Following a performance career in musical theatre, Garfield Andrews is enjoying a successful second career as a physiotherapist specializing in sports injuries. His new line of work has made him question many of the attitudes dancers have toward their bodies and how to deal with injuries. Are you a dancer experiencing aches and pains? Garfield’s essay is a plea to take these “inconveniences” seriously as a message from your body. Learn more about when to put on the brakes.more »
Most of our work here at the Dancer Transition Resource Centre is concerned with transitions into, within, and from a professional performance career, but that doesn’t mean transitioning away from dance at the recreational or pre-professional level is easy. In this essay, Stephanie Thompson, Executive Director of Momentum Dance Toronto, reflects on taking a step away from dance, only to return to it again alongside all of her other interests and career goals. Momentum is a not-for-profit dance company with a roster of dancers including professionals and non-professionals, creating an inclusive environment in which to train, perform, and explore the art form. Other collectives and companies across the company follow a similar model, such as PushPULL Dance in Toronto and Ottawa that uses the tagline “dancing professionals, not professional dancers.” For those who have extensive dance training, it can be hard to find satisfying, non-professional dance opportunities. This is how Stephanie carved this space for herself.more »
Grant Strate was a true statesman of dance in Canada. To mark the one year anniversary of his death, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Dance Collection Danse, the York University Dance Department, and The National Ballet of Canada with support from the Canadian Dance Assembly and The Dance Current collaborated in hosting a reception to honour his life and legacy. On February 9th, many of Grant’s friends, colleagues, and those indebted to the institutions he created, gathered to celebrate his memory.more »
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