The School of Toronto Dance Theatre

Amanda and Britanny LaRusic
Britanny LaRusic, Amanda LaRusic © Darcy MacCallum Photography
Happy New Year!

Here at the School, we are back into a busy winter term. In their first week back, select small groups of our third year dancers started working on new creations for their March performance, ACCELERATION, with guest choreographers Peggy Baker and Robert Desrosiers; soon, others in that class will be in rehearsals with Susie Burpee, who will choreograph a new work; Rosemary James, who has been working to set Christopher House’s demanding quartet Colder Ink; and Paul-André Fortier, who will once again set his Tell, the absurd, fast-paced men’s quartet which he revived for us in 2014, to great acclaim.

Coming up on February 5th, we look forward to the first of our two annual Toronto auditions, when we will have the chance to meet some of those who will form next September’s incoming first year class.

In this issue, we continue our focus on the east coast, with profiles of four talented Maritimers - three grads and one current student: Susanne Chui, (2002) from Nova Scotia; Hilary Knee, (2016) from Newfoundland; Philip McDermott, third year student from Newfoundland; and Jane Alison McKinney, 2011 grad and teacher in our YDP, from New Brunswick. Our introductory photographs also feature Maritimers Amanda LaRusic (2012) dance educator with Cobequid Dance Academy in Truro, Nova Scotia, and Associate Member of The Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, alongside her sister Britanny LaRusic (2013) who is on faculty in our Young Dancers’ Program as well as The Martha Hicks School of Ballet. By chance, though probably more by the nature of their ingrained sense of community, generosity of spirit, and helpful natures, all of the teachers in our Young Dancers’ Program are from the east coast. The Maritimes has its own unique culture and is home to some of the country's finest artists so, really, it’s no coincidence that some of our finest alumni hail from “down east”. I hope you enjoy reading about our gifted students and alumni and, on behalf of all of us at the School, I wish you the very best for 2017. 
Patricia Fraser
Patricia Fraser
Artistic Director
PTP Auditions
Jake Ramos, Jade Clancy © Cylla von Tiedemann
There is still time to apply to audition for our full-time, three-year Professional Training Program in contemporary dance on February 5, 2017!

Come train with us - apply to audition today and take the first step towards creating your future in dance. Video auditions are available for those not able to attend in person. 

Audition (Toronto): February 5, 2017 - get your application in by January 20! 
Click here to find out more about the Professional Training Program and the application process.
Ellen Furey
Ellen Furey © Cylla von Tiedemann
Dance with us this summer! Browse our website to read about our summer intensives and register online today

Pre-professional program (ages 16+)July 3-14, 2017
Teen Intensive (ages 13-16): July 24-28, 2017

"I learned more at the School’s two week intensive than in a whole year at my home studios. The faculty is incredibly dedicated to shaping you as a dancer. This creates a really special and engaging experience that I’d recommend for any dancer hungry to improve! " – Chelsea Mulholland, Pre-professional Summer Program student 2016, current PTP student (San Francisco, USA)
Jane Alison McKinney
Jane Alison McKinney © Omer Yükseker
Jane Alison McKinney is dancer, choreographer, teacher, producer, 2011 graduate of the School, and a faculty member of our Young Dancers' Program. Originally from Rothesay, New Brunswick, she began her training with Andrea Scott at Port City Dance Academy in Saint John, before attending our Summer School, and consenquently training in our Professional Training Program: “My time at the School was a really significant part of who I am as a dancer and artist. I took on leadership roles, and that kind of learning was very important – more than I realized at the time.” 

Read more about Jane Alison McKinney
Susanne Chui
Susanne Chui © Michelle Doucette
A central figure in Halifax’s contemporary dance community, Susanne Chui is a Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance, in tandem with Sara Coffin. Moving between dancing, choreographing, and improvising, she collaborates across disciplines to create unique performance works. Susanne is deeply committed to contributing to the collective voice of Canadian dance. "Everyone has a different path... Early on I found it helpful to try everything: work for friends, audition, create my own dances, and just get in the studio and find out what would come from my body. By trying lots of things I was able to find out what really inspired me." 
Read more about Susanne Chui
 © Jake Ramos

Known for its warm and friendly people and breathtaking scenery, Newfoundland and Labrador has strong connections with the School. The Artistic Advisor to the Professional Training Program and Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre Christopher House hails from St. John’s, and some of the School’s most spirited students and graduates have come from the province. This time we catch up with the School’s two most recent imports from the province – our 2016 graduate Hilary Knee and our third year student Philip McDermott.
Read more about Hilary Knee and Philip McDermott
The School is happy to announce our new partnership with Simply Laundry who will be providing dry cleaning services for all the School productions. Simply Laundry serves residential and commercial customers in the Toronto and Mississauga areas. Their premium services are competitively priced, reliable, easy-to-use and hassle-free. They have also extended a $5 discount to all our subscribers. Please use the coupon code TDT5 when placing your order. 

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