Dance Outreach - Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Experiences that Inspire!
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Dance Outreach Program

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre received a grant from The Ontario Arts Council to participate in the Ontario Dances Program. This program seeks to have more live dance performances in Ontario communities and more people engaged, interested and invested in dance at a local level in our province. This pilot initiative aims to increase the range and diversity of dance available to communities in Ontario outside of Toronto. From dance classes and workshops to artists in residence to the presentation of dance work from leading Ontario-based professional choreographers, Ontario Dances will offer the public and professionals alike the opportunity to participate in dance at all levels.

Megan English
Dance Animator

Please join us for The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Dance Outreach Program,
and together we will create Experiences that Inspire.

Upcoming Events


Stay tuned for upcoming events!


Past Events




Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm

At The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (440 Locust Street in Burlington)

Dreamwalker Dance and The Burlington Performing Arts Centre invite you to two wellness movement workshops facilitated by local artists.
This will be a time to delight in the diverse creative energies of these exceptional artists. This is a time for you. These sessions will be fun, relaxing, rejuvenating, and a chance to reboot.
You will be guided into a flowing hour of gentle stretches, visualizations and connecting movements, simple vocal sounds and play. No dance or singing experience is required, just curiosity and an interest in exploring, sensing, feeling and moving in space with others, with an attitude of appreciation.
 Participants are welcome to attend both sessions.

Contact Megan English, Dance Animator for more information or to sign up for a workshop. / 905 681 2551 (6304)

Community Workshop with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Sunday, April 30th  from 1:00pm – 3:00pm     

at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (2302 Bridge Road in Oakville)








The Burlington Performing Arts Centre has teamed up with the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts to bring back Kaha:wi Dance Theatre for a FREE community workshop, taught by Joshua DePerry.

Joshua DePerry (Blackfoot and Cree Nations) was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is a Hoop Dancer and a music producer of "Classic Roots."

Everyone Welcome - no experience necessary.  Dress comfortably with soft soled shoes and loose clothing.


A FREE Workshop with FORM Contemporary Dance Theatre

Tuesday, January 3 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm in the Community Studio Theatre


This workshop will flow through various exercises to find avenues to access confidence, explore and express creative range and physicality. Tuning awareness to the sensations, feelings, emotions and ideas that are naturally present and allowing them to blossom into breathtaking movement. 

At the end of the workshop there will be time devoted to discuss and reflect on the material covered and to ask questions. 

This workshop is designed for dancers with at least 1 year of contemporary dance (or related) experience.

Participants must be at least 14 years of age.   Maximum participants: 20.   FREE!

All participants must be registered. 


Introduction to KrumpIntroduction to Krump with Jaja Vankova
of I.aM.mE Dance Crew


Sunday, November 6 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
in the Community Studio Theatre 

$20 Fee - to be paid at the door prior
to participating in the session.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is excited to co-host Introduction to Krump with Jaja Vankova with Defining Movement Dance (Hamilton).

Defining Movement Logo

What is Krump?

The dance known as krumping is a street dance popularized in the United States that is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. The youths who started krumping saw the dance as a way for them to escape gang life and to release anger, aggression and frustration positively, in a non-violent way.

This workshop is designed for dancers with at least 1 year of hip hop and/or urban dance experience. 

Participants must be 11 years of age or older.   Maximum participants: 30.   Cost: $20

All participants must be registered.



Saturday, August 6 from 3:00pm - 4:30pm on the Plaza at 440 Locust Street

Intersection Dance is an open air celebration of dance for all! Each event will be part performance and part dance lesson. Come and see incredible dance in a summer setting and learn some moves from the artists.


'heartBEATZ 2016'  is an original dance piece being created for the HDN by Lisa Emmons, Artistic Director of Form Contemporary Dance Theatre. On August 6th you will see the work in progress. Lisa will be collaborating with a collective of dancers representing three communities: Burlington, Milton and Oakville. After the performance the collective will receive "notes" and invite the audience to comment or make suggestions. These ideas will be considered as the piece is finalized for performances during Culture Days (October 1st and 2nd). This transformative event embodies Halton Dance Network's mandate to build community in and through dance.

'heartBEATZ' will conclude with a community dance interactive workshop based on the Groove method facilitated/delivered by Alan Faigal. The workshop will involve the audience and the dancers coming together in one single heart beat. 



Saturday, July 30 from 3:00pm - 4:30pm on the Plaza at 440 Locust Street

Intersection Dance is an open air celebration of dance for all! Each event will be part performance and part dance lesson. Come and see incredible dance in a summer setting and learn some moves from the artists.


