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Press Release: TiDf 2017 (Post event)

Posted by contactdancingdamsels on October 18, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (3)
FULL HOUSE SHOW! Another Festival to Be Proud Of!! Toronto International Dance Festival TiDf 2017, unites the colors of dance in all their vividness, radiance and uniqueness. TORONTO: On 7th October, 2017 at Lyric Theatre ??? Toronto Center for the Arts (5040 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6R8 ) Dancing Damsels Inc. brought together more than 20 International dance companies showcasing their dance styles all on one stage at the 4th Annual Toronto International Dance Festival (TiDf 2017).  This is the International dance festival???s 4th year running from the house of Dancing Damsels Inc., whose goal is to promote cultural integration by showcasing various International dance forms demonstrating their rich cultural heritage; which helps foster a bonding among Toronto???s diverse communities from around the world. This cultural night, with its shimmering attires, various performances and beaming smiles, riveted the audience and kept their spirits high. This festival brought the audience together to share common cultural experiences and see the arts as integral to their lives and communities, providing access to a breadth of dance forms that stimulate the imagination and provide an experience that inspires people. This dance festival provided a common platform to all artists (to display their talents) and the dance connoisseurs (to appreciate the performing arts by masters as well as novices). It proved to be a lavish feast for the eyes and ears for all International dance lovers. Flawless performance by all the renowned artists captivated the audience heart and made them ???spellbound???! The quality of dance performed here was unmatched in terms of presentation and quality. TIDF 2017 participants were Sakuramai TO, Druid Academy Irish Dancers Inc, he Rhythm Ensemble, SLOGA Dance Company, Mexican Folkloric Group "Tonatiuh", Kaleidoscope Chinese Performing Arts (KCPA), Nirkoda Israeli Dancers of Toronto, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Shhhhh Designz Entertainment, Panwar Music & Dance, Adishankara Academy of performing Arts (ASAPA),Dancing Damsels Inc, Roosara Dance, Samba Jess Academy, Belly Up Belly Dance studio, Melodia de Bolivia Dance Academy, Filippino Fiesta, Ensemle Topaz, Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Kahawi Dance Theatre and Melodia de Bolivia Dance Group. The brightly lit shimmering Toronto Center for the Arts made the performances beautiful and mesmerizing. It was indeed a wonderful evening of art and culture, an evening to learn and be inspired from. This spectacular event was made possible by Grand Sponsor - Manoj Karatha of Remax Realty Inc., Gold Sponsor - Trios College, Ambika Jewellers (Jeyaseeli Inpanyagam), Lata Menon (Menon Law Office), Kerala Ayurveda (Binoy Chacko), Royal Kerala Foods (Saji Mangalathu), Riya Travels (Saji Thomas), Chaithanya Ayurveda and Vijayan Krishnan (Royal Lepage). Production Crew: Gita Shankaran (Production Manager); Mary Ashok (Festival Director), Jaison Mathew (PRO), Sudharshan MeenakshiSundaram (Ticketing Manager), Jayamohan Menon, Gary Gu  & Lata Menon (VIP & Media), Birendra Rajapreyar (Marketing), ArunKumar Chokkappa, Salome Nalini Paryag, Vishnuvardhan Subramanian, Balaji Ramachandran, Tamilselvan Raju, Yuvarani Kamalamoorthy, Neha Ashani, Kushalini Kumar, Asha Vishwanath, Smriti Dash, Swati Tripati (Media ), Elliot Rosenburg (Script), and Marcela Aranda Urueña (Emcee). Picture Courtesy: Ken Dobb.

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Toronto International Dance Festival 2016 @ Fleck Dance Theatre, December 17, 2016

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Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF 2016) unites the colors of dance in all their vividness, radiance and uniqueness.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (POST EVENT)

Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF 2016) @ Fleck Dance Theatre, on December 17, 2016

 

Toronto: On Saturday December 17th 2016 at the Fleck dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto,  Dancing Damsels Inc. a Toronto based non-profit multicultural arts Promotions Company for women empowerment – brought together more than 20 dance companies to perform their 15 productions to showcase 20 international dance styles - all on one stage at the Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF)

The Toronto International Dance Festival has grown from humble beginnings to become a repeating and memorable feature of the Toronto’s annual Arts Scene. Due to the energy and vision of its Managing Director, Mary Ashok, all this has happened within three years of the organization’s inception. This year’s December evening of celebatory dance, presented a medley of affirmative multicultural examples, was infused with life-affirming energy. Each of the 15 distinct examples that came to the stage worked with the others to provide an amazing multicultural smorgesboard that was outstanding for its professional choreography and technical execution. But more importantly, each presentation was bouyed by a spirit of joy and uplift. Taken together, all fifteen of these geographically wide-ranging and culturally diverse dance performances seemed to fuse as one to make a unifying statement: “Dance is the hidden language of the human soul.”

