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Backbone

Backbone (Red Sky)
 

Contemporary indigenous dance and raw athleticism come together to express power, formation and spirit in Backbone by Red Sky Performance’s Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde.

Review

A Mix of Light and Shadows

Dance rarely draws big crowds, and when it does, people don’t usually sprint and scramble for front-row seats. But such was the case at the opening of the twenty-first annual Dusk Dances, where 600 people – and many fine dogs – rushed back and forth across Withrow Park in Toronto’s east end to catch the best possible view of all five performances in this year’s program. By Mark Mann

Column

TDC on the Ground

The Dance Current team is on the ground taking in this unique thirty-five-day arts and culture festival for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto. By Lee Slinger, Brittany Duggan, Sarah Lochhead

Review

Dancing on the Edge 2015: Part 2

Dancing on the Edge (DOTE) has been a mainstay of the Vancouver dance scene for the past twenty-seven years, presenting outstanding work of professional artists from Vancouver and elsewhere while giving an equal platform to emerging artists. For many, their premiere at DOTE is often in collaboration with established professionals that may lead to return appearances in subsequent years. The opportunity to witness an individual artist’s progression over multiple performances, year over year, is another rewarding quality of this festival. By Pia Lo

Feature

SummerWorks Performance Festival Turns Twenty-Five and Formally Invites Dance Out

Since the winter of 2014, Toronto-based dance artist Amelia Ehrhardt has been exponentially developing her curatorial profile through the umbrella of Flowchart, a self-founded, small-scale multidisciplinary performance series. Garnering recognition for the quality of her work, Ehrhardt is now SummerWorks’ first dance curator, right in time for the performance festival’s twenty-fifth anniversary. By Marie France Forcier

Contest

Dance Studies Collection

Get studying for the upcoming school year. Enter to win a Dance Studies Collection from our friends at Dance Collection Danse. Perfect for anyone who teaches, studies or is simply interested in Canadian Dance, this bundle includes their three most popular resources.

Feature

Emerging with Resilience

Emerging dancers, like their peers in other arts sectors, require determination, ingenuity and discipline. Graduates today seem better equipped to deal with the realities of a career in dance, but they require a strong professional network and community in order to persist. Easing the transition has become a goal for a number of service organizations, while grassroots initiatives and collectives provide spaces of creation and exploration, as well as mentorship opportunities, that keep them dancing. By Kate Morris

Video

2015/2016 Season Picks

Betroffenheit Trailer
 

Summer is the season of outdoor festivals and a time spent close to nature’s elements, but it is also a time for thinking ahead and planning for the fall. At The Dance Current we’re already looking forward to the autumn and thought you might like a glance at what’s coming up across the country.

News

Breakdancing at its Best

On July 23, youth and professional dancers competed in the Bboy/Bgirl and All Styles Dance Battles as part of UNITY Festival 2015.

Column

What's In Your Dancebag?

Lucy Rupert is a dancer/choreographer in Toronto. As a metaphor, her dancebag is a test to her busy life: if the bag is too full it likely has things she doesn’t need or possibly her schedule is just too out of control. See what staples she’s sure to always have with her.

News

Circus Stories Residency

An unusual initiative for cultural journalists just wrapped its second edition in Montréal. Circus Stories, Le cirque vu par … is modelled on a European residency called Unpack the Arts and is designed to offer arts journalists an immersive crash course in circus culture.

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#CanadaDances - International Dance Day 2015 Photo/Video contest

Dancers across Canada posted their photos and videos on social media for International Dance Day on April 29.

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