WEEKLY SCHEDULE - Winter 2021 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!


Ongoing (January – February 2021)
The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Master Classes 2021


Held January 23/24 and February 6/7, 2021
Program Recruitment Master Classes provide an introduction to The School experience and give the Program Directors an opportunity to observe applicants; they are not required for program consideration. To be considered for an onsite or online School program, submit an application. All early School program applicants will receive a free master class with their application if submitted by February 4.

Acclaimed dancers and choreographers, who are Pillow Alumni, are leading a series of inspirational Master Classes and will share their Pillow experiences with you. Program Directors and School Staff will greet dancers prior to the classes and observe. Master Classes are excellent opportunities to meet Pillow artists, alumni, and staff and learn; the atmosphere is warm, welcoming, and inspiring.

Expect to be coached in extending beyond your usual range of artistry and to explore your potential as an expressive, collaborative performer. Warm-ups will be fast-paced and abbreviated, in order to focus on choreography requiring the techniques, styles, and artistic expressivity of the specified program.

JANUARY 16, 2021 | 12pm
Open Level Graham Class with Lloyd Mayor

Join us for an invigorating, LIVE Open Level Class led by Graham Company dancer Lloyd Mayor! We will send a Zoom link to our $7 (and above) Patreon members the day before class.

Power and Passion: John Cranko’s Onegin, Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale, and John Neumeier’s Anna Karenina Power and Passion, the latest video in our Spotlight Series, is released today! Curated by Artistic Director Karen Kain, this 30-minute programme, filmed before the pandemic, celebrates some of ballet’s greatest dramas and includes excerpts from John Cranko’s OneginChristopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale and John Neumeier’s Anna Karenina. These three works combine beautiful choreography with stories of power and passion inspired by great works of literature.

Spotlight Series is a curated programme of commissioned dance films of new and existing work and short programmes featuring excerpts of ballets filmed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, presented as part of The National Ballet of Canada’s 2020/21 virtual season.

Volcano: Transformations Project
A new social media watch-list series called Artists in Their Residence.

The following short pieces were commissioned by Volcano for the Canada-wide Transformations project, hosted by the National Arts Centre. This project features work from some of the country’s most innovative artists in video, audio and text, commissioned by companies spanning the nation. Against a background of global upheaval, this project grew out of a desire among Canadian arts-workers to move towards a more equitable future. Specifically, the artworks are a response to a provocation by Canadian playwright David Yee (one of our commissioned artists), who asked everyone: “What would it take to transform our society for the betterment of all?”.

Menaka Thakkar Dance Company: Response to COVID-19 Artistic  Structure of the Dance Series:
Each event of the Series will  be wrapped in  three parts in which it will become fully alive and deeply meaningful. These parts are as follows:1) MENAKA THAKKAR OPEN HOUSE 
Are you interested in learning about the art form, the dance company, the principal artists, the historical and thematic background of the main dance work, etc.

OPEN HOUSE available on your personal devices for FREE all over the world. (First Open house session begins Monday, January 18, 2021) Click here to View: View Open House (recorded version available due to Covid lockdown)

2) MAIN DANCE PERFORMANCE (2 hrs):  This will be generally live streamed to the privacy of the HOME SPACE of the audience with a link provided to view on their computers or other personal devices through the process of buying a viewing of the show.

3) PROCESS REVEALED: (2 hrs): A Panel Discussion involving invited dance critics and dance historians  with the Artistic Director, choreographer, performers and other creators, musicians .etc.  PRE-DECIDED QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE TO BE WELCOMED. May require a small ADDITIONAL FEE TO COVER THE COST OF INVITED EXPERTS.

FEBRUARY 4 – 7, 2021 | 7:30pm
Magic and Loss: A Tribute to Lou Reed
Free Concert Streaming on YouTube

Lou Reed infused his music with an art-pop edge and paved the groundwork for alternative music for generations to come. This February, Art of Time Ensemble celebrates Reed’s lasting legacy through a Virtually Live concert featuring performances from of our 2015 show, Magic and Loss: A Tribute to Lou Reed, available for free streaming on YouTube from February 4th at 7:30pm through February 7th at 7:30pm.

Lou Reed’s iconic songs are explored in inventive arrangements for a ten-piece ensemble, fronted by a host of singers including Margo & Michael Timmins (of Cowboy Junkies), Kevin HearnShakura S’AidaJohn SouthworthSarah SleanJessica Leung and Tom Wilson. The ensemble features a collective of jazz and classical musicians including Artistic Director and pianist Andrew Burashko, saxophonist John Johnson, bassist George Koller, drummer Mark Mariash, cellist Rachel Mercer, violinists Stephen Sitarski & Cordelia PawDouglas Perry on viola, guitarist Rob Piltch and Kevin Turcotte on trumpet.

