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Discover Dance Banner                                    Travis Knights, Jasmyn Fyffe, Emily Cheung, Norma Araiza

You are invited to Discover Dance, a free, all-ages, lunch hour series, where you will be introduced   to some of Toronto’s incredible dance artists. Hosted by the award-winning choreographer Nova Bhattacharya, Discover Dance is an hour packed with dance and conversation. You will have the opportunity to see dance and share your thoughts; to hear stories and ask questions; and to discover how dance forms from near and far are being woven in Toronto’s cultural scene.

Special thanks:

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Travis Knights - September 11 & 12, 2018
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Tap dancer extraordinaire Travis Knights

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

 Artist Biography
Travis Knights
© photo Jared Wielfaert

Montreal native Travis Knights is realizing his dreams, pounding rhythms on wood floors all over the world.

His career started in 2000, when he was cast as a principal dancer in the motion picture biography of Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. In the 2010 he toured North America with the internationally acclaimed Australian show, Tap Dogs. From 2010 to 2013, Travis jumped into the dance company world as a principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas.

In 2014, he embarked on a self-produced world tour, filming his web series entitled ’The Interviews' featuring celebrated pioneers in the tap dance world.
He currently hosts a podcast (The Tap Love Tour Podcast, subscribe and download on itunes) about Tap Dance. In 2019 he will be developing an original full length work commissioned by Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Connect with Travis Knights
Website - travisknights.com
Facebook - travis.nights
Instagram - tkxperience

Emily Cheung - October 9 & 10, 2018
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Daring and innovative Emily Cheung’s contemporary and classical Chinese dances

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Emily Cheung

Emily Cheung is an Artistic Director of Little Pear Garden Dance Company in Toronto. www.littlepeargarden.com. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance (B.F.A.), Master in Dance (M.A.) and Bachelor of Education in Dance (B.Ed) at York University. She grew up with R.A.D. training and was invited a scholarship to study ballet in London, England. She went to Beijing Dance Academy for training majoring in Classical Chinese dance. She also taught dance since 16. Emily has been constantly invited to give academic talks and workshops to graduate university students, undergrads and highs school students. In May 2017, she received an award for Canada 150 being recognized one of the 15 candidates in Voices of Chinese Canadian Women for her contributions to building a strong community. In August 2017, Emily will be celebrating her 10th years of her career as Artistic Director for Little Pear Garden Dance Company.

Connect with Emily Cheung
Website - littlepeargarden.com
Facebook - littlepeargarden
Instagram - littlepeargdc
Twitter - @LPGCol

Jasmyn Fyffe - November 13 & 14, 2018
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Rising star Jasmyn Fyffe’s celebrations of the black female body in dance

Jasmyn Fyffe

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Jasmyn Fyffe
© photo Anja Jadryschnikova

Jasmyn Fyffe is described as “ a young artist whose body of work is developing in a style all her own.”(Sway magazine – Anya Wassenberg). She has performed/choreographed in Toronto, Brooklyn NY, Montreal QC, North Bay ON and Sinop, Turkey, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Berlin and Birmingham UK. Her most recent solo work “what do you see?” presented by Summerworks Perfomance Festival got rave reviews and she received an honorable mention for the Jon Kaplan spotlight award. She was recently commissioned by Toronto Dance Theatre and presented a new world premiere for their 50th anniversary. In 2017 she was featured on CBC’s “HERstory in Black” honoring 150 Black Canadian women making a significant contribution in Canada. “Fyffe is an indisputably talented performer and dancemaker,” Kathleen Smith, The Dance Current.

Connect with Jasmyn Fyffe
Website - jasmynfyffe.com
Facebook - JasmynFyffeDance
Instragram - jasmyn_fyffe

Norma Araiza - December 11 & 12, 2018
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The unique creativity of Norma Araiza working from cultural practices of the Yoeme Nation of Sonora, Mexico
Norma Araiza
© photo Al Doerksen

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Norma Araiza
© photo David Ho

Yoeme/Mexican performer, choreographer, and instructor living in Toronto, Norma works in different modalities within the arts blending dance, theatre, vocals, percussion, and text with cultural and traditional themes in a contemporary context.

