Last Right to Dance Drop-in Classes on June 14th

The title says it all!

We’ll be taking a summer break from Right to Dance Drop-in Classes for July and August. The last regularly scheduled class will be Saturday June 14th.

Check our Right to Dance Facebook Group for regular updates.

We’ll be back in September.

Enjoy the summer and catch us at WorldPride ( schedule coming soon!)

In Life and After Life and Cancelled Right to Dance Classes

Wednesday May 14, 8 pm – 10 pm, $10 – 15 PWYC
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West

In Life and After Life – explores the personal stories of 3 queer young adults of colour as we acknowledge and sit with our past, current realities and futures. Life does not stop after hard times, and hard times continue. What becomes of us as we live through and with hardship? As we continue on the journey of finding ourselves what makes us who we are, where do we go and what options do we have to survive and thrive? In Life and After Life is a movement derived multidisciplinary work about hope, resilience, and strength. A short Q&A with Sze-Yang, Jelani and kumari will follow their performance.

Co-presented with Gladstone Hotel and United Steelworkers (USW).
Co-sponsored by Inside Out LGBT Film Festival and The People Project.

This event is part of the 29th annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, taking place from May 1 – 15, 2014 at various GTA locations. For more details on this year’s program, artists, and festival partners, please visit


There will be no Right to Dance classes on Tuesday May 13th and Saturday May 17th.
We’ll be back for regularly scheduled classes on May 20th at the 519 Church Street Community Centre


After 2 months of hard work and dancing, the Right To Dance Intensive Showcase is here! LGBTTIQQ2S dancers take the stage and dance their self choreographed dance works and works in progress, some of whom will be performing for the very first time!

Join us; Tue April 8 and Wed April 9 2014
@ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Cabaret
7:30 doors, 8pm Show

Sliding Scale PWYC, no one turned away.
Suggested Donation $5 – 15 donations will go to Right To Dance Programming and sending ILL NANA/DCDC to the Allied Media Conference this year!

*Solo Performances by the Intensive Participants!!
*Two group performances (one choreographed by RTD 2month Intensive participant from the very first cycle!)
* Performances by ILL NANA/DCDC

Hosted by the most amazing hosts in the world!
Tue Night: Dainty Box
Wed Night: Sedina Fiati

Right To Dance: 2 Month Intensive is a free 2 month professional training intensive in dance technique, choreography, mentor ship, ending with a final performance for 10 LGBTTIQQ2S people, including LGBTTIQQ2S people of colour, varying body types, class backgrounds, and abilities.

The AMC is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every Summer in Detroit.


RTD Break for the Holidays and 2 Month Intensive Applications are out!!

We’ll be taking a short break from RTD Classes until Jan 11th. Hope you have a great break!

In the meantime, if your craving more intensive training in dance techniques, choreography and performance check out the 2 Month Intensive Program. Applications are out now!!

Read more about the Intensive program here and apply before Jan 17th!

For the most updated info about classes check out our group on Facebook:


Right To Dance on Tuesdays and Saturdays!!

Classes are now running every Tuesday and Saturday!! All classes are free/pay what you can and are open to all levels – no experience necessary!! Wear whatever makes you feel good and bring some water/food if you’d like.  They all happen at the 519 Community Centre. For the most updated info about classes check out our group on Facebook:

Tuesdays: 6-8pm Contemporary/Ballet and 8- 9:30pm Urban/Street Styles
Saturdays 1-3pm Contemporary/Ballet and 3- 4:30pm Urban/Street Styles

See you there!!

Pride Wrap up – Right To Dance is Back for August!

June was a busy month for us! We hosted the first annual LGBTTIQQ2S/ Spectrum Dance Conference Making a Stage for Our Stories and produced an hour of programming at the Village Stage for Pride Toronto. Thank you to everyone that came out to participate, facilitate, organize, volunteer, perform and host. Special thanks to the Will Munro Award and ArtReach Toronto for financially making the conference and showcase possible and to the 519 Church Street Community Centre for conference space.

We have so many stories to share with each other and the world, let’s keep doing it!

Also we have some EXCITING NEWS!!!