  Learie McNicolls and Dancers

  Once I Lived in the Box, a dance work by Learie Mc Nicolls. 

  Dancer and choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls has created a full-length dance piece about  
  vulnerability and trust. The piece is danced by 
Angela Del FrancoSharon HarveyTanis
Jamila Bello and Learie Mc Nicolls, in a sequence of trios, duets and solos, that
  reveal different aspects of isolation and connection. 

Once I lived in the box/ hated the box/ loved the box/ respected the box/ got angry at the box

  Lua Shayenne and Company

  Excerpt Djaa (La Sècheresse | The Drought)

  Djaa is a one hour production that showcases the richness of traditional West African dance
  through an explosive traditional dance, song & drum performance.

  Once upon a time, in a not so distant past, humans suffered from a severe drought. After
  consulting the Komo mask, they embark on a great journey to find Mami Wata - the Water

  DANCERS: Shireen Ali, Kristen Pepper, Lua Shayenne
  PERCUSSIONS: Walter Maclean, Yohance Francis Parsons
  CHOREOGRAPHY: Lua Shayenne



Saturday, July 9 from 3:00pm - 4:30pm on the Plaza at 440 Locust Street

Intersection Dance is an open air celebration of dance for all! Each event will be part performance and part dance lesson. Come and see incredible dance in a summer setting and learn some moves from the artists.

  FORM Contemporary Dance with Art House Youth:   PIECING HOPE

 “Hope is not blind optimism… Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us,
 but by us” 

 “Piecing Hope” is inspired by the idea that hope is generated by the result of collective work  and not the endeavours of individual desires. This puzzle of hope is pieced together by all of  us: all the pieces are there but it is up to us to put them together. 

Choreography: Mateo Galindo Torres
Outside Eye: Mayumi Lashbrook
Music: Foals, Garth Stevenson and Oh Wonder
Music Mix: Mateo Galindo Torres

Performers: Irvin Chow, Lisa Emmons, Jasmyn Fyffe, Mayumi Lashbrook, Mateo Galindo Torres, Lukas Malkowski 

  Burlington Footnotes

  The Burlington Footnotes Senior Performing Troupe
  is an energetic group of over 110 dancers (various
  styles including tap, jazz, ballet/lyrical, clogging,
  musical theatre), singers, and musicians from the
  50+ generation who epitomize the ‘art of staying
 Since inception in 2000 the organization
  has grown from 6 to more than 110 members.


 Ballet Class with Hong Kong Ballet

 Monday, March 7, 2016 at 3:00pm
 in the Community Studio Theatre

 Hong Kong Ballet is one of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia and  is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution that  represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Hong Kong Ballet designs and  delivers informative, educational and inspiring programmes, opening up the  amazing world of ballet to the broadest possible audience, and cultivating  within them, a love of ballet and the performing arts.

 Don’t miss this unique opportunity to develop your technique and nurture your  love of ballet. 

Participants must be 14 years of age or older.   Maximum participants: 20.   FREE!

Figures in Motion with Peggy Baker 

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:00pm 
at the Art Gallery of Burlington

Join Peggy for a presentation that delves into art history to reveal intriguing parallels between the evolution of modern dance and the major visual arts movements of the 20th century. Peggy illuminates some of the ways in which the style, structure, and subject matter of Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Modernism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Post Modernism, and Expressionism are reflected in developments and trends in choreography.

Participants must be 14 years of age or older. Maximum participants: 40.     FREE!

Flux Workshop with Peggy Baker

Saturday, February 6, 2016 (10:30am - 12:00pm) 
in the Marshalling Room

Flux: a spontaneous choreography celebrating the poetics of space.

A simple set of guidelines for walking and stopping set a group of people in motion, creating ever-evolving, constantly recalibrating, gloriously eventful group choreography. Led by Peggy Baker, Flux is a fun and fascinating adventure in action and interaction

Flux is a free, no-experience-required workshop for people of all ages who would like to participate in a group movement experience.

All Ages. Younger children may need the assistance of a parent.  

Maximum participants: 20.     FREE!

 Ballet Class with Canada's
 Royal Winnipeg Ballet

 February 4 2016, 4pm 

 The Royal Winnipeg Ballet enriches the human experience by teaching,  creating and performing outstanding dance. Versatility, technical excellence  and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet,  qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. The Royal  Winnipeg Ballet is dedicated to inspiring others by bringing dance to  communities and organizations across the country. Come refine your  technique and take this inspiring class!