This amazing TDIF show presented dance as a universal poetic urge through which culturally specific forms of rhythm and movement can be yoked together. Each form expresses a specific pride in local heritage, while at the same time conveying a universal yearing that there be understanding and respect shown for each unique expression within that vast variety. The dancer is an artist, a craftsperson whose message reaches all who care to watch. All the rhythmns and movements of dance share a common voice which cries out: We are diverse and yet we are one! There are a near-infinate number of ways ways the human body form can be linked to diverse beats, jumps, and twists, plus specific styles of adorment. Yet, in this Harbour Front show, all these bodies seemed to speak as one. At this important event dancers from around the world joined to convey a message begging for harmony but also for individual admiration. What better way to spread hope in the face of the dark politics of division that is defining our time?

Rise of the Phoenix, by the Chinese Collective Arts Association, Kalbelia, A Cobra Gipsy Dance from Rajasthan, by the Obskurah Dance Company, Gatibilas, An Odissi Dance, by the Mrudanga Dance Academy, A Contemporary Afghan and Indo Central Asian Dance, by Ensemble Topaz, Kathak Duet, by Panwar Music and Dance, SriLankan Raban Dance, by Roosara Dance, Egyptian Belly Dance, by Belly Up & Ala Nar Ensemble, FESTACC African Dance of the Gods, by Ijo Vudu Dance International Oorja – (Bharatanatyam, Kutchipudi, Mohiyaatam & Kathakali) by Regatta Kala Kendra, The Wedding – Hip Hop style by VYBE Dance Company, Long sleeve Dance, by Kaleidoscope Chinese Performing Arts (KCPA), Ecuadorian Cultural Dance, by Huairapungo Ecuadorian Ethnocultural Group of Ontario, Turiya (Kalaripayettu influenced contemporary), by Anandham Dance Theatre, Mayurbhanj Chhau – Indian Warrior Dance, by Madhusmitha Gharai and the Dancing Damsels and Deck The Halls – Jazz, by Momentum Dance Toronto were the performers of this International dance Festival (TIDF 2016). Altogether 20 professional dance companies participated to perform these15 productions to showcase more than 20 international dance styles - at this event.

There was a unique binding thread that helped to weave all of the above performances together: it was the story of Santa Claus. The audience was easily made to understand, through him, that the performances being watched, as Santa traveled in an instant around the world, was the magic responsible for this re-energizing feat called for by a tired and cynical world. The cast and crew of TIDF 2016 were Elliot Roseburg (Santa Claus), Quinlan Shearer (Elf 1) Julian Dufresne (Sid Blitzen/Super Agent Voice Over), Ria Patangay (Ria) & Dr. Deepa Grewal (Telephone Operator Voice Over),  Sabita & Gagan Panigrahi (Stage Managers) and Jessica Campbell-Maracle (Lighting Designer).

The official inauguration of the wonderful dance festival took place on Saturday December 10th in the presence Federal, Municipal & Community Leaders. The organizers announced that TIDF 2017 will be a 3-day festival open to performing artists around the world.

"Countless enquiries about the Toronto International Dance Festival from artists in Canada and abroad has encouraged us to expand our festival as a 3-day event in the coming year.” Mary Ashok, Artistic Director of TIDF

This event was ably supported by Museum Dental, Om Sai Physiotherapy Clinic Mississauga Inc., Menon Law Office, Ambika Jewellers, CANFIN Financial Group, Royal Kerala Foods, Naveen Vadlamudi - Royal Canadian Realty Brokerage, Vince Thomas - Royal LePage Realty, Vivek Bhatt - Advisor-Compliance; Risk Management; Insurance; Investments, Eurojets, Amanjit Singh Lalia CPA, CGA, Vijit Vasu - Remax Community and Apeksha Homeopathy Clinic.

For more informations, visit their official websites: www.ddshows.com / www.tidfcanada.com or you can reach Mary Ashok, the Artistic Director of TIDF and the Managing Director of Dancing Damsels Inc at: 416.788.6412.

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Report by Brenda Beck

December 20, 2016

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Joharah is founder and Artistic Director of BellyUp BellyDance Studio one of Canada's leading dance studios specializing in Egyptian style dance. This year marks BellyUp 10th anniversary. BellyUp's dance ensemble Ala Nar has twice won first prize in the Star Bellydancer of Canada Competition

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