Apr 26, 2014 Saturday

Get Moving With Contact Improv!

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Ralph Thornton Centre - 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. East
Toronto CA

Sometimes contact improv feels to me like a cross between tango and yoga. You'll move to the rhythm of your body, connecting with how you feel like moving in the moment. We'll explore varying levels of connection with others, including a softening that can enrich any form of dance. All abilities and body types are welcome. See this link http://youtu.be/zQRF2sLK1vY for a sneak peek. *Loose-fitting clothing such as yoga pants or track pants are recommended.

Bring one of the following:
A box of chamomile tea
A box of lemon ginger tea
A great barbaric yawp!
A meditation session
A memory of the first time you danced
Chocolate
Cook for the annual contact improv weekend
Lend me your favourite book for a week
Let me use your piano for an hour

About the teacher, Ben Robins

I've trained in contact improv with Nancy Stark Smith, Andrew Harwood, Martin Keogh, Chris Aiken, and maybe you. I've spent many lifetimes at Earthdance, a retreat centre for contact improv and embodied dance. I'm helping to organize the Ontario Regional Contact Jam, coming up on the May long weekend at the National Ballet School.

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Ralph Thornton Centre - 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. East
Toronto CA

We will learn dances from many different parts of the world, dances that are part of the heritage of different cultures that are done at weddings, festivals and parties. We will learn dances that everyone can join rather than those that were built for performances, such as Hora and Syrtos. We will learn dances from the Balkans, Greece, France, Israel, South America and more. Folk dancing is fun! It lifts the spirit and relieves stress. *No special shoes, partners or previous experience required.

Bring one of the following:
A copy of your favourite recipe
A music CD
Any 2 of the following (oranges, lemons, avocados)
Any 2 organic fruits
Any organic vegetable

About the teacher, Riki Adivi

I have been practicing folk dance as a hobby for most of my life. In 2007 I completed a Folk Dance Teacher Training course and I’ve been teaching folk dance in several places ever since. I feel committed to the task of making International Folk Dancing a more popular activity. I believe that every person, regardless of any limitation should be able to experience this wonderful activity.

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Ralph Thornton Centre - 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. East
Toronto CA

Have you often thought about joining your friends out at the country bar for some line dancing but were too afraid? Well now's your chance to learn some basic steps and learn some Country Line Dancing! After this introductory workshop, you will feel more confident on joining in on the fun. The hardest part is getting on the dance floor and remembering which foot is your right and which foot is your left. *Cowboy boots or special dance shoes are not required but don't wear running shoes that have too much grip, you don't want to stick to the floor. No partners required.

Bring one of the following:
A positive attitude and a winning smile
Individually packaged snacks to go into my food drawer at work
Snacks to share with 5 people (my favourite are crunchy cheesies)
Surprise me with your imagination

About the teacher, Bobby Chong

Bobby Chong is a successful choreographer and line dance instructor sharing his passion for line dancing for over 23 years. His teaching experience began on the sidelines amongst friends and has grown to teaching to anyone with an eagerness to learn. Possessing a unique style of teaching, he has inspired confidence in those with "two left feet". As a result, he is currently one of the the primary line dance instructors for the Toronto Wranglers and also teaches at numerous events in Ontario & Quebec.

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Ralph Thornton Centre - 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. East
Toronto CA

Salsa is a dance for salsa music created by Spanish-speaking people from the Caribbean. Salsa dancing mixes African and European dance influences through the music and dance fusions that are the roots of salsa: Son, Guaguancó, Rumba, Boogaloo, Pachanga, Guaracha, Plena, Bomba. Salsa is normally a lead & follow (freestyle) partner dance, although there are other recognized forms. Today salsa is a very modern dance that is influenced by other up to date styles of dancing. *Shoes with a slight heel or comfortable dancing shoes are recommended. No partner required as you will rotate with others in the class.

Bring one of the following:
A cookbook
A copy of a vegan recipe
A vegan product (eg. baked goods or hand lotion)
An organic vegetable or organic fruits
Drinking thermos (limit of 1 person)
Fingerless knitted gloves
Handmade/woven (fabric) bracelets of all colours
Packaged unsalted nuts (no shells)
Printing business cards
Unsalted nuts from Bulk Barn (no shells)

About the teacher, Adina Diaconescu

Salsa has been one of my biggest influences since 2004, in parallel to the many styles of latin dance, belly dance, reggaeton, hip hop, house, dancehall, jazz, and others in which I have had the opportunity to train. Reggaeton was the driving force behind my starting to teach in 2007. Other classes such as sexy urban hip hop (sexy hop) and house, followed until I decided to step up the game to the next level and add fitness to the formula.

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Bust A Move to Bollywood!

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Ralph Thornton Centre - 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. East
Toronto CA

Move to high energy music from Indian films with moves from signature Indian folk and classical dance styles fused together with elements of hip hop, jazz, and latin. This class is sure to keep you moving with a mix of technique, emotion and very contagious dance moves! Lose your socks and shoes for a dynamic cardio exercise through this spirited and unique dance style! *No special shoes required.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Baked goods
Grocery store gift card
Marketing help
Notebook with blank pages (unlined)
Packaged snacks to share with 5 people
Small speakers (limit of 1 person)
Social media help for Future Shock Toronto
TTC tokens

About the teacher, Ria Aikat

Ria was passionate about dance at the early age of six and began training in Jazz, Tap, and Ballet at the Canadian School of Dance and continued for 12 years. At the age of 13, she was exposed to styles of dance that were closer to her cultural roots including Bharatanatyam (a classical Indian dance) and more filmy and folk styles such as Bollywood and Bhangra. This led her to become a choreographer and co-director for the University of Ottawa South Asian Alliance competitive dance team. In 2012 she landed a spot on the Culture Shock Ottawa hip hop dance troupe where she became Assistant Artistic Director of the youth troupe, Future Shock. Ria recently moved and joined Culture Shock in Toronto and is hoping to share her passion for dance and teaching by helping to launch the first Future Shock Toronto in September!

