WEEKLY SCHEDULE - Fall 2020 2020-21 Call for Bursary Applications


Welcome to the Current Students Hub!

In these pages you can find information on being a student at the School, dates for your day planner, useful documents, student news, and more! The weekly schedule will be posted here, along with details about upcoming workshops, auditions, or other events. Remember, stay connected with us, and follow us @schooloftdt on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

If you have any feedback or suggestions on the content of the student hub pages, please speak to one of us in the office or send Colin an email!


NOVEMBER 19 – 28, 2020
acts of faith https://www.factorytheatre.ca/shows/acts-of-faith/

acts of faith tells a story about the power of faith, the inescapable persistence of our online identities, and the nature of truth in a digital age. ADMISSION IS FREE OR CHARGE, however, you will have to register in advance on our website to secure a spot for your preferred performance.

Native Earth Performing Arts:
Weesageechak 33 – Annual Development Festival of Indigenous Work

Join the 33rd annual development festival of new Indigenous work, featuring contemporary theatre, dance, and multi-disciplinary creations!

All presentations are free, online, and available from their premiere date through December 6th, 2020.

NOVEMBER 27, 2020 | 7pm
Citadel LIVE:
Syreeta Hector’s Black Ballerina

Based on Syreeta Hector’s relationship to race, and her experiences in classical ballet, Black Ballerina is a powerful exploration of the nuances within one’s identity, and the unconscious ways that we all try to fit in. Performed by Hector, Black Ballerina brings an unbridled energy to the inaugural show of Citadel LIVE.

Free Livestream :November 27, 2020 at 7pm EST. Limited time replay available until November 28 at midnight

Choreographer and Performer: Syreeta Hector. Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Citadel LIVE.

DECEMBER 2 – 8, 2020
Ce que le jour doit à la nuit

A fascinating show whose power, virtuosity and sensuality will captivate you and carry you far, far away …

In a highly acrobatic choreography, 12 breathtakingly talented Algerian and Burkinabe dancers soar, jump, fly and spin to sacred music from East and West.

The late discovery of his roots led French choreographer Hervé Koubi to the source of his own story: to Algeria, the country of his ancestors. Drawing inspiration from Ce que le jour doit à la nuit, a novel by Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra, Koubi communicates to his dancers, his “long-lost brothers,” that magical moment when what we know abstractly takes physical form.

As the dancers interweave movements drawn from hip hop, capoeïra, and African and contemporary dance to a soundtrack featuring oud player Hamza El Din, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and Sufi music, a unique world emerges where East and West are one.

DECEMBER 2 – 31, 2020
“Ailey Forward” Virtual Season https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/virtual-winter-season

This December, enjoy Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first-ever online season.

In the words of Artistic Director Robert Battle, “this season we look forward to joining with you on a journey of reinvention and reimagination that takes Ailey’s artistry to new heights with excellence, beauty, strength, hope, and love.” Celebrating six decades of Revelations, the season will elevate Ailey’s legacy of innovation and excellence with premieres, reinvented classics, interactive workshops, and a series of artist conversations.

All events will be free to enjoy here on this website or on YouTube and Facebook, with no registration required.

Season features include:

  • A celebration of the 60th anniversary of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations including “Revelations Reimagined” during our Opening Night Virtual Benefit on December 2.
  • A farewell performance honoring longtime Company members Glenn Allen Sims and Linda Celeste Sims, featuring a newly-filmed excerpt from Billy Wilson’s The Winter in Lisbon.
  • The world premiere of A Jam Session for Troubling Times by Company member and Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts.
  • The world premiere of Testament by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Rushing, Company member and Assistant to the Rehearsal Director Clifton Brown, and former Company member Yusha-Marie Sorzano.
  • “Decades of Revelations“, with excerpts captured over the last 60 years on film and video. Many of these highlights have been unseen by the public for decades.
DECEMBER 4, 2020 – JANUARY 2, 2021  
The Nutcracker on Screen https://national.ballet.ca/Productions/The-Nutcracker

This holiday season, Canadians across the country will be able to enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker. In partnership with Cineplex, a special presentation of the beloved classic, previously captured live at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, will be available to stream from the comfort and safety of your home on the Cineplex Store from December 4, 2020.

This spectacular production will also be shown at select Cineplex theatres across Canada in jurisdictions not affected by the current lockdown.

This performance of The Nutcracker features Principal Dancers Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Peter/The Nutcracker and was captured live at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2008.


Help us jump into Monday by bidding in our VIRTUAL SILENT AUCTION! 🎉☀️ The auction closes tomorrow at midnight, and we are inching closer to our goal of $2,500. Help us get there by bidding on great items like a fabulous Opera Lovers Package, dance classes and more!⁣⁣⁣

➡️ www.32auctions.com/STDTAuction⁣⁣⁣
All proceeds from the auction will directly support student success through the bolstering of our Bursary and Scholarships program.⁣⁣⁣
✅ Join us tomorrow as well for a national day of philanthropy and giving with #GivingTuesday⁣⁣⁣
📸: ‘Mighty Real’; Darryl Tracy. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann #schooloftdt #contemporarydance #dancetraining #danceschool #dancestudents #torontodance #yearendgiving #virtualauction #silentauction #scholarships #bursaries #studentsuccess #strongertogether
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Although we are working and training virtually, and the building remains closed, we’ve got lots happening at the School!⁣⁣
‘Pointe’, Click and Give with our VIRTUAL SILENT AUCTION, as part of our year-end fundraising campaign! Swipe left and bid on great items like our Opera Lovers Package, which includes vouchers for performances at the Canadian Opera Company and with Opera Atelier.⁣⁣ We’ve also got an exciting Museum and Gallery Lovers Package which includes vouchers to the AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario, Aga Khan Museum, and the Gardiner Museum.⁣