Participants must be 14 years of age or older.   Maximum participants: 20.    FREE!

 Workshop with ProArteDanza

 Sunday, November 1, 2015 (10:30am - 12:00pm) 
 in the Marshalling Room

 ProArteDanza has the reputation of a hard-edged contemporary ballet  company with a huge passion for performance, a drive for excellence, and an  eye for talent.   An artist from the company will come and workshop some of  ProArteDanza’s repertoire for the participants.  The workshop will give a  glimpse of what it is to be a "fusion dancer"; trained in both the  centuries-old  technique of the classical ballet and in techniques of the  contemporary dance  of our time.  This fusion is in great demand in the dance  world today and  young dancers with this ability will get a jumpstart in their career.  

Participants must be 16 years of age or older.  Maximum participants: 20.

Ballet Class with
Canada's Ballet Jörgen

Monday, September 28, 2015 (4:00pm - 5:45pm) 
in the Marshalling Room

Level: Elementary/Intermediate

A company member will teach a ballet class, taking students through the traditional paces while imparting his or her own personal expertise as a technical dancer. A wealth of experiential knowledge will be shared with the students, giving them an opportunity to see thigns anew and inspire them to achieve more with their dancing. A company member will also teach choreography from the touring show, Sleeping Beauty. The students will learn this repertoire while applying musicality, personality, and precision to their role - thus learning about the trade of working as a dancer and telling a story with movement.

Participants must be 13 years of age or older.  Maximum participants: 20.

 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
 Master Class

 Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (3:30pm - 5:00pm) 
 in the Marshalling Room

This classical ballet class is offered to intermediate and advanced ballet  students and teachers. One of the top touring dance companies out of the United States, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's unique spirit arises from its dual set of home cities. For 17 years, ASFB has consisted of top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking and accessible works, and virtuoso dancers, soaring to both popular and critical acclaim.

Participants must be 14 years of age or older and currently be studying ballet at an intermediate or advanced level.
Maximum participants: 20.

Advanced students may bring pointe shoes. 

Bharatanatyam & Beyond 
with Nova Bhattacharya

 Saturday, May 2, 2015 (10:30am - 12:00pm) 
 in the Marshalling Room

This master class provides a practical introduction to the basics of bharatanatyam with a focus on its theatrical and mimetic aspects. Participants will work through the gestural language of the form as well as its approach to expressional and narrative dance. Moving beyond the specifics of technique the workshop will then move onto choreographic exercises designed by Bhattacharya to use the classical form as source material for contemporary expression.

Participants must be 16 years of age or older with a minimum of 1 year of dance experience.  Maximum participants: 20.


Dance Workshops with
Toronto Dance Theatre

Master Dance Class
with Rosemary James
Sunday, January 25, 2015 (10:30am - 12pm) 
in the Marshalling Room

Led by Toronto Dance Theatre Rehearsal Director Rosemary James for young dancers. 

Participants must be 14 years of age or older with a minimum of 2 years of dance experience.  


Ailey II Master Class
Friday, October 24, 2014
11am - 12:30pm in the
Marshalling Room

The class will explore Horton technique, a whole body, anatomical approach to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression. Dancers from the Ailey II company will lead participants through class to experience the company’s unique movement styles. 

This class is open to advanced dancers 14 and older, and is recommended that they have 2+ years of dance training. The class is a challenging class that requires physical agility and endurance. Please come dressed in appropriate dance clothing. 


BBoy IZM Dance Outreach Event at BPACBboyizm Dance Outreach Event
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
7pm - 9pm in the
Community Studio Theatre

BBoyizm is back! They will be heading into a couple of local high schools and then there will be a public workshop at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre for all ages on Wednesday April 9 from 7-9pm.

A short demonstration by members of the company, Q&A,
ending with a street/hip hop dance class for all ages. 


Celebrate Black History Month withBallet Creole Outreach Event at BPAC
our Ballet Creole Outreach Event

Monday, February 10, 2014
7pm - 9pm in the Main Theatre

Begins with an excerpt of Ballet Creole’s Tounkande, followed by a Q&A and ending with an Afro-Caribbean Class with live percussion. All ages.

Ballet Creole exists to create, preserve, and present dance works that testify to the rich heritage of African and Caribbean cultures as they interface with European traditions. Featuring the artistic creation of notable choreographers, including Patrick Parson, founder of Ballet Creole, the repertoire of the Company endeavors to createa dance legacy in Canada through performance and educational projects.



