Dance Ontario DanceWeekend




Our flagship event, DanceWeekend’21 is just around the corner! Join us from April 29th-May 2nd for Dance Ontario’s first ever virtual weekend of dance films, interactive workshops, and more! 

DanceWeekend’21 will kick off on April 29th with International Dance Day celebrations followed by three action-packed days that will showcase a uniquely captivating feast of globally inspired dance. Tune in on Friday for a dance film series featuring exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and choreographers. On Saturday we’ll present additional films, new choreography, awards and end the day with a DJ Dance party! We’ll close off the weekend on Sunday with captivating workshops and messages from our partner organizations.

We usually host this event in downtown Toronto and welcome dance enthusiasts from around the province. This year looks a little different in many ways, but DanceWeekend is here to stay. You’ll now be able to access the weekend of festivities from the comfort of your own home. As a proud advocate of the Ontario Dance community, we’re owning our responsibility to ensure a wide-reaching, sustainable, inclusive, and vibrant dance community.  

With prize-packed contests, new digital dance creations, and interactive workshops, you don’t want to miss DanceWeekend’21!

Click HERE to register and #ComeDanceWithUs. 


There is a recommended donation of $15 per person for unlimited access to DanceWeekend’21 performances and events.

Donations can be made here.




Thursday, April 29, 2021

1pm International Dance Day Message for Ontario
From Ontario Ambassador Natasha Powell in partnership with Dance Umbrella of Ontario

1:15 pm Dance Across Ontario
Meet of our members and get a glimpse into their work and practise

2pm Family Friendly Dist - Dance Party
with Alan Faigal in partnership with Culture Shock Canada

Friday, April 30, 2021

7 pm DanceWeekend Dance Film Series #1 

Featuring films by: 
Jennifer Robichaud/Jonathan Lawly ELD/LDP
Louis Laberge-Côté and Micheal Caldwell 

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company 
maximalbstudio & Melanie Old Dance Projects
Sheenah Ko

7:30 pm DanceWeekend Discussion: Moving on Film 


Saturday, May 1, 2021

2 pm Opening Performance
in partnership with the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

2:15 pm DanceWeekend Dance Film Series #2 
Featuring films by: 

Yasmina Ramzy Arts
Avinoam Silverman Dance

Kylie Thompson Dance
Kaitlyn Seibold
Robyn Bedford
Michael Caldwell/The School of Toronto Dance Theatre 

 3:00 pm DanceON Pandemic Pivots 
Original Digital Creations featuring: 

Nostos Collectives 
Little Pear Garden Dance Company 

Vanguardia Dance Projects
Arte Flamenco 
Aeris Korper 

3:45 pm Jacque Foesier Youth Award Presentation
Justine Coroza 

4:00 pm Come Dance With Us Film Premiere
Choreography by Alysa Pires 

Performances by the Dance Ontario Community 

4:15 pm DanceWeekend Discussion: Dancing remotely

5 pm DanceWeekend Digital Jam with DJ Andrew Tay


Sunday, May 2, 2021

DanceWeekend Workshop Series

10:30 Kids Dance Party with Julie Mclachlan
11:15 Hip Hop Choreography with Shameka Blake
 in partnership with dance Immersion 

12:00 pm Kathak with Bageshree Vaze
1:00 pm  Afro-Brazilian Newton Moraes 
2:00 pm RAQS SHARQI - Middle Eastern Dance Introduction with Yasmina Ramzy
3:00 pm Flamenco with Carmen Romero
4:00  pm Rhythm & Groove with Rodney Diverlus
5:00 pm Vogue with Matthew Cuff
6:00 pm Salsa with Jose Carret  - in partnership with the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival 

Click HERE to register


What The Public Says About DanceWeekend:

"...awesome", "terrific!" - "best year yet!"

"Congratulations on a great event, and thank you for providing so much pleasure and inspiration over the years."

"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the fabulous weekend at Harbourfront. The selection was amazingly diverse and a great joy."

"I've looked forward to this for a long time and I am not disappointed - best event in dance!"

"Keep having this spectacular event please."

"Top calibre talent!"

"A truly enriching, unique, fun and educational experience"

Thank you to our sponsors



Our partners

And our funders



Videos from Past Events