Sharing art. Connecting people.
 

 

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Our Mission

TOES FOR DANCE creates opportunities for shared experiences in order to foster a community that is open to continuous learning.

We do this by:

  • Communicating openly and thoughtfully while modelling respectful and reciprocal relationships

  • Embracing diversity and inclusiveness, allowing space for individual choice-making
  • Listening and responding to the needs of our community while balancing curatorial vision with social responsibility

Sharing art, connecting people …

We contribute to the well-being and vibrancy of our community by creating unique and valuable platforms for artistic exchange, public engagement, and dance education.

 

 
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Our Programs

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WORKSHOPS

We believe that dance education creates personal transformation through connecting to self, others and creativity. Our annual programming includes masterclasses and workshops at dance studios and schools across Canada, plus:

  • Fresh Dance Intensive
  • Ignite!
  • in.the.now
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PERFORMANCES

In it's most powerful form, dance performance can express ideas, provoke thought, initiate social change and rejuvenate the human spirit. Our approach to performance is interactive and inclusive. Every other autumn we present Works-In-Process Showings at high schools in Ontario. During our 2018-2019 season we will present 4-7-8, an immersive dance-theatre production and Possibilities of Dialogue, an interactive dance performance experience.

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RESEARCH

In 2016 we embarked on a research project called Designing for Dance , funded by The Metcalf Foundation and in collaboration with DanceWorks. The project explored the benefits of design thinking approaches in relation to audience cultivation, stakeholder engagement, organizational planning and social relevance in contemporary dance. Stay tuned for info about upcoming research projects!

Our Impact

 

7600

total audience count at our performances since 2012, including school shows


5

the number of countries represented in our internationally acclaimed artist roster


5500

young people have experienced our in-studio programs since 2007


10

partner high schools across Ontario have hosted our workshops and performances


7

the number of provinces across Canada in which we've hosted workshops


27

past students have been hired onto our team as performers, teaching assistants and faculty


70+

workshop events successfully produced by our team since 2007


3

major print publication features including Dance Studio Life, The Dance Current, The Globe & Mail


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Our Team

 
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David norsworthy

Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director

David Norsworthy is a Toronto-based dance artist who is “an exceptionally lucid performer, technically impressive and articulate with choreographic detail” (Globe & Mail). He has presented his choreographic work at FRESH BLOOD (Toronto), Wave Rising Series (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm), and OnSite/InSight (Winston Salem, USA) among other festivals. Recent commissions include Lamondance (Vancouver) and Point Park University (Pittsburgh). Recent residencies include The Launchpad (Carbondale, USA) and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (Tivoli, USA). David has been privileged to perform with companies including Toronto Dance Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto), Dancenorth (Melbourne), ZviDance, Brian Brooks (New York), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Magma Dans (Stockholm) among others. A graduate of The Juilliard School (New York), he is the grateful recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award (Mississauga, Canada).

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kristen carcone

Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director

Kristen Carcone is a Toronto-born professional dance artist. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honours from New World School of the Arts in 2011 and has performed across North America in a variety of shows and festivals including: The Phish Concert at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Tangente’s Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal, Quebec), Project Limb’s Glass Jaw (Brooklyn, New York) and The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague, Czech Republic). Kristen is a guest artist with FROG IN HAND, ISODOC Dance Group and Conteur Dance Company. She has been featured in the Dance Current Magazine, Dance Studio Life Magazine, and on Rogers TV. Kristen’s choreography can be seen in Joseph Gordon Levitt’s My Favourite Things video and in Supa’Nova, a new play by Maria Corina Ramierez. Awards garnered include: the Florida-Canada Linkage Scholarship, Outstanding Dance Graduate, and the Frank Augustyn Scholarship.

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Susan Colbert-Wright

Board Member

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Matthew Kariatsumari

Board Member

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Adam Kuhn

Board Member

 
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