The School of Toronto Dance Theatre

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 distinguished alumna, Peggy Baker, was presented with the Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission for 2017-18, 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 Nicola Adilman, Maude Fortier, and Tylee Jones, and the Kathryn Ash Scholarship was won by our gifted second year dancer, Chihiro Nukuto. The two extremely deserving recipients of this year’s Walker Wood Foundation Bursary are Philip McDermott and Anya Tregubova. For the first time this year, we have a wonderful new award: the Winchester Prize, a gift of our generous donors Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton. The award recognizes the best dance work presented in our third year Choreographic Workshop, and allows the choreographer to develop and re-mount the work with guidance from a mentor. The winner of our inaugural Winchester Prize this year is Jocelyn Mah, and she will be mentored in her development process by Susie Burpee.

In this newsletter, after recent editions highlighting our connections with the Maritimes and Montreal, we move west to profile distinguished alumni and students hailing from Alberta. We are delighted to feature articles on Graham McKelvie, now the Head of Contemporary Dance at the School of Alberta Ballet, and Peggy Baker, recently returned from a rich and rewarding experience as a Fellow of the prestigious Bogliasco Foundation, in Liguria, Italy. Our featured graduating student, also from Alberta, is our Winchester Prize winner, Jocelyn Mah. I hope you will enjoy reading about all their accomplishments, and wish you a wonderful summer.  
Patricia Fraser
Patricia Fraser
Artistic Director
Peggy Baker
Peggy Baker © Aleksandar Antonijevic
Peggy Baker is one of the School’s most celebrated alumnae, and came to the School from her home province of Alberta. Since those early days, her career has blossomed, and she has been honoured with a myriad of awards and tributes. Her work has taken her all over the world – creating, performing, researching, and teaching.
We are thrilled to announce that Peggy Baker is the winner of the 2017 Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission and will work with our graduating dancers to create a new choreographic work for them in the new year.

Read more about Peggy Baker
Graham McKelvie
Graham McKelvie © Mark Stiegel
Graham McKelvie, the Head of Contemporary Dance at the School of Alberta Ballet, shares his wonderful reminiscences about his time at the School and beyond and offers advice to dance students: "My advice to dance students... would be in two parts: take a real interest in the glorious mechanics of the workings of your body; your body connects you to every living thing in the world. It is also the enabler of your poetic voice. Part two would be this, and I say this with much love: get over yourself! ...You are the enabler of people’s imagining. Therefore, every performance is an opportunity for wonder, or redemption, or emancipation."
Read Graham's story in full
Jocelyn MahJocelyn Mah © Cylla von Tiedemann   STUDENT PROFILE: JOCELYN MAH
One of our 16 brand new 2017 graduates, Jocelyn Mah hails from Calgary, Alberta. Now, just a few days after graduation, Jocelyn reflects on her time at the School: “The School has made me a dancer – technically, artistically, emotionally. I’ve started choreographing and got a taste of the professional world here at the School. The program makes you so much stronger and so much more ready to face the world.” This summer, Jocelyn is “facing the world” as the inaugural recipient of the Winchester Prize – she will be mentored by Susie Burpee, and her choreographic piece August, Augusta will be presented at SummerWorks Performance Festival this August. 
Read more about Jocelyn Mah
Class of 2017
A group of 16 talented and - by their own admission - sassy dancers graduated in May from our Professional Training Program. From different corners of the country and the world, the sassy sixteen have had an exciting roller coaster journey at the School,  individually and as a group, - aptly described in the graduation ceremony address by Connor McPhail. Now they are off to take auditions and seek performance opportunities with their usual passion and buoyancy and to explore further training and career paths. We wish them the best of luck in their future adventures!
Have a look at the photos from the graduation day.
Summer Intensive Programs
Anya Tregubova © Cylla von Tiedemann
We continue to accept registrations for our Summer Intensives - come dance with us!

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

Our programs are aimed at dancers looking to boost their technique and learn challenging contemporary repertory. The Pre-professional Intensive is a perfect introduction to our three-year Professional Training Program for dancers exploring full-time training options. Registration is just a few clicks away - browse our website for more information and register online today.
Summer Dance Camp
© Walter Lai
We are offering a week-long, full-time dance camp for kids ages 5 and up July 17-21, 2017

Our Summer Dance Camp is taught by professional dance artists and educators. Apart from dance activities, we've got music classes with our gifted accompanists, outings to the nearby Riverdale Farm, crafts and prop making, a performance for friends and family on our mainstage, and much more!

Only a few spots remain - register today to secure a spot for your young'un! Have a look at our website for more information and call 416-967-6887 today to sign up!

Any questions or feedback? Please contact:
Lilya Sultanova | Communications & Outreach Coordinator | 416-967-6887 ext. 25     Like us  /schooloftdt     Follow us@schooloftdt     Follow us!  @schooloftdt
80 Winchester Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M4X 1B2 | 416-967-6887

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