Ignite! 2017

Ignite! is an auditioned, one-week summer dance program about the creative process for emerging contemporary dance artists ages 15 and up.

The program explores different methods and approaches for dance-making. Through a series of classes, research labs and collaborative rehearsal experiences, Ignite! aims to help artists understand a new scope of their own creative possibilities.

Now in its fifth year, Ignite! is a collaboration between Toronto’s acclaimed school and company, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and TOES FOR DANCE.

About the Program

The 2017 program will run from Monday, July 24th to Saturday, July 29th. It will consist of the following elements:

  • Warm-Up Class (Daily): contemporary technique and improvisation strategies
  • Casting Workshops (Day 1): an audition experience to cast dancers for Rehearsals between Day Two and Six
  • Creative Process Class (Day 2 to 6): strategies and tools for collaborative movement invention and composition
  • Rehearsal (Day 2 to 6): choreographers use rehearsal periods with dancers to experiment with choreographic ideas and begin a new creation
  • Research Labs (Days 2, 3 and 5): guest artists investigate a topic, proposal, theme or question with dancers and the discoveries and creative content of this research are discussed collectively
  • Improv Jam (Day 4): an optional networking opportunity to collaborate with actors, visual artists and musicians, as a way of further exploring the creative process
  • Showing and Reception (Day 6): open to family and friends, this event showcases the creative efforts of the week and culminates the program

Click here to download the 2017 Draft Program Schedule (PDF). 

Audition Eligibility

Dancer applicants will be chosen for their technical facility and artistic curiosity. As this program is not designed to develop technical skills, dancers are expected to have a high level of training and technical ability.


  • ages 15+
  • minimum 3 years of dance experience
  • curiosity and eagerness to learn
Live Audition

Date: Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Time: 5:00-8:30pm

Location: CCDT, 509 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario

Fee: $30.00 including HST payable to the School of CCDT

RSVP: MandatoryClick here to register! (coming soon).


  • 5:00-5:10: Sign-In and Welcome
  • 5:10-6:00: Contemporary Warm-Up and Technique Class
  • 6:00-6:45: TOES FOR DANCE repertory phrase-work
  • 6:45-7:30: Improvisation tasks
  • 7:30-8:30: Mini choreographic assignment
Video Audition

Deadline: June 1st, 2017 at 11:59pm EST

Fee: $30 including HST, payable to ‘School of CCDT’

Submit: Click here to submit your video audition! (Coming soon).


Must not exceed 3 minutes in length.

Please include:

  • 1 contemporary centre exercise OR 1 ballet barre exercise
  • 1 contemporary phrase
  • 1 improvisation

Please send $30 CAD video audition fee:

  • Via Interac E-Transfer to dlundmark@ccdt.org . Please remember to send the password in a separate email to the same address!
  • Via Cheque or Bank Draft made payable to “School of CCDT” and mailed to Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, 509 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4X 1P3.
Program Fees and Scholarships


$550 plus HST


Limited scholarships will be awarded to dancers who demonstrate financial need. A scholarship application form will be available to accepted dancers upon request. Email schoolofccdt@ccdt.org for more details!

Emerging professional artists who are members of CADA can receive up to a $325 reimbursement from the Training Subsidy Program if the tuition fee of Ignite! represents less than 60% of your total annual physical training costs. More details at: http://cadaontario.camp8.org/training_subsidy_program.

Faculty and Choreographers

Our full roster of 2017 Faculty and Choreographers is TBA! Stay tuned …

Kristen Carcone (Co-Director) is a freelance artist based in Toronto. She is a graduate of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honours in 2011. Kristen has trained and performed all over the world, dancing in works by Barak Marshall, Robert Battle, Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Darshan Bhuller, Jason Parsons and Linda Garneau. She recently has performed and toured with Conteur Dance Company (Toronto), Frog in Hand (Mississauga), ISODOC Dance Group (New York) and Project Limb (New York). She has appeared in such festivals as Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal), The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague), The Brooklyn Dance Festival (Brooklyn) and Spark Dance Forum (Brooklyn). Kristen has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, The Dance Current, Evidance Radio and Rogers TV Local Notes. Awards garnered include the Florida-Canada Linkage Scholarship, Outstanding Dance Graduate, and the Frank Augustyn Scholarship.

David Norsworthy (Co-Director), a Toronto-based dance artist and entrepreneur, graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in May 2013. Over the past few years, he has had the honor of dancing works of Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and William Forsythe. He has been privileged to perform and tour with Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), ZviDance (NY, USA), Brian Brooks (NY, USA), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden). He has recently presented his choreographic work at FRESH BLOOD (Toronto), Dumbo Dance Festival (New York) and Wave Rising Series (New York) as well as the Juilliard-in-Aiken Festival (South Carolina) and ArtPowersArusha (Tanzania). Recent choreographic projects include a new work for Lamondance (Vancouver), a creative process workshop with New Dialect (Nashville) and a site-specific work at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).  He has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Canada Quarterly, The Dance Current and USA Today College. He is the recipient of a 2016 Ontario Arts Council International Residency Grant and the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award.

More Information and Contact

School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Email: schoolofccdt@ccdt.org

Telephone: 416.924.5657