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Travis Knights Wants His Own Table

In the midst of a social reckoning in Canada, tap dancer Travis Knights challenges audiences to ask themselves, “Who are we to each other?” By Catherine Abes

In the midst of a social reckoning in Canada, tap dancer Travis Knights challenges audiences to ask themselves, “Who are we to each other?”

 

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A directory of training program auditions in Canada and the United States in 2022.

 

Burlesque Gone Digital

Does burlesque become digital sex work on OnlyFans? A conversation made more relevant since the platform just tried banning sexually explicit content By Emily Latimer

Does burlesque become digital sex work on OnlyFans? A conversation made more relevant since the platform just tried banning sexually explicit content.

 

The Road Out

Since July 2019, a record number of people have left Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. With COVID-19 driving out more, do major cities need to play a role in a successful dance career? By Candice Irwin

For someone who has always identified as a “city girl,” Irwin never thought she’d be planting roots in a small community. However, within the first weeks of moving, she writes that she notice her creative drive returning.

 

I Am Pride

Five dance artists from Canada’s vast Queer communities By Catherine Abes, Abeer Khan, KC Hoard, Max Gao, Dhriti Gupta

Curated by Ralph Escamillan, these five profiles demonstrate some of the immensity and variety of Canada’s many Queer communities.

 

The Definition of Sexy

Ruthe Ordare empowers Indigenous women to reclaim their sexuality through burlesque By Robyn Grant-Moran

Ruthe Ordare demonstrates how burlesque can help cultivate strong, healthy communities and rematriate the sexuality of Indigenous women.

 

Writing With a Sharp Pencil

On top of fraught politics, dance critics have to figure out how to fit into the fold during -- and after -- the pandemic By Grace Wells-Smith

As a part of our series Dance Criticism: Perceptions, challenges and the future, Grace Wells-Smith speaks to four Canadian dance critics about how dance criticism fits into the current fold.

 

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A directory of Canadian and U.S. dance programs scheduled to take place in Summer 2021.

A directory of Canadian and U.S. dance programs scheduled to take place in Summer 2021.

 

Dovercourt House To Close After 21 Years as Toronto’s Dance Hub

The lease has changed hands, leaving uncertainty in both social and professional dance communities By Emily Latimer

The three dance production companies housed at Dovercourt House at 805 Dovercourt Rd. released a statement in March 2021 that the dance hub has been forced to close after more than 20 years. They call the closure “the city’s latest cultural casualty.”

 

Clicking Refresh

Can COVID-19 emergency granting measures make the funding game more equitable? By Kallee Lins

Kallee Lins speaks with three professionals from very different organizations about what they think the legacy of COVID-19 will be on the relationship between funders and those they support and whether they think these positive shifts in granting practices will continue long-term.

Mensah / Photo by E. S Cheah Photography
 

When Love is the Driving Force of Revolution Part II

A Q & A with Esie Mensah, choreographer of A Revolution of Love By Joy Henderson

Filmed at Toronto’s Fort York in partnership with Soulpepper Theatre, A Revolution of Love tells the story of a young Black woman considering her ancestral history and the current violence wrought upon her community. In Part II, Mensah talks about how colonialism has disconnected dance and spirituality.

Still from A Revolution of Love / Photo courtesy of Mensah
 

When Love is the Driving Force of Revolution Part I

A Q & A with Esie Mensah, choreographer of A Revolution of Love By Joy Henderson

Filmed at Toronto’s Fort York in partnership with Soulpepper Theatre, A Revolution of Love tells the story of a young Black woman considering her ancestral history and the current violence wrought upon her community. In Part I, Mensah talks about including a spiritual advisor in the process, how not to colonize a space and how life can unknowingly seep into art.

 

On the Brink

Can collective action save Dancemakers, one of Canada’s most influential contemporary dance companies? By Dylan Schoenmakers

Dancemakers is one of the oldest dance organizations in Toronto, and the losses associated with its closure are so great that they inspired collective action from many unwilling to accept them as inevitable.

 

Nerves And Thrills: A Q & A with Crystal Pite

Pite’s work Body and Soul will stream next week, just for audiences in Canada By Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current speaks with Pite about Body and Soul, watching dance meant for the stage on a screen and the “slight sense of terror” that comes with choreographing. Body and Soul will stream for Canadians from Feb. 17 through 23.

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