Right To Dance: Free Affirming Dance Classes are back EVERY TUESDAY Night in August, starting the 6th –  room 301 The 519 Church Street Community Centre
*FREE to PWYC, for the LGBTTIQQ2S Communities!!!!

6-8pm Contemporary/Ballet with warm up, stretch & strength
8-10pm ILL NANA Street Styles with warm up, stretch, & strength

See you there!

Join us for the First Annual LGBTTIQQ2S Spectrum Dance Conference

Conference and Two- Night Showcase

a FREE three day dance and movement conference that seeks to affirm and celebrate LGBTTIQQ2S experiences in dance and movement.  By exploring and developing skills through a series of classes, workshops, panels and networking opportunities.

CONFERENCE | JUNE 9 – 12 | 519 Community Center
Dance classes and Workshops 6-8pm and 8-10pm every night
** featuring dance facilitators/artist from different dance genres
** no experience required to attend

SHOWCASE | JUNE 13 + 14 | Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
2-night showcase for LGBTTIQQ2S performers in dance and movement based performance. The showcase features work that shares our stories as members of one or multiple spectrum communities, centralizing around intersecting themes of self identity, gender, sexuality, empowerment, and resilience.

For more info on: registration and applications to facilitate and/or perform!!

Come see our newest work, FIRE, at the Rhubarb Festival

Wednesday February 20th – Sunday February 24th
9:00PM @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The Chamber

FIRE is a work by ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company under the direction/dramaturgy of Gein Wong with collaboration with other local LGBTQ musicians/artists This is a showcase by 3 queer people of color from various backgrounds and identities telling stories about their personal experiences with homophobia racism and other intersecting forms of oppression through dance, movement storytelling, spoken word, music, and projection.

created by ILL NANA DiverseCity Dance Company | dance artists Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Jelani Ade-Lam and Kumari Giles | dramaturge & director Gein Wong

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Part of The 34th Rhubarb Festival

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre presents
Raw. Radical. Performance.
February 20 – March 3, 2013
Festival Director Laura Nanni

Festival Sponsor TD
Media Sponsor NOW Magazine

For two weeks, hundreds of local and international artists transform Buddies into a hotbed of creativity
and experimentation, sharing new ideas in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, and music
with adventure-loving audiences.

Wed – Sun, Evening Pass $20
Sunday Afternoons, PWYC
One-to-One Performances, PWYC
Mobile Works, FREE

Box Office 416-975-8555 or

Pride Schedule 2012

ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company Pride 2012 Schedule

More Info Coming Soon!

Sun June 24:
Back To Our Roots
519 Church Street Community Centre
Teaching Right To Dance workshops in Contemporary Ballet & ILL NANA Street Styles (hip hop, salsa, jazz funk, waaking, runway)
Dance Performance
Zaid Ade -Vocal Performance

Wed June 27:

Freaks and Geeks(Asian Arts Freedom School Drag Musical)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre: The Chamber
7pm Doors 8pm Show

Sat June 30:

Village Stage: Church and Wellesley
Sun July 1:

Queer Hip Hop Flash Mob Dance!
2pm & 3pm
Norman Jewison Park
*teaching a fun and easy dance flash mob, no dance experience necessary

TD Wellesley Stage: Wellesley Parking Lot
>*longest set*<

North Stage (Trans Stage)


Welcome to the temporary home of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company.  We are going through a transition, with a new website to come, stay tuned!!!!

Contact Information: Email:  Telephone: 416 731 2172


ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company- is a queer positive multiracial dance company that embraces difference as strength, combats oppressive power structures by expressing their voices through dance, and operates from the grassroots as a collective through consensus. They are committed to representing LGBTTIQQ2S people, people of colour, people with varying body types, class backgrounds, and abilities on stage and in media, as well as providing accessible dance education to these communities. Utilizing both classical dance techniques and urban dance forms of Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, House, Vogue, Step, Latin, Contemporary, Modern, Wushu Kung Fu, and Dancing in Heels,  ILL NANA creates dance works with a style all their own. These performers are fearlessly out and proud, sexy, masculine, feminine, and all that is in between, representing the super queeroe’s and real humans in all of us.