Nova Bhattacharya Outreach Event at BPAC

Nova Bhattacharya Outreach Event
Sunday, January 12, 2014
1pm - 4pm in the Main Theatre

Established in 2008, Nova Dance is led by dancer and choreographer Nova Bhattacharya, who brings her classical bharatanatyam training into the world of contemporary dance with elegance and authority.

Nova will present “Date with Dance” followed by a Q&A, ending with a 90 minute master class on the basics of bharatanantyam (introduces participants to the steps, hand gestures, storytelling and abstract elements of the form).
All ages.

Date with Dance is an outreach initiative created by Nova Bhattacharya, Artistic Director of Ipsita Nova Dance Projects. She discusses the roots of the bharatanatyam form in her work and presents excerpts of dances to animate the discussion.

The dances presented are Pushpanjali; a classical dance whose literal meaning is flower offering which offers a glimpse into both the abstract and narrative elements of the form; maskura and Related Fragments Remix, created in collaboration with tabla virtuoso Ed Hanley, demonstrate her use of the form in a contemporary aesthetic

Through this lecture-demonstration audiences are given the opportunity to learn about how dances from other parts of the world are becoming very much a part of Canadian dance. It also serves as an excellent primer for contemporary dance and how it is evolving in Canada.



Peggy Baker Outreach Event at BPAC

Peggy Baker Outreach Event
Sunday, October 20, 2013  ‚Äč

Renowned contemporary dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker performs “Disappearance of Right and Left”, followed by a Q&A and ending with a 90 minute Master Class for teens and adults.

Established in 1990, Peggy Baker Dance Projects is led by Artistic Director Peggy Baker, widely considered one of the most outstanding dance artists of her
generation. Born in Edmonton Alberta in 1952, Ms. Baker began her professional career in Toronto, in 1974, as a founding member, and later artistic director, of Toronto’s Dancemakers, where she participated in more than 50 premieres by Canadian choreographers and contributed three works to the repertoire.

She toured internationally as a prominent member of Lar Lubovitch’s celebrated New York company throughout the eighties and joined Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for the inaugural season of their White Oak Dance Project in 1990, subsequently forging important creative relationships with Paul-André Fortier (Montreal), James Kudelka (Toronto), and Doug Varone (New York City) through numerous performance projects.  

Disappearance of Right & Left
An autobiographical work The Disappearance of Right and Left is a seamless marriage of movement and text, drawing on stories from Ms Baker’s family history as well as her own life experiences. Themes of transformation, belonging, loss and joy are shared with the audience in an intimate and reflective performance.



Contemporary Residency
with Laurence Lemieux from Coleman/Lemieux & Compagnie

February/March 2013 

A fantastic opportunity for local dancers to work directly with a professional Toronto choreographer. Auditions will be held on Monday February 25 for this amazing opportunity to learn a new piece choreographed by Laurence Lemieux and the chosen dancers will then perform the piece at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre before the Coleman/Lemieux performance on March 6, 2013.



Tap Dance Outreach with Shawn Byfield 
Sunday January 20, 2013  

We are excited to present our very first Tap Dance Outreach with the amazing Shawn Byfield. Dora Award winning choreographer Shawn Byfield is a veteran of TV & film, and an internationally renowned tap dance & hip hop dance instructor. He's a 2007 Gemini Award Nominee, Co- Director of Thrive! Entertainment and Director of Funk Factory, Canada's National Tap Dance Ensemble.

A resident of Toronto, he travels often as a teacher and choreographer across Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom. Past students of Shawn have gone on to work with such artists as Britney Spears, Aaron Carter and Janet Jackson. Many have become respected dance professionals in film, television, cruise ships and music theatre.

1:00pm-2:00pm - Beginner Tap Workshop with Shawn
2:00pm-2:45pm - Shawn will perform a solo tap routine followed by a question/answer period
3:00pm-4:00pm - Intermediate/Advanced Tap Workshop with Shawn 

For more info on Shawn, please visit:



Dreamwalker Dance Company/Andrea Nann
November 5-16, 2012

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre will be heading into 3 local Halton High schools with Dreamwalker Dance Company's The Whole Shebang Collaborative Movement Workshops. Professional Toronto contemporary dancer Andrea Nann will be accompanied by a musician to inspire students to make connections between artistic mediums while refining movement fluency and artistic expression.

Dream Walker Logo at BPAC




BBoy IZM Workshop at BPAC

Bboy IZM - March 22, 2012

Come out to The Burlington Performing Arts Centre on Thursday March 22, 2012 from 7-9pm for a special dance workshop with the hip hop dance group BBoyizm!

