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Free Dancing with Parkinson’s Master Class with David Leventhal and Sam Black

Dance for PD Founding teacher, program director and former Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) dancer David Leventhal will offer a free, open-to-the-public master class along with his MMDG colleague Sam Black.

Saturday February 24th, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Located at the Sony Centre (Yonge Street Entrance, doors open at 10:30am)
To register for this free class please sign up here as spaces are limited.

We ask that this class is reserved for those with Parkinson's disease and their carepartners.
More information can be found here.

This event is happening prior to the Jitterbug Social dance party and lunch!

Purchase tickets for Civic Theatre Toronto’s evening presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group – Pepperland.

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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 Yoga - September 2017 to May 2018
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Moksha Class at the Sony Centre

Spend your lunch hour stretching, twisting, breathing and add some calm to your day. Special thanks to our partner Moksha Yoga Danforth!

• No previous yoga experience required.
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Bring your own mat and water.

Tuesdays 12:00pm – 1:00pm
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 13, 20, 27

Thursdays 12:00pm – 1:00pm
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 15, 22, 29

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

2018 Registration Dates
April (Registration will open March 12)
May (Registration will open April 16)

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.

Registration is free and will guarantee your spot in this class.  Drop-in participants will be welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.  Class capacity is 40 students.

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!

Free Barre Fitness - October 2017
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Barre Fitness

Join us on Tuesday evenings in October for Free Barre Fitness Classes! Barre Fitness classes are a blend of pilates, dance, cardio and core strength training. Reshape your body into that of a dancer's, with an emphasis on posture and alignment. Work up a sweat in a high energy and fun class set to music!

TUESDAYS 5:30pm-6:30pm
October 10, 17, 24, 31

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - SHARON BURKE
Sharon started taking dance lessons at the age of 6, studied at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and The Banff School Of Fine Arts among others as a teen, and was then accepted into the scholarship program at Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal. After moving back to Toronto to pursue other interests, Sharon fell in love with the Pilates method and has taught pilates for over 10 years. Always looking to expand her fitness knowledge, she has now added Barre work to her teaching curriculum; a perfect blend of ballet and pilates influenced training styles.

Free Beyography - November 2017
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Beyography

Beyography Class

Join us in November for four classes of Beyography! Beyography is a tribute dance class where you are encouraged and welcomed to release your inner Diva. In this intensive, two-hour class you’ll learn the choreography to a music video!

TUESDAYS 5:30pm – 7:30pm
November 14 – “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child
November 21 – “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
November 28 – “Run the World” by Beyoncé

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Free Evening Yoga - December 2017
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Moksha Class at the Sony Centre

Unwind at the end of your day with an hour of stretching, twisting, and breathing. Special thanks to our partner Moksha Yoga Danforth!

• No previous yoga experience required.
• Please wear comfortable clothing. 
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Bring your own mat and water. 
• 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.

Tuesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Dec 5, 12

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Free Bollywood - January 2018
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Shereen Ladha
Join us on Tuesday evenings in January to learn Bollywood dance. A combination of uniqueness, energy, joy, and grace is what defines modern Bollywood dance. This beginner-level class will work through technique and style while building a fun short routine! Special thanks to Shereen Ladha!

• No previous dance experience required, all levels welcome!
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your own water.

Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm

January 9, 16, 23, 30

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - SHEREEN LADHA
Shereen Ladha

Shereen Ladha is a professional dancer, choreographer, instructor, and social influencer based in Toronto, Canada. She is the owner and director of the popular YouTube channel 'dancewithSL' that features dance covers to latest Bollywood hits and tutorial videos, and was selected as YouTube's Next 15 Canadian Stars on the rise. DancewithSL is also the creative force behind the YouTube viral sensation 'Maafi' - the Bollywood cover of Justin Bieber's 'Sorry,' and the hit stage show 'Roots: A Journey Through India' which is currently on tour.

