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  • Leeming DanceWorks #9-1420 Youville Drive Orleans, Ontario Canada (map)
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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.

Click here to view/download the Workshop Package (PDF) including a PROGRAM SCHEDULE and FACULTY INFORMATION!



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.



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.

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.

Urban / House - utilizing house dance grooves, along with expressive footwork, students will develop a better understanding of how to push their intuitive musicality

Collaboration - working together to accomplish a surprise choreographic assignment

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



KRISTEN CARCONE (Workshop Director / 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), currently performing in their Bessie award-winning production, Then She Fell. Kristen is a guest artist with FROG IN HAND, and has also performed the original works of Jason Parsons and the Kuperman Brothers. She has performed internationally in: The Phish Concert at Madison Square Garden (New York), Tangente’s Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal), The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague) and Art Gallery of Ontario’s MASSIVE PARTY (Toronto). In 2016, Kristen was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers to watch by Narcity Toronto. Her choreography can be seen in Cardinal’s Pride music video Masterpiece, and in Supa’Nova, a new play by Maria Ramirez. Thanks to funding from the Toronto Arts Council, and support from lululemon NY, Kristen’s latest work 4-7-8 will premiere Fall 2018 in Toronto. She graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2011.


FRAN CHUDNOFF (Faculty Member) is a Toronto based dance artist, illustrator,  film maker and photographer. She began her contemporary dance training working as a company member at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Francesca continued her studies at Ryerson Theatre School while also training independently in street dance forms such as breaking, hip hop and house.  After graduating, Francesca became Co-Assistant Director of Alias Dance Project until Spring 2017. She has presented her dance work at Dancematters, Toronto Love In PS We Are All Here, Dancemakers Flowchart Performance Series, New Blue Festival, Body Break, Wind Down Dance, and Fresh Blood. Her film and visual work has been screened in festivals across Canada. Her recent film work has been presented at Toronto Urban Film Festival, Festival of Recorded Movement, Art Spin, On Common Ground Festival, New Blue Festival, Screen:Moves, Rhubarb Festival and FFDN. Francesca is a member of the multidisciplinary art collective, Lost is Found.


RODNEY DIVERLUS (Faculty Member) is a movement artist, creator, and curator. He has recently completely his fourth season as a full-time dancer with Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Canada’s only professional jazz dance company. There he has developed a movement aesthetic rooted in classical jazz techniques, Afrikanic approaches to movement, and contemporary sensibilities. Rodney has performed throughout Canada, US, and the Caribbean in dance, theatre, and musical theatre. His choreographic works have been presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum, Gladstone Hotel, Footsteps Across Canada Festival, Annual Alberta Dance Festival, Fashion Arts Toronto, Ryerson & York Universities, and various residencies. Described by the Dance Current as a “fresh voice on stage”, his work has been credited to include “Grounded contemporary phrases, momentum-driven movement and partner work encountered jazz rhythms, footwork, syncopation and understated stylistic flair.” Rodney holds a BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University.


JT PAPANDREOS (Faculty Member) has trained extensively in multiple dance disciplines. He made his professional debut at the age of 15, touring across the country performing as a singer/dancer in Saskatchewan Express Touring Musical Theatre Revue. JT graduated at the top of his class from The Conteur Academy, under the direction of Eryn Waltman. His most recent work was seen performing in Transcen|Dance Project’s (Julia Cratchley) remount of “Eve of St. George” and Young Human Body’s (Hanna Kiel) newest work, “Welcome to our Home - Tangled”, featured at DANCE: Made in Canada/Fait au Canada Festival. JT has also worked with many Toronto-based companies including: Bridge to Artists (Vlad Novitski), Helix Dance Project (Linda Garneau), Alysa Pires Dance Projects (Alysa Pires), Frog In Hand (Colleen Snell), Rutherford Movement Exchange (Stephanie Rutherford), Conteur (Eryn Waltman), RiaToss Productions (Ross Wirtanen), Jeff Dimitriou, APAP Showcase (NYC), Capezio ACE Awards (NYC), and TOES FOR DANCE.



  • Junior (recommended ages 7-9)
  • Intermediate (recommended ages 10-13)
  • Seniors (recommended ages 14+)


$400 per dancer plus HST


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