This and more at the following link: www.32auctions.com/STDTAuction⁣⁣
The auction closes on December 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Additionally, donations received through to December 31 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 by our generous philanthropy partner The Del Degan Family. All donations will directly support student success through the bolstering of our Bursary and Scholarship Program.⁣⁣
Get your holiday gift shopping done early and support the School – it is the gift that keeps on giving 💕⭐️⁣⁣
📸 : Rhonda Mavro Photography #schooloftdt #contemporarydance #dancetraining #danceschool #dancestudents #torontodance #yearendgiving #virtualauction #silentauction #scholarships #bursaries #studentsuccess
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Patricia Beatty (1936-2020)⁣

We are sad to announce the passing on November 20, 2020 of Patricia Beatty, one of the founders of the School, and Toronto Dance Theatre. Trish, as she liked to be called, was one of Canada’s most esteemed dance artists. She taught and inspired generations of dancers and young choreographers throughout her 40 year career.⁣

Trish leaves a lasting gift of powerful and expressive choreography, most recently exemplified by her beautiful solo High Heart. And, as noted at the Dance Collection Danse induction ceremony into the Dance Hall of Fame: “The work that David, Peter, and Trish began when they founded the company and School has nurtured and inspired hundreds – probably thousands – of artists, many of whom they have not even met…. Their work has left and is still leaving a magnificent legacy in the world of dance.”⁣

Link in bio to read our full announcement⁣

Here is an excerpt of a poem by Trish, which she sent to Patricia Fraser many years ago:⁣

to be barefoot carries no shame⁣
‘tis to be softly connected⁣
to the Earth and all Her wisdom⁣
we modern dancers walk⁣
our own dangerous path⁣
we prepare and prepare⁣
to be in touch with power⁣
reaching out to hungry audiences⁣
eager for affirmation⁣
We dedicate ourselves to beauty⁣
to the everlasting transmission⁣
an extraordinary life indeed.⁣

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We just released our November 2020 Newsletter: : hosted.verticalresponse.com/721995/429d972143/286642879/7b9b892dc0/

Read on for a spotlight on Dora award winner and Guest Choreographer Hanna Kiel, student profiles on 2020 Kathryn Ash Scholarship co-winners Kurumi Yoshimoto and Yael Zifroni, and learn more about some year-end giving opportunities, like our VIRTUAL SILENT AUCTION 🎉⁣

Our year-end fundraising campaign is now LIVE! We know that 2020 has been a difficult year for many, so we have created several meaningful ways to give, because every dollar counts.⁣

Get your holiday gift shopping done early and support the School – it is the gift that keeps on giving! The auction features many lovely packages and experiences donated by our valued community and arts partners. The auction is now open and will close on December 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. ⁣

Click here and start your bidding now: www.32auctions.com/STDTAuction

#schooloftdt #contemporarydance #dancetraining #danceschool #dancestudents #torontodance #fundraising #yearendgiving #silentauction #studentsuccess
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Some morning percussion to start the day, courtesy of our stellar accompanists @stichwynston and @menegonmichael 👏🎵

It’s so great having students again in the building! Classes are in full swing, with students working in a hybrid model (a mixture of live and virtual classes). Learn more about our Professional Training Program through the link in our bio...

#schooloftdt #contemporarydance #dancetraining #danceschool #dancestudents #marthagraham #percussion #morningmotivation
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“There are more opportunities and different ways to live out your dance dreams than you might originally think. Choose something and start there – the path will reveal itself as you go.” ⭐️💕

Some wise words for emerging dancers from our Admissions and Records Manager Andrea Roberts on finding a dance program. Link in bio for the interview with @dansebloom. Thanks Erin and team at Danse Bloom!

📸: Dahlia Katz

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Although our theatre and studios remain empty, we are delighted to be working virtually with our amazing students once again ⭐️💕⁣

Our first week of classes with our second and third year students is off to a great start! Additionally, as part of our commitment to education, and recognizing our responsibility in eliminating systemic barriers within the School and the dance community, we started the term with a training session on Respectful Workplaces, Human Rights, and Non-Harrassment/Discrimination hosted by Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO). Students, faculty, and staff were all in attendance, and we look forward to our continued work with CPAMO in January.⁣

As conversations continue and we move ahead through the year, we continue working to improve our efforts to be allies, and to promote a fair and inclusive community in which to work, study, and live.⁣

Join our mailing list today for news, updates, newsletters, and more: schooloftdt.org/mailing-list/

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Welcome back to our students, who began their registration virtually today! 💕 ⭐️ We are so looking forward to starting classes online on Monday, October 19, 2020.

A reminder that the School is currently on a work/study-from-home protocol until November 6. We will phase everyone back to school for in-studio training starting November 9, if we are permitted to do so after the 28-day protocol.

For current updates and more information surrounding the 2020 Fall term: schooloftdt.org/updates-regarding-fall-2020/

📸: Cabbagetown BIA #schooloftdt #contemporarydance #torontodance #cabbagetown #dancestudents #dancetraining #danceschool
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