive.

CCDT, 509 Parliament (N. of Carlton)


Aerial Dancetheatre Workshop with Kevin O’Connor (Aug 29 – Sept 1)

In Workshops on August 5, 2011 by danceumbrella

Collective Space – 221 Sterling Road (Studio 1), Toronto

Join us for a Four Day Intensive with Kevin O’Connor to explore the Hanging Sphere through ground and aerial rope experimentations! Beginner and Advanced Workshops!

Four Day Workshop: $120 or $35 per class
To register please contact Brandy Leary by email


Workshop One: Ramping Up For Beginners- From the Floor to the Hanging Sphere with Kevin O’Connor and Brandy Leary

Aug 29, 30, 31 and Sept 1 10am-11:45am

This class will explore movement from the floor to the hanging sphere and back down. Using suspended ropes, the movement material offered will explore ways to transition from the floor to hanging sphere in a fluid manner. In doing so we will transition movement from horizontal to the vertical realm. This class will examine efficient climbing principles and ways of finding rest in the air. Through set phrases we will explore how the undulating spine recycles kinetic energy and can ultimately lift us off the ground. Finally we will examine how in harnessing gravity one can find freedom in the hanging sphere.


Workshop Two: Ramping Up for Advanced: Linking Set Choreography from the Floor to the Hanging Sphere with Kevin O’Connor

Using suspended ropes, movement material will be offered that explores ways to transition from the floor to hanging sphere in a fluid manner.
In doing so we will transition movement from horizontal to the vertical realm. Through set phrases we will explore how the undulating spine recycles kinetic energy and can ultimately lift us off the ground. We will also explore how functional architect and the placement of external supports (hands and feet) aids in the transition from the floor to the hanging sphere. Finally we will examine how in harnessing gravity one can find freedom in the hanging sphere and ultimately create powerful and dynamic movement without strain.
Gradual addition of movement phrases to each other will lead to long phrases intertwining the different principles from the floor, through standing and into climbing, all in relation to the vertical ropes.
This course is for experienced aerialists who can invert with ease.