by Paula Citron
This is is a lament. Toronto has the largest dance community in the country and this city’s dancers are the least well served. Take Vancouver, for example.
Vancouver has a dedicated building for dance called The Dance Centre with a theatre and six floors of studios and offices. I just sat through 13 companies performing as part of Dance in Vancouver. Every two years, The Dance Centre has a curated showcase, and invites presenters from Canada and abroad to experience dance from that city. As a result, Vancouver companies are being presented everywhere. Vancouver also has two major dance festivals and is about to get an series bringing in international dance companies.
In comparison, Toronto has nothing. We lost our one dance festival and Harbourfront has abandoned its international dance series. The Sony Centre books practically no dance events.
We won’t even mention what Montreal has. Toronto dance is clearly the orphan of the arts.
From The Dance Centre in Vancouver, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.