Shereen started her dance career training in various disciplines such as Bollywood, Classical Indian (Bharatanatyam, Kathak), Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. She was a finalist on the television show 'Canada's Got Talent', has been featured in Netflix original series 'Hemlock Grove', Hollywood movies such as 'The Love Guru' with Mike Meyers and Jessica Alba, Bollywood movies such as 'Thank You' with Akshay Kumar, and Indo-Canadian films like 'Breakaway' and 'Dr. Cabbie'. She has also danced and toured with Bollywood personalities such as Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Ranveer Singh, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Mika Singh, Preity Zinta, Sonam Kapoor and many more.

Shereen has performed and choreographed for several high profile projects such as the AR Rahman Tribute Show, Jubilee Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies in Dubai, the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremonies with Cirque du Soleil, Much Music's 'So You Think You Can Dance Canada' promotions, several Toronto Raptors half-time shows, WE Day celebrations at the Air Canada Centre and the WE Day music video, Holt Renfrew's 'Uncrate India', the International Indian Film Association's (IIFA) 'IIFA Rocks', and many more.

Free Afrofusion - February 2018
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Esie Mensah

Join us on Tuesday evenings in February to learn Afrofusion dance. Afrofusion is a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with a multitude of dance styles such as Hip Hop, Dancehall, Soca, Contemporary, House and more. It is a fusion of various vocabularies seamlessly put together to create a very unique blend of movement. Esie Mensah has been perfecting her style for over 4 years. This is one that continues to evolve as she grows as a choreographer and dancer. Special thanks to Esie Mensah!

• No previous dance experience required, all levels welcome!
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your own water.

Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm
February 6, 13, 20

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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. Our wait list/drop-in information and Eventbrite registration policy can be found further down the page.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - ESIE MENSAH

Esie Mensah
Esie Mensah, dancer/choreographer/teacher/model was named 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada in 2017, 2015 recipient of the Cultural Promotion award from the Ghanaian-Canadian Association, 2014 Black Canadian Award Winner for Best Contemporary Dancer. Esie and her company The Black Stars were recently on stage with French Montana on Live with Kelly and Ryan in Niagara Falls. She has worked with some of the industry's biggest icons such as Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Drake, Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, as well as Coca Cola, Luminato, TIFF, Right to Play, FIFA, WE DAY and more. Esie was the co-choreographer for “Panamania" Victory Celebration as apart of the 2015 Pan Am Games entertainment. Choreographer of the CHFI commercial "Mornings are a little different" for the Erin and Darren show. Featured dancer in the 2016 FOX TV remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show “Let’s do the time warp again” featuring Laverne Cox and Adam Lambert directed by Kenny Ortega and Lou Adler. Esie was the movement designer for 1837: Farmer’s Revolt directed by Philip Akin for the 57th season of Shaw Festival. Esie and director Alexis Wood (Vice/CBCArts) shot a short documentary surrounding her recent work, Shades of Blackness. It speaks about the issue of shadeism within the black community and several communities of colour. “Dancing with Shades" aired on "The Exhibitionists” on CBC in February 2017.

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 20 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!

Free Evening Yoga - March 2018
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Moksha Class at the Sony Centre

Unwind at the end of your day with an hour of stretching, twisting, and breathing. Special thanks to our partner Moksha Yoga Danforth!

• No previous yoga experience required.
• Please wear comfortable clothing. 
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Bring your own mat and water. 
• 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.

Tuesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm
March 13, 20, 27

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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 10 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!

Free Spoken Word Poetry - April 2018
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Join us on Tuesday evenings in April with Toronto Poetry Project, producers of Toronto Poetry Slam!

  • No previous experience required.
  • Please bring your own paper and pen/pencil.
  • Please bring your own water.

Tuesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm
April 3, 10, 17, 24

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MARCH 12.

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

April 3 - Spoken Word Poetry 101 with David Silverberg
If you ever wanted to try writing spoken word poetry, this is the class for you! David Silverberg, artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam, will lead you through several exercises to get your brain percolating with ideas for poems. Then you’ll try writing a poem yourself and David will offer feedback to those who want to share their new poems. You’ll learn how to use invigorating language, the types of techniques to add punch to your poetry, and what it takes to make your poem leap from page to stage.

