Fresh Dance Intensive is a fun-filled four-day workshop program designed to guide students towards embracing their uniqueness and harnessing their creative potential. The Fresh Approach is educational and inspirational, emphasizing transferable skills that apply both in the studio and everyday life: risk-taking, awareness, focus, responsibility, communication and teamwork.
This year, Fresh Dance Intensive celebrates its 10th Anniversary! Since our inception in 2007, we’ve hosted nearly 70 workshops in 6 provinces across Canada for thousands of young dancers.
At Fresh Dance Intensive, “dance” is only a small fraction of what we’re aiming to teach. Movement explorations are used as a catalyst to access and develop other skills including risk-taking, awareness, focus, responsibility, communication and teamwork. We strive to cultivate creative thinkers and team players who can draw connections and use the discoveries they make inside the studio within other aspects of their life.
The ‘teacher-as-student’and the ‘student-as-teacher’ way of thinking is an integral part of the way Fresh Dance Intensive facilitates the learning process for everyone.. We believe that there is no hierarchy when it comes to creative inspiration. Teachers inspire students and students inspire teachers. It’s an exchange. Everyone is responsible for contributing their positive creative energy to each class!
We believe that our responsibility to our students extends beyond executing well-planned lessons. It includes consistently embodying the energy we want our students to feel, practising the same skills we’re teaching in the studio and when we’re outside of the studio, leading by example and, hopefully, becoming positive role models.
Goal Setting – offering dancers a moment each morning to dream big, articulate next steps and self-evaluate progress.
Body and Mind Activation – providing a strong foundation of focus, presence, physical readiness and enthusiasm.
Contemporary – sharing the most recent tools, approaches and innovations of the artform of dance, including elements of modern, jazz and lyrical.
Acting for Dancers – exploring acting techniques with an emphasis on ways for students to use these techniques to enrich their artistry as dancers.
Functional Ballet – emphasizing mobility and stability: investigate alignment, muscle efficiency and movement textures through classical form.
Improvisation – offering strategies to access imagination, take risks, break habits and stay present.
Jazz – emphasizing dynamics and musicality, dancers learn and research energetic movements set to upbeat music. Influences could include Street Jazz and Musical Theatre.
Hip Hop – exploring isolations, groundedness and groove through the dance style of Hip Hop culture.
Jam Session and Reflection – finishing each day with an open forum to collaborate and make connections.
We’re excited to announce our 2017 teaching team!
DAVID NORSWORTHY (Co-Director / Faculty Member), a Toronto-based and internationally acclaimed dance artist, has been privileged to perform and tour with companies including Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto, Canada), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), ZviDance (NY, USA), Brian Brooks (NY, USA), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden). David graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2013. He has recently presented his choreographic work at FRESH BLOOD (Toronto), Wave Rising Series (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm) as well as the Juilliard-in-Aiken Festival (South Carolina) and ArtPowersArusha (Tanzania). He has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Canada Quarterly, The Dance Current and USA Today College. He is the recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award as well as grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.
KRISTEN CARCONE (Co-Director / Faculty Member), is a Toronto-born professional dance artist. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honours from New World School of the Arts in 2011 and has performed across North America in a variety of shows and festivals including: The Phish Concert at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Tangente’s Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal, Quebec), Project Limb’s Glass Jaw (Brooklyn, New York) and The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague, Czech Republic). Kristen is a guest artist with FROG IN HAND, ISODOC Dance Group and Conteur Dance Company. She has been featured in the Dance Current Magazine, Dance Studio Life Magazine, and on Rogers TV. Kristen’s choreography can be seen in Joseph Gordon Levitt’s My Favourite Things video and in Supa’Nova, a new play by Maria Corina Ramierez. Awards garnered include: the Florida-Canada Linkage Scholarship, Outstanding Dance Graduate, and the Frank Augustyn Scholarship.
CHANTELLE GOOD (Faculty Member) is currently in her 3rd year at Marymount Manhattan College working towards a BFA degree majoring in dance and choreography. She has performed works by Sonya Tayeh, Alexandra Damiani (former director of Cedar Lake), and Adam Barruch. While living in New York she has had the opportunity to perform in Reverb Dance Festival (Mary Grace McNally), BC Beat: A Broadway Choreography Showcase (Al Blackstone), and a new work choreographed by Sonya Tayeh presented by Fresh Ground Pepper Theatre Company. This past June, Chantelle attended Springboard Danse Montreal. There, she worked with Bobbi Jene Smith on an excerpt of Humus by Ohad Naharin, created for Batsheva Dance Company. She has also performed in two full-length works by Emma Portner; A Primitive Cinema during the summer of 2015, and Water That Came To My Waist this past July. In August 2016, Chantelle performed in the premiere of Travis Wall’s full length show Hollow Suit.
CHRIS BAPTISTA (Faculty Member) is 21 years old and is originally from Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been trained in many styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Modern, and has performed with companies and teams including Bride to Artists, RiaToss Productions, Peridance Capezio Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and the Canadian National Tap Formation. He completed two years in the Scholarship program at the Ailey School, and graduated from the Peridance School, both in New York City. There he worked with and learn from renowned teachers and choreographers including Ronnie Favors, Graciela Kozak, Adrienne Hurd, Earl Mosley, Pat Caterson, Raja Feather Kelly, Jae Man Joo, Breton Tyner Bryant, and Igal Perry, just to name a few. He has choreographed works in Canada and the US, and has toured Canada teaching over one thousand students through Fresh Dance Intensive. His love is shared between dancing, teaching, and choreographing.
Lilly Giroux found her passion of contemporary dance while training at her current studio Dance Fusion. Lilly has performed at the Capezio Ace awards in Los Angeles, APAP Showcases in New York and with Rasasvada, a pre-professional company.
Brianna Clarke is a first year Performance Dance student at Ryerson University. She has toured across the USA with Emma Portner & The Flock, has presented works by doctoral candidate Sophie Dupuis at the University of Toronto, and is now teaching regularly at Elite Danceworx.
Sarah Flack is currently studying dance at SUNY Purchase College in New York, and plans to graduate with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the spring of 2020. Most recently, Sarah has performed in Manuel Vignoulle’s Amazons and Trisha Brown’s Glacial Decoy.
Nicolette Coppola is currently a Dance Major at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College, New York. She has performed with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, including a tour to New York City for the Jose Limon International Dance Festival in 2015 at The Joyce Theater.
Rosie Harbans is currently studying at Ryerson University, where she is working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance. She continues to perform in the Toronto dance industry, recently performing in Christina Digiuseppe’s House of Heartbreak and Fever After Dark.
Chris Lavigne recently completed his first year at Ryerson University, where he performed in Ryerson Dances and Choreographic Works. Notable experiences include BUILDABeast in Los Angeles, Domaine Forget with RUBBERBANDance in Quebec, and Fever After Dark in Toronto.
Fresh Dance Intensive is made possible with the support of our incredible partner dance studios! We offer our all-inclusive workshop packages to studios across Canada during the month of August annually. Book an event today and bring your students an unforgettable experience… Let’s chat!
Email Kristen (kristen<at>toesfordance.ca) for more information!