Norma has studied with international artists such as Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, Natsu Nakajima, Tascabile di Bergamo, Kei Takei, Pol Pelletier, among others. Norma is the artistic director of Tolmec Dance Theatre an independent Toronto-based company working with cultural specific themes and a member of Vanguardia Dance Projects Collective and The Beautiful Canoe Collective. She holds a Master’s Degree in Dance Ethnology from York University and she graduated from the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at CREATE Institute. She is currently working as an EXA Therapist at Hospice Toronto working with people with life threatening illnesses through the arts, as well as teaching physical theatre at different high schools in Toronto. Her work has been presented at different venues in Toronto, throughout Ontario, Montreal, Hungary, California, Rochester NY, Colombia and throughout Mexico.

Connect with Norma Araiza
Website - normaraiza.ca

Louis Laberge-Côté - January 8 & 9, 2019
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Dancer, choreographer, professor of dance Louis Laberge-Côté is a favourite of Toronto audiences and Nova Dance fans.  His elegant, refined and extravagant work is filled with dark humour and infinite grace.

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© photo Jeremy Mimnagh

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Louis Laberge-Côté is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, and rehearsal director. An acclaimed performer, he has danced nationally and internationally with over thirty companies and has been a full-time member of Toronto Dance Theatre (1999-2007) and the Kevin O’Day Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim (2009-2011). He has created over eighty choreographic works, which have been presented and commissioned in Canada and abroad. His work has garnered him a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography, as well as eight other individual and ensemble nominations for Performance or Choreography. He has been nominated for the KM Hunter Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016. A sought-after pedagogue, he has taught classes and workshops all across Canada and has been recently appointed Assistant Professor of Dance at Ryerson University. He holds an MFA in Creative Practice from the University of Plymouth (UK).

Ashley Perez - February 12 & 13, 2019
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Ashley Perez (aka Colours) is power in motion. From funk styles to hip-hop, voguing, waacking and jazz, her mastery of dance will leave you breathless.
Ashley Perez aka Colours

© photo Soteeoh

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Discover Dance is cancelled today due to inclement weather and unsafe travel conditions. We have rescheduled TCA for Thursday, February 14, Upper Gallery, 12pm-1pm (all details the same).

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Ashley Perez also known as Colours is a dancer and choreographer making waves in the Canadian dance scene. Training in funk styles and hip-hop, she later specialized in voguing, waacking and house with mentors Jose Xtravaganza (New York), Archie Burnett (New York), Caleaf Sellers (New York), Jojo Zolina (Vancouver) and Kaiti Dangerkat (Calgary/New York).

Ashley is Co-artistic director or Mix Mix Dance Collective with whom she has co-created two full-length works and recently represented Canada at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie in Abidjan. Mix Mix has completed an artist residency at York Woods Library and presented new work at Fall For Dance North in 2017. Mix Mix is currently developing a new work for Contemporaneity 3.0 (Toronto, Ontario) for April 2019. Ashley was awarded the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance, Ensemble in the Dance Division for Floor’d presented by Holla Jazz in 2018. Ashley was a resident choreographer and performer with the artist collective House of Dangerkat. Developing works that allowed her to travel and perform in places such as New York, London & Paris. Her most recent teaching enterprise has been Class with Colours, to share the essence of Waacking - the glam, sass, and punk - with people of all backgrounds. These workshops have popped up at spaces such as Sketch Studio (Artscape Youngplace), Lululemon Attic, and Parks N’ Wreck 2016/17.

Connect with Colours
Website - Mix Mix Dance Collective
Facebook - classwithcolours
Instagram - colours_perez

Hanna Kiel - March 19 & 20, 2019
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to a high security event in the venue, upon entry to the Yonge Street Door at the Sony Centre on March 20, you will be subject to a thorough security check. Please allow yourself extra time and arrive early. You are encouraged to avoid bringing large bags and any outside food and drink. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Hanna Kiel is an award winning choreographer, respected dance teacher, and she’s worked with contemporary culture icon Yoko Ono!  Watch her work with dancers on creation and find out about her journey through dance in different cities.

