Porch View Dances Toronto is this month from July 13-17. Porch View Dances (PVD) is an award-winning community dance festival that engages everyday people as creators, storytellers and performers - many of whom have never danced before. Audience members travel from house to house to see new dance works created by professional choreographers and performed by local families in the front yards, porches and driveways of their own homes.

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This summer, Por ch View Dances (July 13-17) highlights the stories of Seaton Villages' colourful laneways and Porch View Dances is being featured by the  exciting Laneway Project.  
The Laneway Project is an independent urban design and planning not-for-profit that is working to transform Toronto's relationship with its laneways - to improve the way that we think about, plan, design, use and regulate them. To do this, The Laneway Project works in three streams. They work with communities to plan and implement demonstration projects to improve and activate laneways throughout the city, ranging from complete laneway master plans to targeted laneway greening projects and pop-up laneway events; we advise municipal staff on the creation of laneway-friendly planning policies to ensure that laneways are appropriately planned and maintained, and work with different municipal divisions to establish new best practices for our city's laneways; and we create free public planning resources to give Torontonians the tools to undertake their own laneway improvement projects.

Check out some of the Laneway Project's summer events below:

·       The 2016 Laneway Crawl Series of laneway events happening in five neighbourhoods over the course of the summer;
·       The Laneway Puncture Demonstration Project, piloting an innovative storm water drainage technique in two Toronto laneways;
·       The Croft Street Greening Project, a grassroots laneway greening project in Harbord Village; and
·       The Ramsden Park Road and Shaftesbury Place master planning projects, developing community-based master plans for two Toronto laneways.


Time: July 9th, 2016 * 1:30 - 5:30pm
Where: Dovercourt House, 3rd Floor (805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Ontario M6H 2X4)
Fee: $50, CADA Discount Available.  
Registration: Email or call 416-519-6030 now! Facebook

This four-hour workshop is an introduction to Kokoro Dance's approach to butoh training. Butoh is a Japanese dance aesthetic that began in the late 1950's through the work of Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. It is a radically different understanding of how meaning is derived from movement as it is grounded in the conviction that we each have our own original way of moving. Butoh is the search for your own movement expression. Common to most butoh practice is the use of imagery to motivate exploration of how your body uniquely responds to express meaning.
In this workshop, after an initial physical warm-up period, we will begin by learning how to understand what the butoh body is. We will change how we carry our bodies by changing our understanding of what our body is. We will change our sense of time and space by entering into a different understanding of time and space by paying attention to negative space and time, the space between events instead of focussing on the events themselves. We will explore how a string of non-narrative images can transform into meaningful choreography.
About Kokoro Dance
Founded by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi in 1986, Kokoro Dance has since created over 190 dance works and presented over 1,000 performances in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Lithuania, Argentina, and the United States. In 1998, Kokoro Dance initiated the Vancouver International Butoh Festival that evolved, in 2000, to become the Vancouver International Dance Festival that annually presents Canadian and international contemporary dance artists in performances and workshops during a three-week period in the month of March.

You may have heard or seen that this past weekend (June 25-26) we were in Kitchener with Porch View Dances. Check out the album. Meet some of the amazing human beings - families, choreographers, dancers and partners that we worked with. Thank you everyone for coming out!  

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We are so excited to be partnering with TD Canada Trust for Porch View Dances in Seaton Village this year! They will be hosting our opening Wednesday July 13th, 7pm performance! Please join us in welcoming back this wonderful community-minded business to Porch View Dances!

TD Canada Trust
  • For TD, it's not just about business; it's about community building -- by contributing to the social and economic development of diverse communities, in meaningful, long-lasting and innovative ways.
  • That's why, while some corporations are tightening their donations and sponsorship budgets over the past few years of economic turbulence, TD has moved in the opposite direction giving over $82 million to community initiatives last year.
  • Friends, TD is committed to our employees, our customers and our communities.
  • To TD, that's part of what being The Better Bank is all about!


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DORAS 2016:
Karen and Allen send huge congrats all around to our dance community members who were nominated and those who won DORAS 2016. Yay Toronto!

Congrats to one of our amazing dancers Zhenya Cerneacov and his partners Brodie Stevenson and Mairead Filgate for Winning the Outstanding Choreography Award. And to Cloud 9 commissioned choreographer Lina Cruz for winning best performance for one of her lovely dancers..

Cloud 9:
Karen, Claudia Moore (Moonhorse), Louise Bédard and Philippe Noireaut performed Room #7 at the O and R series for Canada Dance Festival. It was a full house for this new work that Lina Cruz has created for Cloud 9. Toronto will feast their eyes in less than a year on this wild and wonderful new work.  

Kaeja is going East:
Stay tuned for an exciting announcement from Moncton, NB - coming your way soon! 

Border Crossings:
Click HERE to read a wonderful article about all the Canadian connections at the the 2016 edition of the Red Noroeste de Festivales de Danza in Mexico!

Cross-Canada Checkup:
 Canada Dance Festival article, click HERE!

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