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We have had a full and exciting summer so far. In June, we hosted the New Blue Festival, which stepped into the breach left by the unexpected hiatus of the Canada Dance Festival (CDF), and presented, in collaboration with the School, the major commissioned choreography by Harold Rhéaume that was to be shown at the CDF. Graduating dancers from four sister schools across the country converged to rehearse and perform the new work, ION, in what we called “The 40 Dancer Project”. Alongside this enormous venture, the festival occupied virtually every inch of our space over the span of a whirlwind week of activities, and we were gratified that the building was able to welcome a wonderful variety of performances, showings, workshops, and classes, and to provide a meeting place for both national and international senior and emerging artists.

In July, our Summer Intensives and our Kids’ Camp both overflowed with energy and enthusiasm, and we’re thrilled to have shared our love for dance with a new cohort of great young dancers. Our superb faculty this summer included Johanna Bergfelt, Wendy Chiles, Yuichiro Inoue, Rosemary James, Patricia Miner, Pulga Muchochoma, Julia Sasso, Darryl Tracy, and Debbie Wilson, a stellar group of accomplished and highly regarded senior dance artists. Andrew Hartley and Emma Kerson, core faculty in our Young Dancers’ Program, led a delightful and inspired Kids’ Camp program.

As we approach the fall, we are gearing up for our final 50th anniversary festivities, set for Saturday, October 20. Stay tuned for more details!

In this issue, we are delighted to highlight our 2010 grad Megan Navarro, who is back in her home country in Barbados, thriving in the exciting atmosphere of the dance school she has established there. 

We wish you all a wonderful summer and we look forward to re-connecting with you again in the fall. 

Patricia Fraser
Patricia Fraser
Artistic Director
Megan Navarro and her students
Megan Navarro and her students 
2010 School graduate Megan Navarro has a passion to teach the joy and love of dance to children. She has recently established her own dance school, PowerHouse Studios in Bridgetown. 

Dance historian and a long-time School supporter Carol Bishop-Gwyn had a chance to travel to Barbados to catch up with Megan. The result of this reunion is this feature on Megan and her studio: "[Megan] finds her greatest satisfaction in introducing a love of dance to younger children. Her purpose is to provide a stress-free, fun environment."

Read full article here.
Dance Camp
© Emma Kerson
July is always busy here at the School, and this year was no exception! We started off with our two-week Summer Intensive, welcoming a group of enthusiastic dancers from across Canada, Mexico, and the US.

Dance Camp for kids was next – a week-long adventure filled with dance, music, games, laughter, and creativity!

Our Teen Intensive brought together a diverse group of dancers from 13 to 16 from across Canada for a week of intensive training in technique and repertory. 

Check out #summerdance photos and testimonials.
one for five
© Francesca Chudnoff
one for five, this year's winner of the Winchester Prize, will be performed at SummerWorks Performance Festival from August 17-19 - check it out!

Choreographed by our 2018 graduate Kristen-Innes Stambolic and performed by the School's students and graduates Jordan Alleyne, Olivia Arcangeli, Yiming Cai, Tyra Temple-Smith, and Claire Whitaker, this new piece investigates the relationship between time/space and the moving body.

We hope you can show your support for this work and these young artists by attending one of the performances! Get your tickets here
© Timothy Yeung
One month until the fall term of our Young Dancers' Program - classes start September 15!

YDP is a unique, non-competitive  creative movement and dance program for children and young people from 3 to 17. Dance and creative movement have infinite benefits for young people - from confidence and body awareness, to socialization, teamwork, creativity, and the ability to think outside the box.

Sign up your young'uns for this fun program - they will look forward to their Saturday dance class all week! Get in touch today to register or find out more.
Tuesday Danceday
© Cylla von Tiedemann
Make your Tuesday a designated dance day!  We welcome adults of all ages and dance levels to our recreational dance programs.

Looking to learn the basics of contemporary dance vocabulary while having lots of fun? Fundamentals of Dance I & II with Megan Nadain are great for beginners and those looking to jump past the novice level. Sign up for a 12-week Fundies course here.

Hope to channel your inner Martha Graham and get a good workout? Contemporary technique classes with Wendy Chiles are just for that - no registration necessary.

Come dance with us this fall!

Any questions or feedback? Please contact:
Lilya Sultanova | Communications & Outreach Manager | 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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