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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. This is a FREE series. Doors open at 11:30am. Drop in only.

Special thanks:

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Judi Lopez - September 3 & 4, 2019
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12pm-1pm

Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre (soon to be Meridian Hall), Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

 Artist Biography
Judi Lopez

Judi Lopez is the Founder and Collective Director of KeepRockinYou. Judi is a project manager, 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, TD Jazz, Breakin' Convention festival, co-producer of Open Art Surgery Toronto and Ladies of Hip Hop Toronto. Her performance background extends to Nuit Blanche, and Artistic Director of #BlackGirlBreak.

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 showcases. 



Connect with Judi Lopez
Website - keeprockinyou.com

KH KANNA - October 15 & 16, 2019
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KH Kanna underwent extensive training in Bharatanatyam under gurus Monica Rameshkanth, Venency George in the city of Vancouver, Canada. Currently he is a disciple of Smt. Malini Pararajasingham of Kalasaagaram School of Fine Arts, Toronto; and Sri. Sheejith Krishna of Sahrdaya Foundation, Chennai. 

Credits include Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Sanctuary Season 2, Karl Wolfe, and a short movie with choreographer Jae Blaze; the productions “Ganga,” “Kaal – Time,” and "Life Eternal" by the Janak Khendry Dance Company (Kuwait, Oman, India, Canada.); The 2017 Toronto International Dance Festival, The 2017 Kalanidhi Festival, hosted by The Menaka Thakkar Dance Company; “Howzat!” by Sampradaya Dance Creations, “Nadi” by Leela Samson's Spanda Dance Company, and his choreographic full length debut production "Darshan" in 2018.



 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre (soon to be Meridian Hall), Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

 

Connect with KH KANNA
Instagram - @kh.kanna

Olga Barrios - November 12 & 13, 2019
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Born in Colombia, Mestiza woman, Olga Barrios is choreographer, dancer, arts educator and the co-founder and co-artistic director of Vanguardia Dance Projects. MFA at York University of Toronto. Olga has collaborated with dance, theater, musical and multidisciplinary projects in Canada, USA and Colombia. Some credits as choreographer includes: El retorno (Marilo Nuñez), Aluna Theatre, Wind in the Leaves Collective. Some independent participation includes: Latitudes Fest New York, Hysteria Fest Colombia, Nextsteps Harbourfront, Canadian Campaign I Love Dance, Dance Ontario Weekend, Impact Theatre Festival Kitchener, Bogota Dance Festival, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Festival Women on Stage for Peace Colombia; Festival Impulsos Bogotá, Allende Festival at Harbourtfront, and Ffida between others events. Olga is the recipient of a Hamilton Arts Award 2010, and Colombian Ministry of Culture honor mention in Choreography 2004.

As dance teacher she has worked in Montreal, Hamilton, Kitchener, San Francisco, New Jersey and diverse cities in Colombia.

Currently Olga works in exchange projects between Canada and Colombia.

Connect with Olga Barrios 

Website - www.olgabarrios.com

#olgabarriosdance

Sze-Yang Ade-Lam - December 10 & 11, 2019
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Sze-Yang Ade-Lam is a queer asian nonbinary storyteller & community developer via dance, movement, martial arts, writing, drawings,...etc. Sze-Yang shares stories for love, liberation, representation & empowerment, as an independent artist, and as part of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. Since 2011 Sze-Yang has created more accessible affirming dance education and performance opportunities for QTBIPOC’s and their adjacent communities, as well as advocated for change in the arts.




Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

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

 

Connect with Sze-Yang Ade-Lam

Instagram - @seeyinandyang