"The value of dance (and art) emerges when it is contextualized within community. My challenge: How can my practise, performance and teaching, be in dialogue with the world?"
"My teaching is largely inspired by an improvisational theatre mantra: "Let Go, Play Big, Notice More". For me, these three directives offer a rich foundation that enables personal growth, radical creativity and heightened awareness. I aim to foster environments in which students can work together to generate experiences that yield discovery. Above all, I am adamant that explorations in the studio can and should apply to everyday life. How are we becoming better friends / citizens / humans through this work together?"
TOES FOR DANCE
As the Co-Founder and Co-Director of TOES FOR DANCE (TFD), I am committed to outreach and education as an integral and necessary part of my artistic practise. Alongside my fellow Co-Director Kristen Carcone and our incredible Board of Directors, I organize and produce workshops, performances and research projects across Canada.
TFD believes that dance education creates personal transformation through connecting to self, others and creativity. Our annual programming includes masterclasses and workshops at dance studios and schools across Canada, plus:
- Fresh Dance Intensive
In it's most powerful form, dance performance can express ideas, provoke thought, initiate social change and rejuvenate the human spirit. TFD's approach to performance is interactive and inclusive. Every other autumn we present Works-In-Process Showings at high schools in Ontario. During our 2018-2019 season we will present 4-7-8, an immersive dance-theatre production and Possibilities of Dialogue, an interactive dance performance experience.
In 2016 TFD embarked on a research project called Designing for Dance , funded by The Metcalf Foundation and in collaboration with DanceWorks. The project explored the benefits of design thinking approaches in relation to audience cultivation, stakeholder engagement, organizational planning and social relevance in contemporary dance.
Influences and Fascinations
Thinking about wrongness:
Radically reinventing the structures that support learning:
Breaking the cycle of poverty, through arts education:
- Simon Fraser University (Vancouver)
- Queen's University (Kingston)
- Point Park University (Pittsburgh)
- Ryerson University (Toronto)
- York University (Toronto)
- McMaster University (Hamilton)
- Rosedale Heights (Toronto)
- Unionville High School (Markham)
- St. Roch Secondary School (Brampton)
- Cawthra Park (Mississauga)
- Victoria School of the Arts (Edmonton)
Professional TRaining Programs
- Canada's National Ballet School (Toronto)
- The Dance Element (Milton)
- Sean Boutilier Academy (Etobicoke)
- Elite Danceworx (Markham)
- Canadian Dance Company (Oakville)
- School of CCDT (Toronto)
- New Jersey Dance Theatre (New York)
- Jo Read Dance (London)
- Rhythm Dance Co (Westborough)
- Marquis Dance Academy (Winnipeg)
- Darcy's Academy (Putnam Valley)
- Dance Alberta (Edmonton)
- Dancemakerz (Hamilton)
- Leeming DanceWorks (Ottawa)
- On Stage Dance Studio (Stratford)