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!


  • 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: Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST (extended)

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

Submit: Click here to submit your video audition!


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 schoolofccdt@ccdt.org!
  • 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.
  • Via Credit Card – Visa Only. Please call 416-924-5657 with your Visa card information.  $7.00 surcharge applies.
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

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.

Liony Garcia (Choreographer) holds a BFA from New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL. As a professional dancer he’s performed with BodyTraffic , Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Bistoury Physical Theater and is currently a member of Brigid Baker’s WholeProject. His choreographic works have been commissioned by Miami Light Project, Dranoff Piano Foundation/Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and TOES for Dance. He’s a two time recipient of the Miami Dade Choreographer’s Fellowship and is a current resident artist at Miami Light Project and 6th Street Dance Studio.

Amanda Acorn (Choreographer) is an award winning choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015. Independent engagements include projects with Dana Michel, Brendan Fernandes, Helen Husak, Lady Janitor, Benjamin Kamino, Isabel Lewis, Lemi Ponifasio and Andrea Spaziani. Her own works are intimate sensorial encounters for the theatre and unconventional spaces, constructing responsive environments using a choreographic frame. Minimally abstract, her choreographies captivate with raw poetry and unwavering rigor. Using the performative event as a place to question ways of seeing, the work offers space to consider our habitual and conditioned assumptions. Her first group work multiform(s) was awarded the Canadian Stage Award for direction at SummerWorks Performance Festival (2015) and was recently presented at Festival TransAmériques in Montréal (2016). Her most recent work, a site responsive, immersive performance for 6 dancers and a live DJ, Leisure Palace premiered as part of the In/Future Festival at the abandoned amusement park, Ontario Place along Toronto’s waterfront. She is the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers (2016-2018). Acorn’s work has  been supported through generous residencies at Dancemakers, Hub 14 and Videofag in Toronto, Studio 303 in Montréal, Stone Boat Artist Retreat in rural Ontario and at EarthDance in MA, USA.

Marie Lambin-Gagnon (Choreographer), originally from Montreal, completed her first dance training at Ballet Divertimento, followed by The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. After a showing at Nuit Creative 2013 and Series 808 (November 2013), Lambin-Gagnon had the chance to present her piece titled ‘’WTF’’ for Danses Buissionières Classe 2014 organized by Tangente in Montreal. WTF was also presented at the 2015 Rhubarb Festival/Toronto and the Festival Vue sur la Relève in Montreal. The piece was also reproduced on the company TOES FOR DANCE and presented in November 2015 across Ontario/Canada. She subsequently produced and choreographed the Outsiders, a piece created for the collective The Garage at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Her latest piece, called ‘’The Dinner Party (les exclues)’’, was presented  in Montreal for Nuit Créative 2015, Larry’s Christmas Cabaret and Dance Matters After Hours Cabaret, and subsequent performed in Toronto at the New Blue Dance Festival, and P.S. We are all here.

Ryan Lee (Guest Artist) graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  He has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers; Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Emily Molnar, Julia Sasso, Sharon B. Moore, Hanna Kiel, Stepĥen Pier, Tino Segal, Menaka Thakkar, Darryl Tracey, D.A Hoskins, and Guillaume Cote. Ryan has also been able to work with such companies as ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Keaja d’Dance, Anandam Dancetheatre, LarchaudDance, inDANCE, The Little Pear Conservatory, The Chimera Project, AKA Dance and TOES FOR DANCE.  In 2011 Ryan was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble for In between by ProArteDanza. In 2014 Ryan was honoured with the Jack McAllister Award from Ryerson University for outstanding achievement.  Ryan is also very involved in dance education and has been able to work with young dancers across Canada.  He has taught at The Conteur Academy, Ryerson University, DanceTeq, Metro Movement, City Dance Corps, Fresh Dance Intensive and The National Ballet’s In Studio Series.  Ryan has made choreographic works for ProArteDanza, Ballet Jorgen, Anandam Dancetheatre, The Emerging Artist Intensive, George Brown College Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and Dance Ontario.  

Callahan Connor (Guest Artist) is a spoken word poet, actor and musician based in Canada and India. In 2012, he graduated from Concordia University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance, and over the years has played a variety of villains, heroes, and madmen. He has been acting professionally since 1995, and most recently performed his solo poetry/storytelling show The Living Shh at venues in Vancouver, Toronto, and Bangalore. In the summer of 2011, he studied at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, learning warrior-clown techniques in Chinese Opera. Under his rapper alias C-Command he tours, features, and competes in poetry slams across Canada, having placed 2nd in the country at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship 2013 in Vancouver. He integrates a loop pedal into his work and has been composing and recording a hip-hop/spoken word album. Over the past year he has been living in India, working as an English teacher, studying Indian Classical music, and writing new material. You can experience some of C-Command’s work by searching for him on YouTube or Bandcamp.

Nigel Edwards (Guest Artist) is a young aspiring artist known for breaking the boundaries in dance. He has been dancing professionally for 7 years with the internationally known dance crew The Moon Runners And established contemporary dance company Alias Dance Project. Nigel uses animation, waving, floorwork, threading and miming to make his style come to life and continues to inspire, innovate and create through dance. Nigel is also the founder of Lost is Found which is a platform that curates safe and inclusive spaces for dancers coming from all walks of life. The idea is to use movement and dance to challenge stereotypes and fight discrimination.

More Information and Contact

School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Email: schoolofccdt@ccdt.org

Telephone: 416.924.5657