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3rd TORONTO INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL (TIDF 2015)
The 3rd Toronto International Dance Festival will be held on 17th December, 2016 at Fleck Dance Theater, Toronto. TIDF -(previously called DD Dance Fest) showcases all world dance forms on one stage!. More than 200 professional artistes from different countries and cultures will showcase all available world dance forms on one stage.
Dance companies performed in the previous years:
Regatta Kala Kendra, Nrutha Kala Kendra, Pallavi Arts, Adi Shankara School of Performing Arts, Nupura School of Music & Dance, Dancing Damsels Inc; Arpan Academy of Performing Arts , S.G Expressions, Raagini Dance, Ree's Move n Dance, All Stars Bhangra Toronto, CANOSA Dance Group, Prima Dance, Lavani Dance, Momentum Dance Toronto, Latin Energy, The Hawaiian Pacific Magic, Belly Up , Ayame-Kai Group , Chinese Collective Arts Association, Tdot Tdat Thai, Ayemai-Kai Japanese , LLS , Goggin-Carroll 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.
Dance Forms showcased in the previous years:
Jugal Bandhi, Bharathanatyam, Mohiniaattam, Kerala Nadanam, Semi-Classical, Kathak, Garba ,Bhangra, Sambalpuri Folk Dance, Dhalkai Dance, Tamil Folk Dance, Lavani , Irish Dance, Contemporary/Ballet,Hip Hop/Jazz, Salsa, Bachata, Argentinian Tango, Hawaian/Tahitian, Belly Dancing - Belly Up , Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Hip Hop, Mexican Dance, Latin Fusion, Gaana Mix, Disco , Chassidic dance, Contemporary Israeli Folk , Waacking, Bollywood, Korean Dance, Polish Folk & Dance Ensemble, Argentinian Tango, Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico - Neuvo Leon, Belly Dance, Bollywood Dance, Chinese Traditional Dance, Chunaengjon - Korean court dance, Contemporary Ballet ,Egyptian Cultural Dance, Flamenco, Jazz Dance, Jewish Cultural Dance, Kathak Classical Dance, Kutchipudi Classical Dance, Mexican Folkloric Group "TONATIUH, Odissi Classical Dance,Polish Cultural Dance, Salsa, Swing Dance, Tamil Cultural Dance, Swing Dance, Tap Dance etc.
Success! Another Festival to Be Proud Of!
DD Dance FEST – Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF 2015 )unites the colors of dance in all their vividness, radiance and uniqueness.
Toronto: On Saturday October 24th 2015 at the Armenian Youth Center, Dancing Damsels Inc. a Toronto based non-profit multicultural arts Promotions Company for women empowerment – brought together more than 25 dance companies showcasing their art all on one stage at the Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF) enticingly called DD DanceFEST 2015.
This is the International dance festival’s 2nd 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.
The festival was inaugurated by Hon. Peter Fonseca MP, TV/Radio Talk Show Host Shannon Skinner and Kripa Shekhar, Executive Director of South Asian Women’s Center (SAWC).
Celebrating the beauty of dance on one stage where fabulous dancers from – Latin Energy Dance Team, Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico, Egyptian Dance Academy, Dancing Damsels Dance Group, Sanskriti Arts, Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization (MCAO), Chinese Collective Arts Association (CCAA), Momentum Dance Toronto, Culture Shock, Momentum Dance Toronto, Tarana Dance Centre, NaRae Korean Dance Ensemble, Nupura School of Music & Dance, Mexican Folkloric Group "TONATIUH, Nirkoda Israeli Dancers of Toronto, AdiShankara Academy of Performing Arts, Pallavi Arts Center, Bialy Orzel Toronto, That's Swing, What's On Tap Dance Company & Jojo Zolina.
Featured artists this year in each dance category are Vanesa Stay – Salsa & Bachata, Maria Miranda – Mexican Dance from Neuvo Leon, Nada Al Masriya - Egyptian Dance, Rajan Sisters - Mary Rajan, Soni Rajan-Marcus Samuel & Sofia Satish – Bharathanatyam, Puja Amin – Bollywood Dance, Cynthia Chow – Chinese Cultural Dance, Karen Wong – Chinese Contemporary Dance,
Stephanie Busteed, Heather Renzella, Andrea Thompson, Sylvia Van Helden – Contemporary Ballet & Jazz, Esmeralda Enrique – Flamenco, Jennalee Desjardins – Hip Hop, Reshmi Chethram – Kathak, Jamie Baik – Korean Court Dance, Gayathridevivijay Maruthur – Kutchipudi, Luz Castillo – Mexican Folk Dance, Ronit Eizenman – Jewish Contemporary & Modern Dance, Mala Pisharody – Mohiniaatam, Mukur De – Odissi Dance, Genevieve Fullerton – Tap Dance and Jojo Zolina – Waacking.
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. The brightly lit shimmering Hamazkayin World Class Theatre made the performances beautiful and mesmerizing. It was indeed a wonderful evening of art and culture, an evening to learn and be inspired from.
The nomination form for Women Achiever 2016 awards was released by Mary Ashok, Managing Director which is now available on their website www.ddshows.com. Through public nominations 12 deserving women will be given the DD Women Achiever awards during their next event – International Women’s Day in March of 2016.
This spectacular event was made possible by Grand Sponsor - Manoj Karatha of Remax Realty Inc., Gold Sponsor - Latha Menon of Menon Law Office, Silver Sponsors – SBI (Toronto), ICICI Bank, Artist Bhavna Bhatnagar of Ceramic Expressions, Bronze Sponsors – Balbir Soni - Great Smiles Ontario, Mona & Sanjeev - Super Visa Insurance, Wajid Malik of
Cityscape Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage, Binoy - Kerala Ayurveda Herbs, Surya Bezawada of BVK Products & Services and Compliments from Dr. Vidya Varathan - Dr. Vidya Varathan Dental Care, Rajakesari Arumugaraj - Kesari Law Firm, Sujit Nair - CanFin Insurance,
Amar Sohi & Paul Penner - Homelife/Miracle Realty Ltd., Ambika Jewellers, Air Route Travels, Vince Thomas- Royal Lepage, Deepak Dani - Homelife Realty, Aum Beauty Clinic, Nazli Rehman, Mary Kay Cosmetics & Abi Rajah of Your Mortgage Connections,
and the able guidance of Advisory Board members Anu Srivastava, Jay Nair, Mokshi Virk, Mercy Elengikal, Jobson Easow, Joy Verghese, Sudharshan Meenakshisundaram, Balu N Lekha, Ramesh Bangalore, Sabita Panigrahi, Pushpa Johnson, Nirmala Nirmala, Jayasankar Pillai, Lata Menon, K. Varadharajan and Sandhya Srivatsan.
This SOLD OUT event was ably supported by their South Asian Media Partner – Weekly Voice, WebMalayali – Online News Portal, Analai Express, Madhurageetham, Malayala Mayoorum, eNewsDigest, Analai Express, Ruban Cam – Cinemotion, Rogers TV / Sunshine Videos, Asian Connections TV, Saab & Rawal TV & Kitty Talk TV.
This spectacular evening ended with a thank you note from TEAM DD – Mary Ashok (Managing Director), Fawzia Khan (Chief Executive), Shobha Shekhar (Program Director), Ash Vishwanath (Media & Marketing), Bhavna Bhatnagar (Artistic Director), Kushalini Kumar (Sponsorships), Manjula Das & Smriti Dash (Event Managers).
Report by: Smriti Dash