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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.

Lisa Pijuan-Nomura
Dance Animator
lisa.pijuannomura@burlington.ca

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

Upcoming Events

 

Coming Soon.

 

Past Events

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

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. 

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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.
www.bboyizm.ca

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

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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. www.balletcreole.org

 


 

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. www.novadance.ca

 


 

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. www.peggybakerdance.com

 


 

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: www.ShawnByfield.com

 


 

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. www.bboyizm.ca

 


 

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.

WHO IS ROBERT DESROSIERS?

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.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE DANCE CLASS?

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    

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.