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June 15, 2001
Toronto's Dance Community Takes it to the Street!
A celebration of Toronto requires a lot of dancing! So, the Celebrate Toronto
Street Festival presented by Shoppers Drug Mart is offering more than 50 dance
performances on two dedicated dance stages for two full days, July 7 and 8,
2001. The Canadian Heritage Journeys in Dance stage and the Dance of Nations
stage will both feature performances and interactive dance workshops by some of
the best dancers/choreographers this city has to offer and... its all for free!

The City of Toronto has one of the most vibrant, diverse dance communities in
the nation. The Journeys in Dance stage, located at the Celebrate Toronto
Street Festival's Yonge and Bloor site, reflects this incredible diversity
featuring a wide spectrum of performances from an equally diverse group of

The stage will host student and community dancers aged 4 to 72, including
students of the Etobicoke Tap Dance School and Fairyland Children's Dance
Theatre, members of TOSalsa, an online organization set up for the promotion of
Salsa in Toronto, and the awe-inspiring, all-seniors clogging troupe, Gael
Force Dancers.

Some of Toronto's most established independent dance artists and professional
dance companies will also take to the stage including:

· Arabesque Dance Company
Under the artistic direction of choreographer Yasmina Ramzy, this company of
dancers and musicians brings the sensual rhythms, shimmying hips, stomping feet
and clapping hands of traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern Dance to the
stage in a theatrical, evocative performance.

· Canboulay Dance Theatre
One of the finest contemporary Black Dance companies in Canada, Canboulay Dance
Theatre, lead by Trinidad born, Julliard trained choreographer Ronald Taylor,
offers an eclectic fusion of diverse dance and music traditions with an
innovative mix of traditional, contemporary and post-modern dance forms.

· Caribbean Folk Performers
This performing arts troupe is committed to preserving traditional African and
Indigenous Caribbean Culture through dance, music and drama. From the Virgin
Islands to New York's Madison Square Gardens to Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre,
the company has thrilled huge audiences with their exciting repertoire
including the Flaming Limbo, Calypso, Spiritual-Shango, Kumina, the Bele, Pique
and Mambo, to name a few.

· The Chimera Project
Lead by founder Malgorzata Nowacka, this contemporary dance troupe is known for
its slash and burn, athletic techno-driven movement. The company's muscular
intensity and bold energy is driven by imaginative choreography and a 21st
century savvy that demands to be noticed.

· COBA (Collective Of Black Artists) Inc.
COBA has thrilled audiences throughout Ontario, British Columbia and the United
States with their spirited performances. Their repertoire includes traditional
African and Caribbean dance and music, as well as works from a non-traditional
base exploring modern and contemporary movement and themes.

· Dance Oremus Danse
Founded in 1983, Dance Oremus Danse is a modern dance company with a live music
mandate, dedicated to mounting the choreography of Isadora Duncan and to
creating new works in her style. The company is the Canadian representative of
the Isadora Duncan International Institute, Inc.

· fFIDA Showcase
fFIDA (Toronto's Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists) is the largest
international dance festival in Canada - a three-week annual event supporting
more than 100 artists. As part of the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, fFIDA
presents a showcase of talent highlighted at this years festival, scheduled for
August 1 - 19, 2001 including performances by Dance Co-2, Fougère Dance, Pounds
Per Square Inch and Ritmo Flamenco.

· High Xposure
In the tradition of Bandaloop, with a good measure of Cirque du Soleil thrown
in, High Xposure explores the cross over of art and athletics by combining the
basic action elements of rock climbing and dance. From the undergrid of a
large steel and concrete bridge to the walls of a downtown office tower, this
innovative company utilizes a wide variety of perpendicular stages to deliver
their spectacular "rock climbing dance theatre" performances.

· Mi Young Kim
Dancer, choreographer, teacher and founder of the Korean Dance Studies Society
of Canada, Mi Young Kim learned Korean dance from her father Yunhak Kim, one of
the three pioneering dancers who transformed traditional Korean dance to its
present form for the professional stage. She's achieved great acclaim for her
work in multi-cultural Canadian dance history and is an active member of the
Toronto Arts Council dance committee.

