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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 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



  For the second consecutive year, it has been my pleasure to attend the Hillside Festival (@HillsideFest) on behalf of your favourite online community, Canada Arts Connect (@CANArtsConnect). One of the most ahead-of-the-curve, yet best kept secrets on the North American festival circuit, this Guelph (@cityofguelph) tradition has managed to turn a largely niche experience […]

Hillside 2012: A Retrospective


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 ...



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


In the summer of 1980, I watched the classic musical Grease. From that point on, I was a different girl. My heart belonged to John Travolta, I wore a shiny, satin pink jacket and asked my parents to call me “Olivia” (as in Olivia Newton-John). Like so many girls, that […]

Sing-A-Long-A GREASE at TIFF Bell Lightbox


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


On Monday June 27, Toronto’s Front Street went from the usual busy traffic jam to a parade of theatre stars celebrating the 32nd Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) , and named after Dora Mavor (the woman many consider to be one […]

A Night at the Doras (from an Outsider’s Perspective)


  In the summer of 2004, I moved to New York City to begin graduate school. A friend invited me to a dance club called Guernica on the Lower East Side. On that particular Thursday night, the DJ played funk and soul music and a small group of male dancers […]

Funk It Up: A Look at Popping



Back for round two. Hello to new and returning readers alike! I realize that today marks 4/20 on the calendar, so to all of you kids out there who take to celebrating that sort of thing, please remember these three things – be safe, be respectful, and be sure to […]

The @wreckedangle Weekly, Vol. II


  The twentieth anniversary of a dance company calls for a celebration, and Toronto based Kaeja d’Dance marks the occasion with 20/20 Vision, a multimedia “future-spective” of four new works (The Visitor and Quenched by Karen Kaeja; Jericho and Armour/Amour by Allen Kaeja). Tuesday’s opening night began with a welcome […]

Kaeja d’Dance Steps, Spins, and Leaps Forward