January 17-19, 2014

Dance Ontario

DanceWeekend '14


General: $10 donation (at door) | Special Event: $25 (advance)

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This is one of my favourite weekends of the season. Audiences have the opportunity to see a sampling of short works from artists and companies from across Ontario. There are youth companies with some dancers onstage for the first time, two commissions that will go onto further development and a range of diverse dance styles presented over the course of the weekend.

Lynanne Sparrow
Artistic Associate – Dance, Performing Arts Department
Harbourfront Centre

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Unparalleled, unbelievable and totally unique. From ballet, b-boying and Bharatanatyam through jazz, flamenco, contemporary, Middle Eastern and Indian and African styles, as well as performances from the heart-stopping to the foot stomping! Plus world premieres from two gifted choreographers.

Dance Ontario’s DanceWeekend takes place annually at the Fleck Dance Theatre and features an incredible lineup of dance artists over three days. Commissioned artists include Malgorzata Nowacka with MOTUS O Dance Theatre’s James Croker and Jack Langenhuizen, and Natasha Powell.


Remember: tweets are allowed in the two back rows.

In association with Harbourfront Centre.

The Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award: Gala Celebration of Nadia Potts will take place Sunday, Jan. 19 from 7:30-9:30pm. Click on the “SPECIAL EVENT” tab for details.

Founded in 1976, Dance Ontario is a dynamic cross-section of all areas of the province’s dance sector. Their membership includes internationally renowned companies, emerging artists and collectives, teachers, educators and choreographers as well as those who work behind the scenes. The company is key to Ontario’s dance sector and central to its communications, networking and capacity building resources. Our priority is the advancement of dance in the province.

Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award
Gala Celebration of Nadia Potts
Sunday, January 19, 7:30-9pm
Opening reception beings at 7pm
Tickets $25


During Nadia Potts’s illustrious 20-year career as a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, she performed throughout the world in all major roles in the ballet repertoire. She has also been partnered with many of the most renowned artists of her era such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Martins and Rudolf Nureyev.

Teaching has always run tandem to her performing career. Nadia has taught at Canada’s National Ballet School, the Banff Centre of Fine Arts, York University and George Brown College and has conducted numerous master classes and workshops.

In 1989, she was appointed director of Ryerson’s dance programme. Drawing on her wide range of experience, her professional standards, and her ongoing contacts with the dance community, she continued to ensure that Ryerson’s dance programme’s graduates made a vital contribution to the Canadian dance profession.

Her outstanding achievements will be celebrated following DanceWeekend on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Fleck Dance Theatre.

“My perceptions of Nadia have been shaped by the time I have spent working with her, speaking with her, watching her in action and learning from her,” said nominator  Kenny Pearl. “Also, having worked under many outstanding leaders durng my career, I clearly see that Nadia’s own abilities and gifts, learned and processed over a 50-year career, are special – super special. She has just retired after teaching 27 years at Ryerson Theatre School’s dance programme: 21 years as programme director and several as associate chair. It is the perfect time to honour a person who has spent a lifetime giving so generously to dance and dancers.”