RSVP below to add us to your calendar to receive reminders and updates for this free event. Bookmark the streaming link below to access the show this February!



Our latest newsletter launched this week: hosted.verticalresponse.com/721995/1d6d65042b/286642879/7b9b892dc0/

This issue highlights two grads, Syreeta Hector (2009) and Brian Solomon (2005), and their upcoming work with Toronto Dance Theatre, as well as a faculty profile on Megan Nadain.

Learn more about faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and stay up to date on School events, performances, and all things virtual – join our mailing list: schooloftdt.org/mailing-list/

📸: Megan Nadain; photo by John Lauener

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Are you interested in studying at the School? Focus on artistic development, interpretation, and performance as a student in our Professional Training Program! We are just 5 days away from our first deadline to submit your video audition for Sept 2021 entry – deadline: January 22, 2021 ⭐️


📸: Third year student Adèle Ross in ‘Liberdade’, Pulga Dance. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

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Tonight at 7pm EST: SHiFT 2021. A virtual Coffee House production produced and performed by our students!

For more info and tickets: www.crowdcast.io/e/the-school-of-toronto
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The countdown begins – there’s only a few days left until SHiFT 2021! Haven’t registered yet? Not a problem; it’s super easy! Click here for show and registration details: www.crowdcast.io/e/the-school-of-toronto

Here are just some of the lovely second and third year students that will be performing their new creations. To see more, come to this year’s virtual Coffee House, January 15th @ 7pm EST! 🤗☀️⁣

1 - Top L: Katie Adams-Gossage, Top R: Frédérique Perron, Bottom L: Kurumi Yoshimoto⁣

2 - Top L: Nidhi Baadkar, Top R: Ellen Moore, Bottom L: Ben Cox, Bottom R: Julianna Heft⁣

3 - Top L: Adèle Ross, Top R: Christina Litt Belch, Bottom L: Charlotte Cain, Bottom R: Yael Zifroni⁣

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We’re just one week away from the start of our Modern Dance Expression classes with Megan Nadain! Tuesday evenings, January 19 - March 9 from 7:15-8:15pm virtually on Zoom. ⁣

This is an all-levels class created as a way to celebrate community, music, exercise, and of course, our love for dance! If you have a passion (or just a curiosity) for modern dance, we invite you to join us in this 8-week term to reconnect with ourselves and each other through movement in a stimulating and supportive environment. Register today: schooloftdt.org/adult-rec/register/ ⭐️⁣

📸: Marlowe Porter Photography

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This Friday - SHiFT 2021, a creative online performance produced by our second year students!⁣

Check out these stills from films made by the second and third year students! You’ll see these films, and more at this year’s virtual Coffee House, January 15 at 7pm EST. For details and to register for the event: www.crowdcast.io/e/the-school-of-toronto 🔥⭐️⁣

1 - Frédérique Perron in ‘Ma pièce à colorier’; Videographers: Benjamin King and Frédérique Perron⁣

2 - Yael Zifroni in ‘Studies’⁣

3 - Katie Adams-Gossage in ‘zone rouge (2)’; Videographer: Katie Adams-Gossage⁣

4 - Kurumi Yoshimoto in ‘Ambiguous’;⁣
Videographer: Miyu Kawano⁣

5 - Benjamin Cox in ‘The Sun Will Rise Again’; Videographers: Benjamin Cox and Alexander Koren⁣

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SHiFT – a creative online performance produced by our second year students, featuring innovative works made by the second and third year students of the Professional Training Program.

From the students: “Each semester, the School offers students the opportunity to produce and present our own creations in a Coffee House, or student-run production. This is a well-cherished and valued school activity that we really wanted to make happen even under our current pandemic circumstances, so we have produced an online performance, making use of our newly-acquired skills in creating dance for film. For this showing, ten exciting new dance films will be presented, so please join us.” 💕⭐️

Click here for details and to register for the performance: www.crowdcast.io/e/the-school-of-toronto

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After the success of our Fall outdoor recreational dance classes, we’ve decided to continue virtually with our new “Modern Dance Expression” classes. Our eight-class term starts January 19, and runs Tuesday evenings 7:15-8:15pm until March 9, 2021. Classes are taught by the amazing Megan Nadain!⁣

Although we’d love to have class outdoors, the winter weather just isn’t ideal... so here’s a winter scene we can all enjoy as we dance warmly in our own homes, waiting until we can dance outside together again 💕☀️⁣

Register here: schooloftdt.org/adult-rec/register/

📸: @cafrotten ⁣

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