April 4, 2024


Thanks to the instrumental contribution of our donors, Dance Arts Institute has been able to embark on an impactful revitalization journey this past year. Your continued investment ensures we not only sustain but excel in providing quality dance education for all. We invite you to support our Spring fundraising campaign and donate or renew your investment into the school. For as little as $10, $20, or more as a monthly donor, you empower students to become engaged emerging dance artists by supporting their education.

Read more about our journey here.


In March, students in their final year of study in the Professional Training Program visited École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM).

“Each day we took morning class with the third year students at EDCM, and sat in on their rehearsals” recalls Micaela Janse van Rensburg. “We presented a showing of our work from Brandy Leary’s ‘Simplicity (sketch 4)’. After our scheduled time at EDCM, we spent the rest of our afternoons exploring the city. Some highlights included watching Compagnie Marie Chouinard rehearse ‘The Rite of Spring’, and a visit to the Fonderie Darling art gallery. We had a great time bonding as a class and getting a taste of the Montréal arts scene!”

​The third year class funded their visit through the Fall Film Festival, which took place in October 2023 and featured dance films created by the students of Dance Arts Institute.

Students in an art gallery
Two students in a dance studio

Photos courtesy of Élodie Kyra Tan



​Our Pre-Professional (ages 14-15) and Professional (ages 16+) programs offer emerging dance artists and dance students skills and knowledge in expansive Contemporary dance practices and choreographic process. Students will build their dance community network and gain an understanding of what it would be like to study in the Professional Training Program.

Summer intensive students will work directly with professional choreographers on new innovative choreographic works and develop a deeper understanding of artistic practice in relation to the choreographic process.

​Pre-Professional (Ages 14-15)
Full Program: July 1-12 | Week 1: July 1-5 | Week 2: July 8-12

Professional (Ages 16+)
Full Program: July 8-19 | Week 1: July 8-12 | Week 2: July 15-19

“The Summer Intensive was an incredible experience that I’m grateful for. It was certainly very challenging, but the spirit of dancing collectively kept us pushing past the challenges. It was not just restricted to training but we got the chance to investigate our own niche in movement in the creative process sessions. Overall, it gave me confidence and a sense of readiness to return to my dance education.”

– Surej, Summer Intensive 2023 (Professional)

“I had a wonderful time at the Dance Arts Institute. I loved how the staff and teachers treated me like I was a young professional and not just a student. I had loads of freedom during creative process and never felt judged because of my artistic choices. I learned so much from the teachers and the other students.”​

​– Mathilde, Summer Intensive 2023 (Pre-Professional)


Presented by CreativeHub 1352, the fourth bi-annual, award-winning InSitu Multi-Arts Festival returned to the Small Arms Inspection Building March 21-23, 2024, inviting the community to experience immersive art installations and performances.

​This year, the Lakeview Village InSitu Multi-Arts Festival 2024: The Lost Edition featured Dance Arts Institute students Harper Drzymala-Bokitch, Ranganathan Rajan, Mackenzie Richardson, Emmett Bradshaw and Micaela Janse van Rensburg as performers, among others.

Students in costume laying on a prop bed in a site specific performance

Photo courtesy of Abby Silvera


The Chimera Project Dance Theatre presents Unclearing, a double bill featuring two world premieres at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, April 5 & 6, 2024. Co-created by choreographer Sophie Dow, and composer and musician Laura Reznek, Agrimony walks the edge between evocative live concert and embodied contemporary dance. Agrimony examines our desperate search for authenticity within a society that masks our truest selves.

Choreographed by Chimera founding Artistic Director Malgorzata Nowacka-May, Soft is an athletically-charged collision between the dissonance of life’s mundane, daily tasks and instinctual fear. Soft features an original score by composer Eric Cadesky and is performed by is performed by: Tavia Christina, Louis Laberge-Côte, Sophie Dow, Amy Hampton, Sebastian Hirtenstein, Ryan Kostyniuk, Dana Macdonald, Christian Lavigne, Jonah Ocean, Mohammed Rashead, Laura Reznek, Mio Sakamoto, Amanda Testini (Apr 5), Charlotte Telfer-Wan (Apr 6)

The Chimera Project Dance Theatre
April 5 (7:30pm), April 6 (1:30pm & 7:30pm)
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Click here for tickets. 

Image composite of two photos. Left photo is two dancers in neutral costumes. Right photo is a group of dancers wearing animal masks

Photo courtesy of The Chimera Project Dance Theatre

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