Ticket Contest for PushPULL Dance’s Wish You Were Here

We’ve been featuring PushPULL Dance for the two posts on this blog while they get ready for the opening night of their show at the Winchester Street Theatre this Thursday. Opening night is already sold out but you have a chance to win two tickets through our contest!

The rules are simple. To enter, retweet the contest, like it on facebook, and our favourite, share your stories about the hidden aspiration to be dancer in yourself, or someone you know in the comment section below.

Contest closes this Wednesday at 5pm so get your entries in!

Q & A with Rebecca Ho of PushPULL Dance

Even though I’d chosen a non-dance career path, I still wanted to keep doing what I love—what I’ve always been doing—and do it at a high level.

Today’s Q & A features the other half of PushPULL Dance Inc.‘s founding members, performer and producer Rebecca Ho, as mentioned in our previous Q & A. Rebecca’s passion and enthusiasm for dance and for the work that PushPULL does infuse her responses as she shares with us her thoughts on the uniqueness of the company and of a PushPULL performance, as well as her insights on the physical challenges dancers face.

Photo credit: Raph Nogal (https://raphnogal.com/)

And heads up! We’ll be giving away tickets to PushPULL Dance’s 9th annual show, entitled this year as Wish You Were Here, which runs June 13 to June 22, 2003 at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. So stay tuned for a future post about that. Until then, check out our Q & A with Rebecca.

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Q & A with Kelly Slate of PushPULL Dance

I think what’s important with the performing arts is recognizing that creativity and artistic expression are not things limited only to those who pursue them professionally.

In our previous Q & A, Joel Ivany from Against the Grain Theatre spoke about the importance of making art accessible to anyone as the arts are for everyone. Today’s Q & A features Kelly Slate, one half of the founding members of PushPULL Dance Inc., a company that embodies this very notion.

Photo credit: Raph Nogal (raphnogal.com)

Read about what drove Kelly and co-founder Rebecca Ho (who will be featured in a future post in the coming weeks) to create PushPULL Dance, which, beyond the company, is a close community of non-professional dancers from all walks of life, who meet to choreograph dances, create shows, and perform simply for the love of the art. Check out their upcoming show Wish You Were Here, and you might find yourself affected by, and infected with, the joy and passion in the dancers’ performances.

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Ticket contest for Opening Night of Ballet Creole’s River

Taking a European art form like ballet and infusing it with the aesthetics of African and Caribbean dances seems like an unlikely union, but that is precisely what Ballet Creole is all about. This Thursday, they are opening their production of River, featuring two works entitled Trouchka, which was first created and performed in collaboration with TSO during a performance of Petruchka, and a Canadian Premiere of the work Fallen Angels.

To win a pair of tickets, simply let us know in the comments about the most inspiring dance you’ve ever seen!

You can also enter the contest by liking our contest on facebook, or retweeting it on twitter. Contest closes at 5pm on Wednesday April 3rd, so get your entries in!

P.S.: Check out our Q&A with General Manager Natassia Parson in our archives.

Q & A with Festival of Dance Director Melanie Mastronardi

One of the main goals that I have as director of FoD is to build a strong sense of community between the dance groups at U of T, because I think the best way to build support for the dance community is to reach out to people who already share the same passion.

Are you a dancer or part of a dance group? Looking for a place to promote your work, perhaps an opportunity to network with other dancers? Submit your dance piece of any genre and style to the U of T Festival of Dance for a chance to shine, to connect, to celebrate the diversity of the University of Toronto’s dance community. They are accepting audition applications for this year’s festival until February 15.

In this Q & A with the festival’s director, Melanie Mastronardi, who is a dancer but also a PhD candidate at University of Toronto’s chemistry department, she shares with us her experience building a strong dance communities and developing new audiences. Read on…

Q & A with Amanda Hancox, Executive Director of Dancer Transition Resource Centre

In today’s world, the vast majority of professional performers are self-employed, working on a contract basis, or self-producing. To succeed in the dance profession, they need to be self-made entrepreneurs with a wide range of skills, including budgeting, marketing, fundraising, grant writing, and business management.

Pursuing any artistic career takes tremendous focus and dedication. We are not only thrilled to start featuring dance as a performing art, but to also, in this Q & A, introduce our readers to Dancer Transition Resource Centre, an organization that provides professional support to dancers in various stages of their career. In this post, executive director Amanda Hancox shares with us the challenges that are unique to dancers, and reiterates the importance of continuing to learn and staying open to new directions and opportunities.

If you are a dancer, you may be interested in their free on the MOVE conference this Friday (Feb. 1, 2013) at the new Daniels Spectrum cultural hub in Regent Park. It is an opportunity for young and emerging dancers to meet professional dancers, network, and get some practical career-related advice as they transition from training into the professional world. Click here to read Amanda’s Q&A!

Q & A with Ballet Creole’s Natassia Parson

It is so important to remain humble and grounded and to understand that you are an artist in a craft, and the world for which you are creating this craft is ever-changing and shifting. Be open-minded and willing to make mistakes as you explore and grow as an artist.

Picture of several dancers in action, their dresses flaring

Dancers in a Ballet Creole production

In this Q&A, Natassia Parson, general manager of Ballet Creole, tells us about the dance company’s upcoming production of Tounkande, presented in honour of Black History Month in February and will be touring in major venues as well as schools. Fusing Afro-Carribean dance aesthetics with European dance traditions, you can experience their performances as part of the free concert series at the Canadian Opera Company on March 5, 2013. Don’t miss it if you are in the area! Read on…

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