Hanna Kiel
© photo Shy Alter

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Rehearsal Hall
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Yonge Street Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Dora winner Hanna Kiel is from Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Vancouver in 1996. She has presented her work at 12 Minutes Max, PlanB Singles and solos Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Pulse at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver. In 2007, she collaborated with Yoko Ono as a dancer and choreographer at the Centre A. Moving to Toronto in 2008, Hanna has continued choreographing for: Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, Conteur Dance Academy, George Brown Dance, Ryerson Dances, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Intensive, IGNITE, ProArteDanza, Ballet Jörgen, Alias Dance Project, The National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary. She was an E-choreographer in 2015 for Springboard Danse Montreal and one of the choreographer at Osez 2018 in Quebec city. Hanna is the artistic director of Human Body Expression and one of the founders of “The Garage” dance development and exchange collective group.

Connect with Hanna
Website - HBE Dance
Facebook - HBEdance
Instagram - hbedance

Nivedha Ramalingam - April 16 & 17, 2019
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Nivedha Ramalingam is an emerging talent who is burning up stages at home and abroad. North American and Indian audiences have been enthralled by her precision, elegant and expressive dancing. She’ll share classical repertoire, a glimpse of work she’s doing with Nova Dance and stories of her still fresh life in dance.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Performing Artist, Choreographer, and Director of Bharathalaya Dance Academy, Nivedha Ramalingam commenced her journey 16 years ago under the guidance of her mother and later completed her Arangetram in 2003. She obtained her Diploma in Bharathanatyam, “Natiyakalaimani” title, Bachelor’s in Bharathanatyam. She has since participated in many learning intensives under lead artists in India though she remains primarily self-taught and self-trained.

Nivedha founded Bharathalaya Dance Academy in 2006. Through the academy she has been instructing Bharathanatyam to students. Nivedha is the first Bharathanatyam Dance instructor at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus to instruct classes for university students.

In 2013, Nivedha Ramalingam was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the Cleveland Thayagarajah Dance Competition, winning over Bharathanatyam dancers from India. She is the recipient of the ‘Vazhavoor Ramaiya Pillai’ Endowment award from the Cleveland Thyagarajah Aradhana and the ‘Guru Subbaraya Pillai Endowment award from Sri Kirshna Gana Sabha in Chennai. She currently works as a lead company dancer for the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company. She has performed in many international dance festivals, and has been invited to showcase her work at schools in Vancouver, San Antonio, Chicago, and New York. As a keen artist, Nivedha continues to learn and discover the intricacies of Bharathanatyam and strives to adhere to its aesthetic beauty and balances her career as a Kinesiologist working in Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Connect with Nivedha
Facebook - nivedha.ramalingam
Instagram - nivedha.ramalingam

Yvonne Ng - May 28 & 29, 2019
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Yvonne Ng is a dancer, choreographer, presenter, arts educator and cultural champion. She’ll share glimpses of her solo works and stories about taking Canadian dance all over the world.
Yvonne Ng
© photo Cylla von Tiedemann

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Born & raised in Singapore, of Peranakan descent, Yvonne Ng, B.F.A., M.A., is the founder, choreographer, presenter, arts educator and artistic director of princess productions (since 1996), which houses tiger princess dance projects  (TPDP) and the biennial dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival (2001). TPDP’s repertoire includes Yvonne’s works and commissioned works, creating original roles for Bill James, José Navas, Dominique Dumais, Kevin O’Day, Marie-Josée Chartier, Robert Glumbek, Stephanie Skura, Deborah Hay and Tedd Robinson. tiger princess dance projects has toured to Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, Canada and the USA. Yvonne is a certified Open Source Forms© teacher and the recipient of the 2017 Muriel Sherrin Award, the 2016 Jacqueline Lemieux Award. 3 Awards in North American Chinese Dance, Award for Canada 150 being recognized one of the 15 candidates in Voices of Chinese Canadian Women for her contributions to building a strong community.

Connect wth Yvonne
Instagram - tigerprincessdanceprojects
Twitter - yveing
Facebook - tigerprincessdanceprojects