From our Artistic Director:
Looking back at the past year, we have a lot to celebrate! At our annual Gala evening, Gathering Momentum, following a wonderful performance of repertoire by all three years of our Professional Training Program, we announced the winners of our Kathryn Ash and Walker Wood Awards. Our talented alumnus, Allen Kaeja, was presented with the Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission for 2016-17, and will be creating a new work for our third year dancers in the coming year. This year’s Kathryn Ash Leadership Award was shared by graduating students Marie-Pier Beauregard and Katherine Semchuk, and the Kathryn Ash Scholarship was won by our gifted second year dancer, Tia Kushniruk. The two extremely deserving recipients of this year’s Walker Wood Award are – Jake Ramos and Margarita Soria.
In this edition of our newsletter, we profile our distinguished guest choreographer, Robert Desrosiers, who has created an excerpt of Timeframe / À Travers Le Temps, for our third year dancers. These lucky graduates will travel to Ottawa next month, to join with their colleagues from four other national professional training programs, to perform the complete piece on the stage of the National Arts Centre, at the Canada Dance Festival.
I hope you will enjoy reading about all these accomplishments, and look forward to sharing news of the festival performances with you in our next newsletter.
We are thrilled that the brilliant and accomplished choreographer, Robert Desrosiers, has undertaken to create a new, full-length work entitled Timeframe / À Travers Le Temps, to be performed as part of the Canada Dance Festival, on June 10, 2016.
Desrosiers has been working with graduating dancers from four nationally recognized contemporary dance training programs. This celebratory debut of the next generation of professional contemporary dance artists has become a tradition at the Festival, and has featured the work of nationally and internationally renowned choreographers. Read full article>>>
Photo: Robert Desrosiers © Lilya Sultanova
The Kathryn Ash Awards 2016
Kathryn Ash was on the Board of Directors of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre for 18 years and was President from 1995 to 2008. The Kathryn Ash Awards recognize Kathryn's dedication to the School and reflect her passionate commitment to the areas of scholarship, leadership, and creation.
The Kathryn Ash Scholarship
The Scholarship is a merit-based award given to a deserving student going into their final year of study and is the equivalent to one-half of one year’s tuition which, in 2016/17, is $2,700.00. The winner of this year’s Scholarship is Tia Kushniruk.
The Kathryn Ash Leadership Award
The Leadership Award is presented to a third year student who has displayed leadership qualities and has made a significant contribution to the life of the school. This is a cash award. The co-winners of this year’s Leadership Award are Marie-Pier Beauregard and Katherine Semchuk. Read full article >>>
Photos: Tia Kushniruk © Marc J Chalifoux, Marie-Pier Bearegard, Katherine Semchuk © Cylla von Tiedemann
The Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission
This award is presented to a choreographer for the commissioning of a new creation for the students of the School. As an expression of the School's, and Kathryn's, dedication to new creation and the professional development of our alumni, priority is given to a choreographer who is an alumni of the Professional Training Program. The choreographer is given an honourarium in addition to their choreographic fee. This year’s award winner is Allen Kaeja. Read full article >>>
Photo: Allen Kaeja © Cameron MacLennan
Walker Wood Foundation Bursary
The Walker Wood bursary is a cash award of $4000 for high academic standing and demonstrated leadership qualities. The two extremely deserving recipients of this year’s Walker Wood Award are – Jake Ramos and Margarita Soria.
Special Graduating Student Award - Sharon Moore Solo Project
The School is delighted to announce that Hilary Knee and Jake Ramos have been chosen as this year’s participants in the Sharon Moore Solo Project, an initiative to provide an opportunity to a new graduate of the School to engage in a creative process with Sharon Moore. The dancers will participate in a two to four week process towards the creation of a new work.
Photos: Hilary Knee, Jake Ramos, Margarita Soria © Cylla von Tiedemann
Please visit our website to read about these awards in full and to find out about the recipients of our Curriculum Awards 2016.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2016!
This group of 17 talented dancers graduated in May from our Professional Training Program. Their first performances as graduates will happen in just a few weeks, when they join their colleagues from across the country in the enlarged version of Robert Desrosiers’ Timeframe / À Travers Le Temps, on the stage of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Theatre, at the prestigious Canada Dance Festival. We wish you the best of luck in your future adventures!
View more photos from grad day >>>
Photo: Graduating Class 2016 © Gail Packwood
Summer Programs Galore at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre
This year our summer is jam-packed with dance! From July 11-15, 2016 emerging dance professionals will get to work with Christopher House in a one-week workshop that focuses on skills and methods of maximizing dance performance. Applications are accepted from dancers in early stages of their practice and students in their final year of training. Read more about the program and apply >>>
A few spots are still left in our popular pre-professional summer program for dancers ages 16+ running July 4-15, 2016. Dancers train in diverse styles and work with professional choreographers on challenging repertory, advancing their technical and artistic skills. Read more about the program and register >>>
New this year, we are running a summer teen intensive for passionate dancers ages 13-16! From July 25-29, join us for a week-long energetic, challenging and fun dance experience in the heart of Toronto. Read more about the program and register >>>
And finally, we are running a Summer Dance Camp for kids ages 5-9! A week filled with dance, creative movement, and music classes, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and endless play = perfect summer camp fun! Sign up your young dancers today for July 18-22, 2016.