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Community Classes

Location: The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East (at Front & Yonge)
Entrance: Yonge Street Entrance (located along Yonge Street on the west side of the building halfway between Front St. and Esplanade). Community classes are accessible via the Yonge Street Entrance and not the main Front Street Entrance, unless otherwise specified on the Eventbrite page.
Doors: Doors open at 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to change and sign in so class can begin promptly. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Community Class Liability Waiver
As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once.  After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes.  Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class.  Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class.

Community Class Rules & Regulations

Free Breakin' Convention Toronto Masterclasses - June 2, 2018
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Join us at Breakin' Convention Toronto for three free Masterclasses on June 2!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Breakin' with Niek Traa from the Ruggeds
Niek Traa
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Class includes a 15 minute Q&A with the artist.
Instructor: Niek Traa from the Ruggeds
Style: Breaking (All levels - Ages 7+)
Class Description: The Ruggeds are known for their originality, creativity and musicality. These are the main aspects they are focusing on in this workshop. Come and join this workshop with the Ruggeds exploring their take on breaking!

Class capacity is 30 participants. 10 spots are being reserved for drop-in participants. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Afro House with Antoinette Gomis
Antoinette Gomis

© photo Belinda Lawley
Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm, Class includes a 15 minute Q&A with the artist.
Instructor: Antoinette Gomis
Style: Afro House (All levels - Ages 7+)
Class Description: Antoinette with teach a house class which draws on African dance styles and steps. An energetic class, be prepared to sweat!

Class capacity is 40 participants. 15 spots are being reserved for drop-in participants. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Popping with Marie Poppins and Dassy Lee from the sassy Femme Fatale Crew
Mary Poppins & Dassy Lee
© photo Belinda Lawley
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Class includes a 15 minute Q&A with the artist.
Instructors: Marie Poppins and Dassy Lee
Style: Popping (All levels - Ages 7+)
Class Description: A Canada first! A rare opportunity to learn popping from the world-class Marie Poppins and Dassy Lee from the sassy Femme Fatale crew.

Class capacity is 40 participants. 15 spots are being reserved for drop-in participants. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

 

Class Location & Arrival Information
Location:
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - Rehearsal Hall
Entrance: Yonge Street Entrance (located along Yonge Street, south of Front St E towards the Esplanade. Photo of the entrance located below).
Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with a class reminder and any updates regarding the number of available drop-in spots. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first-come, first served).
Drop-ins: Regardless of being of the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant. We will reserve 10-15 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Yonge Street Entrance

Yonge Street Entrance

 

 

 

Free Hip Hop Dance Classes - May 2018
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Hip Hop Instructors
Join us on Tuesday evenings in May for five dates of Hip Hop dance classes!

Tuesdays 5:30pm - 6:30pm
May 1 Locking with Caroline "Lady C" Fraser
May 8 House with Caroline "Lady C" Fraser
May 15 Hip Hop & House Freestyle with Kosi Eze
May 22 90s Hip Hop with some breaking with Judi Lopez
May 29 House Dance and Groove Class with Caramel Soldier

• No previous dance experience required, all levels welcome!
• Classes take place in our Rehearsal Hall.
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your own water.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance. Class descriptions, drop-in information, and registration policy can be found below.

Community Class Liability Waiver
As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once. After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes. Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class. Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class. Community Class Rules & Regulations

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

CAROLINE "LADY C" FRASER
Lady C
© photo Mike Ford

Known internationally as an ‘All Styles’ dancer, Lady C is recognized as one of the strongest females in the worldwide street dance community.

She has studied under many of the Pioneers and legends of Popping, Locking, House, Breaking and Hip Hop and with over 10 years’ experience she has earned her reputation competing, performing, choreographing, judging and teaching as far as Uganda, Haiti, Brazil, Italy, China, LA and NYC.

Lady C has gained many accolades through her competitive success at events such as KOD (Canadian Team Hip Hop & Locking), Top Rock City (Top 10 Worldwide picks), Juste Debout, R-16 and Bust A Move.

