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Presented by TOES FOR DANCE, the inaugural Common Ground Dance Festival is coming to North York’s Lee Lifeson Art Park October 8th and 9th, 2021!

Festival programming will explore diverse expressions of contemporary dance through site-specific performances, mainstage performances, workshops for all levels of dance experience, freestyle dance jams, and a community co-creation experiment. All dance and movement enthusiasts in North York and its surrounding area are encouraged to attend!

Schedule of events is the same on both festival days:

1:00-2:30pm Dancer/Dance Student Workshop

5:30-6:30pm Community Workshop (All levels)

6:30pm Pop-up Performances

7:00pm Main Stage Performances

8:00pm Improv Jam Dance Party

Further festival details will be available at as they are confirmed. 

This is a free, ticketed event. Online ticket reservation will begin at on September 26th. A limited number of walk-up tickets will also be available. Capacity will be limited to adhere to COVID-19 health and safety regulations governing Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.

Workshops will be taught by Elke Schroeder and Jaz Fairy J, and site-specific performances will be by emerging dance artists, Lilly Giroux and Zuri Skeete. 

Evening main stage performances in the park’s amphitheatre will feature:

  • Students from local dance schools in a new work by Brianna Clarke
  • TOES FOR DANCE repertoire by Co-Artistic Director, Kristen Carcone
  • A world premiere by choreographer and dancer, Chantelle Good
  • A community co-creation event led by TOES FOR DANCE Co-Artistic Director, David Norsworthy
  • Additional works by other local artists to be announced

A message from Co-Directors David Norsworthy and Kristen Carcone:

“Common Ground Dance Festival offers an opportunity for dance enthusiasts, dance students, and dance professionals, to creatively connect in a green space, breathe deeply, and revel in the joys of witnessing and experiencing dance. We cannot wait to welcome you!”

A Cultural Hotspot Signature Project and Arts in the Parks event, produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

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