Dance Ontario DanceWeekend





Our flagship event, DanceWeekend’21 is just around the corner! Join us from April 29th-May 2nd for Dance Ontario's first ever virtual weekend of dance films, interactive workshops, and more!

DanceWeekend’21 will kick off on April 29th with International Dance Day celebrations followed by four action-packed days that will showcase a uniquely captivating feast of globally inspired dance. Tune in on Friday for a dance film series featuring exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and choreographers. On Saturday we’ll present additional films, new choreography, awards and end the day with a DJ Dance party! We’ll close off the weekend on Sunday with captivating workshops to get you moving!

for viewings and workshops
and #ComeDanceWithUs




Sunday, May 2, 2021
10:30 am - 7:00 pm

DanceWeekend Workshop Series

Kids Dance Party with Julie McLachlan
11:15 Hip Hop Choreography with Shameka Blake
12:00 pm Kathak with Bageshree Vaze
1:00 pm  Afro-Brazilian Newton Moraes
2:00 pm RAQS SHARQI - Middle Eastern Dance Introduction with Yasmina Ramzy
3:00 pm Flamenco with Carmen Romero
4:00 pm< Rhythm & Groove with Rodney Diverlus
5:00 pm Vogue with Matthew Cuff
6:00 pm Salsa with Jose Carret - in partnership with the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival

Read full workshop descriptions

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

1pm International Dance Day Message for Ontario
From Ontario Ambassador Natasha Powell
Playing all day

1:15 pm Dance Across Ontario
Meet some of our incredible members and get a glimpse into their work and practice
Playing all day

2pm Family Friendly Dist - Dance Party
with Alan Faigal in partnership with Culture Shock Canada
Calling all movers, groovers and shakers for an intergenerational party for International Dance Day. Come together and kick off Dance ON's Virtual DanceWeekend 2021!

Join Alan (Dance ON/Culture Shock Canada) for a cardio pop/funk family friendly dist-dance party! everyBODY is invited to dance along in a funky fusion inspired energizer and joyful session! Transform any room in your space into a commUNITY dist-dance floor!  Top 40, Old Skool, Funk, Bollywood…a mix of everything to get you moving and grooving!
A dance class is too serious...join the virtual party and Dance ON!

Friday, April 30, 2021
7:00-8:30 pm

7 pm DanceWeekend Dance Film Series #1
Featuring films by
Jennifer Robichaud/Jono Lawley ELD/LDP
Louis Laberge-Côté and Micheal Caldwell 
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company 
maximalbstudio & Melanie Old Dance Projects
Sheenah Ko/Brittney Canda

7:30 pm DanceWeekend Discussion: Moving on Film
with Jennifer Robichaud/Jono Lawley ELD/LDP, Cody Berry, Olya Glotka, Louis Laberge-Côté and Michael Caldwell

Saturday, May 1, 2021
2:00 - 6:00pm

2 pm Opening/Welcoming with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
in partnership with the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

2:15 pm DanceWeekend Dance Film Series #2
Featuring films by:
Avinoam Silverman Dance
Kylie Thompson Dance
Yasmina Ramzy Arts
Kaitlyn Seibold
Robyn Bedford
Michael Caldwell/The School of Toronto Dance Theatre

3:00 pm DanceON Pandemic Pivots
Original Digital Creations featuring:
Nostos Collectives
Little Pear Garden Dance Company
Vanguardia Dance Projects
Arte Flamenco
Aeris Körper

3:00 Ontario Trillium Foundation Recognition

3:45 pm Jacque Foesier Youth Award Presentation
Justine Coroza

4:00 pm Come Dance With Us Film Premiere
Choreography by Alysa Pires
Performances by the Dance Ontario Community

4:15 pm DanceWeekend Discussion: Dancing remotely
with Nostos Collective, Newton Moraes and Andrea Nann

5 pm DanceWeekend Digital Jam with DJ Andrew Tay
A virtual dance party to celebrate dance across Ontario! Twirl, stomp and shake from your bedroom, kitchen or wherever you may be! Wear something fun, choose a cool background, and show us your moves as you dance alongside 8 featured artists from different styles who will be animating the event. Featuring DJ Andrew Tay, newly appointed artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre, the Dance Weekend Digital Jam is imagined as a much needed opportunity for us to all be together and connect through movement in these distanced times. See you on the (Virtual) dance floor!

Register for the event to be seen and interact with other party goers on zoom, or watch the party live on the DanceWeekend site.

There is a recommended donation of $15 per person for unlimited access to DanceWeekend’21 performances and events.


What The Public Says About DanceWeekend:

"...awesome", "terrific!" - "best year yet!"

"Congratulations on a great event, and thank you for providing so much pleasure and inspiration over the years."

"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the fabulous weekend at Harbourfront. The selection was amazingly diverse and a great joy."

"I've looked forward to this for a long time and I am not disappointed - best event in dance!"

"Keep having this spectacular event please."

"Top calibre talent!"

"A truly enriching, unique, fun and educational experience"

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