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.
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.
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.
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
DAVID NORSWORTHY (Workshop Director / Faculty Member), is a Toronto-based internationally acclaimed dance artist who is “an exceptionally lucid performer, technically impressive and articulate with choreographic detail” (Globe and Mail). David has been privileged to perform and tour with companies including Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto), Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto), Dancenorth (Melbourne), ZviDance (New York), Brian Brooks (New York), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö) and Magma Dans (Stockholm) among others. He has presented his choreographic work at Wave Rising Series (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm) and the OnSite/InSight Festival (Winston Salem) among other festivals. Recent commissions include Lamondance (Vancouver) and Point Park University (Pittsburgh). A graduate of The Juilliard School (New York), David is the grateful recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award and one of three finalists for the Toronto Arts Foundation's 2018 Emerging Artist Award.
CHRISTINA KOTSOPOULOS (Faculty Member) is originally from Toronto and trained at Vlad’s Dance Company for 14 years. At the age of 12, she had the privilege of performing with Helix Dance Project, choreographed by Linda Garneau. Over the years, Christina has taken part in many performances as a lead role with Bridge to Artists, choreographed by Vlad Novitski. In 2014, Christina moved to NYC to study at SUNY Purchase College Conservatory for Dance. Here she had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Kevin Wynn, Deborah Louse and many others. Additionally, she recently had the chance to perform a solo excerpt from Kidd Pivot’s repertoire choreographed by Crystal Pite. In 2016, she was chosen to study abroad in Amsterdam, Netherlands for a semester at Academie Voor Theater en Dans in the Modern Theater Dance department. During her time abroad, she learned from companies such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas and Emio Greco’s ICK. Christina graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2018.
REID “KID ICARIUS” FRIEDL (Faculty Member) is a performer/choreographer /visual creator versed in many styles of dance. Graduated in 2014 from Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, Reid has obtained his International Baccalaureate dance certificate, receiving the highest mark possible. He is also an alumni member of NXG Company (run by Alexander Chung), a member of TwoFourSeven Co. (run by Carlo Atienza and Roberta Bierman) and a member of IMMABEAST (world-renowned dance company run by WilldaBeast and Janelle Ginestra). Reid has been on set for numerous music videos, including Macklemore and Willa, and has choreographed content and promotions for artists such as Kalin White, Trill Sammy, and many other Canadian musicians. His main goal is to bring his more unique, multi-genre infused side of dance, and artistic-focused intentions to the forefront through his choreography, concepts, and performances.
- Junior / Inter (recommended ages 7-12)
- Inter / Senior (recommended ages 13+)
$350 per dancer plus sales tax
Payment can be made with cash, cheque or money order to Dance City.
306 757 6495