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World of Dance Workshop Series

Participate in our World of Dance Series!

Participants of the World of Dance Workshop Series have the chance to experience new and different forms of dance as they explore a variety of cultural dance forms. This will enrich their understanding of dance as a study of movement that has been deeply affected by geographical, political, and historical influence.

2022-2023 WORKSHOPS​

  • Dances from the Balkans

  • Chinese Classical Dance

  • Indigenous Fancy Shawl

  • Bharatanatyam

Participants must be 18+ and have had previous dance/movement experience. 

Explore our different classes and register below!

DANCES FROM THE BALKANS WITH NAGISA INOUE

In this course we will explore the dances from Balkan countries. Balkan countries have similar dance forms, yet each country has a unique style. The course will cover Bulgarian dances with complicated rhythms, Greek dances with an elegance and interesting rhythms, Croatian dances with a shaking movement style and Macedonian dances with a simple walking style.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Nagisa Inoue is a graduate of BFA/Diploma joint program York University and Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and holds MA from York University. She has been teaching National/Character Dance and Ballet in both the Teacher Training Program and Associate Program. Nagisa also studied Benesh Movement Notation and worked as an assistant dance notator at the National Ballet of Canada.

DATES:

Wednesday, November 9
Wednesday, November 16
Wednesday, November 23
Wednesday, November 30
Wednesday, December 7

TIME: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

COST: $100

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CHINESE CLASSICAL DANCE WITH TIA LU

Chinese Classical Dance is one of many dance forms in Asian culture. Inspired by thousands of years of history, Chinese art researchers and dance professors created the unique style based on three main disciplines; body rhyme, articulation, technique. Shapes, lines and movements seen in classical dance are traditionally inspired by cave drawings from Dunhuang, sacred and secular antique sculptures, Chinese Wushu forms, and traditional Peking Opera. To this day, Chinese Classical is preserved as a strict form of technical dance training, yet has also evolved alongside modern art, allowing dancers to explore new heights of expression and creativity.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Miss Lu began dancing at the age of three and has been in love with it ever since. She is professionally trained in various genres including Ballet, Chinese Classical and Ethnic, Jazz, Modern Contemporary, Hip Hop and Latin Dance. She has performed and choreographed professionally for over 15 years, with repertoire work showcased in media, live stage productions, and theatrical performances. She currently is the Artistic Director of Norman Dance Company, sharing her passion for dance and her knowledge of Chinese Arts & Culture with students of all ages. As a former graduate from the Ryerson University’s Performance Production program, Tia also works independently in Production Stage Management and Costume Design to enhance her artistic career.

DATES:

Monday, January 16
Monday, January 23
Monday, January 30
Monday, February 6
Monday, February 13

TIMES: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

COST: $100

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BHARATANATYAM WITH NEENA JAYARAJAN

Neena Jayarajan will be teaching an introductory workshop on the basics of Bharatanatyam. This south Indian classical art form is known for its complex rhythms, and its intricate use of footwork, hands, face, and eyes to convey simple to complex stories. This course will explore using the body as a tool to hold rhythm while also conveying emotions through techniques of Abhinaya!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Neena Jayarajan is an independent dance theatre artist with extensive experience in Bharatanatyam and Odissi dance techniques. Her primary training was under the tutelage of Dr. Menaka Thakkar, and Sujatha Mohapatra. She served as the Assistant Artistic Director of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company for 7 years, as well as assistant teacher at Nrtyakala for 20 years. She currently is an Associate Artist at Nova Dance involved in both creative and organizational roles. Neena completed her MA in Dance from York University and was a 2016 recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship Grant. She made her theatrical debut in Theatre Smith’s Gilmour's Metamorphosis. Neena currently sits on the board of CADA west and The Dance Current Magazine and is currently on her own choreographic journey of exploration using her classical roots to fuel a contemporary outlook.


DATES:

Wednesday, April 19
Wednesday, April 26
Wednesday, May 3
Wednesday, May 10
Wednesday, May 17

TIMES: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

COST: $100

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INDIGENOUS FANCY SHAWL

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