KOSI EZE
Kosi Eze

Kosi Eze started her training in 2012. Since then, she has been trained in various styles of dance including House, Hip-Hop, Popping, and Locking.

Kosi is a valued member of the Rebels De La Soul, Warehouse Jacks, Symbiotic Monsters dance collectives and  she is also actively involved with UNITY Charity as an artist educator and program facilitator.

Along with representing the Canadian team in two categories for Keep On Dancing International Street Dance competition in Los Angeles, she has extended her reach to dance communities in North America including Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Houston and most recently, the United Kingdom.

Kosi Eze continues growing within the Hip-Hop dance community and overall culture locally while striving to represent Canada on an international level.

JUDI LOPEZ
Judi Lopez
© photo Nika Kramer

Judi Lopez is the Founder and Collective Director of KeepRockinYou. Judi is a community engager, dancer and educator for the arts in building presence in the Toronto Hip Hop community. Her work expands to Project Coordinator for the Toronto B-Girl Movement, Manifesto Community Projects as former managing director, programmer for Breakin' Convention festival, co-producer of Open Art Surgery Toronto and Ladies of Hip Hop Toronto.  She is presently in the MA dance program at York University. Her leadership qualities have given her many opportunities to speak about Hip Hop and arts for social change at universities, community gatherings and special event showcase. Website - keeprockinyou.com Instagram - @keeprockinyou

CARAMEL SOLDIER
Caramel Soldier
Caramel has been marching strong in the professional dance industry for over 15yrs in concerts, exhibition, and theatre stages, music videos, short films and televisions programs both nationally and internationally. Her credits include dancing for artists such as Whitney Houston: Black Eyed Peas: Mel B (Spice Girls); performing on TV shows such as TOTP, MTV (Germany), Brit Awards (London), Hit Machine (Paris). Theatres productions included Hip-Hop dance Theatre Shows: Bounce (Anthony Van Last) Blaze (Anthony Van Last).

Caramel was the first to organize “Experience Dance Conventions” in the UK. Giving dancers the inside scoop of what it is actually like to dance with top artists with; the first included Justin Timberlake’s Choreographer and dancers from his ‘The Justified World Tour 2003’, Eddie Morales, Marty Kudelka, and Kelly Konno. Caramel seeks to inspire her audience and fellow dancers through her performance; she has demonstrated her talents and expertise across multiple dance genres and platforms. As demonstrated while artistically developing many up and coming artists in the UK and New York teaching in studios and schools such as Pineapple Studios (London), BDC (New York), Urdang academy: Performers College: The Brit Performing Arts and Debbie Allen Dance Academy (Los Angeles).

Caramel is a resident judge on UKSDC, and has been judging multi genre dance competitions and battles for 3 years; not only does it give her an insight into the current level of talent it aids her in creating projects, events, programs and courses to progress the art of dance. To enhance her teaching activities and for her love of eclectic Music, this emerging female entrepreneur, created @PieceOfHouse in 2010, a brand of House Dance workshops, dance and fitness classes, entertaining event and festival sessions, with a growing apparel line, to spread the message and build a friendly welcoming community of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities to connect through the love and social gatherings of Music and dance. Caramel has also created a collective of artists within her “House”, being a platform for dance enthusiasts to engage within various street dance cultures.

Caramel has been mentoring many young female dancers over the years, because she wants to see more independent women leading in the industry, representing and doing what they are passionate about with confidence. This mentorship birthed Caramel Soldier an inspirational movement using social media to uplift, education and support with daily quotes and information regarding the dance world through her unique outlook. Her ethos is Lead by example and if she can do it so should you. Follow Caramel’s Mission Marches through life and her blog posts for daily inspiration on social media. Facebook - @TheCaramelSoldier Twitter - @Caramel_Soldier Instagram - @caramel_soldier #FollowTheMarch

Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with a class reminder and any updates regarding the number of available drop-in spots. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant. We will reserve 15 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy
Cancellation Deadline - 24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email education@sonycentre.ca to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.

After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!