July 5-16, 2021

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Pre-Professional Modern/Contemporary Program

Our pre-professional intensive is for aspiring professional dancers looking to develop their strength and artistry. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre offers strong technical training provided by an outstanding, creative faculty with a rich overview of perspectives. Dancers will train in a number of diverse styles – from contemporary and ballet to formative modern techniques like Graham and Horton. Gifted musicians accompany each class. The schedule is built to advance the technical, artistic, and performance skills of young dancers.

Join us online for two weeks of challenging, energetic, and fun classes where you can meet others who share your passion for dance!

I learned more at the School’s two week intensive than in a whole year at my home studios. The faculty is incredibly dedicated to shaping you as a dancer whether they’ve known you for an hour or a just a week. That is what sets this intensive apart from others; the teachers are particularly invested in the growth of each individual. This creates a really special and engaging experience that I’d recommend for any dancer hungry to improve! – Chelsea Mulholland, Pre-professional Summer Program student 2016, current PTP student


Class Descriptions

Contemporary Technique – Johanna Bergfelt and Darryl Tracy
July 5-9 & 12-16 from 10:30-11:45 am EDT

Classes in contemporary technique are physically demanding and artistically stimulating. Sound anatomical practices encourage strength, stamina, flexibility, versatility, musicality, dynamics, and phrasing. Emphasis is on strong technique as a base from which to build expansive movement qualities and confident performance.


Horton Technique – Debbie Wilson
July 5-9 from 12:45-2:00 pm EDT

Horton technique, based on the work of Lester Horton, is a rigorous, powerful and demanding discipline. It utilizes lateral torso movements and a dynamic attack, building increasingly difficult movement sequences.


Graham Technique – Rosemary James
July 12-16 from 12:45-2:00 pm EDT

Graham technique is derived from the work of American modern dance pioneer, Martha Graham. These classes provide dancers with an understanding and experience of the basic movement principles of contraction/release and spiral, beginning in the body’s centre and radiating into its extremities. One of the most dramatic of modern dance techniques, the Graham movement vocabulary has tremendous power and expressive potential.


Special Workshops

Special workshops may include (but are not limited to): improvisation, creative process, repertory, as well as workshops on the subjects of health and well-being, and practices related to fitness such as injury prevention. 



The weekly curriculum includes a daily contemporary class, and a daily modern class of either Horton or Graham technique. A variety of special workshops will supplement the technique training.

This is a full-time, two-week program. Classes run Monday to Friday.

Students may take one or two weeks.

See registration page for details.


Audition Preparation

Are you interested in auditioning for our Professional Training Program? The PTP is one of Canada’s leading post-secondary training programs for contemporary dance artists. This summer intensive is an excellent opportunity to help you prepare for your audition. It’s also a great chance to meet us before you make your big decision – train in our building and studios, work with members of the audition panel, and get a feel for life here at the School!



Andrea Roberts
Admissions & Records Manager
[email protected]