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FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:
 
Looking back at the past year, we have a lot to celebrate!

At our annual Opening Night Fundraiser, 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 distinguished alumna, Sharon B. Moore, was presented with the Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission for 2018-19, and will be creating a new work for our first year dancers in the coming year. This year’s Kathryn Ash Leadership Award was won by the talented Tyra Temple-Smith, and the Kathryn Ash Scholarship was shared by our exceptional second year dancers, Yiming Cai and Gwendolyn Mitchell. The two extremely deserving recipients of this year’s Walker Wood Foundation Bursary are Morgyn Aronyk-Schell and Lucie Schmidt. The Winchester Prize, a gift of our generous donors Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton, is presented for choreographic distinction and perceived potential for creative development, and allows the choreographer to develop their work with guidance from a mentor. This year’s talented winner is Kristen-Innes Stambolic.

On Mother’s Day, May13th, we celebrated another graduation day, with a lovely ceremony in our theatre, genially hosted by emcees Tyra Temple-Smith and Devon Snell. The valedictorian was Brooke Lewis, and her very gracious and moving speech is excerpted in this newsletter.

I hope you will enjoy reading about all these accomplishments and activities, and wish you a wonderful summer.


Patricia Fraser
Patricia Fraser
Artistic Director

R-L: Sharon Moore and classmates Graham McKelvie, Angélique Willkie & Bonnie Kim in class at the School of TDT © Cylla von Tiedemann
  KATHRYN ASH CHOREOGRAPHIC COMMISSION: SHARON B. MOORE

We are thrilled that our alumna Sharon B. Moore (1988) is the winner of this year's Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission Award!

Sharon is an award-winning creator and performer. Over 100 original dances comprise the body of her professional work and, with the support of this Kathryn Ash Commission Award, she will create another new work for the School.
Sharon has an ability to provoke and foster imagination and movement discovery, inspiring inventiveness and creative thinking, and she provides thoughtful and insightful guidance to her students.

Read full announcement here.

Gwendolyn Mitchell and Yiming Cai
© Timothy Yeung
  KATHRYN ASH SCHOLARSHIP:
YIMING CAI AND GWENDOLYN MITCHELL 


Second year students Yiming Cai and Gwendolyn Mitchell have been announced as the recipients of the 2018 Kathryn Ash Scholarship - congratulations!

“Yiming is... an outstanding student whose commitment is sine qua non... He is never satisfied with less than his absolute best."

"Gwendolyn is a very fine dancer, is clear in her goals for professional development, and shows great promise for an exciting future."


Read full announcement here.
Tyra Temple-Smith
Tyra Temple-Smith © Cylla von Tiedemann
  KATHRYN ASH LEADERSHIP AWARD: TYRA TEMPLE-SMITH

We are excited to congratulate Tyra Temple-Smith on winning this year’s Kathryn Ash Leadership Award!

Here's what one of the nominators said about her: “Tyra applies her creativity and artistic skills in ways to benefit her community... She has been a unifying figure to her class, and also to the whole School... Tyra has the resilience of a leader and is also grounded, approachable, respectful, and genuine. She has contributed much to life at the School, and deserves to be celebrated."

Read full announcement here.

Kristen Stambolic © Cylla von Tiedemann
  THE WINCHESTER PRIZE: KRISTEN-INNES STAMBOLIC

Kristen Stambolic and her choreographic work One for Five receive this year's Winchester Prize! Here's what the prize panel had to say about Kristen's work: 

“We found the concept of her work and the exploration of dance and video to be exceptionally interesting and worthy of further development. Kristen is mature, open-minded, inquisitive, and shows willingness to be mentored... She is ready to take a giant step forward with the support of The Winchester Prize.”


Read full announcement here.

Morgyn Aronyk-Schell and Lucie Schmidt
© Timothy Yeung
  WALKER WOOD FOUNDATION BURSARIES: MORGYN ARONYK-SCHELL AND LUCIE SCHMIDT

Morgyn Aronyk-Schell and Lucie Schmidt are the recipients of this year Walker Wood Foundation Bursaries! 

Morgyn: “Art is crucial to a healthy and happy life, community, and world... [it is] a vehicle for change and I want to be a part of that change.”

Lucie: “The challenge of the unknown can be scary, but the limitless possibilities presented within this challenge are incredible."


Read full announcement here.

Brooke Lewis © Yiming Cai
  CLASS OF 2018: GRADUATION DAY

On May 13th we celebrated graduation day with the Class of 2018 in a wonderful ceremony on our mainstage - congratulations!

Take a look at some photos from graduation day and read an excerpt from Brooke Lewis' valedictorian address here.

There is one more opportunity to see these graduates perform! On June 8 they will dance in Harold Rhéaume's new work ION alongside graduates of professional training programs from across Canada as part of The 40 Dancer Project, presented in partnership with New Blue Emerging DanceGet your tickets here!
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Katie Over © Cylla von Tiedemann
  SIGN UP FOR OUR SUMMER INTENSIVES

Advance your training this summer - register for one of our summer intensives! 

Pre-professional Program (ages 16+): July 2-13, 2018 - only a few spots left!
Teen Intensive (ages 13-16): July 23-27, 2018


"I learned more at the School’s two week intensive than in a whole year at my home studios. I’d recommend it to any dancer hungry to improve!" – Chelsea Mulholland, Summer Intensive student 2016, current PTP student (San Francisco, USA)

Click here to learn more and sign up today!


FROM OUR COMMUNITY:

We are excited for TD Toronto Jazz Festival!

On June 26, a tap virtuoso and an in-demand jazz drummer meet on stage for a battle of rhythm. One of the greatest tap dancers of all time, Tony Award winner Savion Glover carries on the tradition established by artists like Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., and Arthur Duncan. Performing with Marcus Gilmore, an exciting drummer whose grandfather, Roy Haynes, cut his teeth working with an earlier generation of hoofers, the duo explores percussion to find melody, harmony, and rhythm.

Get your tickets to see Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore on stage here

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