January 20–22, 2017

Dance Ontario

DanceWeekend’17 in association with Harbourfront Centre


$10 suggested donation

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Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre

An explosion of dance that showcases raw talent and contemporary innovation as well as the beauty and diversity of traditional styles. Join us for three days showcasing 25 of Toronto’s most stunning dance companies, plus two exciting world premieres from Ryan Lee and Alyssa Martin. It’s a weekend to inspire any dance fan.

Don’t miss the Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award celebration of Vivine Scarlett on January 22, 2017 at 7:00pm. More info and tickets available here.


Friday, January 20, 7–10pm
Ritmo Flamenco, New Blue Festival, Egyptian Dance Company, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, Alyssa Martin, Ryan Lee and an urban battle presented by TUDS

Saturday, January 21, 1–6:30 pm
Arkan Dance Company, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, COBA Collective Of Black Artists, George Brown Dance, Janak Khendry Dance Company, Alyssa Martin, Ryan Lee, Mi Young Kim Dance Company, the Theatre Program at Ryerson, Tziporah Dance, The Garage and City Dance Corps

Sunday, January 22, 1–5:15pm
Jade’s Hip Hop Performance Co., Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Alyssa Martin, Ryan Lee, Arabesque, Motus O Dance Theatre and Gadfly


Rock Bottom Movement

Dolphin examines the demise of spirituality through a blend of contemporary dance and physical comedy. Drawing inspiration from late 1990s & early 2000s nostalgia, iconic pop music artists and their performances, slapstick comedy and kitsch art, Dolphin will call into question ideas of persona, exaggerated borrowed identity and the tendency of the current generation to cheapen spirituality to cater to the needs of the social media model, serving their own personal 15 seconds of fame.

Friday, January 20, 8:15 pm
Saturday, January 21, 3:30pm
Sunday, January 22, 3:05 pm


Less is a contemporary dance work for three male dancers exploring masculinity, insecurity and expectations, along with personal, family and societal ideals of what it means to be a man with the intent of encouraging a wider conversation on exclusion, bullying and discrimination.

Friday, January 20, 8:30 pm
Saturday, January 21, 3:45pm
Sunday, January 22, 3:20 pm

Dance Ontario is a key component of the province’s dance sector and a focal point for its communications, networking and capacity-building resources. Dance Ontario has had a significant impact on the art form, artists, audiences and communities, spanning the provincial dance sector through a membership that includes internationally-renowned companies, emerging collectives, teachers, choreographers, dancers, costumers, lighting designers, venues, photographers and videographers.

Rosslyn Jacob Edwards has played a significant role in the dance sector for over 25 years serving as General Manager for DanceWorks, presenter of Toronto’s longest running dance series, and with the U.S./Canada Performance Initiative and The Canadian Network of Dance Presenters/CanDance. The organization’s presentation activities are a result of her outreach into communities across Ontario, as well as networking and collaborations with other dance service organizations.

She is committed to providing activities for a broad range of the organization’s membership and to bringing them together to strengthen the sector. Her programming decisions are developed and backed by a 16 member board, all of whom are dance professionals from various sectors across Ontario. Rosslyn moved to Canada following a liberal arts education and career in the public service and politics in the UK. She worked in the corporate, private and not-for-profit sectors. Since 1969, she has held management positions of increasing responsibility in the theatre, visual arts and dance sectors including the SAW Gallery and Ottawa School of Art (Ottawa), Inner City Angels where she programmed artists in schools across the GTA, and DanceWorks (Toronto). She has also worked with the U.S./Canada Performance Initiative and The Canadian Network of Dance Presenters/CanDance and with consultants, HPFM Associates. She served on the board of COBA, the Collective Of Black Artists, as an advisor to arts councils and independent dance artists, as a Dora Mavor Moore, and currently serves on the advisory committees of ArtsBuild Ontario and George Brown Performing Arts.