Dance


Stepping inside the Arabesque Academy just off of Yonge Street in Toronto, I am struck by all of the chaos. The door opens into a small seating area draped in vibrant red hues, the walls littered with bits of information about upcoming performances and workshops (such as Heavy Hitting Hips), […]

Shimmy Shakes and Hip-Kicks: Bellydancing at Arabesque Academy


What began in 1991 as an idea for a fringe-style run of under-represented theatre, SummerWorks Performance Festival has now become the largest juried festival in Canada presenting theatre, music, and dance performances that reflect the diversity of the country. Heidi Strauss’ work, for me?, opened over the weekend and is […]

for me? at Summerworks Performance Festival


Stepping inside a studio at Dovercourt House mid-dance workshop feels like that moment when you abruptly wake from a vivid dream. You try to make sense of things, piece together what you saw and heard, establish a narrative and search out the meaning of it all. It’s a collision between […]

Fighting Monkeys and a Toronto Love-In



A ballet dancer spends most of his or her career as the subject of the gaze. The watchful eyes of a choreographer, ballet master, critic and audience member permeate the existence of the moving body. The dancer attempts to create the ideal image – perfect placement of the limbs, supple […]

Dancer Steps Offstage and Jumps Behind Camera


A Thursday night on Queen West brought a mix of party fun, impromptu performance and hopeful fundraising. A Date With Dance highlighted Toronto’s well-respected Dance Works current season and Nova Bhattacharya‘s east-meets-west choreographic work. The event scene was rather simple — the small gallery space on the second floor of the […]

A Date With Dance at The Gladstone Hotel


There is a small dance studio located on Eglinton West  in Toronto. Tucked beneath a career recruitment centre, down a narrow stairway and through a heavy metal door is a mirrored room filled with nine brass poles descending from the ceiling, a collection of feathery boas, and a silver boom […]

Playing on the Pole



On a cold Thursday night in late November, I made my way to 401 Richmond, the artist-filled industrial warehouse space just west of Spadina in downtown Toronto. Tucked behind the restored building and down a long dirt alleyway is a small, but impressive coach house called Cinecylce, a bike and […]

Dance Collection Danse’s Speakeasy Ball


There was a time, almost 7 years ago, when I decided to take a swing dance class with my husband. It seemed like a grand idea and would give us the most impressive wedding dance compared to all our friends. Since we both have a background in dance (me, ballet […]

Wing Tips and Triple Steps at The Vintage Dance Party


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  On a recent Saturday afternoon, I made my way to Adelaide and John Streets in downtown Toronto, walked inside what appeared to be an office building and was directed to the basement by a few girls sitting on a set of steps. To the right of me was a […]

Girls Uninterrupted at Dance Dance Party Party



Catherine Romano’s monthly column examines the rich underground dance scenes in Toronto. Covering performances, events and parties, Stage RIGHT offers a peek into dynamic subcultures through engaging interviews, observations and photographs.  what Gaga Workshop, Luminato Festival 2012 where Toronto Public Library: Parkdale when June 16, 2012   I don’t think […]

Stage RIGHT: Going Gaga


Catherine Romano’s monthly column examines the rich underground dance scenes in Toronto. Covering performances, events and parties, Stage RIGHT offers a peek into dynamic subcultures through engaging interviews, observations and photographs. WHAT SUMA’s AWAKEN Party WHERE Amsterdam Brewery WHEN May 2012 On a recent Sunday night I was invited to […]

Stage RIGHT: A Warehouse, Some Body Paint, & A German ...


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As I approached Studio A inside the Winchester Street Theatre, I could hear a man’s voice, “Arms 1,  knees 2…” I wasn’t quite sure I was in the right place but knocked on the door anyway. I was greeted by a group of 25 people, wearing number tags, bare foot […]

Got What It Takes? How About A Dance Marathon!



Catherine Romano’s monthly column examines the rich underground dance scenes in Toronto. Covering performances, events and parties, Stage RIGHT offers a peek into dynamic subcultures through engaging interviews, observations and photographs. WHAT Bang The Party WHERE The Drake Underground WHEN April 2012 A mix of a Brazilian drum performance and […]

Scene: The Drake Underground


Catherine Romano’s monthly column examines the rich underground dance scenes in Toronto. Covering performances, events and parties, Stage RIGHT offers a peek into dynamic subcultures through engaging interviews, observations and photographs.  What: Decentralized Dance Party  Where: Union Station, Toronto When: February 2012   Boom boxes, banana costumes, ’80s wardrobe and […]

You’re Invited: Decentralized Dance Party


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  Catherine Romano’s monthly column examines the rich underground dance scenes in Toronto. Covering performances, events and parties, Stage RIGHT offers a peek into dynamic subcultures through engaging interviews, observations and photographs.      what:   House Dance Practice Session   where: Gotta Dance Inc.   when: February 2012 At 10pm […]

‘Let There Be House’



Catherine Romano’s monthly column examines the rich underground dance scenes in Toronto. Covering performances, events and parties, Stage RIGHT offers a peek into dynamic subcultures through engaging interviews, observations and photographs. what: Technical rehearsal for Dance Weekend 2012 where: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto when: Thursday, January 19, 2012 […]

Stage RIGHT: Dance Weekend 2012


Cara Spooner and Alicia Grant step up for Savage. Savage: Cult of Personality, Pure Media + The Art of Macho Madness opens on Saturday November 12 at White House Studios in Toronto at 7pm. In addition to visual art, videos, and song, the show will also feature a live dance […]

Toronto Dancers Get Savage for Upcoming Tribute


  Allow me to take you on an adventure. If you happen to be a dancer, the journey may sound familiar. If you aren’t a dancer, you are in for a surprise. This is the typical day in the life of a professional female dancer (she will remain nameless, but […]

A Final Bow, Then What? A Look at The Dancer ...



  Some say that the performing arts inspire and transform the mundane to the exceptional. For me, the performing arts do all that – and more. You see, dance seems to always take me back to a specific time and place in my life. The music, movement, and narrative that […]

Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps


A vamp, a coquette, a clown. A corset, a boa, and a little glitter.  Just a few of the elements necessary to create a spectacular burlesque number. Perhaps you read my recent article, Skin & Spectacle: T.O. Burlesque Festival Coming to Town?  The piece focuses on the upcoming Festival and […]

No Books, Just Boas: Burlesque University


While living in New York City, I went to see a show at The Slipper Room.  I was told that the show was a performance with a “few dancing girls”.  I assumed dancing girls meant ballerinas, and the name Slipper Room referred to ballet slippers.  Instead, what I saw was […]

Skin & Spectacle: T.O. Burlesque Festival Coming to Town