The School of Toronto Dance Theatre

We have had a full and exciting summer so far. In June, our new program We Dance ran its second series of classes for youth and adults with mixed abilities, and the enrolment for these popular classes keeps climbing. In this issue, we profile Sean Rowley, one of the lively and committed participants in this program. 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. Read on to learn more about all our summer dance activities here at the School.

As we approach the fall, we are gearing up for our 50th anniversary festivities, and beginning in September, we will celebrate one of our many stellar graduates every week. Keep your eyes on our social media to discover some of the many talented individuals who have studied with us over the past 50 years!

In this issue, we are delighted to recognize and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Andrea Roberts’ working at the School. Her commitment and dedication have been a rock-solid anchor for the School, and she has guided and assisted thousands of eager young dancers on their paths into the dance world. Read on to learn more about the multitude of activities that has filled the years since she graduated from our PTP.

Also in this newsletter, we are pleased to acknowledge some of our many gifted alumni for their recent accomplishments and offer them our heartiest congratulations! 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
Andrea Roberts
Andrea Roberts © Dahlia Katz
Congratulations to Andrea Roberts on her twentieth anniversary of working at the School! From Patricia Fraser: "Andrea has a fine mind, a prodigious memory, and an astute understanding of all aspects of the workings of the School... She’s a model of life-long learning, pursuing her Masters’ degree while working full-time at the School, and continuing to take courses in an eclectic array of subjects from dance and theatre to management and leadership to IT and business organization. As a rehearsal director, she has a keen eye and a perceptive mind, guiding dancers to new levels of understanding and interpretation.” 

Read Andrea's story in full.
Sean Rowley by Jae Yang
Sean Rowley © Jae Yang
Meet Sean Rowley! Sean has been assisting in our Saturday Creative Movement Made for Me classes for the past year; he also took part in our inaugural We Dance program, which took place at NBS last spring, and again in the second series this past June. Sean is a delightful young man, with an infectious optimism and a warm smile. He radiates his enjoyment of all the exercises and movement tasks set in dance classes, and he clearly delights in interacting with his fellow classmates and teachers: “It's so much fun – to exercise with the music. I love to learn, and I like being with other people."
Read Sean's story in full
Summer Intensive ParticipantsSummer Intensive technique class © Jake Ramos   SUMMER DANCE AT THE SCHOOL
July was a jam-packed month of dance here at the School. We started off with our two-week Summer Intensive, welcoming a group of enthusiastic dancers from the Barbados, Chile, Colombia, and different corners of Canada.
Summer Dance Camp for kids was next – a week-long adventure filled with dance, games, laughter, and creativity!
Our Teen Intensive brought together a diverse group of dancers ages 13 to 16 from across Canada (and from as far away as Russia!) for a week of intensive training in technique and repertory.
Have a look at some fun photos and memories from this July on our website
Heidi Strauss
Heidi Strauss at the Doras © John Lauener
Our graduates continue on various career and life paths once they leave the School. We are inspired by their stories and the bold, boundary-pushing work they are making and we've had multiple reasons to be proud of them this summer. 
We are delighted to congratulate our alumni winners at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards this year - Michael Caldwell,  Jennifer Dallas, Heidi Strauss, and Naishi Wang
We are so excited to see our graduates Alana Elmer and Jarrett Siddall in Latched and Molly Johnson in Shadow Nettes in the TIFF's Short Cuts program this year - congratulations!
Check our Facebook for more #gradflash stories.  
YDP participants © Jae Yang
It's back to school time for our Young Dancers' Program - fall term starts September 9!
YDP is a unique, non-competitive program that teaches creative movement and contemporary dance to children and young people from 3 to 17. There are infinite benefits of creative movement for kids and youth - from socialization and confidence to body awareness and teamwork. Through dance, children explore non-verbal communication, learn creativity and the ability to think outside the box.
It's not too late to sign up your young'uns for this fun Saturday program - a few classes still have spots available!
Get in touch to learn more and register
Adult Recreational Classes
Boris Vdovine © Andréa de Keijzer
All grown up and still want to dance? 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.
Hoping to channel your inner Martha Graham and get a good workout? Contemporary technique classes with Wendy Chiles are just for that - no registration necessary.
Find out more about our recreational programs and dance with us this fall!

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