Come, let your voices be heard at dance Immersion’s Connectively Moving Our Dance, taking place January 24-25, 2023 in Toronto.  This event is being held in advance of the 33rd Annual IABD International Conference & Festival of Blacks in Dance. It is an in-person event designed to connect, inform, and develop strategies with a Canadian focus. Connectively Moving Our Dance spotlights Canadian dance artists of African descent working across the country and abroad. The two-day event includes roundtable discussions, movement sharing workshops, lecture demonstrations, and a presenter showcase. Together, we will connect Canadian dance artists of African descent to one another and to the global movement community.

Join us in person at Connectively Moving Our Dance in Toronto in advance of the 33rd Annual International Conference & Festival of Blacks in Dance!

Only $25 CAD to attend each of Day 1 or Day 2 of Connectively Moving Our Dance, or $35 CAD to attend both days.

Connectively registration is also free if you register for the full IABD Conference & Festival of Blacks in Dance that follows.  

DAY 1 SCHEDULE: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

CONNECTIVELY MOVING OUR DANCE



Daytime Venue: Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto

Morning Location: CURRIE HALL, Canada’s National Ballet School

After Lunch Location: CONCOURSE STUDIO & JARVIS ROOM, Canada’s National Ballet School

7:00 PM Evening Venue: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front Street East, Toronto
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Registration

  • 9:00 AM – 9:55 AM

    Opening Ceremony

    Opening Remarks: Vivine Scarlett

    Keynote Address: Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge

    Hosted by Nicole Inica Hamilton

  • 9:55 AM – 10:00 AM

    Dance Break

    Socacize Jump Up Dance Break with Ayanna Lee-Rivears

  • 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

    Roundtable Discussion

    The Importance of African Diasporic Dance Educators

    Dr. Towani Duchscher, Mikhail Morris, Nicole Pemberton and Wunmi Idowu

    Moderated by Mercy Nabirye

  • NOON – 1:00 PM

    Keynote Luncheon

    Lunch with Keynote Speaker: Zab Maboungou

    With film by Christian Boakye-Agyeman

    Hosted by Nicole Inica Hamilton

    *Lunch provided by dance Immersion

  • 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

    Connectively Moving Workshop

    Community Building Through Afrobeats Led by Isaac Gasangwa

  • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    Lecture Demonstration: To Be Confirmed

  • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    DINNER BREAK

    Participants are free to have dinner at a location of their choosing.

  • 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

    Canadian Presenter Showcase

    Featuring: Ronald Taylor Dance, KasheDance, Liliona Quarmyne, Chenise Mitchell, Emilie Jabouin, Woezo Africa with Mikhail Morris, Serwaa Daley, Marie-Neïka Obas

    Hosted by Nicole Inica Hamilton

    *A networking reception follows

DAY 2 SCHEDULE: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

CONNECTIVELY MOVING OUR DANCE 



Daytime Location: Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto

Morning Location: CURRIE HALL, Canada’s National Ballet School

After Lunch Location: CONCOURSE STUDIO & JARVIS ROOM, Canada’s National Ballet School

9:30 PM Evening Location: To Be Confirmed
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Registration

  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Keynote Breakfast

    Breakfast with Keynote Speaker: John Alleyne

    With film by Christian Boakye-Agyeman

    Hosted by Nicole Inica Hamilton

    *Breakfast provided by dance Immersion

  • 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

    Roundtable Discussion

    Building African Diasporic Post-Secondary Dance Education

    Beverley Glean, Collette Murray, Kemora Manning, Shenel Williams, and Ashley ‘Colors’ Perez

    Moderated by Mercy Nabirye

  • NOON – 1:00 PM

    LUNCH BREAK

    Participants are free to have lunch at a location of their choosing.

  • 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

    Connectively Moving Workshop

    Pilates Groove – Connections through Movements, Legacy and Possibility Led by Roxana Menzies

  • 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

    Connectively Moving Workshop

    Body Monologuing Led by Chancz Perry

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Closing Roundtable

    Moving Forward – Insights and Solutions

    Review of Key Action Items Raised in the Roundtable Discussions

    Moderated by Mercy Nabirye

  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    DINNER BREAK

    Participants are free to have dinner at a location of their choosing.

  • 9:30 PM

    Closing Party

    DJ, Dancing, Cocktails