Company members Melly Mel and Crazy Smooth will teach a dance class that will end with the students performing the choreography (routine) they've learned in the workshop. You also have the option of observing the dance class. Other dancers from the company will join Mel and Smooth to do a short showcase of their work and then they will finish with Q&A period

Bboyizm’s motto is “dance to express not to impress” and this Ottawa based street dance company teaches all forms of dance such as B-Boying, B-girling, House, Hip Hop and Locking.



Robert Desrosiers at BPAC

Robert Desrosiers - Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is excited to announce another fabulous Dance Outreach event. On Sunday January 22, 2012 Robert Desrosiers will be at the theatre for an amazing workshop.

2-3pm  Performance and Talk Back -  Robert will discuss dance and his creative process then he will perform a solo, accompanied by a cellist. Then a female dancer will perform a solo into a duet with a male dancer followed by a Q & A with the artists.

3:30-5:30pm Master Class with Robert Desrosiers  - a dance class for any dancers with a minimum elementary level in ballet, jazz or modern dance. Open to all ages.


Robert Desrosiers is well known as one of Canada's most innovative and imaginative choreographers. He was born in Montréal and was accepted to the National Ballet School when he was twelve years old. He studied at The National Ballet School (1965-71) and danced briefly with the National Ballet of Canada before continuing to perform and train in France, England, the US and Canada.



Coleman Lemieux at BPAC

Coleman Lemieux
Monday November 28, 2011

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is excited to announce another fabulous Dance Outreach event. On Monday November 28, 2011 we will be bringing some of the members of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie to our Community Studio Theatre for an amazing workshop.

7-7:15pm Performance of Soudain l’hiver Dernier – two members of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Andrew Gidey and Ryan Boorne will be performing this beautiful male duet in the Community Studio Theatre.

7:30-9pm Master Class with Laurence Lemieux – a dance class that might include technical standing exercises; floor work that allows for exploration of gravity; travelling phrase using quick footwork and directional changes, jumps and faster travelling sequences across the floor, culminating with phrases from the performance that challenge the dance to deeply analyze the movement and its interpretation. Taught by Laurence Lemieux, assisted by Andrew and Ryan.

9:00pm Talk Back – Questions and Answers with the artists.

Dance Class taught by Laurence Lemieux

Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. Whether as a dancer or choreographer, Lemieux is a powerful and unflinching artist whose soulful work comes from the heart. Her choreographic work is informed by experience as a dancer, and is, as such, deeply intimate, rich in emotion, and technically sophisticated.



Peggy Baker Inside The Art

Peggy Baker
Sunday May 22, 2011

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre invites you to a wonderful dance event with the winning dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker.

Peggy will be coming to Burlington on Sunday, May 22, 2011 to present….

Inside the Art – The Power of Gesture

11:30am-12:30pm Arrive at the studio to sign in. Muffins and refreshments will be available at no cost in the lobby before and after the performance.

12:30 -130pm Peggy Baker performance: Inside the Art – The Power of Gesture

Celebrated dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker reveals the ideas and methods that can inform her work. She explores the power of gesture, a choreographic element that can define character, distill the charge of emotion, or reveal the essence of musical accompaniment with striking economy and impact. Ms. Baker discussed and demonstrates the potency of gesture through a series of dances that employ this essential choreographic device in very different ways.

2-3pm Dance Class taught by Peggy Baker

After attending Peggy Baker’s performance “inside the Art – The Power of Gesture”, you may observe or participate in a one-hour dance class led by Peggy. This class is for teen and adult dancers only and there is limited space available.


Peggy Baker brings the richness, depth, and immediacy of her physical practice into play in a class driven by dynamism and musicality, and focused on an exploration of the expressive and kinetic potential of our bodies. At play in the movement material are principles of the Graham, Limon and Cunningham techniques, as well as the contemporary influences of choreographers James Kudelka, Paul-Andre Fortier, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Doug Varone and Melissa Fenley.



This event is made possible through the generous support of     Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council’s ONTARIO DANCES Program builds capacity for dance presenters, artists and organizations, and provides them with a range of professional development opportunities. Ontario Dances seeks to have more live dance performances in Ontario communities and more people engaged, interested and invested in dance at a local level in our province. This pilot initiative aims to increase the range and diversity of dance available to communities in Ontario outside of Toronto. From dance classes and workshops to artists in residence to the presentation of dance work from leading Ontario-based professional choreographers, Ontario Dances will offer the public and professionals alike the opportunity to participate in dance at all levels.