"The value of dance (and art) emerges when it is contextualized within community. On its own, it's relatively meaningless. My challenge: How can my practise, performance and teaching, be in dialogue with the world? How can my work strive for relevance? Not by catering to or "entertaining" a passive public, but instead by insisting that art-making is a process of exchange that can stimulate curiosity and offer perspective when the artist considers how their internality collides with external elements."

"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.

WORKSHOPS

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
  • Ignite!
  • in.the.now

PERFORMANCES

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 Dialoguean interactive dance performance experience.

RESEARCH

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. 

To learn more about TOES FOR DANCE please click here!


upcoming workshops

OnStage Dance Studio Workshop | Stratford, Canada (June 10, 2018)

The Dance Station Summer Workshop | Burlington, Canada (July 11 & August 13, 2018)

The Dance Element Summer Workshop | Milton, Canada (July 12 & July 31, 2018)

Canada's National Ballet Summer School | Toronto, Canada (July 16-25, 2018)

Ignite! Summer Program by TOES FOR DANCE | Toronto, Canada (July 23-28 2018)

Fresh Dance Intensive by TOES FOR DANCE | Regina, Canada (August 7-10, 2018)

Fresh Dance Intensive by TOES FOR DANCE | Edmonton, Canada (August 27-30, 2018)

 

 Leading a discussion with students during   Ignite!  , a summer program created and produced by TOES FOR DANCE (Toronto, Canada).

Leading a discussion with students during Ignite!, a summer program created and produced by TOES FOR DANCE (Toronto, Canada).


Influences and Fascinations

Thinking about wrongness:

On Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz

Radically reinventing the structures that support learning:

A school in Norway has abandoned teaching subjects

Breaking the cycle of poverty, through arts education:

Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP)

 Teaching a   Fresh Dance Intensive   workshop, a project of TOES FOR DANCE (Pickering, Canada).

Teaching a Fresh Dance Intensive workshop, a project of TOES FOR DANCE (Pickering, Canada).


RECent workshops

Professional Classes

Universities 

High schools

  • Rosedale Heights (Toronto)
  • Unionville High School (Markham)
  • St. Roch Secondary School (Brampton)
  • Cawthra Park (Mississauga)

dance SCHOOLS/studios

 Speaking to an audience of high school students before a performance of   Possibilities of Dialogue   (Toronto, Canada).

Speaking to an audience of high school students before a performance of Possibilities of Dialogue (Toronto, Canada).