May 9, 2023

It is with great pleasure to share that The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s new operating name will be Dance Arts Institute effective June 1, 2023. This exciting name change marks a new era for us, highlighting our evolution and growing organization. Our purpose holds strong – to be an exceptional training centre that helps shape the future of dance in Canada. While remaining rooted in our rich history, Dance Arts Institute aligns with our desire to build an institution that is pluralistic and responsive to the evolving needs of the dance and arts sectors.

At Dance Arts Institute, we pride ourselves on our student-centred approach to education. With every consideration, we are committed to advocating for and legitimizing Contemporary dance practices as a viable professional pursuit. Our Professional Training Program curriculum prepares students for leadership and artistic excellence in the field of dance, providing them with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience necessary to navigate the competitive and constantly evolving industry. Our impressive alumni, who have made a name for themselves both nationally and internationally, will continue to find a home at Dance Arts Institute as we grow and innovate.

The faculty and guest artists of Dance Arts Institute bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our students. The new Artistic Research Residencies provide an opportunity for the dance community to share their research and, alongside our Communities Programs, offer multiple entry points which enrich our collective understanding of Contemporary dance practices.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dance Arts Institute, where we believe in equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed as emerging artists in today’s world. Thank you for being a part of our community, and we can’t wait to dance with you!

Dance Arts Institute

A New Name for a New Era

The process of becoming Dance Arts Institute began in 2021, after the appointment of new Artistic & Pedagogical Director Sasha Ivanochko, and involved extensive research and collaboration with our faculty, staff, and community. The careful rebranding process honours our distinct artistic and educational identity that allows us the freedom to shape our future in step with the ongoing developments of the field of dance.

You can be a part of our exciting journey and learn more about our process here.

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Your contribution has a profound impact on the success of our students and the innovative initiatives of our institution. Our Spring Campaign aims to raise vital funds for Professional Training Program student bursaries and scholarships, industry-leading education provided by renowned instructors, a new student-centred curriculum, purpose-built dance space, a new operating name, and a fresh vision and values. Join us in training the next generation of leaders, choreographers, performers, and teachers who will shape Contemporary dance in Canada and globally.

Read more about our new curriculum and space

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre Ushers in a Student-Centred Curriculum. After appointing new Artistic and Pedagogical Director Sasha Ivanochko, the School enters a transformational time. Click here to learn more about our new curriculum.
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A new home for the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. After 45 years of calling Winchester Street Theatre our home, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is excited to announce that it will be opening its own space. ​Click here to learn more about our move.
Photo credits: 1. Third year students. Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh. 2. Ellen Moore, Maya Santos O’Keefe, Ella Parsons. Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh. 3. Third year students. Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh. 4. Jayna Shi. Photo by Aidan Tooth. 5. Maya Santos O’Keefe. Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh.

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