Two-week Summer Intensive participants

July was a jam-packed month of dance here at the School.

We started off with our two-week Summer Intensive, welcoming a group of enthusiastic dancers from the Barbados, Chile, Colombia, and different corners of Canada. Every day for two weeks they trained in ballet, contemporary, Graham, and Horton techniques, got to test the waters of improvisation, learned about injury prevention, attended a special workshop, tried their hands at collective creation, learned challenging repertory, and performed on our mainstage in front of a full house of family and friends.

On the last day of the program, we caught up with four summer intensive students to get their thoughts on the program:

Sebastian Issighos, 17, from Vancouver, BC

I found out about the summer intensive at the School of TDT from my mom who is a dance teacher – we have family in Toronto so it was a great way to spend some time with them and get a leg up on my training. I am from the commercial and competition dance world so coming  to the School and learning modern styles, such as Horton and Graham, has been both very different and enjoyable. I would say that I liked the long hours of the program – being able to train, build up my endurance, and push myself every day was great.

Denver Scott, 16, from St. John’s, Newfoundland

I wish I could stay here for two more weeks and delve into the technique deeper! The faculty here at the School have such high expectations for us and that helps me push myself further and really grow as a dancer. I feel I’ve been able to get more precise with my movement in my time at the summer intensive.

Jeanne Lewis, 23, from Montreal, Quebec

I’ve mostly done studio dance, jazz, hip hop, ballet, some modern styles, both at a high school and post-secondary levels, before taking a year-long break from dance. Since I didn’t train for a whole year, I am really surprised how much stronger I got in only two weeks of the summer intensive here at the School. I feel I have a much better understanding of my body and the physical demand of dance now. I also loved learning a bit of the Graham technique!

Liam Woodvine, 17, from Barbados

At home I train a lot in ballet and jazz, and I’ve recently started training in modern techniques. The most impressive thing in the two weeks of the intensive was how professional and efficient everybody was – faculty and fellow students – everyone was willing to put their best foot forward and push the boundaries of what they could do.

Summer Dance Camp for kids was next – a week-long adventure filled with dance, games, laughter, and creativity! The kids got to explore their musical talents with our fantastic accompanist Robin Buckley (complete with a Mardi Gras-style drumming parade throughout the whole building), created their own percussion instruments, had many fun outings to the park, learned how to work, dance, and play in a group, and showcased their talents in a spectacular show for their families complete with handmade stage decorations and live music! Have a look at some fun photos from summer dance camp:

Our Teen Intensive brought together a diverse group of dancers ages 13 to 16 from across Canada (and even one from as far away as Russia!) for a week of intensive training in technique and repertory. Here are our teen dancers on the final day of the intensive with their African Dance workshop teacher (and the School graduate) Pulga Muchochoma.

Teen Intensive participants