Back to All Events

Ignite! Toronto

  • Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 509 Parliament Street Toronto, ON, M4X 1P3 Canada (map)
IGNITE_2015_20 small.jpg

Ignite!  is an auditioned one-week summer dance program in Toronto that will take you on a journey to expand your creative consciousness. We're excited to announce that the program has been totally reimagined for 2018!  Through classes, movement labs, choreographic collaborations, and field trips (to art galleries, performances, open rehearsals, and more), this program will open your eyes and open doors to a professional career in contemporary dance!

Now in its sixth year, Ignite!  is a collaboration between Toronto’s acclaimed school and company, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and TOES FOR DANCE.



The Ignite approach is highly collaborative. It is acknowledged that each participant brings a unique and valuable set of experiences and skills to the program. Our intent is to work together to create a safe and brave space, within which each participant feels excited to contribute their inherent creativity to our shared experience.

This year, ALL participants are vision-keepers; simultaneously dancers, choreographers and leaders. We will work together to break down the traditional roles of “teacher” and “choreographer” by questioning the conventional hierarchies. Our interest is in creating an experience that allows participants to bring their personal questions and inspirations into the room as a starting point for dance-making. The TOES FOR DANCE team will offer tools, guidance and protected time throughout the process but it is the participant's responsibility to devise and self-direct.

With an emphasis on process, not product, we will insist that we do not know what we will discover before we begin. It’s about taking risk and giving ourselves the opportunity to venture into new territory, not relying on what we know will be “good” or “impressive”. This is an exploration.



  • Classes: Each day of the Ignite program will begin with a warm-up movement class led by either Kristen Carcone or David Norsworthy. The 2-hour classes will be technique-based with elements of improvisation. Our intent for these classes is to activate the body and mind; providing a foundation of focus, presence, physical readiness, and enthusiasm.

  • Research Labs: Taking place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the program week, these 2-hour sessions will introduce and explore the contemporary movement and/or creative process ideas of our guest artists. Participants will have the opportunity to dive into a specific physicality and/or way-of-working, for the purpose of gathering new inspiration and different perspectives.

  • Field Trips: Each night of the program after 7 pm between Monday and Friday, we will embark on an art-seeking journey in the City of Toronto. Excursions will include but are not limited to performances, open rehearsals, film screenings and art galleries. Participants will immerse themselves in artistic experiences and then we will unpack and explore the ideas that surface through personal reflection, writing, and discussion. These ideas will serve as the inspiration for the Choreographic Collaborations.

  • Choreographic Challenge: Throughout Ignite, participants will apply their learning through three emergent creative projects based on generative “challenges” or assignments; using dance as a starting point but also potentially expanding into the realms of other artistic disciplines. Each project will use inspiration from other aspects of the program; dealing with themes/ideas/ways-of-working that emerge from Classes, Research Labs, and Field Trips.

  • Open Studio Night: The culminating event of Ignite will be an informal “happening” that will exhibit the creative artifacts of the week. This could take the form of a studio showing, an immersive and/or site-specific event or a gallery night — or some combination of these three ways of sharing that will be determined by the participants in collaboration with the Program Directors.



Stream One: High School Artists

  • ages 15+
  • minimum 3 years of dance experience

  • curiosity and eagerness to learn

Stream Two: Emerging Professional Artists

  • completed at least one year of post-secondary dance training
  • minimum 3 years of dance experience

  • curiosity and eagerness to learn


Deadline: Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST

Fee: $30 including HST, payable to ‘CCDT’

Requirements: Max. 1-minute video of improvisation uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. We do not accept video files sent through email, DropBox or Google Drive.

Submit: Click here to submit your video audition!

Please note: There is no live audition for Ignite! this year.


Please send $30 CAD video audition fee:

  • Via Interac E-Transfer to . Please remember to send the password in a separate email to!

  • Via Cheque or Bank Draft made payable to “CCDT” and mailed to Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, 509 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4X 1P3.

  • Via Credit Card – Visa Only. Please call 416-924-5657 with your Visa card information.  $7.00 surcharge applies.



Stream One: High School Artists

$100 Activity Fee plus $500 Tuition Fee =

$600 CAD plus HST

Stream Two: Emerging Professional Artists

$100 Activity Fee ONLY*, plus HST

*See scholarship info below.


A very limited number of scholarships will be awarded to applicants for Stream One: High School Artists who demonstrate exceptional artistic merit and financial need.

NEW IN 2018-- Stream Two: Emerging Professional Artists is a tuition-free program, fully subsidized by our Scholarship Fund and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. TOES FOR DANCE and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre recognize the financial burdens of pursuing a professional career in contemporary dance and offer this development opportunity to a select number of artists who demonstrate extraordinary talent and potential. Stream Two Participants will be required to pay only the $100 Activity Fee and $30 Application Fee, plus arrange their own travel to Toronto and accommodation for the duration of the program. 

Ignite! Scholarships are made possible with the support of our generous donors. Help us inspire the next generation of dance artists by making a contribution to the TOES FOR DANCE Scholarship Fund. Click here for more information!



  • David Norsworthy
  • Kristen Carcone

Click here to read biographies.

More program details, including faculty/choreographer biographies coming soon. 


School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre


Telephone: 416.924.5657

ignite thumbnail.jpg



Later Event: August 7
Fresh Regina