The sacred land on which Toronto Dance Community Love-In share their activities has been a site of human activity for over 15,000 years. We would like to acknowledge this land is the territory of the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of New Credit, Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. Today, Toronto is still home of many indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in their community, on this territory.
TO Love-In welcomes all bodies with an artistic and physical practice to join us in creating a space of inclusivity, generosity, respect and LOVE. We are committed to making activities available to everyone. If you have barriers to accessing these classes, events or activities due to financial or otherwise, please contact us as soon as possible by sending an email to: email@example.com. Please note that any arrangements are subject to availability.
TO Love-In, is a not for profit organization of independent dance artists currently led by Robyn Breen, Tina Fushell and Kate Nankervis with over 20 important artist, community members and volunteers who support various aspects of the Love-In’s vision to support the Toronto dance community.
The Love-In was formed by Amanda Acorn and Eroca Nicols in February of 2009. What began as an effort to create a more supportive community environment has grown to encompass a growing initiative that includes dedicated training activities, a summer intensive, advocacy efforts, informal exchange and a presentation series.
We are committed to fostering progressive initiatives and projects that support growth and expanding the breadth of contemporary dance practice in the city of Toronto.
The Love-In became incorporated as a not for profit in the summer of 2013 by leaders Amanda Acorn, Meryem Alaoui, Amelia Ehrhardt, Katya Kuznetsova, Madeleine Shen & Kate Nankervis.
The Love-In would like to acknowledge the Canada Council for the Arts for their activities and programming throughout the 2017/2018 season.
Love-In aims to provide relevant practice-based dance training to dedicated artists that encourages artistic growth, curiosity and risk. We aspire to push the bounds of expressing and creating with the body, while maintaining safety, efficiency and structural integrity. We are interested in innovative points of view and focus our programming around alternative techniques, improvisation, somatic work and forging links with artists from across the country and the international dance community. The Love-In in has presented over 90 workshops and master classes with professional artists from across Canada and the world. The Love-In’s annual Summer Love-In was, first held in June of 2011 and continues to welcome an international faculty and dance artists form across Canada.
Our workshop fees are eligible for partial reimbursement through CADA Ontario’s Training Subsidy Program. For information on how to join CADA click here.
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2017 Lucy May (MTL), Alanna Kraajveld (MTL) , Gerry Trentham (TO), Laura Toma( MTL), Heidi Strauss9TO), Francesca Pedulla (ITA), Justine A. Chambers(Vancouver), Shannon Cooney(Berlin/TO), Angela Schubot (Berlin), Marco de Silva (Porto), Brendan Jensen (TO), k.g. Guttman (MTL), Faizal Ddamba( Uganda) , Eroca Nicols( TO/ the world), Lo bil (TO)
2016 Amanda Acorn, Charles Slender- White, Doris Uhlich, Susan Rethorst, Sabina Perry, Kelly Keenan, Bee Pallomina, Brendan Jensen, Shannon Cooney, Alleyne Dance, Christopher House, Jenn Goodwin, Jamie Wright, Claire Turner Reid, Katie Ewald & Bry Webb (Guelph), Open Fortness(TO), Syreeta Hector, Erika Mitsuhashi & Alexa Mardon (BC) , Jenn Goodwin, Liz Peterson, Britany Shephard & Matt Smith (TO), Marie Lambin-Gagnon (TO/MTL), Tina Fushell & Greg Harisson (TO), Benjamin Kamino (TO), Andrew Tay (MTL), Alleyne Dance (UK), Simon Portigal ( MTL), Victoria Cheong and Peter Rahul (TO) , YouComaMarilynMonroe (GR/TO)
2015 Andrew Tay & Sasha Kleinplatz (MTL), kg Guttman (MTL), Danielle Baskerville (TO) , Sri Louise (USA) , Marcella Giesche (Berlin/USA), Doris Uhlich (Vienna) , Alice Chaucat ( FR) , Public Recordings ( TO)
2014 Ami Shulman ( MTL), Kate Holden (TO), Sabina Perry (Cologne) , Public Recordings (TO) , Kelly Keenan (MTL), Adam Kinner (MTL), Meg Foley (USA), Helen Yung (TO) , Alicia Grant ( TO /Berlin) , Pam Tzeng (Calgary), Meryem Aloui ( TO ), Michael Caldwell (TO) , Rob Abubo (TO), Christy Stoten (TO) , Amelia Ehrhardt (TO), Sonya Stephen (MTL), Manchyna (TO), Greg Holt (USA), Winnie Ho (TO), Sky Fairchild-Waller (TO), Barbara Shears (TO)
2013 Amanda Acorn (Toronto), Lady Janitor aka Eroca Nicols (Toronto) and Francesca Pedulla (Italy), Andréa de Keijzer (Montreal), Heidi Strauss and Darryl Tracy (Toronto), Brandy Leary/Anandam Dance (Toronto), RootlessRoot (Greece), Bee Pallomina (Toronto), Vanessa Kimmons (Toronto), Helen Husak (Calgary), Zoja Smutny (Toronto/Berlin), Simon Renaud (Gatineau), Colleen Snell (Toronto), and Andrea Spaziani (Toronto)
