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Fresh Toronto (Workshop)

  • Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 509 Parliament Street Toronto, ON, M4X 1P3 Canada (map)
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Fresh Dance Intensive Toronto 2019 is a fun-filled two-day workshop program with classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Improvisation and more! Dance with our team of internationally-acclaimed artist-educators this summer to open your mind and unleash your potential

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.



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.

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.


August 17-18, 2019 from approx. 10am-5pm daily

Click here to view/download the detailed (subject to change) event schedule (PDF).



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.

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David Norsworthy (Program Director / Faculty Member), is a Toronto-based dance artist who is “an exceptionally lucid performer, impressive and articulate” (The Globe and Mail). David has performed and toured 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). Recent performances include the national tour of “who we are in the dark” by Peggy Baker with live music by Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire, and the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration “Night of 100 Solos” at the BAM Opera House in New York City. He has presented his choreographic work as part of Evolve! (Toronto), Wave Rising (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm) and the OnSite/InSight Festival (Winston Salem). A graduate of The Juilliard School (New York), David is the grateful recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Award and one of three finalists for the Toronto Arts Foundation's 2018 Emerging Artist Award.


Chantelle Good (Faculty Member), born in Toronto, Canada, started dancing at the young age of 2. Throughout her competitive dance years, she trained extensively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. Following high school, Chantelle moved to New York City to study dance at Marymount Manhattan College, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in choreography. While living in New York, Chantelle has performed in professional events including the Capezio A.C.E Awards, BC Beat: A Broadway Choreography Showcase, Reverb Dance Festival, New York Fashion Week, Robin Hood Benefit Gala, and the Inside Out Festival at Jacob's Pillow. She has performed in two full length works directed and choreographed by Emma Portner, “A Primitive Cinema” and “Water that Came to my Waist”. Chantelle was also a cast member of Travis Wall’s “Hollow Suit” and Kate Harpootlian’s “Better Late Than Never”, which both premiered in Long Beach, California. She recently took part in a development workshop for the Off-Broadway show "The Wrong Man", directed by Thomas Kail, set to premiere in Fall 2019. In addition to workshops in New York City, Chantelle has attended Springboard Danse Montreal under the direction of Alexandra Wells, where she performed works by Ohad Naharin and Stijn Celis.  She has also danced for artists including Jennifer Lopez (2018 American Music Awards), Blood Orange, and Snoop Dogg (Fox Live New Year's Eve). Chantelle has been a FRESH faculty member since 2015 and is so looking forward to being back with the students this summer!


Queenie Seguban (Faculty Member) was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Toronto, Canada at the age of 11.  Fortunately for her, music and dance are universal languages that transcend borders and barriers. Dance became her means of expression, escape and belonging. Queenie’s earliest training in urban dance styles (HipHop, House, Waacking etc.) began in 2009 with York University’s Hiphop competitive team, 'Stylewize'. After graduating in 2012, she continued to dance with an All-Female dance crew called 'DEUCEnDIP'. Being a part of DEUCEnDIP was a major milestone and inspiration for Queenie’s dance career. At around the same time in 2012, Queenie also began training under FLAVORSHOP founder and mentor, Lenny Len. To this day, she continues to master and improve on her craft as a dancer, choreographer and teacher to be able to provide quality dance education that her students deserve.  She aims to share what she has learned in her own dance journey to all dancers – to help them discover themselves through dance and to equip them with the necessary skills, attitude and mindset to become successful in their own dance journeys. Performance Credits: Outside Looking In, New Music Live, Much Music, Electric Circus, World Pride, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Canadian Urban Music Conference, Toronto’s Urban Film Festival, and more.


Brennan Clost (Faculty Member) began his performance career at a young age with a big heart for dance. In pursuit of his dream to be a professional dancer, Brennan was driven by his intense desire to never give up. He has acclimated himself to a highly competitive and versatile dance career. Brennan studied at various dance studios across Southern Ontario and graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Since Juilliard, Brennan has worked professionally all over Canada the USA and Europe. Throughout the years Brennan has been able to break into the world of film and television, partnering his passions for dance and acting. He got his start on the Disney Channel series The Next Step, now airing in its fifth season internationally. Brennan continues to be inspired to share his knowledge and passion for story-telling through his choreography, dancing and acting.