David Silverberg is a spoken word poet, journalist and workshop leader. He has performed his poetry across Canada and Europe, and has brought spoken word workshops to more than 40 schools across Ontario. He is the founder of Toronto Poetry Slam, a biweekly poetry series taking place at the Drake Hotel. He is the editor of Canada's only spoken word anthology Mic Check. His non-fiction work has been published in The Washington Post, BBC News, Vice, Buzzfeed, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, The Canadian Jewish News, Quill & Quire, Ars Technica and many more. Find him at davidsilverberg.ca

April 10 - "Mightier Than The Sword": Using Spoken Word Poetry to Battle Apathy with Patrick de Belen
For hundreds of years, Poetry has been an effective political tool to impact the masses. The very history of spoken word is rooted in the narratives of oppression, struggle and revolution. Work with award-winning spoken word artist Patrick de Belen to explore spoken word as a form of activism and sharing your truth.

Patrick de Belen is a rare breed of artist. This Toronto-based Filipino spoken word poet, performer, speaker, host and educator is one whose formidable acclaim as a performance artist and writer is equaled by his commitment to his community, and his status as an enduring source of insight, energy and mentorship for young poets across North America. As a performer, Patrick has garnered praise and admiration for his ability to blend sharp social commentary with an exhaustless wit, charm and creative candour. This combination of talents has made him a national slam champion, as he was at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and a performer of note on such platforms as CBC, TED Talk, NEXE and others. He is also the first ever recipient of the Spoken Word Poet of Honour award at YouthCanSlam--Canada’s national youth poetry festival, an award he won on the basis of his dual talents as a poet of remarkable ability and an educator of enduring devotion, passion and intelligence.

Off the stage, he is committed to his work in arts education/mentorship; involved in partnerships with a long list of institutions and organizations including jails, schools, health centres, libraries and more. He is also the director of BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam and the facilitator of the Filipino Storytelling workshop series, “Poetry is Our Second Language”.

April 17 - Writing for Self-Care with Tanya Neumeyer
Guided by Tanya, you will work with the basic elements of performance to take your poem from the page to the stage! Whether you are new to spoken word or an established artist, hone your craft in this workshop. Bring a written poem and a willingness to stretch your comfort zone.

Tanya Neumeyer is a professional poet and arts educator with more than 10 years of experience in the field. Tanya studied geological environmental engineering and international development studies at Queen's University before falling in love with the arts and winning a bronze medal in spoken word poetry.

April 24 - Poetry Slam hosted by Cassandra Myers

WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM?
A poetry slam is a high energy competition of spoken word poetry. Poetry slams were invented by a construction worker from Chicago named Marc Smith in the 1980s as a way to bring life back into poetry readings and make the audience engaged in the show!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There are rules to the slam!

  • The time limit for each performer is 3 minutes. Each 10 seconds someone goes over the time, there is a 0.5 point deduction. The times starts as soon as you engage the audience, verbally or otherwise. There are no props, costumes, or musical accompaniment allowed and all work must be original material (samples of your larger works are allowed).
  • Poets are permitted to read from pieces of paper or a device, memorizing the poem isn’t necessary.
  • Judges are selected from the audience to score the poets based on what they say and how they say it (essentially content and performance). Each poet performs their work and has it scored by the judges, the highest scoring poet wins the slam!
  • While most slams have 2 or 3 rounds with each round featuring the same performers, the Sony Centre Poetry Slam will be one long round with an intermission. This will allow us to give as many people as possible the opportunity to perform.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PERFORM?

  • Upon arrival, you may add your name to the performer sign-up sheet. There will be 30 spots available.
  • Feel free to bring two poems! If less than 30 performers sign up, we will have a lottery for those who brought two poems. You may be able to perform twice!
  • The winner of the slam wins two tickets to a very awesome Sony Centre event!

About your host:
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Cassandra Myers is a poet with a emerging career in competitive performance poetry. The 2015 Femme Youth Poet of the World, Cassandra has competed and performed on international stages at the National Poetry Slam, the Women of the World Poetry Slam, Brave New Voices, and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. A member of the Toronto Poetry Project and the President of the Ryerson University poetry slam club, Poetic Exchange, Cassandra is the forward momentum behind the Toronto slam poetry community. Reader for a Feminist Thread and A Strength of Doves and Winter Tangerine alum, Cassandra is making moves from the stage to the page, anticipating a long career in published works.

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 5 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!

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