Commissions & Creative Partnerships

Shameka Blake & Riley Sims: Recipients of this year's Dance Ontario Creative Partnerships

Dance Ontario’s Selection Committee (Jesse Dell, Lola Ryan, Jennifer Watkins, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Tina Nicolaidis) is delighted to announce that choreographers Shameka Blake and Riley Sims (Social Growl Dance) have been chosen for the 2017 Creative Partnerships Program. These unique artists will bring two exciting world premieres to the Fleck Dance Theatre stage as part of Dance Ontario DanceWeekend 2018.


Shameka Blake, a graduate of George Brown College, will create Child Soldier,a work set in a small remote village in Kenya, where a guerilla unit violently kidnaps a child, destroying his home and killing his family. As he is groomed for the life of a child soldier, he resists conforming to this foreign culture of brutality. Utlimately his fight is in vain and he joins the ranks as yet another child soldier. 
In collaboraion with krump choreographer and dancer Amadeus "Primal" Marquez, award winning dancer/choreographer Shameka will bring an urban take to a serious political issue.




Riley Sims of Social Growl Dance will present Old New Borrowd Blue, a visceral, eccentric, animalistic and emotionally stirring contemporary dance piece, performed by four female dancers: Clarke Blair, Wing Sheung Chan, Ana Groppler and Jolyane Langlois. A graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and recipient of SummerWorks' Risk and Innovation Award, Riley is Dance Matters' Residency and Commission Artist of 2016-17.





To date choreographers commissioned include Nenagh Leigh, Meagan O'Shea, Terrill Maguire, Lucy Rupert, Vivine Scarlett,Jenn Goodwin, Sasha Ivanochko, Marlee Cargill, Malgorzata Nowacka, Nova Bhattacharya & Louis Laberge-Côté,Sashar Zarif & Holly Small, William Yong, Lacey Smith, Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya, Jessica Westermann, Lucy Rupert & Barbara Pallamino, Pamela Rasbach, Robert Stephen, Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya, Apolonia Velasquez & Ofilio Portillo, Benjamin Landsberg, Jasmyn Fyffe, Keiko Kitano, Malgorzata Nowacka with James Croker & Jack Langenhuizen, Natasha Powell, Courtnae Bowman, Hanna Kiel, Louis Laberge Cote, Jacob Niedszwiecki, Alyssa Martin and Ryan Lee.

...creativity that excites!

Call for Submissions: 2018-19 Creative Partnerships Program
Dance Ontario's Creative Partnership Program will provide $2,000 in production/creation support to each of two choreographers for NEW work to be premiered at DanceWeekend'19 next January. Choreographers whose membership is current at the time of submission are eligible to apply. All forms of dance will be considered and two works each approximately 15 minutes in length will be selected. The Association's Selection Committee looks for applications that :
- demonstrate excellence and professional integrity;
- bridge diverse forms and/or disciplines;
- take creative risks;
- connect with and are relevant to a broad-based audience;
- enhance the artist's repertoire.
Please submit a description of the proposed new work electronically together with a C.V.s for yourself and your collaborators, creation
budget and links to youtube or vimeo of past or relevant work to:
The Dance Ontario Selection Committee c/o

Deadline: May 15, 2018