Chris Baptista (Faculty Member) grew up in Toronto, Canada, and began studying dance at age 10. He studied as many styles as possible and learned as many diverse techniques as he could get his hands on. After years of competitive dance training he moved to NYC to complete his post secondary training at the Ailey School, where he studied intensely for two years. After graduating from the Scholarship program he went on to apprentice with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. He has performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Bridge To Artists Contemporary Dance Company, the Canadian National Tap Team, and he has taught thousands of student across North America. Chris is so excited to return to FRESH for another wonderful year, and can’t wait to laugh, learn and dance with an incredible team!


Jade Whitney (Faculty Member), Toronto-born artist, has been dancing both professionally and competitively from a young age. She has received extensive training at Vlad’s Dance Company in a variety of styles including contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, acro, tap, and more. She has worked with choreographers such as Christopher Scott, Will Loftis, Luther Brown, The Squared Division, Bobby Newberry, Emma Portner, Paul Becker and Roberto Campanella. Jade is a graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, where she majored in dance and vocal music. Jade’s film/television credits include Disney's Zombies, Suicide Squad, Schitt's Creek, The Next Step, Backstage, The Strain, Make It Pop, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, Frankie Drake and YTV’s The Next Star. She has also done motion-capture for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.  Jade has danced for artists such as Nick Jonas, FKA twigs, Deborah Cox, Blake McGrath, Lights, Aleesia and Shad. She has danced for corporations such as MAC Cosmetics, General Motors, TD Bank, Staples, Telus, the Lion’s Club International, Sony, and Lia Sophia. She has performed live at the World Pride 2014 Closing Ceremony, the One Year Launch of the 2015 Pan-Am Games, the Canadian National Exhibition and more. She has danced in Toronto-based companies such as Transcendance, Bridge To Artists, and The Girls Club. In 2013, Jade co-directed and choreographed a contemporary dance show entitled Fill Up & Get Out with Emma Portner.


Thomas Colford (Faculty Member) was born on the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia where he began his artistic pursuits. At 16, his dedication to growth, and hunger to perform brought him to Toronto, where he began his professional career. Some favourite credits of Thomas' include a leading role in season 2 of Backstage (Family Channel, Netflix, and Disney Worldwide), dancing for musical artists like Shawn Mendes and Janet Jackson, working with the emerging artists from his hometown in Cape Breton, and choreographing for Mr. D (CBC). Thomas is a versatile performer with training in film and stage acting, a plethora of dance disciplines, singing, and several musical instruments. He has trained across the continent with LB Acting Studio, Armstrong Acting Studio, Cadence School of Ballet, and Mather Dance Company. From stage to screen, Thomas shows no sign of slowing down, always pursuing growth, art and fun. All while remembering his mantra; “Made With Purpose”.


Julia Cratchley (Faculty Member) is originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario where she danced competitively and went to a fine arts high school.  Julia continued her training as a contemporary and classical artist in Vancouver, B.C, with Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Sheppard. Here she had the opportunity to work with internationally known choreographers, including Roberto Campanella, Emily Molnar, Serge Bennethon, and Robert Glumbek to name a few. She also had the chance to workshop with companies and choreographers such as [Bjm_danse] and O’vertigo in montreal, Ballet B.C in Vancouver, ProArteDanza in Toronto, Jill Johnston and Sidra Bell in New York as well as companies in Europe. Most recently she has been to Belgium and New York to train in an intensive with the Batsheva company’s Gaga technique.  Julia has been lucky enough to be a part of Toronto dance company Helix Dance Project for four seasons now, and has assisted Linda Garneau with the process of ‘Rain’ ‘Verb.atim’, ‘UnEarth’ and ‘The Waiting Room’ She was a dancer and choreographer for Bridge to Artists first three shows ‘Prima Volta’ ‘Senses’ and ‘On the Sawdust Trail’. She was also a company member for Toes for Dance, Conteur Dance Company and Rutherford Movement Exchange. 



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Please note: We are offering Teacher Observer Passes for this event!


Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

509 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Registration is now open via the following link on our webstore:

Note: If you’re registering more than one participant, please complete a separate transaction for each participant.

Note: For dancers with a valid Fresh 2019 Scholarship, please use the code CONGRATS2019TORONTO at checkout. For teachers with a valid Free Observers Pass Letter, please use the code WELCOME2019TORONTO at checkout.


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Fresh 2019 Poster Photos by Alvin Collantes. Fresh 2019 Poster Design by Han Fischer and David Norsworthy.

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