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Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF -2016)

History of the Dance Festival:

Launched in 2014 as the DD DanceFEST, the dance festival aims to provide a single platform for professional and emerging dancers from various cultural backgrounds in Toronto.

Having organized the dance festival for two years in a row the organizer, Dancing Damsels, has come to realize that the presentation of high-quality and cutting-edge productions by leading professional artists is indispensable. These performances support the interests and demands of their clients and also help advance the goals of all our local Toronto artistic-dance communities.

As a result, in 2015 DD DanceFEST was renamed as the Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF), an organization dedicated to showcasing many different International dance forms all on one stage. To date this festival has showcased more than 60 dance styles with the participation of many prominent companies. Our participants include groups such as: Regatta Kala Kendra, Nrutha Kala Kendra, Pallavi Arts, Adi Shankara School of Performing Arts (ASAPA), Nupura School of Music & Dance, Dancing Damsels Team, Arpan Academy of Performing Arts , S.G Expressions, Raagini Dance, Ree's Move n Dance, All Stars Bhangra Toronto, CANOSA Dance Group, Prima Dance, Rees Moves & Dance, Momentum Dance Toronto, Latin Energy, The Hawaiian Pacific Magic, Belly Up , Ayame-Kai Group , Chinese Collective Arts Association (CCAO), Tdot Tdat Thai, Ayemai-Kai Japanese , LLS , School of Irish Dance, Starz Dance Crew, Nirkoda-Jewish Dance group, Jo Jo Zolina, Sanskriti Arts, Korean Culture Community and "Tatry" Oshawa, Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization (MCAO), What's On Tap Dance Company, Nirkoda Israeli Dancers of Toronto, Mexican Folkloric Group "TONATIUH", That's swing, Tarana Dance Centre, Korean court dance, Bialy Orzel Toronto, Momentum Dance Toronto, Egyptian Dance Academy, Latin Energy, Sanskriti Arts Ensemble, Culture Shock, Spanish Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico.

In 2017, the festival organizers wish to make TIDF as an October weekend festival where authentic dance presenters from many International locales will be invited to participate as well.

“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

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Twitter: @tidfcanada

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