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Ralph Thornton Centre - 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. East
Toronto CA

Dance to your OWN beat! As National Youth Outreach Director for Culture Shock Canada, Alan Faigal is known for his dynamic teaching methods and unstoppable energy. Instead of highly complex choreography you will be taken through an Urban/Hip Hop Dance Experience. Using a mix of songs and urban music genres you will learn fundamental moves, technique as well as a few dance routines! EveryBODY can dance…don’t believe us? Come and experience it for yourself! *Running shoes and loose clothing recommended.

Bring one of the following:
A copy of your favourite poem, song, short story, mantra or quote
Create a FB posting mentioning that you are taking a class with Alan Faigal of Culture Shock Canada and include the website www.cultureshockcanada.com
Double AA batteries
Gift card for Starbucks or Tim Hortons
Help Culture Shock Canada (eg. administrative support)
Like & share our FB page (www.facebook.com/cultureshocktoronto)

About the teacher, Alan Faigal

Alan's only formal dance training has been with Culture Shock, first as a class participant and then later as a troupe member. Prior to Culture Shock, he trained as a fitness instructor and has been in the fitness industry for over ten years. He has been with CSTO for eight years and first found out about Culture Shock by watching a cardio hip hop show on television hosted by then CS National Director Carole Woodstock. When CSTO started offering community classes, he gave it a try and Culture Shock has been part of his life ever since. In 2011, Alan worked tirelessly to develop CSTO's Youth Outreach programs, with incredible results! CSTO now runs several programs, as well as countless workshops and events, for youth in and around the GTA. Alan has taken his vision for Toronto's youth national and is currently Culture Shock Canada's Youth Outreach Director.

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Ralph Thornton Centre - 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. East
Toronto CA

Do you like street dancing? Have you ever wondered how those moves are done and where it came from? Well now's your chance to learn some basic steps and history of the culture. After this introductory workshop to breaking or b-boying, popping, locking and house you will leave wanting more. Get up, get down and get ready to impress your friends! *Running shoes, loose fitting jogging pants and t-shirt are recommended.

Bring one of the following:
Bottled water to share with 10 people
Handing out flyers/postcards
Like & share our FB Pages (www.facebook.com/canadianbreaking & www.facebook.com/FATLACESdotNET) (limit to 10 people)
Lined notebook
Miscellaneous tasks (eg. social media, blog, website, email etc.)
Photography/video help
Snacks to share with 5-10 people

About the teacher, Stylez and Rocabye

"Stylez" (aka JoshD) started to dance in the 90’s learning from family members and friends at cultural event gatherings. He has been performing since he was young; battling at cultural events and simply "getting down," when the DJ dropped a beat. Being surrounded by family members that have peaked interests in music and dance throughout his childhood one's curiosity further develops until such internalizations of dance and music are rubbed off on you. He now does shows all over Canada and USA and has been affiliated with underground hip-hop videos. He is presently a member of Zulu nation, the founding organization that started hip-hop in 1973. Stylez is also the organizer of first b-town, "B-boy jam", promoting outreach and contributing to charity work for the past 10 years. Currently he is documenting and promoting the scenes in Canada through blogs and websites such as: www.canadianbreaking.com and www.fatlaces.net. https://www.facebook.com/canadianbreaking ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The concept of Fat Laces has been in the works by Robin Coltez (aka "Rocabye") since the summer of 2007 and made official in February of 2008. The name Fat Laces was chosen because it was the first symbol of Hip Hop specifically Breaking that his twin brother Collin Coltez and him were introduced to in 1983 by their childhood friend and fellow crew member, Rod Oyco (B-Boy Chi Ko). This is when his passion for Hip Hop Culture and its Street Dances began at the age of 9. Being a Canadian and a part of this culture for the last 28 years started with Breaking then partnering with his brother doing routine dancing in the mid 1980’s to the early 1990’s. He has also danced for UBIS which was rated as one of Canada’s top 10 Hip Hop groups in 1993. From the early 1990’s Freestyle Hip Hop/ House Dancing and the reenergized Breaking scene in Canada inspired him and his brother in 1997 to form The HardNox Skoolerz Dance Company (www.skoolerz.com) to represent their clothing line BobbyNox. While teaching Breaking and Freestyle Hip Hop/House Dancing since 2001 he was inspired to dig into the reasons of what influenced him to begin Street Dancing and started to research and document the stories of Canadian Street Dancers past and present. https://www.facebook.com/FATLACESdotNET www.fatlaces.net --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Shake & Shimmy: Let's Belly Dance!

6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Ralph Thornton Centre - 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. East
Toronto CA

Get ready to have fun, feel sensual and connect with your feminine side! It's time to explore how well your hips can find their movement to the rhythm. The University of Toronto Dance Club (UTDC) presents a belly dance workshop for beginners. *No special shoes needed but close fitting leggings and shirt are recommended as you need to see the fine movements.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Bottled or packaged drinks (eg. pop or juice) to share with 5 people
Catering for events
Dance studio rental
DJ skills
Event speakers/mixer for use in the future
Fitness class/workshop
Haircut/colour (limit of 1 person)
Packaged snacks or cookies to share with 5 people
Perfume
Photography skills
Printing for posters
Unique nail polish

About the teacher, Sandra

Sandra has been teaching and choreographing bellydance routines for 4+ years at McMaster Centre For Dance before she moved to Toronto to obtain a post graduate degree. She is excited to share her enthusiasm and love of dance with you.