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Fresh Dance Intensive (Workshop)


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Fresh Dance Intensive is a fun-filled four-day workshop program with classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Functional Ballet, Improvisation and more!

Our classes strive to guide students towards embracing their uniqueness while emphasizing transferable skills that apply both in the studio and everyday life: risk-taking, awareness, focus, responsibility, communication, and teamwork.

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THE FRESH APPROACH

At Fresh Dance Intensive, “dance” is only a small fraction of what we’re aiming to teach. Movement explorations are used as a catalyst to access and develop life skills. We strive to cultivate creative thinkers and team players who can find meaningful connections and use the discoveries they make inside the studio within other aspects of their life.

The ‘teacher-as-student’and the ‘student-as-teacher’ way of thinking is an integral part of the way Fresh Dance Intensive facilitates the learning process for everyone.. We believe that there is no hierarchy when it comes to creative inspiration. Teachers inspire students and students inspire teachers. It’s an exchange. Everyone is responsible for contributing their positive creative energy to each class!

We believe that our responsibility to our students extends beyond executing well-planned lessons. It includes consistently embodying the energy we want our students to feel, practicing the same skills we’re teaching in the studio and when we’re outside of the studio, leading by example and, hopefully, becoming positive role models.

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Goal Setting – offering dancers a moment each morning to dream big, articulate next steps and self-evaluate progress.

Body and Mind Activation – providing a strong foundation of focus, presence, physical readiness and enthusiasm.

Contemporary – sharing the most recent tools, approaches and innovations of the artform of dance, including elements of modern, jazz and lyrical.

Tap - exploring musicality, investigating nuances of sound and discovering rhythmic specificity.

Acting for Dancers - exploring character development and intention through an investigation of narrative and how to tell stories through movement

Functional Ballet – emphasizing mobility and stability: investigate alignment, muscle efficiency and movement textures through classical form.

Improvisation – offering strategies to access imagination, take risks, break habits and stay present.

Jazz –  emphasizing dynamics and musicality, dancers learn and research energetic movements set to upbeat music. Influences could include Street Jazz and Musical Theatre.

Hip Hop – exploring isolations, groundedness and groove through the dance style of Hip Hop culture.

Collaboration - working together to accomplish a surprise choreographic assignment

Jam Session - applying the learning of the week through a guided improvisational exploration

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FACULTY MEMBERS:

A complete list of Faculty Members for Fresh 2019 will be released in the Spring. To receive updates about Fresh Dance Intensive, please subscribe to our email list by clicking here.

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David Norsworthy (Workshop Director and Faculty Member) 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

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Kristen Carcone (Workshop Director and Faculty Member) 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

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LEVELS:

  • Junior (recommended ages 7-10)

  • Intermediate (recommended ages 11-13)

  • Senior (recommended ages 14+)

Please note: Levels and recommended ages may differ at certain locations TBA.


DATES / LOCATIONS:

A complete list of dates/locations for Fresh 2019 will be released in the Winter. To receive updates about Fresh Dance Intensive, please subscribe to our email list by clicking here.


REGISTER:

Detailed registration information for Fresh 2019 will be released in the Winter. To receive updates about Fresh Dance Intensive, please subscribe to our email list by clicking here.

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BOOK A WORKSHOP:

We offer our all-inclusive Fresh Dance Intensive workshop packages to dance studios and schools across Canada! Let us help you create an unforgettably inspiring, fun and educational experience for your students. Make a no-obligation inquiry today! Email david@toesfordance.ca. 


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