We Are Hiring!

We are pleased to announce that the Right to Dance project is looking for two new staff as we expand our team!!!

*Project Coordinator Assistant: https://drive.google.com/…/1uGnssX70O96oybVgWyKI4MqLdu…/view

*Administration Coordinator:

Deadline to submit is November 17th at midnight
Please let us know if you need additional support or have any questions at rtdintensive@gmail.com

2017 Spring Update!

Updates for Right To Dance & Our dance programming:
The Drop ins & 2 Month Intensive are still on hiatus at the 519.
(Check out our FB page for updates on classes around the city)

Outside of the collective, as independent artists/facilitators, check out:

2017 we are continuing to focus growth through restructuring, finding sustainable funding sources and expanding our team. If you are interested in helping us grow contact us. 🙂 We are still booking workshops and performances during this time, please get in contact with us!

ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company



We’ve had a huge year and are taking the fall to reflect. Our focus in the next couple of months through to 2017, will be on a growth through restructuring, finding sustainable funding sources and expanding our team. If you are interested in being a part of the team on a long term basis or volunteer short term, get in touch!

During this period of growth, RTD programming (Saturday Drop-ins and the Intensive) will be on hiatus. Please help us spread the word, we know that these classes are special to many people. We will continue to share other opportunities to move and dance on the Right to Dance Facebook group

Finally, we are still booking workshops and performances during this time, please get in contact with us!

Right To Dance Intensive Showcase Apr 21 & 22


Alchemy; Altar-Altered Elements

Doors 7 Show 7:30pm Apr 21 & 22 @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; 12 Alexander Street

The Right To Dance Intensive Showcase:
After months of dance training & choreographic mentor ship with ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company, a courageous group of LGBTTIQQ2S people will be each be showcasing
their self choreographed solo works for their extended family, communities, and beyond.

There are $25 & $15 pre-sale tickets available: HERE
PWYC options at the show. All proceeds are going to the program- which is unfunded this year.

Alchemy-After Party Fri Apr 22 10pm-2am
DJ DurtyDabz, DJ elle mahogany, DJ Syrus Marcus Ware, DJ WizQid
Free for folks who attended the showcase.  $5-10 sliding scale PYWC for other folks, all proceeds are going to this years Right To Dance Intensive- which is unfunded

– The first three rows will be seating for access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, folks with MCS and other scent sensitivities, folks in mobility devices and people of colour.
– There will be no ASL interpreters
– Close Captioning provided for audience address, performer intros, & audience outro/thank yous
– We are looking for a live captioner and air filters!
– Buddies in Bad Times is an accessible venue, with ramps & elevator access to washrooms

Please Come SCENT FREE! Many performers have scent sensitivities that affect their health & performance.
This means:
-No wearing of cologne, perfume or essential oil (if possible please wear scent free products like deodorants, lotions etc and if possible wear clothing that has been washed with scent free soap)
-No Smoking in the event space or within 25 feet of the event entrance
-If you do smoke, please remove your jacket and store it in a designated spot
-Please do not bring scented or fragranced products into the space

Articles about being scent-free:

Resources for unscented products:

APPLY to Dancing Our Lives at the Allied Media Conference Jun 16-19 2016



SUBMIT a interactive workshop, meetup, discussion, or movement-based activity to Dancing Our Lives @ Allied Media Conference Due: Mar 13 2016 Midnight.

Dancing Our Lives Practice Space is for anybody who is curious about how dance and movement can facilitate storytelling, aid in social movements, and benefit everyday health and wellbeing.

For more info and to Apply click on the link Below


it’s december – dance with us!

As the days grow shorter and colder, we hope that you’re keeping warm and spending lots of time with friends and family.

THIS MONTH- check out the Right To Dance: 2 Month Intensive application. The program is open to all LGBTTIQQ2S people who are interested in dance and movement. We take up to 10 people each year based on need for affirming dance education and commitment. We are still looking for financial supporters of this program*. If you have any questions about the applications or programs at large please contact kumari at rtd2mi@gmail.com.

Apply Today– deadline is Dec 21st!

The highlight of our November was our keynote at the ENVISION conference!! For the first time ever we shared our dance and ILL NANA/DCDC story in a presentation (no dancing!). We met so many great people, students and teachers. It was inspiring, energizing and we hope to see many of you again.

We’ve been busy planning for the new year, when we’ll have more exciting programming announcements. Until then, we look forward to reading everyone’s applications.

much love,
Sze-Yang, Jelani and kumari


ILL NANA/DCDC is proud to announce that RTD has now opened its doors to LGBTQ affirming teachers/facilitators to teach classes and workshops in dance/movement arts.   

Right To Dance Drop-in Classes: are dance  or movement classes/workshops are taught by caring and compassionate facilitators in order to create more affirming spaces for LGBTTIQQ2S*people, people of colour, people with varying body types, class backgrounds, and abilities.

Whats Different and New?
The schedule is no longer fixed, every week can have different classes, workshops, and facilitators.  Please check out the FB group: Right to Dance Free Affirming Dance Classes  or www.illnanadcdc.com  for specific details for each workshop,  some workshops prioritize or are closed spaces for specific communities to gather.

What remains the same?
Every Sat at the 519 Church Street Community Centre Room 301, there will be LGBTQ affirming dance/movement workshops running in between 1-5pm.

Classes are Sliding Scale PWYC No One Turned Away from Lack of Funds. We’re starting a skill/item exchange as a way to pay for classes this year. We are looking for folks with diverse skill sets in graphic design, admin, finance and beyond. get in touch with us at rtdexchange@gmail.com and we’ll go from there.

*wear whatever makes you feel good, as long as you can move in it.
*you may wanna bring: water, snacks, towel, and additional clothes you may get sweaty!!!

These classes are currently not funded and are run by donation.  Donate today and help spread the word to keep these classes Free-PWYC!

Whats Happening This Oct?
This Oct brings classes and workshops from the amazing talents of Jelani, Shaunga Tagore, nisha ahuja, & T Moravi. Class titles link to facebook events- you can also click here for workshop descriptions  available on this site.

Sat Oct 3
1-3pm Tipping (Heels Class) with Jelani
3-5pm Body of Seed: Contemp Movement with T Moravi

Sat Oct 10
1-3pm Tipping (Heels Class) with Jelani
3-5pm Dance All Ur Dances: Contemp Choreo with Shaunga Tagore

Sat Oct 17
1-3pm Tipping (Heels Class) with Jelani
3-5pm Dance All Ur Dances: Contemp Choreo with  Shaunga Tagore

Sat Oct 24

Sat Oct 31
1-3pm Tipping (Heels Class) with Jelani
3-5pm Healing Ancestral Lines: Meditatative Movements (BIPOC only*) with nisha ahuja

join us at Pride!

Shadrack Jackman
Saturday June 27
3:15 – 4:00pm
TD Village Stage (Church and Wellesley)

Shi Wisdom and
Shadrack Jackman
Sunday June 28
6:00 – 7:00pm
North Stage (Church and Isabella)

Also Coming Up!
June 18 – 21: Allied Media Conference
Travelling to Detroit for the Allied Media Conference? Check out our workshop in the Creative Coping and Grieving Strategies Track!

June 19: Diverse Residents, One Community Celebration
5 – 10pm at Artscape Wynchwood Barns
Ravyn and Shadrack Jackman will be on at 6:45!

June 28: Pride Parade
2 – 5pm  on Yonge Street
Catch us on the Google Float! We will be performing 3 short sets. They have been really great about supporting local artists and invested in our autonomous self representation! yay!