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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