End of Year Updates – RTD:2MI Fundraiser + Drop-in Classes break on Dec 20th!

We are happy to announce the start of our e-newsletters to keep you up to date on ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company’s latest programs, projects, and performances.
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This December we have 2 very exciting projects on the go. We have started a fundraising campaign for our annual RTD:2 Month Intensive and we are continuing to offer our weekly drop in classes.

This Holiday Give the Gift of Dance to 10 LGBTTIQQ2S people and Inspire Communities!
Right To Dance: 2 Month Intensive, a revolutionary movement program that facilitates technique sharing and choreographic mentorship. Each year 10 participants go through the program and create their own solo performance piece performed at a local theatre.

We’ve done 3 cycles of the program thus far and to make the fourth cycle happen we’ll need $12,000. To do this we’re fundraising through an Indiegogo Campaign with awesome perks including handdrawn prints, choreography and in house or in studio sessions with ILL NANA/DCDC and past participants. We encourage you to check out the campaign at this link. Give, share and support generously!

Right to Dance: Free/PWYC Affirming Dance Drop-ins
Every Tuesday and Saturday you are welcome to join us at the 519 Church Street Community Centre for affirming dance classes for LGBTTIQQ2S people, people of colour, people with varying body types, class backgrounds, and abilities. Classes are running now until Dec 20, and start back again on Jan 10.

We believe dance is knowledge and it is meant to be shared and enjoyed by all. Everyone has the Right To Dance!☺♥☺♥
For more info check out our education section!


Thank you to everyone that came to share and learn movement with us during the MASFOS Conference and to all those who performed, volunteered, hosted, and came to support and witness the MASFOS Matinee and Evening Showcase.

We ARE BACK with Right to Dance Affirming Drop-In Classes this september!! We’ll be dancing it up every tuesday night and saturday afternoon at the 519 Church Street Community Centre starting saturday september 27th!!

For information on times and classes please check out our regularly updated facebook group

Can’t wait to see you there!

Support MASFOS 2014!!

Support MASFOS 2014 in fun and fashionable ways, supporting all of the amazing people and work that goes in to making this conference happen!!

Join ILL NANA/DCDC, in partnership with CreatiVenture Collective, for an inspiring evening of performance and celebration. This fundraiser will directly support ILL NANA/DCDC initiatives including: Right to Dance Drop-in and Intensive Programs; the Making a Stage For Our Stories Dance Conference; and ongoing Companycreation, production and performance.

The evening will include:
– Performances from ILL NANA/DCDC and guests
– Tours of the 519 space where ILL NANA/DCDC provides its Right To Dance education programming
– Conversations with community members and students who have been impacted by ILL NANA/DCDC
– Complimentary bar and hors d’oeuvres

*TICKETED FUNDRAISER – purchase tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ill-nanadcdc-changing-the-landscape-of-dance-tickets-12171568489?aff=eac2


Check out amazing local artist, lee hick’s wearable art “Dance” shirts in many styles and colours:  http://leehicks.weebly.com/dance.html which are a designed/printed version of the Rumi quote”DANCE when you’re broken open. Dance when you’ve torn the bandages off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you are perfectly free.”

*100% OF THE PROCEEDS OF ALL “DANCE” SHIRTS SOLD BEFORE AUGUST 17TH will go directly to ILL NANA/DCDC and all that is needed to make this conference happen in a way that is accessible for all.

See you next week!!

MASFOS Schedule and Workshop Descriptions are here!

The full conference program and workshop descriptions have been announced!!

Check out Schedule 2014 for all the details.
Don’t forget to register to ensure you’ve got a spot and remember drop-ins are always welcome!!

If you can’t attend the conference or would like to financially support the conference make a donation by clicking here on our paypal link or visit the donate section of the website.

NEW! Right To Dance: Week Long Intensive!!

We’re excited to announce a Summer Week Long Intensive August 11 – 15!!
Right To Dance Week Long Intensive – one week of professional training in dance technique, choreography, mentorship for LGBTTIQQ2S folks, affirming the experiences of people of colour,  body types, class backgrounds, and abilities. First- time movers of all levels and abilities are welcome.

 APPLY HERE for more information check out the link under Dance Education.

Also! Tomorrow (July 11th) is the last day to apply to facilitate or perform at Making A Stage for Our Stories!! 


Get Involved: 2nd Annual LGBTTIQQ2S Dance Conference and Showcase

Making A Stage for Our Stories
dance conference and showcase
| Aug 11 – 16 |

Join us for the second annual, Making A Stage for Our Stories is a dance conference and showcase, that focuses on celebrating and affirming the experiences of LGBTTIQQ2S* lives and stories in dance and movement in the studio and on stage.  Last year over 300 people came to share, learn and witness the magic that comes when LGBTTIQQ2S folks come together.

You won’t want to miss it this year!

Workshops will take place in the evenings (6- 10pm) on August 11 – 13 at the 519 Church Street Community Centre. There will also be two showcases: August 16 at 2pm and 7:30pm at the Palmerston Library Theatre, showcasing work by LGBTTIQQ2S people who are movers, dancers and artists.

All dance and movement techniques and genres are encouraged to apply and attend.  Professional to first time movers, facilitators and performers welcome.  LGBTTIQQ2S people of colour, varying class backgrounds, body types, abilities, age ranges, are encouraged to apply!

Facilitator and Performer Application Deadline: July 11 2014
Apply Online at the links provided, if needed copy and paste link into address bar.
Please send questions/concerns: makingastage@gmail.com



DONATE and SUPPORT this conference

* LGBTTIQQ2S refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirit and other Spectrum identities

Come see ILL NANA/DCDC this World Pride!

The Pride season is upon us and we’ll be performing at various community events throughout June as well as curating and performing on different stages on Pride Weekend June 27 – 29th. All Events are taking place in Toronto, except for our performance and workshops at the Allied Media Conference which will be in Detroit. https://www.facebook.com/events/247665525430251/

Events are FREE, ticketed and Pay What You Can – Please check event info!!
Here’s where you can find us:

June 13 – May I Have this Dance? @ 519 Church Street Community Centre
We go on right at the beginning of the night!

June 14 – Refugee Pride @ 519 Church Street Community Centre
We’ll be performing in the evening around 8:30pm!

June 17/ 18 – The Ground From Which We Grow: queer. consensual. anti-racist. unapologetic. not your average burlesque. @ Gladstone Hotel
Individual Members of ILL NANA/DCDC will be performing solos.

June 19 – Allied Media Conference @ Detroit, MI
If you make it to Detroit, catch us at the Opening Ceremonies and come to our workshops on Saturday Morning!

June 25 – In Love and Chaos @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

June 26 – East Side Pride@ Albert Campbell Square
We’ll be headlining this event and will be performing around 8:30!

June 29– Blockorama @ TD Wellesley Stage
We take to the stage around 5:30!

**June 29 – Making a Stage for Our Stories @ Church-Wellesley Village Stage**
We are curating a special hour of performance, showcasing amazing local queer community artists and a special set from ILL NANA/DCDC!  You won’t want to miss this! Our Pride Our Way!
Featuring Performances by
Ill NANA/DiverseCity Dance Comp
Shi Wisdom
James Williams
Shadrack Jackman
And more………….