July 4-15, 2022

Nidhi Baadkar | Photo: Jeremy Mimnagh


The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Programs offer dancers the opportunity to study at one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance schools.

Our Pre-Professional and Professional Intensive programs provide aspiring dance artists with contemporary dance skills and networking opportunities. These programs offer dancers insight into the professional training program and inspire future studies and training with the school. Youth and young adults who are pursuing dance studies and professional dance experiences will take away invaluable physical and creative practices and knowledge.

July 11-15, 2022


Faculty L-R: Riley Sims, Brianna Clarke, Elke Schroeder, Katherine Semchuk and Pamela Wong Shoebottom 
Photo credits L-R: Ethan Hsu, Nestor Rivera, Aidan Tooth, Kendra Epik, Tim Leyes
Riley Sims

Riley Sims is the Artistic Director of Social Growl Dance, established in 2012. To date, Sims has created fifteen works and commissions. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Wexford School for the Arts, Sims has worked with: Allison Cummings, Mélanie Demers, Noam Gagnon, Catherine Gaudet, Frédérick Gravel, Kettly Noël (WAFR), Tedd Robinson, Michael Trent, Ann Van den Broek (NL), and Ann Liv Young (USA). From 2012-2014, he performed with Ottawa Dance Directive, Artistic Director Yvonne Coutts. From 2015-2020 Sims performed and toured internationally with Mayday Danse/Mélanie Demers. Sims is currently working on his next creation, This Lament I’ll Lip-sync Until I’m Born Again, premiering June 2022.

Brianna Clarke

Bri is a performer, choreographer and dance teacher, based in Toronto/Tkaronto. She identifies as a cis-gendered, white female and colonial settler. Her creative practice centres around storytelling and how musical, physical and textual narratives shape characters onstage. While studying for her BFA in Performance Dance, Bri performed in full works by Hanna Kiel, Alysa Pires, and Dylan Crossman of the Merce Cunningham Trust. She is currently co-producing “Phantasmagoria” with NEAR&FAR Projects, and she continues to be a freelance artist for multiple collectives. Her recent credits include: “A Grimm Night” (Transcen|Dance Project), “Hold on, let go” (Common Ground Dance Festival), “Elusive Truths” (David Norsworthy & Monèt Noelle Marshall), “Pandemic Play” (Theatre 44), and “Waltz Again” (Alyssa Martin). Bri has furthered her training in Greece, NYC, North Carolina, and LA. She also produces and hosts “(Art)versations Podcast” where she discusses the creative process with other artists. Stay connected with Bri:

Elke Schroeder

Elke Schroeder is a Toronto/Helsinki-based dance artist, Inspire by FM Instructor and creator of One Animal Movement. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2005, she has worked most recently with Kaeja d’Dance, Lucy Rupert /Blue Ceiling Dance, Alias Dance Project and Frog in Hand. Her greatest influence is the Fighting Monkey Practice (created by Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea of RootlessRoot). 

A passionate teacher and maker, she teaches and makes for many Canadian and international dance, yoga and movement organizations including The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, L‘École de Danse de Québec, L’Artère Danse, the University of Calgary, Ryerson University, York University, Peggy Baker Dance Projects and GMD.

Katherine Semchuk

Katherine is a dance artist currently based in Tkaronto. Since graduating from The School of TDT, she has worked with Kaeja d’Dance, Mile Zero Dance, Nostos Collectives, Peggy Baker, The Platform TO, Tia Kushniruk, Mateo Galindo Torres, Meghann Michalsky, Sasha Ivanochko, and Naishi Wang. She feels liberated when she is able to act as a physical portal for her own and collaborator’s stories, ideas and sketches.

She is fascinated by the use of spirals, momentum and opposition/conflict in the body, and integrates these functions into her ever-evolving movement practice. Her passion for sharing has brought her to teach at The School of TDT, Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet Edmonton, and YYC Contemporary Training. Katherine  continues to investigate her own creative practice and has presented her work at festivals and programs across Canada. In fall 2021, her duet with bassist/composer Julian Anderson-Bowes, ‘In pieces’, was presented at Fluid Festival (Calgary).

Pamela Wong Shoebottom

Pamela Wong Shoebottom has national and international professional performance and choreographic and teaching experience that reflects contemporary dance, interdisciplinary and somatic work. She has taught Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, improvisation, and yoga at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, National Ballet School, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, George Brown College, Shawl Anderson Dance Centre, ODC Dance, and Leeward Community College. Pamela’s invested experiences include the following: Resident Choreographer, Dancer and Singer with Pop/Cantopop Singer, Actress Teresa Carpio in Hong Kong, Choreographer, Performer and Collaborator with Returning River Dance Collective, Dancer, Singer and Interdisciplinary Performer with Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco, Associate Artistic Director of Every Day Movement Outreach program with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto. Pamela earned her BFA in Dance at York University in Toronto, Canada and an MFA in Dance at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Pamela is thrilled to be the Recruitment and Training Associate at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.