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.
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
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.
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!
total audience count at our performances since 2012, including school shows
the number of countries represented in our internationally acclaimed artist roster
young people have experienced our in-studio programs since 2007
partner high schools across Ontario have hosted our workshops and performances
the number of provinces across Canada in which we've hosted workshops
past students have been hired onto our team as performers, teaching assistants and faculty
workshop events successfully produced by our team since 2007
major print publication features including Dance Studio Life, The Dance Current, The Globe & Mail
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 the CanAsian KickStart Festival (Toronto), Dance Matters (Toronto), Wave Rising Series (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm), and OnSite/InSight (Winston Salem, USA) among other festivals. Recent choreographic commissions include Lamondance (Vancouver), Point Park University (Pittsburgh), and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto). Recent residencies include ArtsOnSite (New York), 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. Teaching experiences include workshops at several high schools, dance studios and universities including Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), Point Park University (Pittsburgh, USA) and York University (Toronto, Canada). A graduate of The Juilliard School (New York), he is the grateful recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award (Mississauga, Canada) and one of three finalists for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2018 Emerging Artist Award. www.davidnorsworthy.com
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director
Kristen Carcone is a Toronto-born, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, teacher, and reiki healer. She is a company member of Third Rail Projects (New York, NY), currently performing in their Bessie award winning production Then She Fell . Kristen is a guest artist with cross-disciplinary performance company, FROG IN HAND, and has also performed the original works of Jason Parsons, Nicole Von Arx, Kate Wallich, Gabriel Forestieri, and the Kuperman Brothers. She has performed internationally in a variety of shows and festivals including: The Phish Concert at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Tangente’s Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal, Quebec), The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague, Czech Republic) and Art Gallery of Ontario’s MASSIVE PARTY (Toronto, Ontario). In 2016, Kristen was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers to watch by Narcity Toronto. Her choreography can be seen in Joseph Gordon Levitt’s My Favourite Things video, Cardinal’s Pride music video Masterpiece, and in Supa’Nova, a new play by Maria Corina Ramirez. Kristen’s work has been described as “energetic, highly entertaining and refreshingly playful” - Sarah Lochhead/The Dance Current. As a creator of experiential theatre, Kristen has great interest in mindful performance and healing through the arts. She graduated from the dance division of New World School of the Arts in 2011 earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honors. www.kristencarcone.com