Newsletter - November 2015

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November 2015, Newsletter

From our Artistic Director:

As we watch the seasons change, we have the pleasure of witnessing our new first year dancers finding their way into new movement challenges. They come to us from far and wide – across Canada, and from Brazil, China, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom – and they were welcomed in with an orientation week organized for them by our energetic third year dancers. Since last summer, our graduates have been appearing on stages all over, including The PanAm/Parapan Games opening ceremonies, Gadfly’s fall season, Sharon Moore’s The Thirst for Love and Water, The dance: made in canada/fait au Canada festival, Tribal Crackling Wind’s Woven, ProArteDanza’s fall season, Ritmo Flamenco’s Bird Bee Bat Attack, Toronto Heritage Dance, TDT in Fall For Dance North, and TDT’s Echo.

Our third year dancers have recently finished an inspiring two week residency with Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Staff members Andrea and Vicky have been busy visiting high schools to get the word out about the School, as we approach next year's auditions, and I had the pleasure of speaking on a lively and fascinating panel on Arts Education at the recent annual conference of the Canadian Dance Assembly. All in all, a very full and active schedule!

We are delighted to profile below our talented third-year student Emily Spearing, and our very accomplished graduate, Brian Solomon, who we caught up with leading up to a performance as part of the Native Earth festival Weesageechak Begins to Dance, on November 18th.

I hope you enjoy reading about these gifted individuals, and look forward to seeing you at IMPULSE 2015.


Patricia Fraser

Patricia Fraser
Artistic Director


November profiles:

Brian Solomon Emily Spearing
Brian Solomon (2005) Emily Spearing (2016)

  Tickets now on sale for IMPULSE:
We are in full swing preparing for our upcoming winter production, IMPULSE 2015. You can expect to see an ambitious collection of exciting new works as well as renowned remounts. 

The ensemble features works by: 

Marc Boivin
Danny Grossman
Louis Laberge-Côté
Julia Sasso
Apolonia Velasquez 

Nov 26-28 & Dec 3-5, 2015, 8pm  

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From dancing to Dickens:  
Congratulations to our 2000 graduate, Emily St. John Mandel (formerly Fairbanks), who recently won the 2015 Toronto Book Award for her novel Station Eleven. We caught up with Emily following this exciting news to hear more about her journey after graduation.
"I've been traveling a great deal over the past year on various book tours, and I get a lot of questions from audiences about my previous life as a dancer. It's a somewhat exotic background for a novelist—I am surrounded by colleagues with English Lit degrees and/or MFAs in fiction—but I think my training as a dancer was entirely relevant to my current life as a writer. The discipline that it takes to be a dancer isn't dissimilar to the discipline that it takes to sit down and write a novel, and so I think of my years as a dancer as helpful mental training for what I do now. 
As for the transition from one to the other, I'd been writing since childhood just as a hobby, purely for my own enjoyment, and then there was a moment in my early twenties when I began to write in a more serious way. I haven't taken a dance class in a long time, but some compositional instinct seems to remain: I still sometimes find myself choreographing dance pieces in my head."

Congratulations again, Emily! 

Buy the book here
Emily St John Mandel

Station Eleven

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Insta-Graham Graham, the church mouse, arrived at the School back in October and has since become our very own social media star!

Each week we play "Graham or Graham?" following what our little mouse Graham gets up to in the building, and a peek into our Graham technique classes.

All three years of our Professional Training Program train in Graham, a technique and modern dance style developed by Martha Graham.

Follow Graham's adventures today!

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