· Omo Dance Co.
Omo Dance Co. was founded in 1994 by choreographer/artistic director Debbie
Wilson, a former member of the Cincinnati Ballet Company, Les Ballets Jazz de
Montreal, Judith Marcuse Repertory Dance Company and Randy Glynn Dance
Project. This multiracial contemporary dance company presents
thought-provoking, educational and entertaining performances that often address
current social issues.

· Solazul Flamenco
Founded in 2000, Solazul is dedicated to showcasing the power and energy of
flamenco. This exciting art form from southern Spain is an intricate, rhythmic
tapestry created by guitar, the dancer's footwork and the palmas. Company
founders, are accompanied by acclaimed flamenco guitarist, Juan Dino Toledo.

· Sukalyan Bhattacharjee
Internationally renowned choreographer, scholar, dancer, teacher and producer,
Sukalyan Bhattacharjee is a master of the Manipuri dance form from northeastern
India. Sukalyan's virtuoso performances combine the free flowing, lyrical-like
waves and acrobatic feats of traditional Manipuri dance with contemporary dance

· Virsky Stars
Named after founder, Pavlo Virsky, the Virsky Stars were the first professional
Ukrainian Dance Company in Toronto. All former soloists of the Ukrainian
National Dance Company, members of the Virsky Stars deliver a spectacular
performance of Ukrainian dance featuring traditional costumes and music.

The Dance of Nations stage, located at the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's
family destination site at Yonge and Lawrence, introduces children to a
marvellous array of movement from around the world and encourages them to
participate in the performance. Daily workshops are led by:

· Ballet Creole
Under the artistic direction of Caribbean-born dancer, choreographer and
percussionist Patrick Parson, Ballet Creole is one of the most exciting and
accessible professional dance companies on Toronto's arts scene. While focusing
on traditional and contemporary dance from the Caribbean and Africa, the
company aims to establish a dynamic new artistic tradition in Canada through
fusion of diverse dance and music traditions.

· Kanata Native Dance Theatre
This vibrant, energetic professional performance troupe brings to life the
heritage of the Plains and Woodlands tribes with songs and dances of the
Iroquois, Objibway, Blackfoot, Cree and Lakota. The company's spectacular show
features a wide range of dances including the Traditional Dance, Fancy Dance,
Jingle Dress Dance, Horsetail Dance and the Hoop Dance.

· Rina Singha
Born and trained in India in the Kathak classical dance tradition, Rina Singha
is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning dance artist. She has achieved
excellence in all areas of dance, from choreography and performance to
education and community development. She has been a major force in the
promotion of non-western dance forms in Canada and has been credited with
training generations of young dancers across the country.

· Madéraz!
Based in Toronto, Maderaz! is dedicated to keeping alive the rich musical
heritage of Latin America. Along with regular concert performances, Madarez!
offers specially adapted concerts and workshops for primary and secondary
schools across Ontario. These workshops include both music and movement,
exposing children to a variety of traditional Latin dance steps.

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is an amazing celebration of dance, but
there's so much more breathtaking cirque and thrill shows, world music, Olympic
sports, the glitz of the midway, awesome sidewalk sales and great food!
Admission to the festival is FREE! So, get your feet on Yonge Street for one of
the greatest street festivals on the continent and Celebrate Toronto!

It all starts on Friday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the Yonge & Eglinton site where
The Big Bid Bash officially opens this year's festival with a special salute to
Toronto's 2008 Olympic Bid. The celebration continues throughout the weekend at
all four festival sites, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and 11
a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 8.

Ride the Rocket to all four festival sites with the TTC's Special Family Day
Pass. For only $7.50 per day, the Family Day Pass offers up to six people
unlimited travel all day long on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8.

For more information, residents and visitors can call the Hotline at
416-338-0338 or check out the Toronto Special Events Web site at

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