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Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF -2016)

For Immediate Release:

November 1st, 2016

Toronto: The Dancing Damsels Inc. will proudly host the 2016 Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF), on Saturday December 17th from 6pm -9pm at the Fleck Dance Theatre located in the Harbourfront center of Toronto - 207 Queens Quay W, Toronto ON M5J 2G8 · 416-973-4000.

The artistic vision that drives our dance festival is to showcase “All World Dance Forms on One Stage.” Tying in with the theme of the festival, dance styles ranging from Classical to Modern, Folk to Contemporary are included each year. Toronto’s leading performing artists and dance companies will showcase their expertise while exhibiting their personal expertise using a variety of dance styles.

This is the 3rd year of the prestigious Toronto International Dance Festival and in keeping with the festive season, this year’s show will have Santa taking the audience with him for an exhilarating cultural adventure while he travels around the world. This event is family friendly and is open to all members of the public including youth and children.

Tickets ($25-$30) for the 2016 Toronto International Dance Festival are available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8. Phone: 416 973 4000, press 1, Fax: 416 954 0366 Email:

The Main Box Office at 235 Queens Quay West is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1pm - 6pm.

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

About Dancing Damsels Inc.

Dancing Damsels is a registered not-for-profit multicultural arts promotions company dedicated to the empowerment of women. The objectives of the company are – • PROMOTE - cultural arts and cultural exchange • EMPOWER - women to exercise equal opportunities • APPRECIATE - women’s successes and achievements • CELEBRATE - womanhood and motherhood • ENCOURAGE - women to pursue their dreams and aspirations

Founded in 2013 the company’s artistic mandate and programming vision is to present International and Multicultural art forms through various events organized throughout the year. It promotes cultural exchanges among multicultural ethnic groups in Ontario through a wide variety of organized cultural programs.

International Women’s Day Canada (DD Women Achiever Awards) and the Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF) are our 2 major annual events. By hosting TIDF each year the Dancing Damsels’ goal is to broaden the public awareness of the myriad dance forms that exist and to foster collaboration among Toronto’s many different artistic/dance communities.

Under Mary Ashok’s leadership as Managing Director, Dancing Damsels has established itself as a unique organization that truly empowers women through the performing arts. Since its inception in 2013, Dancing Damsels has successfully organized 8 major events. Furthermore, 40 women have been recognized with the DD Women Achiever Award for their outstanding contributions to the community each through their own line of work. More than 60 dance companies and more than 500 dance performers have been provided an opportunity to showcase their talents and expertise during each of these events and festivals.

Dancing Damsels is ably supported by a highly accomplished Advisory Board members - Anu Srivastava, Jayadevan Nair, Mokshi Virk, Mercy Elengikal, Jobson Easow, Joy Verghese, Sudharshan Meenakshisundaram, Balu Naliel, Ramesh Bangalore, Sabita Panigrahi, Pushpa Johnson, Nirmala Thomas, Jayasankar Pillai, Lata Menon, K. Varadharajan and Sandhya Srivatsan; plus many Cultural Organization Leaders and countless volunteers.

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General & Sponsorship enquires:

Mary Ashok (416-788-6412)  /

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Birendra Rajapreyar (647.973.2817) /

Public Relations & Media enquiries:

Jaison Mathew (647-781-2393) / Prabha Balakrishnan (416) 357-5327

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