2012 Susanna Hood, Heidi Strauss, Kira Kirsch, Kelly Keenan, Farley Johansson, Matt Smith, Neil Sochasky, Emmanuelle Le Phan, Frey Faust, Ame Henderson, Stephen Thompson, Francesca Pedulla, Davide Sportelli, Yves Candeau, Justine Chambers
2011 Elke Schroeder, Heidi Strauss, Emily Law, Davide Sportelli, Emmanuelle Le Phan, Stephen Thompson, Liz Kinoshita, Michael Watts, Kelly Keenan, Kira Kirsch, Frey Faust, Marcela Giesche, Susanna Hood, Justine Chambers
Heart to Heart Meetings
Love-In strengthens community by providing informal gatherings for dance artists to discuss work and training, promote creative activities and build the collective capacity to advocate for Toronto’s dance artists. We create an opportunity for artists to share ideas, request support for their projects, and work collaboratively to create new visions for the future of dance in this city, this province and this country. We have centered our meetings around a variety of topics generated from the needs of the community itself. We have held information sessions about support services, think tanks about community development and creative practices, information sessions about how to give critical feedback and many more…
PS: We Are All Here
Curated by Love-In Lovers, PS: We Are All Here, presents local and international artists over four nights of triple bill performances and discussions for mover thinker mayhem. Presented in an intimate and casual setting that encourages discourse and engagement, PS: We Are All Here creates a space for taking in and taking on the questions that arise over contemporary performance.
Dance nerds search to connect with their audiences and demystify dance. See a different show every night and join artists for discussions around why and how we make the choices we do.
Since her time as a student in the York University BFA (Honours) Dance program (grad. 2010), Robyn has been forming collectives and producing dance. First, through NewFoundDance, Robyn produced mainstage performances in both St. John’s, NL and Toronto, ON between 2008 and 2012. She later created The Movement Market, a party style performance series set in Toronto’s MISFITSTUDIO. Robyn has been involved with Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s, NL, as an intern to the festival director for the Festival of New Dance in both 2011 and 2012.
As an artist, her work has been presented at SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto, To Love-In’s PS: We Are All Here 2017, and she has performed choreography by Jo Leslie in both the Festival of New Dance (St. John’s) and Atlantic Dance Festival danse atlantique (Moncton).
Born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., dancer, teacher, producer and choreographer, Tina, lives and works in Toronto where she has been based since 1999. As a performer, she has collaborated and originated roles in the works of numerous choreographers including Susie Burpee, Valerie Calam, Jesse Dell, Kate Franklin, Luke Garwood, Ame Henderson, Brendan Jensen, Sebastian Mena, Matjash Mrozewski, Darryl Tracy, among others.
Her work has been presented across Ontario and the country, including performances in Porch View Dances, Hub 14, Hysteria: Festival of Women, The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Festival of New Dance, Dance made in Canada, Nuit Blanche and SummerWorks.
Most recently Tina joined the TO Love-In as co-artistic director, is one of 25 dancers working with Christopher House and Anne Troake as part of the NL Dance Project and is a current recipient of the Metcalf Foundation performing arts internship working with Laura Nanni at SummerWorks.
An active producer, Tina was Co-Artistic Director of Ambitious Enterprises (AE) with Kate Franklin from 2002 to 2012; together they produced the “At the Wrecking Ball” series which provided opportunities for emerging choreographic talents and their collaborators from various disciplines. In the last few years Tina curated a work-in-progress series called “For Show” and is co-curating PS: We are All Here along with Kate Nankervis and Robyn Breen.
When not creating and performing in dance works, Tina invests in the next generation of dancers through her work George Brown College.
Kate is a Toronto based dance artist, performer and producer.
She has worked with Toronto Dance Community Love-In since 2010, is a creator/co-curator of Toronto’s experimental contemporary dance series PS: We Are All Here.
She has held a co-Artistic Director position at hub14 art + performance works (2013-2017), a studio space for performance with a focus on research and residencies.
She is a recipient of Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Fellowship, her research on creating innovative spaces for performance, artists and audiences.
Amanda Acorn(co-founder), Amelia Ehrhardt, Eroca Nicols (co-founder), Madeleine Shen, Meryem Alaoui, Katya Kuznetsova, Vanessa Jane Kimmons (vjk).
Board of Directors:
Tim Bermingham, Carina Cojeen, Susie Burpee, Niomi Cherney