Media Release - Dance Ontario DanceWeekend'19

Nov. 27, 2018



Contact: Amy Hampton


Toronto: November 27, 2018

DanceWeekend '19 from fierce physicality to ethereal elegance!

January 26-27, 2019 Admission $15 min donation per patron (FREE for children under 8 years of age)
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Info  416 204 1083 or 416 973 4000

Dance Ontario’s 26th edition of Dance Weekend features 25 professional dance companies, with over 350 dancers and musicians, with performances including Ballet, Bellydance, Flamenco, Contemporary, Bharatanatyam, Korean and Urban Dance.

PLUS commissioned world premieres from two of Toronto’s most exciting choreographic voices through Dance Ontario’s Creative Partnership program.

Makeda Estrella Benitez  will collaborate with Bahram Aghakhan and Persamenco, a Toronto-based Persian-derived musical ensemble for Dentro, taken from flamenco's inward turn of the hands, a gesture of welcoming and drawing in.  In this dance, they welcome each other's creative voices as fellow travelers and invite audiences to step inside the work to feel the power of duende, the flamenco spirit.

Together across decades to dance this earth, Decades Collective  spans generations with inspiration from global roots, taking diversity to another level through artists Sashar Zarif, Maxine Heppner, Mi Young Kim, Mafa Makhubalo, Jennifer Dallas, and Atri Nundry. The collective creation will imprint "land", "home", and "belonging" on Toronto audiences.  “Together across decades to dance this earth”

Scheduled to perform:
Saturday,  January 26, from 1pm – 7:30pmRitmo Flamenco, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Nostos Collectives, Mi Young  Kim Dance Company , Zata Omm Dance Projects, Makeda Benitez – commission, Decades Collective – commission, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Tiger Princess Dance Projects,  Arkan Dance Company , Kaeja d’Dance , Shavar Blackwood in partnership with dance Immersion, Peggy Baker Dance Projects , Canada’s Ballet Jörgen                  
Sunday, January 27, from 1pm – 7:30pm - Jade's Hip Hop Performance Co, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, ¡Arte Flamenco! Spanish Dance Company, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Makeda Benitez – commission , Decades Collective – commission, Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, Rock Bottom Movement, Larchaud  Dance Project, Arabesque/Yasmina Ramzy Arts, Tanveer Alam in partnership with New Blue Emerging Dance, Ryerson  Theatre School – Dance Program, Avinoam Silverman  Dance, Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company.

A weekend to intrigue, inspire and relish!

*programming and schedule subject to change without notice

Production Management by Janelle Rainville

Lighting Design by Arun Srinivasan


#danceweekend19 #danceTO

Twitter @dance_ontario

Facebook @dance.ontario

Instagram @danceontario


Sponsored by:

Front Row Insurance

Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education



15 Case Goods Lane, #304,

Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

T 416 204 1083  F 416 204 1085  e-mail: or