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TOES FOR DANCE

by Paul Bellini

The contemporary dance company, TOES FOR DANCE, created by gay choreographer David Norsworthy, is gearing up for a busy winter.

TOES (The Outreach and Exchange Strategy) will present two innovative contemporary dance productions, the first being a mixed program called entrances and exits: an evening of short contemporary dances and excerpts in November (14-15 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre), followed by a Festival of full-length works in December (11-13 at the Aki Studio in the Daniels Spectrum), both showcasing local and international artists.

Norsworthy began his passion for dance at a very young age, inspired at first sight by female gymnasts with choreographed music routines. He was so moved he knew he had to pursue physical art, and pass on the message that dance is for everyone. His overall goal is to help “bring art to disadvantaged communities.” 

As a Juilliard School grad and acclaimed artist, he is also the founder of North American touring workshop, FRESH Dance Intensive through which he teaches over 2,000 emerging choreographers a year! 

Keeping with his artistic goal of inspiration and encouragement, TOES FOR DANCE uses an interactive ‘informance’ strategy; a combination of presentation and performance for audience members to learn about the creation and appreciation of contemporary dance. 

“Dance is a celebration of humanity's expressive and physical potential,” said Norsworthy. “This production exhibits a stellar constellation of dancing bodies, living inside richly varied choreographic contexts. Our hope is that audience members will leave the theatre provoked and inspired, with open minds and open hearts.”

November 14-15 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre ;
December 11-13 at the Aki Studio in the Daniels Spectrum.


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